Professional Development Institutes

Professional Development Institutes/Career Center Tour

Professional Development Institutes are intense 4-hour (or 6-hour) workshops that are designed to provide participants with in-depth information. Participants registered for a PDI will receive 4 continuing education contact hours (6 for Career Center Tour) for their participation. Refreshment breaks will be provided. Participants must register for these sessions.

NCDA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


Monday, June 29,2015 ~ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Career Center Tour
In conjunction with the Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA), we are pleased to host this exciting event that will allow you to see some of the beautiful state of Colorado as well as visiting some of the top career centers in the country! The day will include presentations from site hosts including information about client services, theoretic orientations, points of pride, best practices, and other information about the site. Site visits will include the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, Metro State University, and Red Rocks Community College. The cost includes transportation as well as lunch! More details to come! Attendees will receive 6 contact hours.


Monday, June 29, 2015 ~ 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

PDI #1 Using StrengthsFinder 2.0 to Increase Clients' Well-Being and Engagement
How can you help clients create change, specifically around their well-being and engagement? Strengths is a powerful tool to help drive change and increase life satisfaction. Learn more about these topics and walk away with resources and tools you can immediately use to help clients make meaningful change.

Cori Shaff, University of Colorado Boulder

PDI #2 The Life Design Group: Career Development Through Career Construction Counseling
Typically, career specialists conduct the career construction interview (CCI) with individual clients. In this PDI, attendees will participate in The Life Design Group to learn use of the CCI in group settings. Attendees will practice a ThemeMapping process developed and used by the presenters in their own work and research.

Susan R Barclay and Kevin B. Stoltz, University of Central Arkansas

PDI #3 Putting the Psychology of Working to Work: New Practice Ideas for a Challenging Era
Daunting changes across the globe are radically transforming work, generating the need for new paradigms and new practices.  This presentation introduces participants to the psychology of working framework, which informs new practices that move beyond traditional careers to include all workers as well as those who are outside of the paid marketplace.

David Blustein, Boston College

PDI #4 Overcoming the Fear of Failure
The best way to learn a new skill is to begin doing it. We will involve you in action steps to help you discover ways for you and your clients to overcome initial fears of trying new activities in order to explore new career-related opportunities. We will motivate each other to become willing experimenters in life.

John Krumboltz, Stanford University and Linda Kobylarz, Post University

PDI #5 Effective Coaching Skills for Career Counselors
This PDI will outline the similarities and differences between career counseling and career coaching skills; demonstrate effective career coaching skills and techniques; describe specific client situations where career coaching skills can be effectively used; and facilitate participant practice of career coaching techniques.

Richard Knowdell, Career Development Network


Monday, June 29, 2015 ~ 1:30 – 5:30 pm

PDI #6 Reimagining: Purpose Driven-Happiness
Purpose and meaning is core to reimagining possibilities. LifeReimagined.org has created face-to-face and digital effort to help users discover their purpose and find happiness. Building on last year's keynote by Richard Leider, this presentation will go deeper into personal discovery as participants reimagine their possibilities.

Rich Feller, Colorado State University and Richard Leider, Inventure Group

PDI #7 Group Career Counseling
Participants will gain an understanding of a unique counseling methodology which effectively integrates group counseling with career development. Using an experiential approach, within a “fish bowl” format, principles and skills will be illustrated via an actual group career counseling (GCC) session. Relevant handouts including a detailed outline of a GCC program will be provided.

Richard Pyle, U.S. Peace Corps and Seth Hayden

PDI #8 Beyond Assessments: Helping Clients Who are Stuck Using Creative Counseling Systems
This training will enable counselors to better serve their clients through understanding, and using as appropriate, Career Construction Theory, Career Focused Sand Tray Therapy, and Transferable Skills Analysis systems. The workshop includes theory and research, case studies, demonstrations, customized application and interpretation materials, and role playing opportunities for each system.

Heather Ver Brugge, Marty Apodaca, and Autumn Collins, University of New Mexico and Elizabeth Daniels, Sage Neurosystems

PDI #9 Getting Down to Business: Growing Your Private Practice
Time to take your private practice/careers business to the next level! Whether you’ve done it for years or are just getting started, this is for you. We will cover practical information in a collaborative and interactive format. Participants will leave with tools, resources, and renewed energy for their businesses.

Michelle Carroll, Carroll Career Consultants, LLC and Tina Johnston, NewStarts Counseling & Education Services, PLLC

PDI #10 Injecting Career Preparation into Career Exploration: An Applied Model for Advisors Helping Students
This presentation will provide career development practitioners of all levels a career-centric model for career exploration. This model integrates components of various career development theories into a developmental process that incorporates the client relationship, client personal development, and institutional and professional resources. Several client scenarios will be presented that depict levels of client career exploration phases with a practitioner led activities. Participants will be given a workbook which includes instructions for over 25 career exploration activities.

W. Kerry Hammock and Dan Chandler, University Advisement Center BYU


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