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National Career Development Month Celebration:
The Intersection of Wellness
and Career Success


November 15, 2023

12 noon - 6:15 pm (eastern time)


The Intersection of Wellness and Career Success

This virtual event will cover the most significant topics in the realm of wellness and career success. Presented by experts in the field, this event offers eight (8) CE hours and includes both live and simulive (recordings with live chat) sessions. See details and registration below.

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Register securely online here

Registered participants will receive an email about access to the virtual event.

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Registration Fees - VIRTUAL
Member $175
Student / New Professional / Retired $100
Non-Member $275






*times listed are Eastern

12:00 - 12:15 pm


 Welcome and Opening Remarks
 Carolyn Jones, NCDA President

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Cultivating Mental Wellness: Exploring, Expanding, and Empowering the Universality of Mental Health

 Dr. Shainna Ali, Integrated Counseling Solutions, LLC

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Self-Care as an Ethical Practice
Dr. Azra Siwiec; Dr. Julia Panke Makela, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Dr. Diandra J. Prescod, University of Connecticut

Supporting Individuals' Wellness Needs During the Career Exploration Process: Three Case Studies
Anush Hansen, Kennebunk Counseling, LLC

2:45  - 3:45 pm

Career Development and Mental Health
Marty Apodaca, University of New Mexico Student Health and Counseling, NCDA Board Member and Dr. Sharon Givens, Visions Counseling and Career Center, NCDA Board Member

Employability and the Military Job Seeker
Dr. Bret Anderson, h2 Communication, LLC

4:00 - 5:00 pm

From Mokitas to Momentum: Career Development Professionals as Catalysts for Change

Dr. Candy Ho, University of the Fraser Valley

5:15 - 6:15 pm


NCDA Resources for Your Professional Development...What's the Difference?
Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website Editor and Publication Development Director, Dr. Melissa Venable, NCDA Director of Professional Development and Career Developments Editor

The Intersection of Wellness & Career Success: Credentialing Perspectives
Aaron Leson, Windie Wilson, Monique Johnson, and Tim Poynton, NCDA Credentialing Commission



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Continuing Education 

Eight (8) Continuing Education hours are available. 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.

NCDA Cred Comm LogoNCDA's Credentialing Commission has approved the CPI according to the Continuing Education Manual




Keynote Bios and Presentation Descriptions


Shainna AliDr. Shainna Ali is a mental health counselor, educator, and advocate who is passionate about destigmatizing mental health counseling and helping individuals worldwide recognize the importance of fostering mental wellness. She is the creator of The Self-Love Workbook, The Self-Love Workbook for Teens, Luna Finds Love Everywhere: A Self-Love Book for Kids, The Self-Love Planner, and Designing Healthy Boundaries. She has been featured through outlets such as ABC, CBS, NPR Washington Post, and Insider. Dr. Shainna’s passion for promoting mental health awareness and access inspired her to host the Mental Wellness Practice Podcast. Dr. Shainna is the owner and operator of Integrated Counseling Solutions, LLC, a strengths-based clinical mental health and consulting practice located in Central Florida. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors of The Mental Health Association of Central Florida and is a past president of the Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. Dr. Shainna has been honored with the Association for Specialists in Group Work's Al Dye Award, the Pete Fischer Humanitarian Award, and UCF’s 30 under 30 and Noble Knight distinctions for her efforts in promoting mental wellness. You can learn more through her website or follow along on Instagram @DrShainna.


Candy HoDr. Candy Ho is an international award-winning career development educator and scholar whose expertise is recognized globally through keynotes and engagements. She is a proud recipient of NCDA’s 2022 International Career Practitioner Award. Candy has been featured in BNN Bloomberg, The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Canadian Business, National Post, and CTV News. She is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning at the University of the Fraser Valley in the territory of the Stó:lō Nation. She also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College's Career Development Practitioner Program. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Candy has also worked extensively in university student affairs in areas such as first year experience and student transition, campus and residence life, career and volunteer services, co-operative education, academic advising, and university advancement. Her collective professional experiences to date have culminated in her doctoral dissertation investigating the conceptions of post-secondary career influencers in student career success, and she readily shares her expertise locally and globally. Finally, she currently serves as Chair of CERIC, a Canadian charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

Self-Care as an Ethical PracticeAzraJulia MDiandra Prescod
This session offers a guided discussion exploring the intersections of self-care and ethical practice in career services. Come to consider what it means to engage in self-care activities that promote emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being so that we may best meet our professional responsibilities and serve our clients’ needs. Hear diverse perspectives of the lenses that shape, influence, and motivate the connections we draw between ethics and self-care. Discover resources and inspiration for your own practice.
Dr. Azra Siwiec; Dr. Julia Panke Makela, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Dr. Diandra J. Prescod, University of Connecticut

Supporting Individuals’ Wellness Needs During the Career Exploration Process: Three Case StudiesAnush Hansen
In this presentation, we’ll cover some of the stressors, concerns, and obstacles that often get in the way of our clients’, students’, and employees' career exploration and job search progress. We’ll look at career development through the lens of the wellness wheel, which frames occupational health within the eight domains of wellness. Through a series of case-studies, we’ll discuss strategies and resources that career professionals can use to help those we serve prioritize wellness, mental health, self-care, and work-life balance as they move forward in their careers.
Anush Hansen, Kennebunk Counseling, LLC

Career Development and Mental HealthSharon GivensMarty Apodaca
Presenters will explore the interconnection between career development and mental health by examining the bond between humans and work. In a world where professional aspirations often intersect with personal well-being, this session delves into strategies to maintain a healthy mental equilibrium in a world of uncertainty.
Marty Apodaca, University of New Mexico Student Health and Counseling, NCDA Board Member and Dr. Sharon Givens, Visions Counseling and Career Center, NCDA Board Member

Employability and the Military Job SeekerBret Anderson Ph D 2
A strong indicator of returning military members’ successful transition to civilian living is how effectively they move away from threat reactivity and transition towards challenge responses commonly displayed in employment. Because military members are taught to display an elevated level of aggressive behaviors to survive a combat environment, participation in a military culture may reduce returning military members’ chances of successfully transitioning back to civilian culture through employment. Consequently, many military members struggle to adapt or readapt to the radical contrast between military and civilian workplace behavior rules. A theoretical framework that has been established to determine the ability of an employee to obtain employment and advance on the job (i.e., retain employment) is employability theory. Empirical investigations have indicated that employability theory is one of the more useful social cognitive career theories (SCCT) that can be used to predict successful job performance. 
Dr. Bret Anderson, h2 Communication, LLC

NCDA Resources for Your Professional Development … What’s the Difference? Melissa Venable 2023Melanie Reinersman June 2022 App Profile
You already know NCDA has many resources to aid your professional development, but do you know what makes them different? In this session, two experts on NCDA resources answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the similarities and differences, including formats offered, how to select the various options, which ones are new, and ways to contribute for even more professional development.  Also, ask your own “what is the difference” questions and get detailed answers from the experts on chat during this simulive session.
Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website and Web Magazine Editor and Publications Development Director and Dr. Melissa Venable, NCDA Director of Professional Development and Career Developments Editor

What is a Career Practitioner Institute?

What is a Career Practitioner Institute?

NCDA offers these smaller, regional conferences for the purpose of

  1. gathering practitioners together for a day-long event or virtual afternoon at a low cost
  2. allowing state CDA leaders, NCDA Board members and representatives opportunities to present to and interact with smaller groups of practitioners
  3. showcasing NCDA expert members, helpful products and benefits to anyone working in the field of career development
  4. offering CEs (continuing education credits) to practitioners who seek these
  5. convening Board meetings and state CDAs


What are participants saying about
NCDA Career Practitioner Institutes?

 "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."

What have participants learned?


"How to facilitate people to unlock their own potential."

"The importance of focus."

"How to be the 'guide on the side, not the sage on the stage'."