NCDA Career Practitioner Institute

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Thank you for attending the Albuquerque Career Practitioner Institute!

"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

March 27, 2015
Albuquerque, NM


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Institute Registration: 

Online Registration is now OPEN! Career Practitioner Institute - Albuquerque, NM


Downloadable Registration Form Career Practitioner Institute - Albuquerque NM


Hotel Information:

Marriott Uptown Albuquerque
2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505.881.6800


Online hotel reservations can be made at:


National Career Development Association - Marriott Uptown Albuquerque


Rate: $139 plus current tax rate of 13% (subject to change without notice).

To receive the group rate, reservations will be accepted until NCDA room blocks are full OR until Monday, February 23, 2015, whichever comes first.  Please refer to National Career Development Association when making reservations to receive the group rate. All reservations placed after this cut-off date will be accepted at the hotel's prevailing rate, based on availability.



Professional Development Institutes (PDI) -

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Optional Pre-Conference Professional Development Institutes (additional fee required to participate); 4-8 Continuing Education Units


8:00 am - 12:15 pm    PDI #1: Beyond Assessments: Helping Clients Who Are Stuck Using Creative Counseling Systems
This training will enable counselors to better serve their clients through understanding, and using as appropriate, Career Construction Theory, Career Focused Sand Tray Therapy, and Transferable Skills Analysis systems. The workshop includes theory and research, case studies, demonstrations, customized application and interpretation materials, and role playing opportunities for each system.
Caitlin Henke, Autumn Collins, Karin Kase, and Marty Apodaca, University of New Mexico


1:00 - 5:15 pm            PDI #2: Using Strengths Finder 2.0 to Increase Client's Well-being and Engagement
Cori ShaffHow can you help our clients create change in their life, specifically around their well-being and engagement in work/life? Strengths is a powerful tool to help drive change and increase well-being and engagement. This PDI will cover these topics and give you resources and tools to help your clients make meaningful change. Please complete Strengths Finder 2.0 before the session. Contact with any questions.
Cori Shaff, University of Colorado at Boulder

Keynote Speakers -


Mark Danaher Bio PicThe Story of Three Workers and how they connect with us and their organization

Mark Danaher, Current NCDA President, Newington High School

The Keynote will focus on the story of three workers and their career path. We will look at their strengths and beliefs and how they apply to us. Concurrently, we will look at organizations and our connection to see our true success based on these workers. The goal is to help us understand our connections and our clients as we provide career growth and direction. 



Deb Osborn Bio PicHow the Internet of Things Can Enhance the Career Development of People

Deb Osborn, Florida State University

Career decision-making and job searching continues to rely heavily on the basics defined by Frank Parson over a century ago: knowledge about self, knowledge about options, and “true reasoning” to make an effective decision.  With one click, the Internet, Social Media, and Smartphone applications provides information to inform each aspect of the career decision-making process. How can today’s career development counselors and practitioners harness the power of these tools to help clients from different backgrounds with different technological skills and comfort levels? In this session, we’ll examine how to develop a growth mindset towards integrating technology to enhance our clients’ career decision-making and job search efforts.





Thursday, March 26, 2015

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs)

8:00 am - 12:15 pm PDI #1: Beyond Assessments: Helping Clients Who Are Stuck Using Creative Counseling Systems 

12:15 - 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own

1:00 - 5:15 pm  PDI #2: Using Strengths Finder 2.0 to Increase Client's Well-being and Engagement


Friday, March 27, 2015

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening General Session

10:00 - 11:00 am Presentation Series I (3 presentations per series)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Presentation Series II (3 presentations per series)

12:15 - 1:30 pm Welcome Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 pm Presentation Series III (3 presentations per series)

2:45 - 3:30 pm Closing Session


Presentation Series 

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

#1 What To Do When You Only Have 10 Minutes to Assess a Client/Student                      

Learn an expedient approach to add to your toolbox of skills: 1) How the Career Process Really Works framework, 2) a short Life/Career Self-Test that gives you a snapshot of current life and work situations, and 3) activities helpful at different phases of the Career Process. Leave with worksheets and exercises that you'll use with your clients/students when you get back to the office.

Carol Vecchio, Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal


#2 Career Counseling Interventions

As clients attempt to navigate career or educational decision making in the current ever-changing world of work, career development professionals can  always use and share ideas of what has been helpful in their work with clients. Rather than viewing career counseling as something that is “done to” clients, we will examine a few interventions that build a collaborative working alliance, enhancing a positive journey for our clients.

Cynthia Marco-Scanlon, John Carroll University and Lourdes Rivera, Queens College, CUNY


#3 Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners                                                   

Career Development Practitioners – what can NCDA do for you today? Every day, 24/7 in fact, NCDA offers practical resources that can assist you in inspiring and empowering your clients/students. The only problem might be identifying these resources when you most need them. Here is your expert guide to NCDA resources, online and in print.

Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website and Web Magazine Editor


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

#4 Career Lessons and Ideas for K-12 and Beyond           

Attendees will walk away with career ideas and information to help bring career programs into their K-12 school systems. Find out the facts and information to help you move your career programs forward with easy take-a-ways to add into your school program.

Mark Danaher, Newington High School, CT


#5 Recent immigrants to the US: Facing the Employment Market                                        

The US is facing challenges in connecting skills needed with workers to perform these jobs. How do recent immigrants fit into the job market? What do they need to know and consider before attempting employment? How do we as career counselors seek to assist in their adjustment to the US?

Ellen Weaver Paquette, Rhode Island College


#6 Generational Differences in the Work Place

For the first time, the world of work is experiencing four generations under one organization.  This session will look at the generations present in today’s workforce.  Presented with humor and fun, we will explore how to meet the needs of our newest generation, Gen Y, who are now entering the professional workplace. 

Jenna Crabb, University of New Mexico


Presentation Series III, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

#7 K-12 Developing Collaborative Partnerships for Military Career Pathways in K-12 and Higher Education                                                                     

Why is the military often overlooked by counselors as a first-choice for an employer? Many counselors are not familiar with the diversity of careers that can be pursued with the nation’s largest workforce. College career center counselors and K-12 school counselors work with students, parents, fellow educators, and community leaders to facilitate their students' informed and intentional career decision making.  Career opportunities in our nation's military provide students with a variety of career transition options from secondary, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and graduate and professional schools in each career clusters.  This workshop will provide attendees with exciting information on the diversity of opportunities and benefits of the armed services as an employer, using the US Army as an example. Handouts websites, electronic applications and resources will be shared with attendees as part of creative career development programming on military careers."

Ray Davis, South Carolina Department of Education and Regan Mendina-Pellow, US Army Phoenix Recruiting Battalion


#8 New Mexico’s Employment Situation and Using Labor Market Information to Help Students Explore Careers

This program will provide an overview of New Mexico’s employment situation by looking at employment and unemployment and the factors that impact the health of the labor market. Projected job openings and where future employment opportunities will be greatest will also be presented to lead the discussion on how to use industry and occupational employment data for any state to assist students in exploring careers and planning their employment paths. The new comprehensive New Mexico Career Guide will be presented.

Ashley Leach and Mark Flaherty, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions


#9 Ruby Red Slippers (Metaphors, Magic and Meaning): The Role of Career Coaching in Creating Powerful Conversations

The room you are sitting in is engulfed in a tornado. You are spinning away from the Land of Enchantment to the Land of Oz. As the room lands on solid ground, you slip on Ruby Red Slippers and travel along the Yellow Brick Road where you will engage with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on a journey of asking powerful and engaging questions that begin the coaching conversations for changing lives. This interactive session will challenge participants to ask the questions that will move their “coachees” from where they are to where they want to be. Powerful and engaging questions begin the conversations where fears, affairs of the heart, and lack of knowledge can be addressed. Participants will walk away with materials that can be utilized during career coaching sessions.

Kim Gieck, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)


NCDA thanks the New Mexico Career Development Association (NMCDA) for their assistance with this CPI. NMCDA members can receive NCDA member prices for this event!


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 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

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."