NCDA Career Practitioner Institute
"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"
October 16, 2020 (PDIs on October 15)
New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
Details for the October CPI will be posted at a later date.
Institute: February 7, 2020
NCDA Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $120.00
Non-Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $170.00
Professional Development Institutes: February 6, 2020
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI)
Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 for PDI #1; $120 for PDI #2
Cancellations received in writing prior to January 15 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.
Renaissance Charlotte South Park Hotel
5501 Carnegie Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28209
Reservations: (800) 468-3571 or (704) 501-2510 or Online reservations
Group Rate is $189 plus tax (currently 15.25%). Please refer to NCDA when making reservations to receive the group rate. Reservations must be made prior to January 15 in order to receive the group or until group block is filled, whichever comes first.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
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 - 12:00 pm PDI #1
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDI #2 - NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour and Career Development in the Auto Racing Industry
Friday, February 7, 2020
8:00 am - 3:30 pm Registration Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening Keynote
10:00 am - 10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am Presentation Series I (three presentations per series)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)
12:30 - 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
NCDA's Credentialing Commission has approved the CPI according to the Continuing Education Manual
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.
After the event, NCDA will send participants an electronic link to the evaluation form. After completion of the evaluation, the system will direct you to your online membership record where your continuing education transcript can be printed.
Optional Pre-Conference Professional Development Institutes (additional fee required to participate); 4 Continuing Education Hours
Thursday, February 6, 2020; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
PDI #1 Grow Your Advocacy: Working with Marginalized Students in Higher Education
The outcome data are clear. Historically marginalized students do not typically achieve the same benchmarks as more privileged peers at any point in the college student development process. Decades of transition programs, remedial pathways, and cultural awareness programs demonstrate little consistency in promoting improvement of the most important academic and career outcomes. Many career professionals today experience the “Groundhog Day” sense of running the same programs again and again without seeing sought after gains.
This practical, interactive Professional Development Institute will encourage participants to take a fresh look at their practice, searching for opportunities to Grow Your Advocacy from the ground up.
Throughout this 4 hour workshop participants will expand their advocacy action toolkit to include personal plans for working directly with clients (in individual or group settings), core principles for reviewing office policies that impact clients’ fairness experience, how to engage strategic partners in new ways, and examples of campus-wide initiatives.
Essentially participants interested in reenergizing their advocacy efforts while improving outcomes will develop a new plan answering the questions:
What can I do in the room?
What can I do in the office?
What can I do with strategic partners (e.g., employers, university division, alumni)?
What can I do campus-wide?
And of course, how can I measure and report the effectiveness of these programs?
Presenter: Brian Hutchison a.k.a. Global Career Guy
Thursday, February 6, 2020; 1:00 - 5:00 pm
PDI #2 NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour and Career Development in the Auto Racing Industry
Ready to discover a world of career options that exist in your community? Explore careers in NASCAR from the tracks in your community to race teams to hospitality and much more. Step into the role of some of the more well-known jobs to see how you would do. But, remember each team is striving for one goal, and each team member contributes to their success to Win. Can you make the team?
1) Who’s in your Neighborhood – See if you can figure out who works on a race team, track, or in many of the industries in your community. Work together as a team to build your race car by correctly identifying opportunities to achieve parts and tools.
2) Career Challenges – Working with your team, see if you can achieve the goals for each of the challenges by assuming a career on a race team.
Challenge 1: Pit Stop.
Challenge 2: Drive.
Challenge 3: Out Race.
Challenge 4: Out Build.
3) Meet the Professionals: Participate in a panel discussion and round table to learn about careers in racing from both NASCAR, team, track, and other critical areas associated with the sport. Panel members are working professionals and subject to change based on availability/scheduling demands. Final panel members may change up to the day.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Education Department
Opening General Session - 9:00 - 10:00 am
Creating, Evaluating, and Enhancing Career Counseling and Youth Support Programs in Global Workforce Development: Consensus across Practice, Policy, and Research
Dr. Nassar recently served as University Scholar to the Research Triangle Institute’s International Development Group on Government and Economic Development/Workforce and Economic Opportunities, where she consulted with various internal and external stakeholder groups on career and workforce development. While there, she conducted a global study to gain consensus among experts across policy, research, and practice domains, which led to development the Career Builders Toolkit. She will share with the audience the practical guidance and wisdom in the Toolkit gleaned from this array of career development experts.
Sylvia Nassar, North Carolina State University
Closing General Session - 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Holistic Assessment and Interventions to address Co-occurring Career and Mental Health Concerns
Clients and students often present with mental health concerns which detrimentally impact their career development and conversely, experience career-related challenges that affect their mental well-being. There are indications that various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression and psychological distress are associated with career decision-making difficulties. Given this connection, career practitioners would benefit from utilizing holistic assessment and interventions to effectively support those they serve. This presentation will contain evidence of the connection between career development and mental health and strategies for comprehensive assessment and intervention.
Seth Hayden, Wake Forest University
Presentation Series I, 10:15 - 11:15 am
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 also offers publications that are valuable everyday. Specifically, an overview of the new “A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment (7th ed.)” will be shared (including the new online companion). 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; NCDA Publications Development Director
Learn How You can Advance Your Career Skills in a Wide Variety of Settings and also Specifically in K-12 Schools
This is a two part presentation by the Training & Education Council for NCDA. We will begin with The Facilitating Career Development (FCD) curriculum 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. The second part will focus on the new SCDA training and credential which is to help people create a Career Development Culture in K-12 Schools. 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. Discussion will focus on challenges for School Career Develop Advisors as well as specific benefits for students and community. NCDA’s new SCDA training and credential will be highlighted.
Presenters: NCDA Training and Education Council Members
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, NCDA Board Member
Panelists: Courtney Warnsman, NCDA Board Member; Lis Doggett, Central Piedmont Community College
Presentation Series II, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Validating Your Qualifications with Credentials
Gain support for your professional background and brand through NCDA’s credentials. You will learn about six competency-based career credentials, why to choose each one, and how to apply. Join over 1000 individuals who have already achieved an NCDA credential. Questions about cost, continuing education requirements, and other concerns will be addressed. www.ncdacredentialing.org
Presenters: Paul Timmins, NCDA Board Member, Lisa Severy, NCDA Board Member, Melanie Reinersman, NCDA
Protean/Boundaryless Formal Assessments: Applicability, Usage and Purpose for Returning Veterans
This workshop will introduce the concept of the Protean job seeker and how boundarylessness translates into employee fit for the returning veteran job seeker. Additionally, this workshop will introduce formal assessment concepts that help career practitioners illuminate the traits necessary for job advancement based on employer observation and practice.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
-Define the career development factors related to the Protean/Boundaryless career seeker
-Explain how the interview process is evolving beyond applicant competence and toward applicant fit
-Interpret the employment related meaning associated with employee competence and fit for the returning veteran applicant
-Apply interpretation results to a real-study
Presenter: Bret Anderson, h2 Communication, LLC
An Introduction to Infographics
How do you share information with your students, clients, and other stakeholders, such as department chairs and local employers? A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover how career practitioners can enhance their website content and workshop materials with original images, without having graphic design experience. A variety of tools will be introduced along with practical examples for their use in the context of career services.
Presenter: Melissa Venable, NCDA Board Member
Presentation Series III, 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Charlotte Area Workforce Trends and Job Search Networking Techniques.
This workshop provides current and future labor market information as well as networking tools, techniques and resources to help your clients and students find work. The job search materials and local labor market information have been proven to secure jobs that have been advertised, are found only in the hidden job market, or have not yet been determined.
Presenter: Charles Lehman, Board Member
Membership Town Hall Meeting
Members, We want to hear from you! Our members are the BEST part of NCDA. We want to take an opportunity to speak with you regarding your membership experience, receive suggestions for member engagement and how to sustain your commitment to the association. We will also share how you can become involved in the organization via committees and leadership. This session will be a focus group format. Focus group of what NCDA can do to attract more members, services and expectations of NCDA membership.
Presenter Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Member
Mindfulness and Work/Life Balance
Mindfulness is a form of self-awareness that is described as "a state of being in the present moment and accepting things for what they are without judgement". Being mindful helps you to be better able to recognize levels of self-awareness in regard to your own thoughts and feelings. This is very important when handling relationships and work/life balance. Gaining a better understanding of these dynamics helps you to decide how you will react to life situations. Mindfulness creates a sense of space within yourself. With time and practice it opens up a new dimension of freedom, relaxation and stillness. The result being increased productivity and better decision making.
Presenter: Carolyn Jones, NCDA Board Member
What Is a Career Practitioner Institute?
NCDA offers these smaller, regional conferences for the purpose of
- gathering practitioners together for a day-long event at a low cost
- allowing state CDA leaders, NCDA Board members and representatives opportunities to present to and interact with smaller groups of practitioners
- showcasing NCDA products and benefits to both members and non-members
- offering CEUs (continuing education units) to practitioners who seek these
- convening Board meetings and state CDAs
What Are Participants Saying about NCDA Career Practitioner Institutes?
- "I enjoyed everything! Networking was terrific! Speakers were excellent! Location was wonderful. Being able to obtain 13 CEU's in 2 days while having fun, too!"
- "Two of the best things about the presentations were the thought provoking ideas and concepts and the competencies of the facilitators."
- "I enjoyed gaining new information and practices to re-energize my work."
- "As a new member, this was very beneficial... I learned about the many resources and training opportunities available to me personally, but also those that will be helpful in my work with my students."
National Career Development Association (NCDA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2015.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.
NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Mark Your Calendars for upcoming Career Practitioner Institutes:
October 16, 2020 - New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
February 2021 - tba
October 2021 - tba