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Appearance Matters

Appearance Matters

- optimizing the outcomes for vocational guidance counselling and vocational training.

This project will create an awareness of the role of disfigurement and/or appearance-related distress can play in guidance counselling and vocational training outcomes. It will also promote a social dialogue among practitioners and consequently increase their awareness of how to detect, address and ameliorate appearance-related distress, discrimination and stigma.

This will be achieved through the design and making freely available a training programme, in the form of a curriculum and associated reading materials, tools and methods. These will be made available as a web resource and a Good Practice Guide, published in all the project languages. Through our dissemination and exploitation strategies, we will reach a large number of practitioners across Europe. The ultimate beneficiaries are individuals with disfigurement and/or appearance dissatisfaction whose needs will more effectively be met in the context of vocational training. This intervention will improve their employment prospects with the added bonus of improving their psychological wellbeing and social functioning


  • Coordinator: University West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Folkuniversitetet Kristianstad, Sweden
  • Best, Austria
  • Agenzia per lo Sviluppo Empolese Valdelsa, Italy
  • Klaipeda University Continuing Studies Institute, Lithuania
  • Rogaland School- and business Development Foundation, Norway


1 November 2012 -30 September 2014

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