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."

NBCC ACEPNational Career Development Association (NCDA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2015.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.
NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.




Mark Your Calendars!

Career Practitioner Institute, Fall 2017
October 5-6, 2017
Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California

 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

February 23-24, 2017
Marriott Memphis East Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee

Download the Memphis Career Practitioner Institute - Program Book  NOW!


Institute Registration:

Register Online Now!!

NCDA Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $120
Non-Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $170
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI) Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 per PDI

Cancellations received in writing prior to February 6, 2017 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.


CPI Location:

Marriott Memphis East Hotel
5795 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119
Reservations: (800) 228-9290
Hotel: (901) 682-0080

Room Rate: $164 plus tax (currently 15.95%, subject to change without notice)

Reservations must be made by January 22, 2017 or until room block is full, whichever comes first.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) - optional (for an additional fee); 4 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CE)

8:00 am - 12:00 pm   PDI #1

12:00 - 1:30 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

1:30 am - 5:30 pm     PDI #2

Friday, February 24, 2017

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening General Session 

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

11:25 am - 12:35 pm  Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)

12:35 - 1:45 pm  Welcome Lunch

1:45 - 2:55 pm  Presentation III (three presentations per series)

3:10 - 4:00 pm  Closing Session

 Continuing Education  NBCC CE Logo




NCDA 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.  After completion of the evaluation, the system will direct you to your online membership record where 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, February 23, 2017; 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
PDI #1: Into the Weeds! A Train-the Trainer Session on Federal Hiring for Career Counselors

You will have a plain-language, trainer-the trainer experience that will enable you to advise job seekers on Federal employment. A Federal policy expert from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will provide up-to-date information on Federal hiring rules, job search, resume writing, and student and recent graduate programs.
Tom Formby, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Thursday, February 23, 2017; 1:30 - 5:30 pm
PDI #2: Intersections between Psychotherapy and Career Counseling

 "Freud, Jung, and Career Counseling?  Who knew?"  This interactive session will discuss the often overlooked intersections between psychotherapy and career counseling and explore such dynamics as the unconscious, dreams, transference, and counter-transference through case material gleaned from over 15 years in private practice.
Barbara Suddarth, Career Development Alliance





Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 24, 2017

Opening Keynote:

David Blustein PhotoDr. David Blustein, Boston College

 The Impact of Work in People's Lives: Implications for Career Practitioners

 Despite the official end of the Great Recession, people across the world are suffering from growing inequality, greater instability at work, and a diminished capacity to determine the course of their own work lives. In this presentation, participants will learn about the contemporary experience of working from the voices of people who have been grappling with the changing landscape of work. Using vignettes from in-depth interviews with 61 people who participated in the Boston College Working Project, the struggle to sustain a livelihood and to feel alive at work will be brought to life.

One of the major themes that will be explored is the observation that there are two profoundly disparate experiences of working within the U.S.; some work for survival and struggle to eke out an existence while others work for self-determination and experience feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment in their work lives. The complex ways in which people navigate across these two poles of experience will be summarized in the presentation. Implications for career practitioners will be reviewed along with specific strategies that the participants can use to help clients maximize their possibilities of forging a life of meaning and purpose at work.


Closing Keynote:
Rosie BinghamDr. Rosie P. Bingham, The University of Memphis

Impacting Poverty:  Roles and Responsibilities of Career Development Practitioners
Overcoming poverty in the United States is a daunting challenge.  The challenge is even greater in parts of the South. Given that Chetty, et. al (2016) demonstrated that neighborhoods impact poor individuals’ opportunities to move out of poverty, can career development practitioners have any effect on lifting individuals out of poverty? This presentation will explore the possibilities, roles, and responsibilities of career development practitioners in impacting the career trajectory and the lifestyle of individuals who live in very poor communities or those who find themselves in various distressed situations.Chetty, Raj, Nathaniel Hendren, and Lawrence Katz. 2016. “The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Project.” American Economic Review 106 (4).


Presentation Series - Friday, February 24, 2017

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

#1 Compassion Fatigue in the Helping Professions
Attendees will learn about the terms; perform self-assessment; review symptoms and warning signs; evaluate self-care advice; analyze do’s and don’ts of helping; list tips for fatigue reduction; and practice – case studies will be provided.
Sherrie Foster, Tennessee Tech

#2 Using Labor Market Information (LMI) with Clients: Making Numbers Add Up
LMI provides local and national employment data crucial for planning and switching careers. In this workshop, local state experts will use a hands-on case study approach to spot trends in the workforce. Learn how to use accurate, timely information for clients with employers and forecast where job openings will occur.
Ellen Weaver Paquette, NCDA Board Member; Jennifer Bane, Northwest Tennessee Workforce Development Board; Ray Henson, Retired

#3 Employment Retention: Revolutionizing Attachment to the Workforce for Hard-to-Place Career Seekers
This workshop will discuss the neuroscience behind unemployment and underemployment, how exposure to a low socioeconomic status environment accentuates cognitive control system impairment, and how career service professionals might consider altering their practice to meet the needs of this population. During the workshop participants will experience group activities, a table discussion, and a role play.
Bret Anderson, h2Communciation, LLC

Presentation Series II, 11:25 am - 12:35 pm 

#4 Applying Advocacy and Social Justice to Career Development Services
This session  is designed to support career development practitioners to translate the concept of social justice into active practices directly with clients and with the systems that influence service delivery. This session will illustrate a variety of approaches and techniques to solidify Career practitioners’ roles in assisting individuals from non-dominant groups to overcome career-related barriers. Ultimately this session will provide practitioners in private practice and other career development settings a framework to address the various needs of clients as it relates to social justice and advocacy.   In due course, this approach could lead to individuals getting their career choice RIGHT the first time and help individuals adjust to the ever changing world of work.
Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Member and Training Visions and Melissa Fickling, The University of Memphis

#5 Walk the Line: Balancing the Pulls of Technology
Today’s technologies and social medias open up realms of possibilities for helping clients through the career decision making and job search process. Inappropriate or overuse can have long-lasting effects. In this session, we will explore how current technologies and social medias can enhance career decision making and job searching, identify red flags of misuse, and outline strategies to help clients walk the line of healthy technological use in their lives. 
Debra Osborn, NCDA Board Member and Florida State University

#6 Credentialing and Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators
Every day, NCDA offers practical web resources that can assist you in inspiring and empowering your clients/students. Additionally, NCDA provides online credentialing information - specifically covering the work of the new NCDA Credentialing Committee. The only problem might be identifying these resources when you most need them. Here is your expert guide to NCDA online resources and credentialing information.
Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website and Web Magazine Editor and Cynthia Marco Scanlon, NCDA Credentialing Committee


Presentation Series III, 1:45 - 2:55 pm

#8 Workforce Development and Work Ready Communities
In a global economy with competition across all industries it is imperative that educators and employers collaborate and partner together to develop a viable workforce with the the knowledge and skills that make local employers effective and students/job seekers prepared. Learn the strategies that have benefited both educators and employers with focused training programs sharing equipment, materials and projects.
Ray Henson, Retired

#8 Choosing Work in the 21st Century: Balancing the Marketplace and the Dream
I just need a job with benefits. I really don't care if the job is interesting...
In this workshop, the presenter will explore one of the core values of career practice - the notion that clients should be provided with the skills to create their own dreams in the world of work. In contract to this noble objective is the hard reality that many clients simply need to find work to survive; their self-determination needs are often considered secondary to their primary need to find work to support themselves and their families. This presentation examines the nature of the tension among existing career discourses, which have been based on the notion that counselors ought to foster a client's autonomous dreams that often contradict economic realities. This client's comments, uttered after she was asked about her goals, reflect a shift for many practitioners who are trained to foster self-determination. This presentation will include strategies for career practitioners to help their clients balance the marketplace and the dream.
David Blustein, Boston College

#9 The Joy of Videos – Using Humor in Career Development
We live in a world saturated with visual media.  While some decry it, others embrace it.  Can career development professionals harness the power of videos in teaching career development and in understanding what the rest of the world views as career planning and job searching?  Attend this session and enjoy a lively discussion of the joy of videos and ways you might use visual media with students and clients.
David Reile, NCDA President and Career Development Alliance and Debra Osborn, NCDA Board Member and Florida State University



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