Practical Techniques and Strategies for Career Development Practitioners

Career Practitioner Institute - Feb 15 - San Diego

 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

February 15, 2019 - San Diego, CA
(PDIs on February 14)
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay



Institute Registration:


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NCDA Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $120.00
Non-Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $170.00
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI) Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 per PDI

Cancellations received in writing prior to February 1, 2019 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:

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
141 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 221-4820

Room reservation: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SANIS/G-NCPI
Group Name: NCDA. (If group code is needed: NCPI.)
Room block cut-off date will be Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Check in time 4 pm. Check out time is 11 am

$159.00 single rate, taxes do apply.
$10.00 Resort Services Program fee added to each room rate per night. (Normally $32 per night.)

Overnight parking at hotel: $20 discounted overnight self-parking per vehicle (valued at $38 per overnight)

Airport Transportation: Super Shuttle services the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay from San Diego’s Lindbergh International Airport. The current charge is 2018 is $12.00 per person each way. (Rates are subject to change).



Thursday, February 14, 2019

7:30 am - 5:00 pm     Registration Open

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

8:00 am - 12:15 pm  PDI #1

12:15 - 1:15 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

1:15 pm - 5:30 pm  PDI #2:

Friday, February 15, 2019

7:30 am - 3:30 pm  Registration Open

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening Keynote

9:45 am - 10:00 am  Refreshment Break

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

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

12:15 - 1:30 pm  Welcome Lunch (included)

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

2:45 - 3:00 pm  Refreshment Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm  Closing Keynote


Continuing Education 

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NCDA's Credentialing Commission has approved the CPI according to the 2018 Continuing Education Manual

NBCC ACEPNCDA 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 14, 2019; 8:00 am - 12:15pm

PDI #1:

"Active Engagement: Ten Big Ideas" - presented by Norm Amundson

“Active Engagement” is a dynamic, short-term career counselling approach that incorporates flexibility, creativity, metaphors, physical action, and hope. The activities are designed to be memorable (sticky) and can be applied in a variety of individual, group, and online situations. Evaluation data has been gathered with unemployed clients, immigrants, refugees, and university graduates. In this session we will be exploring a range of different active engagement activities with video clips, demonstrations, experiential involvement, and discussion.Amundson Photo

Dr. Norman Amundson is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has given many national and international presentations and has published widely. His most recent publication is a 2018 anniversary edition of his award winning book “Active Engagement”. Dr. Amundson’s many accomplishments include the Eminent Career Award from NCDA and an honorary doctorate from the University of Umea in Sweden.

Thursday, February 14, 2019; 1:15 - 5:30 pm

PDI #2: Expand Your Impact: Skill-Building Toolkits to Disrupt Career Work - presented by Rich Feller

Create HEROIC mindsets (Hope, self-Efficacy, Resiliency, Optimism, Intentional exploration and Curiosity and Clarity) and clients learn to navigate a lifetime of transitions. Use narrative assessment (onelifetools.com) and clients tell stories to discover possibilities. Offer aptitude assessment (youscience.com) and clients find their competitive advantage (https://www.youscience.com/this-nashville-tech-firm-says-it-has-a-solution-for-countrys-skills-gap). Stop using the “what do you love to do” question and watch clients be more marketable, expand options, and receive employers praise. Confront the interest-only and passion approach to overcome "exposure bias" (https://www.forbes.com/sites/gradsoflife/2018/09/18/wheres-the-talent-employers-and-communities-need-more-than-passion/#59776a0065c2) which reduces client success. Use games and card sorts to engage more clients. Leave this session with skills to expand your impact, scale, and deliverables. Promise! This PDI sold out at NCDA Phoenix conference and Portland CPI.

Rich Feller 1Rich Feller Ph.D, (richfeller.com) has served as NCDA President, consultant to NASA, UN, NFL, AARP, Semester at Sea and organizations and companies in all 50 US states and on six continents. Professor of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University he’s co-author of 3 books, 6 film series, the Who You Are Matters! (onelifetools.com) game, cdminternet , stemcareer.com, youscience.com Chief Advisor, and lead trainer for the JCTC/JCDC Coach Certificate held by 8K career coaches.


Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 15, 2019

Opening General Session - 8:30 - 9:45 am

Amundson Photo

"Metaphor Making" - presented by Norm Amundson 

Metaphors are an integral piece of story telling and can be used as an analytic and intervention tool for counseling and case discussion. Metaphors are creative and useful ways of understanding and externalizing problems. There are several steps in this process, starting with Identification, moving to Elaboration, exploring various forms of Extension and Perspective Shifting, and then concluding with Reformulation. In this presentation, I will be describing and illustrating the various processes with case examples. This information can be applied in many different professional contexts.


Closing General Session - 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

"Career Work is Justice Work" - presented by Brian Hutchison, New Jersey Brian HutchisonCity University

Career services professionals sit at the junction of client personal fulfillment and their experience with important social systems (i.e., the world-of-work). Career choices are either restrained or enhanced by the fairness of employment systems. This interactive session will explore career services practice through a social justice lens. Attendees will leave with greater personal insight into their own career practice as it aids clients while striving for social justice.


Presentation Series - Friday, February 15, 2019

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

1. Applying the Hope-Action Theory to Your Everyday Career Development Practice
Research shows that high hope enhances one’s work/school engagement, vocational identity, and academic/task performance. Come and learn how to use the Hope-Action Theory with seven key elements: hope, self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting and planning, implementing, and adapting, in your everyday career practice.

Presenters: Hyung Joon Yoon, NCDA Board Member and Spencer Niles, NCDA President


2. Creating a Career Development Culture in K-12 Schools: Strategies for 21st Century Program Development
Focused efforts in career development programming based on standards, theory and outcome-based interventions can go  far in creating a career development culture that connects home, school and community. Programming designed to support student self-knowledge, career exploration and employability skills is essential to student success in the 21st century workplace. NCDA’s new SCDA training and credential will be highlighted.

Presenters: Celeste Hall, NCDA Board Trustee and Mark Danaher, High School and Beyond

3. Is the Facilitating Career Development (FCD) training for you?

The Facilitating Career Development (FCD) curriculum was created over 25 years ago for people who provide career services in a wide variety of settings who were looking for further career training. We will overview the 12 competencies covered in the class, brief history, the value of this course, and the credentials available once you complete the class. There will be plenty of time for Questions and Answers.

Presenters: Walt Lodes Jr., NCDA Master Trainer, CCSP, GCDF-I, HPCD F/A, CBSP, Jim Peacock, CCSP, GCDF, NCDA FCD Instructor, Peak-Careers Consulting and Kristen Garceau, MA, CCSP, NCDA FCD Instructor, Career Resource Connection


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

4. Understanding Your Personality Type and Maximizing Career Success

The assessment of our personality type can result in a better understanding of how to approach our work, manage our time, problem solve and find the best approaches to decision making.   During the workshop, you will participate in a progressive self-assessment exercise based on the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI).  According the C. G. Jung’s theory on which the MBTI is based there are variations in behavior that are orderly and consistent due to basic differences in the ways in which individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. Preferences help us in different ways and to different degrees throughout our lives.  

Presenter: Carolyn Jones, Board Member


5. Are You Interested in Credentials? We Can Help!

Come hear about NCDA’s exciting new career credentials. You will learn about six possible credentials, how to choose among them, and how you can apply. Thus far, over 1000 individuals have been credentialed with NCDA.  You can also join us for a “Jump Start” session during the lunch hour or visit our table. Credentialing details can always be found at  www.ncdacredentialing.org

Presenter: Lisa Severy, original member of the NCDA Credentialing Commission


6. Assisting Military Service Members and Veterans via Cognitive Information Processing Theory

Military service members and veterans have several unique career development considerations. A sophisticated response to their career needs, which accounts for the unique context of the military, is warranted. Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) theory is an extensively examined framework that focuses on empowering individuals to engage in effective career decision-making and problem-solving. The dimensions of CIP and specific research-informed career interventions designed to assist military service members and veterans will be presented. 

Presenter: Seth C.W. Hayden, NCDA Board Member, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Wake Forest University


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

7. A Case Study Approach to Ethics in Career Development

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of the complex real world in which we live and work. Approached well, these difficult situations become prime opportunities for learning and effective practice. Come to this presentation to experience a proactive, positive approach to enhancing our ethical sensitivities and learning ethical decision-making strategies.

Facilitator: Lakeisha Mathews, Board Member

Panelists: Lisa Severy and Carolyn Jones, Board Members and Bret Anderson, Chair of the NCDA Training & Education Council


8. Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators
How can you empower and inspire your clients/students if you cannot identify and access the necessary resources? Internet resources are available 24/7, so take advantage of them! NCDA offers so many practical, online resources that the only problem might be identifying these resources when you most need them. Here is your guide to the award-winning NCDA website and specific career resources that will benefit you and your clients/students.

Presenter: Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website & Web Magazine Editor


9. Mental Health and Career Development

The purpose of this presentation is to enable career service providers with key strategies to appropriately address clients with mental health issues. The session will specifically discuss the mechanism of mental health and career development, intake techniques, selecting appropriate assessments and developing a referral process. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to better articulate practical approaches to identify and serve individuals who have both career development and mental health needs.

Presenter: Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Member



The San Diego Program book will be distributed upon arrival. For an example of a previous CPI, please view the CPI Portland Program Book

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