2020 Conference-At-A-Glance

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Is This Your First Conference with NCDA? We suggest you review the conference lingo, the FAQ page or the new article in our web magazine, "How to Make the Most of Your NCDA Conference Experience".

2020 Conference Agenda

AGENDA ITEMS ONLINE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! Starting in May 2020, view the Program Book or Conference App for current details.

Saturday, June 27, 2020 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm NCDA Clinical Supervision Training
Sunday, June 28, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Board of Director's Meeting
8:00 am – 5:00 pm NCDA Clinical Supervision Training
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Counselor Educator Academy
3:00 - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open
Monday, June 29, 2020
7:45 am - 12:00 pm Professional Development Institutes
8:00 am - 12:00 pm NCDA Board Meeting
8:00 am – 5:30 pm Conference Registration Open
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Clinical Supervision Training
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Credentialing Commission
8:00 am – 5:00 pm NCDA Training and Education Council (TEC) Meeting
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Counselor Educator Academy
12:00 - 1:30 pm  Lunch On Your Own
1:00 – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Setup
1:00 - 5:00 pm State Leadership Training
1:15 - 5:30 pm Professional Development Institutes
5:30 - 6:30 pm NCDA Committee Chair Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 pm  NCDA Publications Development Council
7:00 - 8:30 pm International Reception - by invitation only
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall & NCDA Showcase Open
8:00 - 9:00 am First Timer's Meeting
9:15 - 10:45 am Constituency Meetings
11:00 - 12:00 pm Committee Meetings (optional meeting time)
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Grab and Go Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
 1:00 - 2:45 pm


Opening General Session

3:00 - 4:10 pm Presentation Series I (presentations/roundtables)
4:25 - 5:30 pm Annual Membership Meeting
5:45 - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 4:30 pm Exhibit Hall & NCDA Showcase Open
7:30 - 8:30 am Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall
7:45 - 8:45 am Committee Meetings (optional meeting time)
9:00 - 10:30 am  General Session
10:45 - 11:45 am Brain Trust Reception - by invitation only
10:45 - 11:55 am Presentation Series II (presentations/roundtables)
12:10 - 1:15 pm Committee Meetings (optional meeting time)
1:30 - 2:40 pm  Presentation Series III (presentations/roundtables)
2:55 - 4:05 pm Presentation Series IV (presentations/roundtables)
4:20 - 5:30 pm Presentation Series V (presentations/roundtables)
5:45 - 6:45 pm Committee Meetings (optional meeting time)
8:00 - 10:00 pm NCDA Party
Thursday, July 2, 2020
7:15 - 8:15 am CCSP/GCDF Networking Session
7:15 - 8:15 am Committee Meetings (optional meeting time)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
8:30 - 9:40 am Presentation Series VI (presentations/roundtables)
9:55 - 11:05 am Presentation Series VII (presentations/roundtables)
11:20 am - 12:30 pm Closing General Session
12:30 pm Conference Adjourns

Did you know...?
NCDA's Guide to Conference Lingo:

Presentations are the most familiar and frequent sessions.  Lasting 70 minutes, there are close to 90 choices starting Tuesday afternoon and going through Thursday morning. 

Roundtables are two 30-minute presentations.  Attendees have the opportunity to have an  interactive session at one roundtable then choose a second roundtable after the first round is completed - all within the 60 minute Program Series time frame. Roundtables are offered at the same time as Presentation sessions. Roundtable Sessions can accommodate up to 20 attendees per Roundtable. 

Professional Development Institutes are additional in-depth learning experiences. These provide 4 additional continuing education contact hours. These are not included in the conference registration.  They require an additional registration and fee and are only offered on Wednesday.

Graduate Student Poster Sessions Graduate students just joining our field have a great deal to share with NCDA members. On Wednesday, graduate students share information about their research, practice, program, or other thoughts on the field.

Constituency Group Meetings
NCDA utilizes a constituency model to better represent and serve the diverse needs of our members. You will have the opportunity to meet with the Trustee for the constituency group that most closely represents your work setting or interest affiliation. These groupings are designed to help you in your networking, to facilitate greater connection with colleagues who may share similar interests and work settings, and to enhance communication between the membership and the NCDA Board. Constituency groups are easily identifiable by their different colored name badge holders. Be sure to make your travel arrangements so you can participate in these special meetings:

    • Blue: School Career Counselors and Specialists
    • Black: Higher Education Career Counselors and Specialists
    • White: Private Practice, Business & Industry, and Agencies
    • Red: Counselor Educators and Researchers

First Timer's Session is for those attendees who have never been to an NCDA Global Career Development Conference. It is a great opportunity to meet others and learn how to maximize your conference experience.  Presented by seasoned conference veterans!

NCDA Showcase: A new way to get answers to all your questions in one place. Representatives from various NCDA activities, projects, and events (including Credentialing, Career Convergence, and publications) will be available here throughout the conference.

NCDA Party
Join friends and colleagues as we celebrate career development!  This family friendly event will include entertainment, food, desserts and a great time guaranteed!! Guest tickets may be purchased in advance or at the NCDA Registration Desk. Entrance is free to conference attendees. 

NCDA Conference App
The Conference App is an excellent way to electronically schedule your conference sessions, network with other conference attendees, find out more about conference presenters, and much more. The Conference App includes full session descriptions and the most current schedule. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the App free. Just search NCDA. Or get the desktop version in June at https://event.crowdcompass.com/ncda2020


Continuing Education Hours Available

Attendees can receive up to 12 continuing education hours for attending educational sessions. Additional continuing education hours (up to 8) can be obtained by attending the pre-conference Professional Development Institutes.

The NCDA Career Development Conference CEUs are approved for all NCDA credentials.


NBCC ACEPNational Career Development Association (NCDA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 1003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.









View the Program Book for details on how to obtain CEUs.


To learn more about our Global Career Development Conference, please review our most recent conference:

2019 Conference Program Book

Session Descriptions - June 19 2019

2019 Continuing Education Form

(NOTE: the conference program book is a large file but does NOT include session descriptions. Please download the app for complete details.)


Mark your calendar for future Conferences:

2021 NCDA Conference
June 30-July 2, 2021

Marriott Marquis Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

2022 NCDA Conference
June 27-29, 2022

Anaheim Marriott Hotel
Anaheim, California