Key speakers


Maria Paula Paixão,   

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Maria Paula Paixão is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She has a PhD in Career Counseling, and teaches Motivation and Emotion at the undergraduate level and several courses in Educational Psychology both at the Master and at the Doctoral levels of the Psychology training programme at the University of Coimbra. She is also associated to the Interuniversity Doctoral Programme in Educational Psychology, jointly managed by the Universities of Coimbra and Lisbon and is an integrated member of the Research Centre of Neuropsychology and Behavioural Studies and Intervention (R&D Unit). She also integrates the UNITWIN network “Réseau pour l’accompagnement à l’orientation tout au long de la vie  vers le  travail  décent  et  le  développement  durable” and has served as an international expert in the assessment of several European projects and doctoral and post-doctoral research projects (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium) in the areas of career counselling, motivation and future time perspective. She currently serves as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra.She has several national and  international publications on the topics of counseling psychology, lifelong guidance and counseling, and motivation and time perspective. She is a founding member of the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counselling. 

Presentation: Guidance and counseling in school contexts: Are we converging towards a career resources model? 

According to recent approaches, the career guidance and counseling in promoting the reform of the education and training systems should include a systematic and articulated set of preventive, intervention and compensation measures, with the main following goals : a) allow the involvement of young people in the school context; b) prevent the drop out of school; c) allow the integration/ reintegration of at-risk youth and of adults looking for an improvement in their qualification ; d) promote the effective transition to the world of work; e) promote the acquisition of career management and employability skills (in young people and adults).

Nevertheless, although there is widespread positive evaluation about the usefulness of career guidance and counseling in school contexts, some questions need a special attention. A very interesting and innovative proposal was made  by A. Hirschi, when he devised a career resources model, aiming at the facilitation of career self-management, encompassing four types of critical resources: a) human capital resources; b) social resources or social capital; c) psychological resources, and; d) career identity resources (the assessment of the assets that are closely related to their career construction process, such as interests, aptitudes, abilities, values, goals, structure of meaning, and so on). Taken together, these resources might help the individuals overcome frame-breaking changes (either internally caused or externally caused), and set them to perceive these changes as being positive opportunities to attain increasing outcomes. 


Dr. Ciprian Fartuşnic,

Institute of Educational Sciences (ISE), Education Policies Department, Bucharest, Romania

Senior researcher at the Institute of Education Sciences, Education Policies Department. More than 20 years experience in designing, implementing and managing research projects in education area, with a focus on groups at risk of exclusion. Manager of multi-annual, action-research projects focused on increasing the school enrollment and reducing the school drop-out funded by UNICEF in partnership with national and local authorities and civil society organizations. Experience in curriculum reform for primary and secondary levels and author of syllabi in social education and philosophy for children fields. Associated teacher in BA and Master level programs at the University of Bucharest and extensive experience in in-service teacher and school managers training. National representative for ReferNet (CEDEFOP) and EPAN (Council of Europe).

Presentation: Curriculum reform in Romania – results and innovations.

A short overview of the curriculum reform in Romania, following the National Education Law 1/2011. Presentation of the process, main  results, the involvement of the ISE, way forward.  The place and role of the Guidance and counselling as a compulsory subject within the curriculum.



Dr. Speranţa Ţibu,

Institute of Educational Sciences (ISE), Counselling and Educational Management Department, Bucharest, Romania

Psychologist, former teacher for primary education, coordinator of the Educational counselling and management department and Euroguidance Romania within IES, with more than 20 year experience in research in the guidance and counselling area. Since 2004 she has contributed to the curriculum elaboration in the field of Guidance and personal development for compulsory education. Co-author of different researches, guides and textbooks for teachers and school counsellors in Romania. Trainer in national and international projects with specific interest in career counselling, socio-emotional development, groups of risks, inclusion and diversity, supporting the school-family partnerships.

Presentation: Guidance and counselling services in Romania – achievements and challenges.

A short overview of guidance and counselling services in Romania, with accent on the educational services and guidance and counselling within the curriculum. Presentation of the types of services, results, innovations and challenges.  The role of Euroguidance Romania in fostering collaboration, visibility and valorisation of good practices at national and international level, at anniversary (20 years of activity).