NCDA Career Practitioner Institutes (CPIs)

NCDA hosts two CPIs annually.  The upcoming event is listed below.  Recordings for the previous event are still available for those seeking continuing education!  Click here for information from the Fall 2020 Virtual CPI.  


Thursday, February 25, 2021 

11:00 am - 4:00 pm (Eastern)

"Creative Career Interventions Across Workplace Settings"


This NCDA CPI will be VIRTUAL.

**Conference App access is now open to registered attendees. If you are a registered attendee and have not received any email instructions, please contact Mary Ann Powell.**

Institute Registration:



Access to the CPI app opened February 17.

Registered Participants: Check Email for Virtual Access

Registration Fees Early Bird After Jan 15, 2021
Member Rate $150 $175
Student/New Professional/Retired $100 $125
Non-Member $250 $275


11:00 am - 4:00 pm (Eastern)

11:00 am Welcome and Opening Live Session - Dr. Kathy Evans
12:00 pm Break
12:15 pm Live Session - Liane Hambly
1:00 pm Break
1:15 pm NCDA Strategic Plan Discussion - NCDA Presidents
1:45 - 4:00 pm Pre-recorded Sessions - On Your Own
4:00 pm Virtual Event Adjourns


Continuing Education 

Six Continuing Educations hours are available for this event. 

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

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 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.

Keynote Presenters

Dr. Kathy Evans, NCDA Past PresidentKathy Evans

Dr. Evans has published extensively and decided to write "Gaining Cultural Competence in Career Counseling" because there were no available texts that helped students understand the synthesis of culture and career. For some of the same reasons, she also co-authored "Experiential Approach for developing Multicultural Counseling Competence" with Dr. Mary Fawcett of Winona State University.

Creatively Incorporating Black Lives Matter in Career Practice

This presentation will focus on a) the importance of understanding the Black Lives Matter movement as it applies to career practice, b) understanding the need to think outside the box when working with African American/Black clients, and c) encouraging advocacy and social justice practice.


Liane Hambly

Liane Hambly, Liane Hambly Associates
Liane is director of Creative Career Coaching, offering professional development programmes and resources for career practitioners, and consultancy for national employers. She has held several senior lecturer posts at a number of universities and is co-author of Creative Career Coaching, Theory into Practice (Routledge 2019).

The Road More Travelled

The complexity of the contemporary career indicates a need to traverse the byways as well as the highways, to journey without always knowing the destination, to enjoy the ride. To undertake this journey, practitioners and their clients both need creativity - the ability to be curious, playful, to embrace not-knowing, and to combine critical thinking with imagination and intuition. In this presentation we will explore the nature of creativity and review a range of whole-brain activities for use with clients.


Presentations, February 2021

Creating A Culture of CARE: Interventions That Engage, Increase Awareness of Self-Knowledge and Inspire Success
Recognizing individuals’ searches for meaning and purpose, the role of spirituality and life-role balance, especially during a global pandemic, participants examine the relevance of theory-based process-oriented interventions including career-life, person-environed matching, and re-framing “career” to CARE, that move beyond objective assessment and facilitate callings.

Edward Colozzi, Career Development and Counseling Services


Build an All-Star Team: Create Purposeful Partnerships to Achieve Your Work-Based Learning Goals
Work-based learning programs require teamwork between schools, employers, and community organizations. Too often, however, practitioners recruit talented players who become frustrated by unclear roles and unmet expectations. We propose a planning framework to help build purposeful partnerships that lead to high-quality learning experiences and make everyone feel like an MVP.

Sammy Redd, The Possible Project; Emma Korolik, The Possible Project


Creative Approaches to Connecting Career and College Readiness Activities with Elementary Students
This session will feature engaging and interactive career activities that can be introduced to students in all grade levels within the elementary school setting. The presenter will provide a review of career theory and connect that with creative career activities that address the developmental stages of children.

Stacy Van Horn, University of Central Florida


How to Find Your Glitter when the Spark is Gone
A vision board is a visual representation of an individual’s goals, dreams, and aspirations. This session will focus on the use of vision boards to promote self-discovery for students and clients. Attendees will gain insight and helpful tips on how to guide individuals through the vision board process.

Kymmie Cartledge, Lexington School District 1/Glitter, Glue and Goals


Incorporating STEM Career Initiatives in Your School Counseling Program
This session addresses the role of school counselors in STEM career development, such as coordinating STEM career lessons and school-wide activities and establishing community partnerships. The presenter will offer concrete strategies school counselors can use at various levels that fit within the ASCA Model framework.

Christopher Belser, University of New Orleans


Poetry and Career Counseling: A Creative Method of Exploration
Have you ever read a poem that made you reflect on life or brought you to tears? Poems, limericks, and haikus are all an amazing art form the connects to the soul.  Poetry can be an added tool in your tool kit when career counseling.  Come to this creative and fun session and learn how to incorporate poetry when working with clients.

Mason Murphy, Texas State University


Tips and Techniques for Online Career Development Trainings
This session will look at ways to provide career development training online. Exploring ways to take those one-hour workshops and move them to a more engaging, multi-layer offering. We will discuss ways to prepare people for the training and to keep them engaged once they are in.

Jim Peacock, Peak-Careers Consulting


Engaging Graduate Students and Career Changers Effectively in Higher Education
Graduate students have been historically less engaged than undergraduate students in higher education career services, in part because of their different career needs. Learn how to better engage your graduate student population, with a special emphasis on virtual engagement, career changers, and mid-career professionals.

Megan Pritchett, University of Denver


Fall 2020 CPI - Recorded Presentations

Are you still in need of additional continuing education?  Earn 6 CEUs for watching the recordings from NCDA past Virtual Fall Career Practitioner Institute held November 2020.  Information about the recordings is listed below.  
Registration rates: Member $175, Student $125, Non-Member $275
Register now for the 2020 Virtual Fall Career Practitioner Institute

All recordings (both live and pre-recorded) will be available to registered participants until Thursday, February 25, 2021

(LIVE) DEI + Career Development 2.0: The Current State of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Career Development

Marked acts of racial violence and the implications of COVID-19 have rendered numerous career disparities visible. To keep moving forward on the implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the field of career development, the panel presenters will walk through challenges, opportunities, actions, and systematic plans related to the current state of career development practices and career services. Applications of DEI will cover the overarching lens of DEI in career services, specific launching points to enact DEI practices, and preparation for further challenges.

Mako Miller, Kauffman Scholars; David Julius Ford, Jr., Monmouth University; Cheryl Love, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Emily Kikue Frank, Career Catalyst; Christian D. Chan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


(LIVE) Session: Assisting International Students and Career Development Professionals Working with International Students
First created as a task force during the NCDA conference in 2012,  the International Student Services Committee (ISSC) has opened up new horizons in research and resource development areas for career development professionals working with international students. This presentation will cover accomplishments of ISSC and obstacles that ISSC is facing.
Un Yeong Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Vanessa Lee, University of California, Riverside
Arame Mbodj, Stanford University
Elif Balin, San Francisco State University


Fall 2020 Pre-recorded Sessions

All recordings (both live and pre-recorded) will be available to registered participants until Thursday, February 25, 2021

  1. Portfolios for Skill Development
    Curricular and co-curricular experiences directly lead to career readiness. Students struggle to make the connection and frequently see coursework as separate from professional experience. Through building pathways into their long-running portfolio program, Columbia College Chicago is creating direct connections for students to use reflection as part of the skills identification process. Pathways provide a roadmap to a more inclusive process of career readiness.
    Dirk Matthews, Columbia College Chicago
  1. Connect with Other Professionals from Around the World in this Uncertain Time
    Come and learn about the Global Connections Committee’s (GCC) work and how it relates to NCDA. We will highlight some key accomplishments and how NCDA could benefit from the work of the GCC.
    Scott Fisher, Global Connections Committee; Ahmed Mostafa, Global Connections Committee; Soonhoon Ahn, Global Connections Committee
  1. Career Development Competencies for Working with Veterans: Development/Training Feedback Session
    This session reviews the development and design of the Career Development Competencies for working with Veterans (CDCV) and corresponding training program. Participants learn elements of the proposed CDCV and training, and have an opportunity to provide input on the CDCV based on experience providing career services to military/veteran populations.
    Heather Robertson, John's University
  1. NCDA's Publications Panel Presents and Invites Ideas for Supporting Practitioners During Pandemic
    Join NCDA’s Career Convergence, Career Developments, and Career Development Quarterly editors as they share current resources, opportunities and future plans for supporting NCDA members during the COVID-19 pandemic. A time for questions and answers will be included.
    Deb Osborn, Florida State University; Melissa Messer, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc; Melanie Reinersman, NCDA; Mei Tang, University of Cincinnati
  1. NCDA 2020 Award Winners Share their Health & Wellness Integration Strategies
    From Career Centers to Individual Career Service Providers, discover how our NCDA 2020 Award Winners have been integrating health and wellness into their career interventions as they continue to navigate COVID-19's ongoing global pandemic effects.
    Natalie Kauffman, KauffmanNcareers, LLC; Aimee Carter, South Carolina Technical College System; Amy Willard, Wake Forest University, Scott Fisher, Laurentian University
  1. Preparing Future Career Counselors: A Holistic Perspective
    In this presentation, we will introduce the Counselor Educator Academy (CEA), which provides professional development for educators teaching graduate-level career counseling courses. In addition, we will discuss best practices in teaching career counseling, particularly related to the intersection of career and culture, current popular career theories, and wellness.
    Melinda Gibbons, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; David Ford, Monmouth University
  1. Leadership Academy: Now Accepting Applications!
    Are you interested in taking the next step in your growth and involvement within NCDA? If so, Leadership Academy could be just what you are looking for.  Come learn about this two-year experience culminating with work on a focused research project with the support of a mentor.
    Mason Murphy, Texas State University
  1. Career Research: Challenges and Strategies in the Time of COVID
    The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the world of work, and there is a need to better understand the impacts on a range of career variables and outcomes. This session will provide facilitated discussion of challenges and strategies for conducting career research during the pandemic, including implications for career counselor education.
    Lia Falco, University of Arizona; Carol Smith, Viterbo University; Brian Calhoun, Wake Forest University; Debra Osborn, Florida State University
  1. Assessing the Tech Readiness of Clients
    As we've rapidly moved to a virtual world, many individuals are left behind. Lack of technology or lack of tech skills marginalize the populations we are serving. In this workshop, we will review the NCDA technology assessment tool, explore our own technological biases, and identify ways to help those that lack resources to develop a successful career in this virtual world.
    Dirk Matthews, Columbia College Chicago



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