Featured Sessions Announced!

Featured Sessions are being offered throughout the Long Beach Conference:


Thursday, June 19th, 3:15 - 4:15 pm

#107 The 25 Key Ideas in a Book 10,000,000 People Have Bought

Dick Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute, will distill his 350 page book down to its key ideas, and discuss how to share them with students and clients.

Dick Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute?


Thursday, June 19th, 4:40 - 5:40 pm

#207 Using Stories and Metaphors as a Springboard for Action

This presentation will outline some of the basic principles of active engagement and will also illustrate how to use client and counselor initiated stories and metaphors within career development. The session will have an experiential and dynamic focus and will include both discussion and demonstration.

Norman Amundson, University of British Columbia, Canada.


Friday, June 20th, 10:30 - 11:30 am

#307 A Map for Navigating Uncertainty in Life and Work

The 21st century is a confusing, overwhelming place. The old rules of how we live our lives and navigate the chaos of the work world have not, as yet, been rewritten. Be introduced to a unique, practical tool to navigate and normalize uncertainty in every aspect of life and work, what it takes to define life and work that is meaningful and heart-based, and the most effective steps to take when your clients feel confused and stuck.

Carol Vecchio, Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal; Byron Waller, Governors State University; and Heather Zeng, Capella University



Friday, June 20th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

#503 Qualitative Assessments in Career Counseling: The Client Career Story as an Idiographic Process


Qualitative (idiographic) career assessments provide rich avenues to explore client meanings, themes, and preferences.  Using an idiographic process, the storied approach framework gives voice to the client story. Demonstrations of selected qualitative career assessments will be provided (lifeline, career genogram, résumé analysis, ideal day, card sorts, life roles, goal map).

Pamelia E. Brott, Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia Center


Saturday, June 21st, 8:30 - 9:30 am

#609 Charting the Course for Undecided and Exploring College Students: Tips and Tools to Move Students Towards Career Clarity

College Career Counselors are often challenged by students who struggle to attain career discernment. The creative interventions shared in this session will equip practitioners to better help students clarify their interests, skills, values, and personality preferences, and to increase confidence and goal-orientation in the process of academic and career decision-making.

Sarah Backes-Diaz, University of California, Berkeley and Vera V. Chapman, Colgate University


Saturday, June 21st, 9:45 - 10:45 am

#709 Innovative and Culturally Competent Career Development for First-Generation College Students

In serving diverse first-generation students, college career development practitioners must incorporate familial and cultural implications while supporting students' exploration. The current presentation will address innovative ways to provide culturally competent career development and to create seamless delivery across multiple departments.

Robin Bishop, Shelly Ling-Truong, Gregory Travis, Evelyn Oyuela-Kowalski, Kim Terrill and Jocelyn Chong, Mount St. Mary's College