Dr Mary McMahon

Senior Lecturer

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
marylmcmahon@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56511

Overview

Career counselling: theory and processes; Career development theory; Career programs; Qualitative career assessment; Supervision

Dr McMahon teaches in the areas of career development theory, career guidance and counselling, and supervision. She is particularly interested in the career development of children and adolescents and how young people may be supported by career programs. In the area of career counselling, she is interested in the application of constructivist approaches especially the use of qualitative career assessment. Within the area of supervision, she is interested in assisting guidance officers and school counsellors develop their supervision practices. Her recent focus within this area is on the use of technology to support rural and remote personnel.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Teaching, Mt Gravatt CAE
  • Bachelor of Education, Bris. CAE
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Education (Research), Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Bris. CAE

Publications

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • McMahon, Mary (2014). Constructing career identity through systemic thinking. In Melinda Coetzee (Ed.), Psycho-Social Career Meta-Capacities: Dynamics of contemporary career development (pp. 75-86) Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

  • McMahon, Mary, Watson, Mark and Bimrose, Jenny (2013). Older women's careers: Systemic perspectives. In Wendy Patton (Ed.), Conceptualising Women's Working Lives: Moving the Boundaries of Discourse (pp. 119-133) Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

  • Watson, Mark and McMahon, Mary (2013). Qualitative career assessment in South Africa. In Sumaya Laher and Kate Cockcroft (Ed.), Psychological assessment in South Africa : research and applications (pp. 474-487) Johannesburg, SA: Wits University Press.

  • Watson, Mark, McMahon, Mary and Stroud, Louise (2012). Career development in children. In Joanne Hardman, Jenny Jansen, Mokgadi Molestane, David Neves, Crain Soudien, Louise Stroud, Sharlene Swartz and Lauren Wild (Ed.), Child and adolescent development: A South African socio-cultural perspective (pp. 269-286) Cape Town, South Africa: Oxford University Press.

  • McMahon, Mary and Watson, Mark (2012). Career development: 21st century global issues and challenges. In Mark Watson and Mary McMahon (Ed.), Career development: global issues and challenges (pp. 1-10) New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Watson, Mark and McMahon, Mary (2012). Globalisation and career development: A challenging future. In Mark Watson and Mary McMahon (Ed.), Career development: Global issues and challenges (pp. 143-154) New York, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Watson, Mark and McMahon, Mary (2012). Planning your thesis: systemic and personal issues. In J. G. (Kobus) Maree (Ed.), Complete your thesis or dissertation successfully: practical guidelines (pp. 12-17) Cape Town, South Africa: Juta.

  • McMahon, Mary (2012). Worklife. In John Barletta and Jan Bond (Ed.), The home therapist: A practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems (pp. 395-397) Bowen Hills, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

  • Watson, Mark and McMahon, Mary (2012). Writing your first draft. In J G (Kobus) Maree (Ed.), First steps in journal article writing (pp. 57-64) Cape Town, South Africa: Juta.

  • Watson, Mark, McMahon, Mary, Mkhize, Nhlanhla, Schweitzer, Robert D. and Mpofu, Elias (2011). Career counseling people of African ancestry. In Elias Mpofu (Ed.), Counseling people of African ancestry (pp. 281-293) New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.

  • McMahon, Mary and Watson, Mark (2011). Career counselling: What's the story?. In Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Ed.), Career counseling and constructivism: Elaboration of constructs (pp. 13-24) New York, U.S.A.: Nova Science Publisher Inc.

  • McMahon, Mary and Watson, Mark (2011). Constructivism and career counseling: Past, present and future. In Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Ed.), Career counseling and constructivism: Elaboration of constructs (pp. 145-152) New York, U.S.A.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

  • Watson, Mark and McMahon, Mary (2011). The narrative of constructivism and career counseling. In Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Ed.), Career counseling and constructivism: Elaboration of constructs (pp. 1-11) New York, U.S.A.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

  • McMahon, M. (2010). Career counseling and story telling: Constructing a 21st narrative for practice. In Hjalmar Ohlsson and Hanne Borg (Ed.), Career development (pp. 1-23) New York, United States: Nova Science.

  • Watson, Mark and McMahon, Mary (2010). Creative approaches to gathering baseline information. In Kobus Maree (Ed.), Career counselling methods that work (pp. 101-111) Cape Town, South Africa: Juta.

  • McMahon, Mary and Watson, Mark (2010). Story telling: Moving from thin stories to thick and rich stories. In Kobus Maree (Ed.), Career counselling methods that work (pp. 53-63) Cape Town, South Africa: Juta.

  • McMahon, Mary (2010). Sviluppo professionale, apprendimento e assessment qualitativo: L'esempio del My System of Career Influnces [Career development, learning and qualitative career assessment: The example of the MSCI]. In Laura Nota and Salvatore Soresi (Ed.), Sfide e nuovi orizzonti per l'orientamento: Metodologie e buone pratiche [Challenges and new horizons for the orientation: Methodologies and best practice] (pp. 136-144) Firenze, Italy: Giunti O.S. Organizzazioni Speciali.

  • McMahon, Mary L. and Watson, Mark (2008). Integration and identity issues: Response 1. In Nancy Arthur and Paul Pedersen (Ed.), Case Incidents in Counseling for International Transitions (pp. 173-179) Alexandria, U.S.A.: American Counseling Association.

  • McMahon, M. (2008). Qualitative career assessment: A higher profile in the 21st century?. In Athanasou, J. and Van Esbroeck, R. (Ed.), International Handbook of Career Guidance (pp. 587-601) The Netherlands: Springer.

  • McMahon, Mary (2007). Career counseling and metaphor. In Kerr Inkson (Ed.), Understanding careers: The metaphors of working lives (pp. 270-297) Thousand Oaks, U.S.A.: Sage Publications.

  • Watson, M. and McMahon, M.L. (2007). Children's career development learning: A foundation for lifelong career development. In Skorikov, V.B. and Patton, W. (Ed.), Career Development in Childhood and Adolescence (pp. 29-46) Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

  • McMahon, M.L. (2007). Life story counselling: Producing new identities in career counselling. In Kobus Maree (Ed.), Shaping the story: A guide to facilitating narrative career counselling (pp. 63-72) Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik Publishers.

  • Patton, W., McMahon, M.L. and Watson, M. (2006). Career development and systems theory: Enhancing our understanding of career. In G.B. Stead and M.B. Watson (Ed.), Career psychology in the South African context 2nd ed. (pp. 65-78) Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik.

  • Patton, Wendy and McMahon, Mary (2006). Constructivism: What does it mean for career counselling?. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Ed.), Career counselling: Constructivist approaches (pp. 3-15) Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Viljamaa, Heidi, Patton, Wendy and McMahon, Mary (2006). Constructivist career tools on the internet: Challenges and potentials. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Ed.), Career counselling: Constructivist approaches (pp. 187-201) Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • McMahon, Mary (2006). Creativity and career counselling: a story still to be narrated. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Ed.), Career counselling: Constructivist approaches (pp. 150-160) Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2006). Qualitative career assessment. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Ed.), Career counselling: Constructivist approaches (pp. 163-175) Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • McMahon, Mary (2006). Support and supervision: A lifelong learning process. In Hazel L. Reid and Jane Westergaard (Ed.), Providing support and supervision: An introduction for professionals working with young people (pp. 124-135) Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • McMahon, M. and Patton, W. (2006). The systems theory framework: A conceptual and practical map for career counselling. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Ed.), Career Counselling: Constructivist approaches (pp. 94-109) London, U.K.: Routledge.

  • McMahon, Mary (2006). Working with storytellers: A metaphor for career counselling. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Ed.), Career Counselling: Constructivist Approaches (pp. 16-29) Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Patton, W. and McMahon, M. (2005). (En)gendering socially just approaches to career guidance. In B. Irving and B. Malik (Ed.), Critical reflections on career education and guidance : promoting social justice within a global economy (pp. 86-99) London: RoutledgeFalmer.

  • McMahon, Mary (2004). Career counsellors as reflective practitioners and lifelong learners: What is the place of supervision?. In Hazel Reid and Jenny Bimrose (Ed.), Constructing the future: Reflection on practice 3rd ed. (pp. 55-68) Stourbridge, England: Institute of Career Guidance.

  • McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2003). Influences on career decisions. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Ed.), Ideas for career practitioners: Celebrating excellence in Australian career practice (pp. 130-132) Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

  • McMahon, M., Limerick, B. and Gillies, J. (2003). Structured mentoring: a career guidance activity for school students. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Ed.), Ideas for career practitioners: celebrating excellence in Australian career practice (pp. 122-129) Brisbane, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

  • McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2003). Using timelines in career counselling. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Ed.), Ideas for career practitioners: celebrating excellence in Australian career practice (pp. 133-134) Brisbane, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

  • McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2002). Building Positive Work Habits and Attitudes. In Bryan Hiebert and William Borgen (Ed.), Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the 21st Century: New Roles and Challenges for Guidance and Counselling (pp. 115-130) Paris, France: UNESCO. Section for Technical and Vocational Education.

  • McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2002). Group supervision: A delicate balancing act. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Ed.), Supervision in the helping professions: a practical approach (pp. 55-66) Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Education.

  • McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2002). School counsellor supervision: Less rhetoric and more reality. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Ed.), Supervision in the helping professions: a practical approach (pp. 223-234) Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Education.

  • McMahon, Mary (2002). Some supervision practicalities. In Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton (Ed.), Supervision in the helping professions: a practical approach (pp. 17-26) Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Education.

  • McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2002). Supervision: Lifelong learning for career counsellors. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Ed.), Supervision in the helping professions: a practical approach (pp. 235-248) Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Education.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • McMahon, Mary, Bimrose, Jenny and Watson, Mark (2012). Career adaptability: A qualitative analysis of the career narratives of older women. In: , Abstracts of the XXX International Congress of Psychology. XXX International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa, (201-201). 22 - 27 July 2012.

  • McMahon, M. (2008). Career counselling: Storying new identities. In: AACC, Proceedings of the 17th AACC National Career Conference, Hobart, 2008. AACC National Career Conference 2008, Hobart, TAS, (19-22). 26-28 March 2008.

  • McMahon, M. (2008). Careers, story and identity. In: CATE, CATE 2008 Conference. CATE 2008 Conference, New Plymouth, N.Z., (1-3). 19-22 November 2008.

  • Limerick, Brigid, McMahon, Mary, Cranston, Neil and Andersen, Cheryl (2007). Women approaching retirement: Reflections, issues and hopes. In: M. Albion and P. Collins, Proceedings of the International Women’s Conference 2007. Education, Employment, and Everything: the Triple Layers of a Woman’s Life, University of Southern Queensland, (109-113). 26-29 September, 2007.

  • McMahon, M. (2005). Supervision training online: possibilities and challenges. In: Herbert Biggs, Proceedings of the inaugural Australian Couselling and Supervision Conference 2005: integrating research, practice, and training. Australian Councelling and Supervision Conference 2005, Brisbane, Qld, (). 17-18 Febuary 2005.

  • McMahon, M. (2002). Career development: Reflection, connection, meaning and learning across the lifespan. In: , Partnerships & Pathways in Educational & Community Settings. Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association Conference, Mackay, Qld, (8-8). 21-22 September 2002.

  • Gillies, R. M., McMahon, M. L. and Carroll, J. (1997). Evaluating a career development intervention. In: , School psychology - Making links, making the difference. International School Psychology XXth Annual Colloquium, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, (98-101). July 15-19, 1997.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision