Evidence, Articles, Resources & Presentations

Sharing our latest thinking on narrative assessment, story-based approaches to career counseling, and unique applications of the OneLifeTools system has been a priority for co-founders, Mark Franklin and Rich Feller, supported by members of the OneLifeTools team and valued co-authors, editors and colleagues.

We are especially pleased to be able to share our outcome study results (Franklin, Yanar & Feller, 2015). Individuals who experienced the OneLifeTools program experienced statistically significant increases in six key measures: hope, efficacy, resilience, optimism – collectively, HERO, or ‘psychological capital’ (Luthans et al, 2007) – personal growth initiative (Robischeck, 1998), and curiosity and exploration (Kashdan et al, 2009). Correlations of these findings with clarity, satisfaction, and job-person fit suggest this approach leads to sustainable outcomes and supports a move toward evidence-based practice.

Below are relevant articles, book chapters, resources, for-credit courses using our system, and conference presentations.

Original Outcome Study

Franklin, M., Yanar, B., & Feller, R. (2015). Narrative method of practice increases curiosity & exploration, psychological capital, and personal growth leading to career clarity: A retrospective outcome-study. Canadian Journal of Career Development 14(2)

The paradigm in career counselling is shifting from traditional matching assessments to narrative methods. Storytelling approaches, life design principles, and evidence-based methods of practice are integrating theory into practical tools that career professionals want to use and can easily learn.


Curriculum Case Study

Stebleton, M. J., Franklin, M., Lee, C., & Kaler, L. S. (2019). Not Just for Undergraduates: Examining a University Narrative-Based Career Management Course for Engineering Graduate Students. Canadian Journal of Career Development 18(2)

The experiences of graduate engineering students enrolled in a credit-bearing, career management course at a Canadian University were explored from a narrative perspective. Scant literature exists on the outcomes of career planning courses at the graduate level, largely because these classes tend to be aimed at undergraduate students.


Client Case Study

Franklin, M., & Feller, R. (2017). One Life Tools Framework: From Clarification to Intentional Exploration with an East Asian Female. In L.Busacca, M.Rehfuss (Eds.), Postmodern Career Counseling: A Handbook of Culture, Context and Cases. American Counseling Association.

Postmodern career interventions call for reexamination of the nature, structure, and practice of career counseling. Career interventions that move clients to further and more purposefully design their work and life roles are increasingly augmenting mechanistic and static approaches.


More Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Feller,R. & Franklin,M. (in press). The HEROIC Narrative Assessment System: Helping Undergrads Navigate Transitions. In P.Gardner, H.N.Maietta (Eds.), Advancing Talent Development: Toward a T-model Infused Undergraduate Education. Business Expert Press  

Franklin,M. (2015). CareerCycles: A Holistic and Narrative Method of Practice. In B.C.Shepard, P.S.Mani (Eds.), Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles, and Professionalism 441-463. Toronto: CERIC.

Zikic,J., Franklin,M. (2010). Enriching careers & lives: Introducing a positive, holistic, and narrative career counselling method that bridges theory and practice. Journal of Employment Counseling, 47, 180-189.

Additional Publications and Book Chapters

Breen, A., Franklin, M. (2019) How a Lightbulb Moment Became a Powerful Narrative Assessment Practice. Careering Magazine, Spring-Summer 2019

Franklin,M., Botelho,T, & Graham,B. (2017). Clarification Through Storytelling and Storylistening using the Onelifetools/Careercycles Narrative Assessment System. Career Development Network Journal 33(4) Winter 2017-2018. 57-70

Franklin, M., Feller, R. (2017). New Narrative Career Clarification System Integrates Digital Tools and Gamification. NCDA Career Developments, Winter 2017. 14-16

Franklin, M., Feller, R. & Yanar, B. (2015). Narrative Assessment Tools for Career and Life Clarification and Intentional Exploration: Lily’s Case Study. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal 30(4).

Bennett, H.E. & Franklin, M. (2015). A Corporate Case Study: Adapting a Narrative Career Management Framework for an Organizational "Leadership Engagement" Program. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 31(3), 31-40

Franklin,M. (2015). Intentional Exploration: A Holistic Process to Navigate Career Change and Uncertainty. Career Developments Magazine, Summer 2015. National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Feller,R. (2014). College and Career Readiness for Learners of All Ages. Career Developments Magazine, Summer 2014. National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Conference Presentations & Keynotes

Feller,R. (2016, June). Keynote: HEROIC Careers in the Connected Age. National Career Development Association (NCDA), Chicago, IL.

Franklin,M. (2016, June). Boost Your Practice: Scalable, Story-based System Maximizes Technology and Human Touchpoints. National Career Development Association (NCDA), Chicago, IL.

Franklin,M. (2016, May). Narrative career management framework for coaching & education increases Psychological Capital. Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

Franklin,M. (2016, May). Expanding Possibilities by Supporting the Career Development of Employees. Your Workplace. Toronto, ON.

Franklin,M. (2016, March). Learn a Holistic, Narrative System and Method featuring: Online Storytelling Tools and Who You Are Matters! Game for Life Design. Training Institute at American Counseling Association. Montreal, PQ.

Franklin,M. (2016, March). How to Integrate Online Storytelling Tools and Gamification for Blended Delivery of Life Design Programs. American Counseling Association. Montreal, PQ.

Neault,R., Pickerell,D. & Franklin,M. (2016, January). Stories and Strategies Highlighting Workplace Career Management. Cannexus National Career Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Mackey,J. (2016, January). Wowing Clients! Tools & Techniques for Career Professionals. Cannexus National Career Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Franklin,M. & Petite,J. (2016, January). Narrative Methods for Shifting Careers: The Next Career Management Groundswell. “Mega session” at Cannexus National Career Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Feller,R. & Franklin, M. (2015, June). Experience the Who You Are Matters! Career Clarification Game and Online Storytelling Tools for Life Design. National Career Development Association (NCDA), Denver, CO.

Franklin,M. (2015, June). Keynote: Preparing Students for Career Success with Hope & Confidence: What school counselors can learn from an evidence-based, narrative framework. Kansas School Counselors Association. Manhattan, KS.

Franklin,M. (2015, January). Using Games, Online Tools & Individual Techniques for Life Design. Cannexus National Career Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Franklin,M. (2014, June). Reach more clients! web-enabling an evidence-based narrative method of practice for career counselling. International Association for Education & Vocational Guidance (IAEVG). Quebec, PQ.

Franklin,M. (2014, May). Positive, Narrative Method Increases Hope, Optimism, Resilience, Curiosity & Exploration, Leading To Career Clarity: Outcome-Study. Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Toronto, ON.

Franklin,M. (2014, May). Keynote: From Insecurity and Doubt to Hope and Confidence – Evidence of Positive Outcomes Using a Holistic Narrative Method. Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA). Chester, NS.

Franklin,M. (2014, May). Engage more clients! online narrative tools enhance an evidence-based, counselling method of practice. Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. Victoria, BC.

Franklin,M. (2014, January). Reach more clients! web-enabling an evidence-based narrative method of practice. Cannexus National Career Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Franklin,M. (2013, November. Keynote: From Insecurity and Doubt to Hope and Confidence – Evidence of Positive Outcomes Using a Holistic, Narrative Method. Dutch Career Conference. The Hague, Netherlands.

Franklin,M. (2013, June). Narrative method increases hope, optimism, resilience, curiosity & exploration, leading to career clarity: outcome-study. National Career Development Association (NCDA), Boston, MA.

Franklin,M. & Yanar,B. (2013, January). Clients Say CareerCycles Narrative Method Is Effective: Outcome-Study. Cannexus National Career Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Franklin,M. (2012, June). Holistic, narrative method of practice: Transform client stories into an empowering Career Statement. National Career Development Association (NCDA), Atlanta, GA.

Franklin,M. & Freno,P. (2012, May). In Their Own Words: How a Narrative Approach Supports Students’ Career Exploration and One Career Centre’s Experience With It. Canadian Association for Career Educators & Employers (CACEE). Quebec, PQ.

Franklin,M. & Saxe,L.A. (2009, June). Enriching Careers & Life! Introducing a narrative based framework for career exploration. Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS). Waterloo, ON.

Resources & Courses

Career Buzz radio podcasts (2010-present). Broadcast on CIUT 89.5FM in Toronto and worldwide online One-hour talk radio shows. Since 2006, interview 300+ guests on ~150 episodes. Guests include Dragon’s Den star Arlene Dickinson, and career experts Norm Amundson, Barbara Moses, Phil Jarvis, John Krumboltz

OneLifeTools/CareerCycles “career” definition. Your Career Is… The full expression of who you are and how you want to be in the world. And, it keeps on expanding as it naturally goes through cycles of stability & change. (Franklin, 2014)

University of Toronto course developed and taught by Mark Franklin: Engineering Careers: Theories & Strategies to Manage your Career for the Future (APS1030)

George Brown College course developed and taught by Jo Petite: Career & Life Transitions 1, 2, 3. In Transitions to Post-Secondary Education Program (A107)

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