NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

October 25, 2019 (PDIs on Oct 24)

Doubletree Hotel Cleveland East, OH




Continuing Education Form

Program Handout


Institute Registration:

Online Registration NOW Open!

Institute: October 25, 2019
NCDA Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $120.00
Non-Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $170.00

Professional Development Institutes: October 24, 2019
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI)
Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 per PDI

Cancellations received in writing prior to October 4 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:

Doubletree Hotel Cleveland East, OH
3663 Park East Drive
Beachwood, OH 44122

Reservations: (216) 464-5950

Group Rate is $99 plus tax. Please refer to NCDA when making reservations to receive the group rate. Reservations must be made prior to October 1 in order to receive the group or until group block is filled, whichever comes first. 



Thursday, October 24, 2019

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 - 12:15 pm  PDI #1

12:15 - 1:15 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

1:15 pm - 5:30 pm  PDI #2

Friday, October 25, 2019

7:30 am - 3:30 pm  Registration Open

8:30 am - 9:45 am Opening Keynote

9:45 am - 10:00 am  Refreshment Break

10:00 am - 11:00 am  Presentation Series I (three presentations per series)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm  Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)

12:15 - 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, October 24, 2019; 8:00 am - 12:15 pm

PDI #1 Building Skills for Career Construction Counseling
Career construction counseling provides a means for people across life’s diverse spectrum to use work to actively master what they passively suffer. Integrating theory and practice, this session engages participants in learning and practicing career construction counseling and its core method of the career construction interview to increase their knowledge and skills in its use. Designed for a general audience.
Presenters: Paul J. Hartung, Northeast Ohio Medical University; Mark L. Savickas, Northeast Ohio Medical University; Suzanne Savickas, Vocopher LLC, Jeanne Taylor, Kent State University, Logan Vess, Kent State University, Tainne Dallas, John Carroll University 

Thursday, October 24, 2019; 1:15 - 5:30 pm

PDI #2 Career Work Reimagined: The End of Career Work as You Know It
As career needs increase and public support declines, career specialists need to disrupt the “cost-quality-access” triangle. Experience how gamification, peer support, technology, and self-directed programs increase your impact. Play the Who You Are Matters! clarification game, access the Online Storyteller (, see how identifies “competitive advantage”, practice the HEROIC Mindset to reframe client outcomes, and try the Good Life Inventory ( to assess client needs, clarify purpose and serve new audiences.
Rich Feller, Colorado State University


Keynote Speakers - Friday, October 25, 2019

Opening General Session - 8:30 - 9:45 am

Fostering Career Adaptability: Model, Methods, and Materials 
In post-industrial societies and the global economy, individuals must design their own lives because institutions are increasingly less likely to offer stable career paths. The two meta-competencies for life designing are identity and adaptability. In this presentation, I will describe how school counselors, college career advisers, career development facilitators, and career coaches may foster the development of career adaptability resources and adapting responses. Handouts will include the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale and the Student Career Construction Inventory. 
Mark Savickas, Northeast Ohio Medical University


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

Life Design: An Innovative Paradigm for Career Counseling
More than a decade has elapsed since the original statement of life design as an innovative and internationally-constructed paradigm for careers science and practice. Responding to the challenges of work and career in contemporary times, life design shifts the paradigm for career counseling from match-making to meaning making. This presentation situates life design in global context; reviews its core tenets, constructs, and practice methods; and considers its conceptual, empirical, and practice advance. Life designing offers positive direction for career practitioners to foster human health and well-being through promoting work and employment in all people’s lives.
Paul Hartung, Northeast Ohio Medical University


Presentation Series - Friday, October 25, 2019

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

Job Search Networking and Cleveland Area Job Market Trends and Opportunities
This workshop provides proven networking tools, techniques and resources to help your clients and students find work. The materials and local labor market information have been proven to work for positions that have been advertised, are found only in the hidden job market, or have not yet been determined.
Presenter: Charles Lehman, Board Member

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: Cynthia Marco-Scanlon
Lakeisha Mathews, Board Member, James Westhoff, Credentialing Commissioner

Are You Interested in Credentials? We Can Help!
Come hear about NCDA’s exciting new career credentials. You will learn about 6 possible credentials, how to choose among them, and how you can apply. Thus far over 1000 individuals have been credentialed.  You can also join us for a “Jump Start” session during the lunch hour or visit our table anytime during the CPI.
Presenters: Aaron Leson, NCDA Director of Credentialing and members of the Credentialing Commission

Presentation Series II, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Understanding Your Personality Type and Maximizing Career Success
The assessment of our personality type can result in a better understanding of how to approach our work, manage our time, problem solve and find the best approaches to decision making.  During the workshop, you will participate in a progressive self-assessment exercise based on the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI).  According the C. G. Jung’s theory on which the MBTI is based, there are variations in behavior that are orderly and consistent due to basic differences in the ways in which individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. Preferences help us in different ways and to different degrees throughout our lives.  
Presenter: Carolyn Jones, NCDA Board Member

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

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

Applying the Hope-Action Theory to Your Everyday Career Development Practice     
Research shows that high hope enhances one’s work/school engagement, vocational identity, and academic/task performance. Come and learn how to use the Hope-Action Theory with seven key elements: hope, self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting and planning, implementing, and adapting, in your everyday career practice.
Presenter: Spencer Niles, NCDA Past-President  

Helping Clients Cope with Bias During the Job Search Process
Are your students or clients ever concerned about the perceptions hiring managers will have of their name, sexuality, or religious affiliation?  Do your clients ask for your advice on how cultural identifiers should be presented on a resume or shared during an interview?  Despite the growing number of diversity hiring plans implemented across various sectors, job seekers still have concerns about facing bias during the hiring process.  Learn strategies on coaching and advising students on overcoming bias in the job search process. In addition, various diversity variables will be explored and their impact on professionals’ documents, interviewing, and networking. Lastly, a brief review of EEO regulations and relevant hiring policies will be reviewed. 
Presenter: Lakeisha Mathews, Board Member

Adapting to Transition: Methods and Application of Career Construction Theory for Emerging Adults with Disabilities
Attendees will learn theory and practice of the Career Construction Interview. Presenters will provide a foundation of the theory and how to use the narrative intervention. The population of transition age youth and emerging adults with disabilities are in need of career services in order to successfully overcome barriers and successfully obtain careers in their area of interest based on active mastery (Savickas, 1995) and their values, interests, and abilities. In order to individualize the career exploration process and career plan, the attendee will learn how to use the career construction interview effectively and adapt the CCI to this population.
Presenter: Suzanne Savickas, Cole Center


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