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Strengths-Based Future Guidance

VAHTO’s main goal was to enhance the success of university students in career planning and the achievement of future career goals through strengths-based future guidance.

In the Developing Strengths-Based Future Guidance (VAHTO) project, we developed the practices and methods of tutoring university students and built a VAHTO model that meets the needs of university students and the challenges of working life together with university staff and students. We have carried out development work in the spirit of research, applied research and practical and inclusive development measures. This VAHTO  website has been built on the objectives of the project and the measures taken. Welcome to the site, we hope you find advice and tips for your own teaching and guidance work!

VAHTO Strengths Cards help to identify and utilize strengths

The Strengths-Based Guidance Workbook supports guidance and teaching

The Strengths-Based Future Guidance (VAHTO) model


Strengths-Based Future Guidance utilizes process thinking, which is based on identifying strengths, utilizing strengths, developing and strengthening strengths, and focusing on the future. The Strengths-Based Future Guidance (VAHTO) model is based on a profound understanding, identification and use of human character strengths in such a way that allows the participant to reflect on and make positive decisions regarding their future from their own starting points and based on their needs and strengths.

Those interested in an in-depth understanding of the VAHTO model and its underlying ideology will find useful information in the Workbook of Strengths-Based Future Guidance, and in the final publication on the development of strengths-based future guidance and the VAHTO model at the universities of Lapland (only available in Finnish).

How to cite the VAHTO model:
Hyvärinen, S., Kangastie, H., Löf, J., Rautio, K., Riponiemi, N., & Uusiautti, S. 2021. Workbook of Strengths-Based Future Guidance. Rovaniemi: University of Lapland. https://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-337-304-4

Visuaalinen kuvaus VAHTO-mallista

This website is part of the Developing Strengths-Based Future Guidance (VAHTO) project carried out by the University of Lapland and the Lapland UAS between 1 Aug 2019 and 31 Dec 2021. The project has been funded by the European Social Fund and the North Ostrobothnia ELY Centre.