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 for upcoming Career Practitioner Institutes:

February 9, 2018 - Charleston, SC  (PDIs on February 8)


October 26, 2018 - Portland, Oregon (PDIs on October 25)


 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

October 5-6, 2017
Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California


2017 Long Beach - Program Book NOW AVAILABLE!



Institute Registration:

 Register 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 September 15, 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:

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California

701 W Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90831
800 HILTONS for reservations (445-8667)
Group Name: 2017 NCDA Career Development Institute
Group Code: NC2

Make Online Hotel Reservations Now!

Reservation must be made no later than Sunday, September 3, 2017 to get the NCDA price.

NCDA discounted rate: $189 per night


The Hilton is 7 miles from the Long Beach Airport, 20 miles from LAX, and 28 miles from Orange County/John Wayne Airports.  Super Shuttle and others are available for transportation at the baggage claim.




Thursday, October 5, 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, October 6, 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 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.  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, October 5, 2017; 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

PDI #1: Terrific Training Techniques for Career Development Professionals

Filled with practical ideas, techniques, and strategies, this program will help develop your skills to facilitate insight, change and growth in group settings.  Participants will learn how to inspire and motivate people, get them involved, and make group learning more productive, satisfying and fun.  The focus will be on career development topics including icebreakers, perceptions and attitudes, assessment, interviewing, resume development, job search and review.

Judy Kaplan Baron is a Master Career Counselor, Nationally Certified Career Counselor, a (California) Registered Professional Career Counselor, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Management Trainer, and a Professional Speaker.  She has been self-employed in San Diego, California for over 30 years.   In addition to her private practice, she has served for 4 years as Assistant Director of the America Online Career Center. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017; 1:30 - 5:30 pm

PDI #2: Career Construction Interview

This professional development institute demonstrates how to use the Career Construction Interview (CCI; Savickas, 2005) to help individuals explore educational/vocational options, navigate occupational transitions, and construct the next chapter in their career story. It is important to provide individuals with career counseling in order to increase their chances of academic/vocational success. Most individuals do not receive career counseling. Instead, they receive career guidance. Career counseling constitutes a psychological intervention performed by a professional. Today’s workers need both career counseling and career guidance to help them navigate and adapt to work in the 21st century. Dr. Kevin Glavin will detail the history and content of the CCI, and provide a live demonstration of the CCI with a volunteer client.        

Kevin Glavin is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, a Master’s in Business Information Technology Systems, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Economics. Dr. Glavin specializes in Career Counseling, Research in Counseling, and the Integration of Technology and Counseling. He is a former president of the Ohio Career Development Association, and currently serves as Editor for the Journal of Employment Counseling.


Keynote Speakers - Friday, October 6, 2017

The Robots are Coming: From Job Elimination to Career Opportunity
Future developments in disruptive technology, economic globalization, and the movement toward mass higher education promise to destabilize work, the definition of career, and ultimately how individuals find purpose in life. During this session, we will explore the predictions around these trends and the implications for career development.  How can a career counselor effectively guide clients when trait-matching strategies seem too narrow to account for these rapidly evolving dynamics?   What client behaviors should career counselors foster to enable their clients to respond effectively to disruptive changes in work?  The session will conclude with an examination of the concepts and potential applications of the Chaos Theory of Careers, a theory that draws from ideas in both science and spirituality and was developed to guide preparation for careers in an environment of unpredictability.

Catherine Voss Plaxton, Director, San Jose State University Career Center


The NEW Yellow Brick Road
No doubt, it's an exciting time to be a career practitioner. Think Linked Learning, Esports careers, YouTubers, three-year B.A.degrees and much more. We are definitely not in Kansas anymore. We will review career stories, innovations, trends and programs that can inform our work and provide us with both traditional and "other ways to win." 

Bob Tyra, California State University, Long Beach and Tyra Educational Services
Tracy DiFillpis, Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group


Presentation Series - Friday, October 6, 2017

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

#1 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: David Reile, NCDA Past President; Panelists: Jay Wall, Merril Simon, Manual Perez

#2 New Credentials For You!
Come hear about NCDA Credentialing Commission’s exciting new credentials.  You will learn the new credentials and how you can apply.  The credentials were launched August 1, 2017.  Get answers to your questions and explore www.ncdacredentialing.org
Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Member and Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website Editor and Web Magazine Editor


#3 Applying the Action-Oriented Hope-Centered Model of Career Development to Your Everyday Practice
Research shows that high hope is associated with one’s work/school engagement, vocational identity, and academic/task performance. Come and learn how to use the hope-centered model of career development (HCMCD) with seven key elements: hope, self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting and planning, implementing, and adapting, in your everyday practice.
Hyung Joon Yoon, NCDA Board Member and Penn State University and Spencer Niles, NCDA President-Elect and College of William and Mary


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

#4 Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators
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


#5 Career Planning From the Inside-Out Using Inner Heroes
Today’s workforce needs to be empowered with more than academic and technical knowledge. Carolyn Kalil, author of Follow Your True Colors to the Work You Love, will provide this information based on the new version of her book entitled, Follow Your Inner Heroes To The Work You Love. This session will take you on a deeper journey of self-discovery that leads you to happiness and success in work and life.
Carolyn Kalil, Author, Counselor, and Consultant


#6 Mentoring for Transition Age Foster Youth (Focused on Workplace)
This session will focus on establishing partnerships with companies that work with this population. It will focus on how business development specialists and development associates maintain relationships with existing partners and build relationships with new companies/organizations and partnerships within your school. It will also focus on trauma-informed training and best practices.
Franco Vega, The RightWay Foundation


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

 #7 Creatively Connecting with TAY (Transitional Age Youth)
In our society, the years between 16 and 26 are often a tumultuous time—even for those with stable backgrounds and healthy support systems. Strangely enough, it’s also the time that emancipated foster and probation youth are expected to make wise choices with their education and careers. This session provides insight into the specific needs of Transitional Age Youth. It also offers creative ways for career counselors to connect TAY with meaningful career possibilities.
Deena Saunders-Green, Green Pines Media 


#8 Mental Health and Career Development
The purpose of this presentation is to enable career service providers with key strategies to appropriately address clients with mental health issues. The session will specifically discuss the mechanism of mental health and career development, intake techniques, selecting appropriate assessments and developing a referral process. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to better articulate practical approaches to identify and serve individuals who have both career development and mental health needs.
Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Trustee and Training Visions

#9 Multicultural and Social Justice Competence in Career Counseling
If anyone has an obligation to social justice and social action, it would be the career practitioner who serves a diverse population.  Often practitioners shy away from becoming involved in social action for a variety of reasons, however, one of the main reasons is that they just do not know what to do.  In this workshop, participants will be given an entry-level toolbox for implementing social action with their career clients.
Kathy Evans, NCDA Board Member and University of South Carolina



To Download the NCDA app, please visit the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. Search for NCDA. Details for the Long Beach CPI will be available in September.