Career Practitioner Institute

 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

February 23-24, 2017
Marriott Memphis East Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee



Institute Registration:

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NCDA Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $120
Non-Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $170
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI) Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 per PDI

Cancellations received in writing prior to February 6, 2017 will be subject to a $50 (US funds) processing fee. Due to costs NCDA incurs, NO refunds will be given after this date. If paying via purchase order, your organization will be required to fulfill the purchase order. Refunds will not be given for no-shows after the Institute.


CPI Location:

Marriott Memphis East Hotel
5795 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119
Reservations: (800) 228-9290
Hotel: (901) 682-0080

Room Rate: $164 plus tax (currently 15.95%, subject to change without notice)

Reservations must be made by January 22, 2017 or until room block is full, whichever comes first.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) - optional (for an additional fee); 4 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CE)

8:00 am - 12:00 pm   PDI #1

12:00 - 1:30 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

1:30 am - 5:30 pm     PDI #2

Friday, February 24, 2017

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening General Session 

10:00 - 11:10 am  Presentation Series I (three presentations per series)

11:25 am - 12:35 pm  Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)

12:35 - 1:45 pm  Welcome Lunch

1:45 - 2:55 pm  Presentation III (three presentations per series)

3:10 - 4:00 pm  Closing Session


Continuing Education
NCDA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #1003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

After the event, NCDA will send an electronic link to the evaluation.  After completion of the evaluation, the system will direct you to your online membership record where continuing education transcript can be printed. 


Professional Development Institutes 

Optional Pre-Conference Professional Development Institutes (additional fee required to participate); 4 Continuing Education Hours

 Thursday, February 23, 2017; 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
PDI #1: Into the Weeds! A Train-the Trainer Session on Federal Hiring for Career Counselors

You will have a plain-language, trainer-the trainer experience that will enable you to advise job seekers on Federal employment. A Federal policy expert from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will provide up-to-date information on Federal hiring rules, job search, resume writing, and student and recent graduate programs.
Tom Formby, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Thursday, February 23, 2017; 1:30 - 5:30 pm
PDI #2: Information coming shortly!



Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 24, 2017

Opening Keynote:

David Blustein PhotoDr. David Blustein, Boston College






Closing Keynote:
Rosie BinghamDr. Rosie P. Bingham, The University of Memphis

Impacting Poverty:  Roles and Responsibilities of Career Development Practitioners
Overcoming poverty in the United States is a daunting challenge.  The challenge is even greater in parts of the South. Given that Chetty, et. al (2016) demonstrated that neighborhoods impact poor individuals’ opportunities to move out of poverty, can career development practitioners have any effect on lifting individuals out of poverty? This presentation will explore the possibilities, roles, and responsibilities of career development practitioners in impacting the career trajectory and the lifestyle of individuals who live in very poor communities or those who find themselves in various distressed situations.Chetty, Raj, Nathaniel Hendren, and Lawrence Katz. 2016. “The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Project.” American Economic Review 106 (4).


Presentation Series - Friday, February 24, 2017

Presentation Series I, 10:00 - 11:10 am 

#1 Compassion Fatigue in the Helping Professions
Attendees will learn about the terms; perform self-assessment; review symptoms and warning signs; evaluate self-care advice; analyze do’s and don’ts of helping; list tips for fatigue reduction; and practice – case studies will be provided.
Sherrie Foster, Tennessee Tech

#2 Using Labor Market Information (LMI) with Clients: Making Numbers Add Up
LMI provides local and national employment data crucial for planning and switching careers. In this workshop, local state experts will use a hands-on case study approach to spot trends in the workforce. Learn how to use accurate, timely information for clients with employers and forecast where job openings will occur.
Ellen Weaver Paquette, NCDA Board Member

#3 Employment Retention: Revolutionizing Attachment to the Workforce for Hard-to-Place Career Seekers
This workshop will discuss the neuroscience behind unemployment and underemployment, how exposure to a low socioeconomic status environment accentuates cognitive control system impairment, and how career service professionals might consider altering their practice to meet the needs of this population. During the workshop participants will experience group activities, a table discussion, and a role play.
Bret Anderson, h2Communciation, LLC

Presentation Series II, 11:25 am - 12:35 pm 

#4 Applying Advocacy and Social Justice to Career Development Services
This session  is designed to support career development practitioners to translate the concept of social justice into active practices directly with clients and with the systems that influence service delivery. This session will illustrate a variety of approaches and techniques to solidify Career practitioners’ roles in assisting individuals from non-dominant groups to overcome career-related barriers. Ultimately this session will provide practitioners in private practice and other career development settings a framework to address the various needs of clients as it relates to social justice and advocacy.   In due course, this approach could lead to individuals getting their career choice RIGHT the first time and help individuals adjust to the ever changing world of work.
Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Member and Training Visions and Melissa Fickling, The University of Memphis

#5 Walk the Line: Balancing the Pulls of Technology
Today’s technologies and social medias open up realms of possibilities for helping clients through the career decision making and job search process. Inappropriate or overuse can have long-lasting effects. In this session, we will explore how current technologies and social medias can enhance career decision making and job searching, identify red flags of misuse, and outline strategies to help clients walk the line of healthy technological use in their lives. 
Debra Osborn, NCDA Board Member and Florida State University

#6 Credentialing and Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators
Every day, NCDA offers practical web resources that can assist you in inspiring and empowering your clients/students. Additionally, NCDA provides online credentialing information - specifically covering the work of the new NCDA Credentialing Committee. The only problem might be identifying these resources when you most need them. Here is your expert guide to NCDA online resources and credentialing information.
Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website and Web Magazine Editors and Marilyn E. Maze, Chair of the NCDA Credentialing Committee


Presentation Series III, 1:45 - 2:55 pm





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