Career Practitioner Institute - February 19, 2016 - New Orleans, Louisiana

 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute

"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

February 19, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana


Institute Registration: TCSEVENT[2334|Click here to Register Online Now]

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CPI Fee $120 - NCDA/LCDA Member on or before February 8, 2016
CPI Fee $170 - Non-member on or before February 8, 2016
Optional PDI - $75 on or before February 8, 2016
Click here to download the NCDA W-9 Form.

CPI Location:

Le Pavillon Hotel
833 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Lousiana 70112
Phone: (504) 581-3111 or (800) 535-9095

Rate: $149 plus tax

Reservation deadline is January 18, 2016. Reservations made after that date will be subject to the prevailing hotel rate, based on availability. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - PDI #1
1:30 am - 5:30 pm - PDI #2

Friday, February 19, 2016

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening General Session

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

11:25 am - 12:35 pm  Presentation Series II (3 presentations per series)

12:35 - 1:45 pm  Welcome Lunch

1:45 - 2:55 pm  Presentation Series III (3 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.

The following contact hours are approved:

PDI #1 and PDI #2: 4 contact hours
Institute: 5.5 contact hours

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 - Thursday, February 18

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

8:00 am - 12:00 pm           Professional Development Institute

PDI #1 Putting the Psychology of Working to Work: New Practice Ideas for a Challenging Era
Daunting changes across the globe are transforming work, generating the need for new paradigms and new practices. This presentation introduces the psychology of working framework and provides participants with new skills and tools to work with clients and communities who have less than optimal options in their work lives.

David Blustein, Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College

1:30 - 5:30 pm                      Professional Development Institute
PDI #2 Tips and Tools to Expand Career Literacy for All
Expanding career literacy demands increasing the language behind life clarification, intentional exploration and career management. This presentation shares intimate experience in the development of the following “disruptive” tools which are greatly impacting student/client outcomes. Six tools which draw upon new ways to better increase your outcomes will be covered worth more than the price of this PDI. What if within this 4 hour session you could learn about the concepts behind the six tools and leave with access to: 

  1. The Who You Are Matters! board game and leave with a personalized Career Statement, specific possibilities to explore and post game access to the Online Storyteller provided by OneLIfeTools.com?
  2. A revolutionary new aptitude assessment  building on 40+ years of research that is bring new career science to users about finding career FIT, and receive materials to help them utilize their results? (The state of Georgia recently adopted www.youscience.com for 20K students in the first national pilot). (Passcode provided)
  3. The online LifeMap…a remarkably creative and game like tool designed for helping users navigating a lifetime of transitions with “purpose"?
  4. The Knowdell Motivated Card Sort system? (deck of cards provided)
  5. The www.cdminternet.com? (print and passcode provided)
  6. Online coaching modules for each of the 16 TYPES and the top 5 secrets of success for each type? (passcode provided)

Rich Feller, Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University

Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 19


David Blustein, PhD

The Impact of Work in People's Lives: Implications for Career Practitioners

Despite the official end of the Great Recession, people across the world are suffering from growing inequality, greater instability at work, and a diminished capacity to determine the course of their own work lives.  In this presentation, participants will learn about the contemporary experience of working from the voices of people who have been grappling with the changing landscape of work. Using vignettes from in-depth interviews with 60 people who participated in the Boston College Working Project, the struggle to sustain a livelihood and to feel alive at work will be brought to life.

One of the major themes that will be explored is the observation that there are two profoundly disparate experiences of working within the U.S.; some work for survival and struggle to eke out an existence while others work for self-determination and experience feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment in their work lives.  The complex ways in which people navigate across these two poles of experience will be summarized in the presentation. Implications for career practitioners will be reviewed along with specific strategies that the participants can use to help clients maximize their possibilities of forging a life of meaning and purpose at work. 

David Blustein Photo
David L. Blustein is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. David is the author of “The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for Career Development, Counseling, and Public Policy” and the editor of “The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Working” as well as numerous articles and book chapters on career development, work-based transitions, poverty, unemployment, relational theories of working, and the psychology of working. 


Rich Feller, PhD

Career Mindsets: Practical Tips and Tools to Move from “I’m Stuck” to “I Desire” 

Career development is said to be a developmental process. Yet fewer clients/students have the privilege of following Super’s linear process.  Fortunately, digital technology, analytics, and new forms of career interventions are enhancing self-report interest-centric tools, the most used form of career science. 

Narrative and storytelling approaches, life design principles, aptitude assessments, and evidence-based methods offer hope for navigating a lifetime of career transitions. With increased need for career development outcomes and fewer public resources, disruption in how and who delivers career development grows. This presentation will provide tips and sample tools (that you can use tomorrow) to challenge mindsets about how to move from “I’m stuck” to “I desire”.  Counselors, career specialists, coaches and advisors "what’s our Mindset"? Where are we stuck? What do we desire?

Rich Feller Nov 2015

Rich Feller Ph.D, Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, is a former NCDA President and recipient of the Eminent Career Award. With help from many he’s consulted on six continents and all 50 states, co-authored three books (with Gary Walz, Ed Whitfield, Chris Wood, and Judy Whichard), three film series (with Joe Vasos), print and digital versions of www.cdminternet.com (with Art O’Shea and Tom Harrington), and the Who You Are Matters board game (with Mark Franklin).  He loves to learn about maximizing talent, clarifying voice, accelerating intentional exploration, and living on purpose within turbulent times. Barbara and he are proud parents of son Chris. His second best accomplishment is holding Hall of Famer Dr. J (Julius Erving) to 35 points in a college basketball game (in the first half). 


Presentation Series - Friday, February 19

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

#1 Impact of Career on Family
A consistent line of research has addressed work and family roles. In this session, we will briefly review some research and the systemic influences of work on family roles and function. Attention will be given to the importance of communication and role performance. Practical, clinical strategies will be provided to professionals working with family and work balance.
Ron Cathey, Louisiana Tech University

#2 Career and Mental Health, Beyond the Connection
Research and theorists have been consistently emerging, supporting the connection between career and mental health. In this session, we will briefly review what connections have been found, tools that allow for the exploration of both, ethical considerations, and specific strategies for addressing mental health issues within a career-focused setting.
Deb Osborn, Florida State University

#3 Applying the Action-Oriented Hope-Centered Model of Career Development to Your Everyday Practice 
Research shows that high hope is associated with one’s work/school engagement, vocational identity, and academic/task performance. Come and learn how to use the hope-centered model of career development (HCMCD) with seven key elements: hope, self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting and planning, implementing, and adapting, in your everyday practice.
Hyung Joon Yoon, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane


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

#4 Career Counseling and Special Needs: The Art and Science of It All
In this presentation participants will examine both the “science” and the “art” of career counseling with clients with disabilities. Utilizing the Holland Code for Rehabilitation Counselors (Social, Artistic, Investigative) as one insightful template for  best practice, participants will gain further insights regarding the ready application of their knowledge and skills to initiate (or expand) their counseling services in this rewarding and rapidly-emerging career counseling challenge.
Jan Case

#5 Humanitarian Organizations and Career Development
This session will feature a discussion with two organizations in the New Orleans area that promote career development as a part of their programs of helping others. Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) of the Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of New Orleans assists youth who are or were in foster care to become independent adults. The program gives an opportunity for youth to learn valuable skills necessary to make a successful transition from state custody to living on their own in the community. Foster youth age 14 -21 may be eligible for this program. Cafe Hope is intended for people ages 17 to 21 who often are referred by youth advocates, juvenile services, churches and family members. It combines a 16-week curriculum of life skills and hands-on training in the kitchen and dining room with guidance from industry professionals and volunteer mentors and help with job placement once apprenticeships are complete. Café Hope is a non-profit organization that relies on grants and donations from our community.
Melisa Jacks, Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of New Orleans, Ron Cathey, Louisiana Tech University

#6 Veterans and Career Development
Military veterans face myriad challenges after transitioning from active duty. Among them are deciding on a career path that will help to strengthen a previously foggy vocational self-concept. The content of this session will explain the variety of internal and external variables that veterans face as they transition from military culture to civilian culture through employment and discuss important strategies and or career counseling techniques that will support effective transition from military to civilian life.
Bret Anderson, h2Communication, LLC


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

#7 Assessment for Effective Career Decision Making
In this age of post-modern approaches to career development and its emphasis on qualitative methods of assessment, the contribution that quantitative assessment methods make in career counseling can be paramount to success.  A model for a college major/career boot camp will be shared that focuses on tools to assess abilities, interests, personalities, and values with action planning for effective decisions about college and career.
Mary Feduccia, CareerWorks360

#8 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

#9 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.
David Reile, Career Development Alliance and Paul Timmins, University of Minnesota