Career Practitioner Institute


Career Practitioner Institute:


The next NCDA CPI will be in Albuquerque, NM,
Friday March 27, 2015 (optional PDI, March 26).
Details Coming Soon!



"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

October 3, 2014
Minneapolis, MN


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Institute Registration: 

[Online Registration is now closed]

Downloadable Registration Form Career Practitioner Institute - Minneapolis Minnesota 


Hotel Information:

Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport Hotel
7901 34th Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: (952) 854-1000


Online hotel reservations can be made at:
National Career Development Association - Embassy Suites Minneapolis

Rate: $139 plus current tax rate of 14.275% (subject to change without notice).

To receive the group rate, reservations will be accepted until NCDA room blocks are full OR until Wednesday, September 10, 2014, whichever comes first.  Please refer to National Career Development Association when making reservations to receive the group rate. The NCDA Group Code is: 1NC. All reservations placed after this cut-off date will be accepted at the hotel's prevailing rate, based on availability.



Professional Development Institutes (PDI) -

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Optional Pre-Conference Professional Development Institutes (additional fee required to participate); 4-8 Continuing Education Units


8:00 am - 12:00 pm    PDI #1: Private Practice and Career Consulting 101 
For Elizabeth Craig PDI Profile Pictureanyone interested in getting help and support in launching or strengthening a private practice, this workshop will provide practical information and inspiration. Instructors are an experienced group of private practice coaches and counselors. Topics will include developing a clear vision, marketing, and best business practices. 

Topics include:
Elizabeth Craig - Setting the Stage - What's Your Ideal Practice/Business
Dean DeGroot - Thriving for 25 Years: Ten Practices for Running a Successful Career Management Business
Carmen Croonquist - Maximizing Your Professional Career Portfolio for Personal Branding, Clarity, and Communicating Your Story
George Dow - Networking Best Practices: Building Your Business, Teaching Your Clients
Nancy Branton - Multiple Streams of Income
Anne Pryor - Online Branding for Business Success
Elizabeth Craig, ELC Global; Dean DeGroot, Innerview Consulting; Carmen Croonquist, Intentionaliti Coaching & Consulting Services; George Dow, George Dow Consulting; Nancy Branton, Workplace Coach Institute; Anne Pryor, meaningful Connections Consulting


1:30 - 5:30 pm            PDI #2: Brain-Savvy Career Coaching
Jane Kise Profile PictureOne of the most frequently used—and most misused—tools for career guidance is personality type, popularized by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® tool. Yet the framework on which it is based, Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types, does indeed describe patterns in career choices, job search methods, and productivity needs. In this hands-on session, attendees will learn:
-Ethical tools for exploring type for non-certified practitioners
-The latest neuroscience findings on personality type and how career practitioners can put them into action
-How to use personality type to focus rather than limit career exploration
-The role of motivation and purpose in evaluating career options
-Complimentary tools that keep clients from feeling boxed in by 16 type framework
Jane Kise, Differentiated Coaching Associates, LLC



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs)

8:00 am - 12:00 pm PDI #1: Private Practice and Career Consulting 101 

12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch On Your Own

1:30 - 5:30 pm  PDI #2: Brain-Savvy Career Coaching



Friday, October 3, 2014

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening General Session

10:00 - 11:00 am Presentation Series I (3 presentations per series)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Presentation Series II (3 presentations per series)

12:15 - 1:30 pm Welcome Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 pm Presentation Series III (3 presentations per series)

2:45 - 3:45 pm Presentation Series IV (3 presentations per series)

4:00 - 4:30 pm Closing Session


Keynote Speaker -

Jane Kise Profile Picture Jane Kise, Differentiated Coaching Associates, LLC

 Meaningful Work AND Marketplace Realities

Fulfillment flows from purposeful work, yet people also need confidence that they can meet their financial obligations. Too often, though, clients feel forced to choose between meaning and money, perhaps because of the “Welcome to the Real World” advice that swirls around college students, displaced workers, and those seeking to change careers.

Instead of this “either/or” thinking, career development practitioners can help clients take a rich “both/and” approach. In this session, we’ll explore how a simple yet profound tool—polarity thinking—can guide people through the maze created by their dreams and fears, the job market, and financial realities. The result? Action steps custom-designed to help them find that sweet spot that incorporates making a life and making a living.

Jane A.G. Kise, Ed.D., is an executive coach and author or coauthor of over 20 books, including LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are, Working With Purpose, Intentional Leadership and Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences. She coaches individuals and organizational teams in the United States, Australia, Europe, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, especially in the areas of communication, change and conflict resolution. The LifeKeys program, now in its 20th year, has helped hundreds of thousands of people find that intersection between what they do well and what needs doing in the world.

Kise holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Leadership, Policy and Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She is a Past President of the Association for Psychological Type International and taught the MBTI certification program for over 15 years. She frequently keynotes and delivers workshops around the world. Current and past clients include NASA, Minneapolis Public Schools, The Bush Foundation, Independent Schools Queensland, and numerous large and small businesses and nonprofit organizations.


Presentation Series 

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

#1 Career Lessons and Ideas for K-12 and Beyond
Attendees will walk away with career ideas and information to help bring career programs into their K-12 school systems. Find out the facts and information to help you move your career programs forward with easy take-a-ways to add into your school program.

Mark Danaher, Newington High School, CT


#2 Ethics in Career Development: Exploring Shades of Gray
Career development practitioners face a variety of ethical challenges. During this session, a panel of career center directors will discuss several case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas. Attendees will be invited to chime in, so join us for a lively discussion of issues that we're facing as we serve our clients.

Ron Cathey, Louisiana Tech University; David Reile, Career Development Alliance and Paul Timmins, University of Minnesota


#3 Career Counseling Interventions                                                         
As clients attempt to navigate career or educational decision making in the current ever-changing world of work, career development professionals can  always use and share ideas of what has been helpful in their work with clients. Rather than viewing career counseling as something that is “done to” clients, we will examine a few interventions that build a collaborative working alliance, enhancing a positive journey for our clients.

Cynthia Marco-Scanlon, John Carroll University and Lourdes Rivera, Queens College, CUNY


Presentation Series II, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

#4 K-12 Developing Collaborative Partnerships for Military Career Pathways in K-12 and Higher Education
Why is the military often overlooked by counselors as a first-choice for an employer? Many counselors are not familiar with the diversity of careers that can be pursued with the nation’s largest workforce. College career center counselors and K-12 school counselors work with students, parents, fellow educators, and community leaders to facilitate their students' informed and intentional career decision making.  Career opportunities in our nation's military provide students with a variety of career transition options from secondary, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and graduate and professional schools in each career clusters.  This workshop will provide attendees with exciting information on the diversity of opportunities and benefits of the armed services as an employer, using the US Army as an example. Handouts websites, electronic applications and resources will be shared with attendees as part of creative career development programming on military careers."
Ray Davis, South Carolina Department of Education and Susan Larson, US Army Education Services Specialist


#5 LinkedIn Primer: An Essential Tool for You and Your Client's Success
Approximately 90% of companies use social media in the recruiting process - LinkedIn being the site of choice. Career development professionals enhance their counseling effectiveness and increase their credibility and brand by having a complete profile. This practical, no-nonsense session introduces the ease of using LinkedIn in your work. Learn practical steps to get started, enhance your profile, and use the "world's largest professional network" as a powerful resource to improve your counseling, coaching and client services. 

Vic Massaglia, University of Minnesota

#6 Recent Immigrants and the Workforce in Canada and the US
Immigrants, expats, emigrants and the workforce, what jobs are available, where are the best opportunities and what are each nation’s requirements? How do recent immigrants really feel about their reception to their host country and how do they acculturate to their new homeland and to the demands of the workforce?  How do we, as career counselors, facilitate this move? Let’s examine both nations and the driving forces that propel new arrivals into the workforce.

Ellen Weaver-Paquette, Rhode Island College

Presentation Series III, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

#7 Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners
Career Development Practitioners – what can NCDA do for you today? Every day, 24/7 in fact, NCDA offers practical resources that can assist you in inspiring and empowering your clients/students. The only problem might be identifying these resources when you most need them. Here is your expert guide to NCDA resources, online and in print.

Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website and Web Magazine Editor

#8 Military and Veteran Career Transition: A Guide for Career Counselors
With the current wars winding down there is a large influx of veterans and military members that are seeking career changes, some because of injuries sustained during their service and others due to the skills they learned while serving.  This session will cover best practices for working with veterans and military members transitioning to new careers from the perspective of a veteran and current military member.
Brian Ophus, MN Department of Employment & Economic Development


#9 Quarter Century of Best Practices to Effectively Develop and Promote your Career Coaching and Consulting Business
Learn ten (10) leading edge techniques and begin developing your own (or your clients) winning strategy right now! Do you wish that someone would share their proven tips and techniques for a thriving career coaching and consulting business and hand them over to you? Elizabeth will share lessons learned from over 25-years of her successful career development practice. She will condense her most effective strategies taking you from self-reflection to action. In this interactive workshop you will take away techniques you can immediately implement.

Elizabeth Craig, ELC Global


Presentation Series IV, 2:45 - 3:45 pm

#10 The Power of Coaching: Turning Career Pain into Hope! 
Imagine you are in a job that is a poor fit and your boss doesn’t show he values you. You are puzzled as to why you can’t figure this out on your own and your self-esteem has begun to plummet. A friend reaches out to you and shares the name of a career coach s/he worked with a while ago…

This session illustrates how the dynamics of coaching favor this situation—from a warm atmosphere with awareness to a shift from personal to the situation along with a pocket-of-power, to a vision of a better future that elicits hope! A brief demonstration will give a snip-it of the process and useful coaching techniques.  Participants will walk away with the following materials to use in their 1-on-1 coaching with clients: Coaching Session Model—9 Steps to Success & Significance; 12 Signals to Leave Your Job Assessment; Powerful Coaching Questions to Shift Mindset; and the article, How the Power of Coaching Transforms a Client’s Job Search!
Nancy Branton, Workplace Coach Institute


#11 What To Do When You Only Have 10 Minutes to Assess a Client/Student
Learn an expedient approach to add to your toolbox of skills: 1) How the Career Process Really Works framework, 2) activities helpful at different phases of the Career Process, and 3) a short Life/Career Self-Test that gives you a snapshot of current life and work situations. Leave with worksheets and exercises that you'll use with your clients/students when you get back to the office.

Carol Vecchio, Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal


#12 Clinical Supervision of Career Practitioners
Supervision for career practitioners is vital to their success, but how to best manage valuable supervision? Explore the “missing link” between supervision of and by mental health professionals and career practitioners. Examine your own needs for helpful supervision, investigate legal and ethical issues, common issues and evaluation. Learn of NCDA’s newest monograph “Clinical Supervision of Career Practitioners: Practical Strategies” and become informed of upcoming NCDA training and certification plans.

Ellen Weaver Paquette, Rhode Island College



NCDA thanks the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA) for their assistance with this CPI. MCDA members can receive NCDA member prices for this event!


The next NCDA CPI will be in Albuquerque, NM,
Friday March 27, 2015 (optional PDI, March 26).

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