NCDA’s COVID-19 Career and Mental Health Resources
There are countless resources, lists, webinars and tools being circulated to support helping professionals during this global pandemic. Read more about how these resources and how they might help you today.
If you only have 10 minutes, please start here.
- CDC Coronavirus Information
- WHO Coronavirus Information
- Just for Kids: a Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Shareable Coronavirus Social Media Images
Basic Needs and Provisions
- COVID-19 Support and Information from the NCDA Government Relations Committee and NCDA Lobbyist
- Domestic Violence Community Protocols during COVID-19
How is NCDA choosing resources?
NCDA has formed a working group to select and evaluate resources. No one person is equipped to deal with these unprecedented times. We are approaching this together, as a community of career professionals. Then, you in turn, can support your communities across the country, and worldwide, knowing that your colleagues and peers have carefully chosen these resources for you.
Call to Action
NCDA members are encouraged to tell their story. Read the details on the NCDA Advocacy webpage: Call to Action.
Mental Health Resources
Remember to first check in with yourself!
- Video: Start with these 2 questions to help people adjust - A helpful conversation with with Global Career Guy Brian Hutchinson
- Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
- Lending a helping hand during crisis
- Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19
- MentalHealthHotline.org offers both mental health guides and free hotlines for a variety of mental health challenges
Free webinars/interviews/articles for career services professionals:
- "Help! I Need a (Better) Job!"
- An Expert's Take on Essential Work, Overwork, and Unemployment (an interview with David Blustein)
- Don’t Let The Virus Make You Lose Your Story! So Says Eminent Career Scholar Mark Savickas
- COVID-19: Job Market Insights & Job Search Strategies from Experts
- How do you continue a job search during a pandemic?
- IBISWorld - Global COVID-19 Impact on Industry Sectors
- Global Digital Career Advocacy - download the overview then watch the various interviews by Raza Abbas which aim to raise awareness on the significance of career guidance and career development especially in the times of Covid-19 pandemic.
Remote Work & Education
Practicing Distance Therapy, Legally and Ethically - The American Psychological Association (APA) offers guidelines for practitioners in this rapidly changing area.
Ethical Use of Social Networking Technologies in Career Services - This paper shares the results of the NCDA Ethics Committee’s comprehensive review of literature about the use of social networking technologies in practice by career professionals and those in related helping professions. The paper served as a foundational resource to inform the guidelines that are now a part of the 2015 Code of Ethics.
Because remote work relies on the use of technology, visit Career Convergence's Tech Tips for examples of using tools in career services. As a practitioner, you may need to overcome your own challenges with technology - start by reading, “Addressing Practitioner Anxiety as it Relates to Technology”.
"Bright" podcasts, delivered by Michigan Virtual - a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides remote learning resources for educators. While not specifically focused on career development, the episodes are applicable to current events as well as challenges that students, parents, and educators will face in years to come.
From NCDA Publications
NCDA headquarters and members are gathering resources, and we will highlight them in this section. Note, while the older articles have been written in a very different time and we acknowledge that today's world experience is unprecedented, the message can still be helpful.
Teaching Online Career Development Classes- Free chapter from the NCDA monograph, Teaching Career Development: A Primer for Instructors and Presenters (Osborn, 2016).
Intentional Exploration: A Holistic Process to Navigate Career Change and Uncertainty- Free article from NCDA's Career Developments quarterly members-only magazine (Franklin 2015)
Career Development Quarterly - Special Issue - December 2021 - "COVID-19 Impact on Career Development". Free access to NCDA members (after login, go to Members-only section and click on Publications).
Career Convergence - helpful articles and tips which look at social distancing, online learning, and working remotely:
- Taming the Stress: Addressing Client Challenges with a Response Platform
- Serving International Graduate Students in the Context of COVID-19 and Social Justice Awakening in the United States
- Adopting a Social Emotional Learning Program: Assistance for School Counselors Adjusting to the “New Normal”
- Holistic Career Counseling for Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
- Reflections on the Past: What We Learned from 9/11 and the 2008 Recession
- Hold onto Your Hats: The Multi-faceted Role of Career Practitioners During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Counselor Educators, Working Identities and Constructing a Better, Healthier World
- Exploring and Addressing Generalized Anxiety Disorder in the Workplace
- Professional Communication: Teaching Students to Use Email Effectively
- Preparing Students for Career Success: Exposing Students to Online Interviewing
- Working Learners Need Better Access to Career Advising: How and Why to Take Your Services Online
- Learning to “Drop Your Tools” in Uncertain Times: A Call for Career Educators
- Addressing Practitioner Anxiety as it Relates to Technology
- Ethical Foundations and Social Technologies in Career Services
- See also Tech Tips archives for a full list of technological hints to use in your practice, office or work with clients.
- Finally, stay connected! Use the comment section on each article to stay connected to the colleagues and your field. The interactive comments sections is automatically shared with the author, the web magazine editor and associate editor, and posted online for readers to view and respond.
NCDA Podcasts, Webinars & Continuing Education:
Watch "The Role of Mental Health in Career Development" with Dr. Seth Hayden, or any of the other free NCDA Podcasts.
Did you know all pre-recorded NCDA webinars are free for viewing at anytime at your convenience? Linked under Professional Development, these webinars offer a wide range of topics. CEs can be purchased for only $35 per webinar, with discounts for watching then purchasing CEs for more than one.
Resources from our Cousin Organizations
CAS - Counsel for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
NEW STUDY! The Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC) at the University of Tennessee is conducting a multi-phase study of the practice of student engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study is a survey of student engagement professionals to better understand the experiences of those who are working to plan and implement student engagement opportunities. You are invited to participate in the anonymous survey, found here: COVID-19 Student Engagement Survey.
Learn more about PERC.
Learn more about CAS.
ACA - American Counseling Association
Highlight: Self-care resources for helping professionals
See the Complete ACA List
NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers
Highlight: NACE Members Respond - Resources & Ideas
See the Complete NACE List
ICF - International Coach’s Federation
Highlight: Video Series: Making the Shift to Virtual Coaching (scroll down to that section)
See the Complete ICF List
CERIC - Advancing Career Development in Canada
Highlight: How Career Professionals Are Adapting to COVID-19
See the Complete CERIC List
American Psychological Association
Highlight: Free Access to the Publication Manual and Other Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic (or try here)
See the Complete APA List
Read the "APA Style Blog" for help with referencing presentations planned for cancelled conferences and for citing contemporary sources for current events.