Career Practitioner Institute

 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

October 5-6, 2017
Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California




Institute Registration:

 -- Online Registration Opening Soon!--

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 _tba__ 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:

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California

701 W Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90831
800 HILTONS for reservations (445-8667)


NCDA discounted rate: $189 per night


The Hilton is 7 miles from the Long Beach Airport, 20 miles from LAX, and 28 miles from Orange County/John Wayne Airports.  Super Shuttle and others are available for transportation at the baggage claim.



Conference-at-a-Glance - tentative!

Thursday, October 5, 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, October 6, 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 

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, October 5, 2017; 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

PDI #1: Terrific Training Techniques for Career Development Professionals

Filled with practical ideas, techniques, and strategies, this program will help develop your skills to facilitate insight, change and growth in group settings.  Participants will learn how to inspire and motivate people, get them involved, and make group learning more productive, satisfying and fun.  The focus will be on career development topics including icebreakers, perceptions and attitudes, assessment, interviewing, resume development, job search and review.

Judy Kaplan Baron is a Master Career Counselor, Nationally Certified Career Counselor, a (California) Registered Professional Career Counselor, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Management Trainer, and a Professional Speaker.  She has been self-employed in San Diego, California for over 30 years.   In addition to her private practice, she has served for 4 years as Assistant Director of the America Online Career Center. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017; 1:30 - 5:30 pm

PDI #2: Career Construction Interview

This professional development institute demonstrates how to use the Career Construction Interview (CCI; Savickas, 2005) to help individuals explore educational/vocational options, navigate occupational transitions, and construct the next chapter in their career story. It is important to provide individuals with career counseling in order to increase their chances of academic/vocational success. Most individuals do not receive career counseling. Instead, they receive career guidance. Career counseling constitutes a psychological intervention performed by a professional. Today’s workers need both career counseling and career guidance to help them navigate and adapt to work in the 21st century. Dr. Kevin Glavin will detail the history and content of the CCI, and provide a live demonstration of the CCI with a volunteer client.        

Kevin Glavin is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, a Master’s in Business Information Technology Systems, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Economics. Dr. Glavin specializes in Career Counseling, Research in Counseling, and the Integration of Technology and Counseling. He is a former president of the Ohio Career Development Association, and currently serves as Editor for the Journal of Employment Counseling.


Keynote Speakers - Friday, October 6, 2017

The Robots are Coming: From Job Elimination to Career Opportunity
Future developments in disruptive technology, economic globalization, and the movement toward mass higher education promise to destabilize work, the definition of career, and ultimately how individuals find purpose in life. During this session, we will explore the predictions around these trends and the implications for career development.  How can a career counselor effectively guide clients when trait-matching strategies seem too narrow to account for these rapidly evolving dynamics?   What client behaviors should career counselors foster to enable their clients to respond effectively to disruptive changes in work?  The session will conclude with an examination of the concepts and potential applications of the Chaos Theory of Careers, a theory that draws from ideas in both science and spirituality and was developed to guide preparation for careers in an environment of unpredictability.

Catherine Voss Plaxton, M.A.Ed., M.A., PPSC, Director, San Jose State University Career Center


The NEW Yellow Brick Road
No doubt, it's an exciting time to be a career practitioner. Think Linked Learning, Esports careers, YouTubers, three-year B.A.degrees and much more. We are definitely not in Kansas anymore. We will review career stories, innovations, trends and programs that can inform our work and provide us with both traditional and "other ways to win." 

Bob Tyra, California State University, Long Beach and Tyra Educational Services
Laura Forrest, California State University, Long Beach


Presentation Series - Friday, October 6, 2017

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

#1 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: David Reile, NCDA Past President; Panelists: Jay Wall, Merril Simon, Brian Guerrero, and Manual Perez

#2 Multicultural and Social Justice Competence in Career Counseling

If anyone has an obligation to social justice and social action, it would be the career practitioner who serves a diverse population.  Often practitioners shy away from becoming involved in social action for a variety of reasons, however, one of the main reasons is that they just do not know what to do.  In this workshop, participants will be given an entry-level toolbox for implementing social action with their career clients.

Kathy Evans, NCDA Board Member and University of South Carolina

#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, NCDA Board Member and George Washington University and Spencer Niles, NCDA President-Elect and College of William and Mary


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

#4 Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators

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

#5 Inner Heros

Carolyn Kalil

#6 Diverse Populations

Franco Vegas


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

 #7 Credentialing Update

Lisa Severy

#8 SkillScan

Lisa Beckhusen

#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.

Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Trustee and Training Visions



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You may still download the Feb. 2017 Memphis Career Practitioner Institute - Program Book