NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

February 7, 2020 (PDIs on Feb 6)

Renaissance Charlotte South Park Hotel 
Charlotte, North Carolina


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Continuing Education Form - Cleveland, OH (October 25, 2019)


Institute Registration:


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.


Hotel/CPI Venue:

Renaissance Charlotte South Park Hotel
5501 Carnegie Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28209

Reservations: (800) 468-3571 or (704) 501-2510

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


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 form.  After completion of the evaluation, the system will direct you to your online membership record where your 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 6, 2020; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

PDI #1 
Details Coming Soon!
Presenter: Brian Hutchison, New Jersey City University

Thursday, February 7, 2020; 1:00 - 5:00 pm

PDI #2 NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour and Career Development in the Auto Racing Industry
Join NCDA as we travel to the NASCAR Hall of Fame located a short distance from the hotel. This is a great opportunity to learn that there is more to the auto racing industry than just being a race car driver! You will hear from experts in the field and learn about this fascinating industry. Your afternoon will wrap up with a brief independent tour of the Hall of Fame including several interactive exhibits.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Education Department


Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 7, 2020

Opening General Session - 9:00 - 10:00 am

Details Coming Soon!
Sylvia Nassar, North Carolina State University


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

Details Coming Soon!
Employer Panel 


Presentation Series - Friday, February 7, 2020

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

NCDA Facilitating Career Development and School Career Development Advisor Training Programs
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

NCDA Credentialing
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


Town Hall Meeting
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


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