Upcoming events

    • February 07, 2020
    • Renaissance Charlotte South Park Hotel

    NCDA Career Practitioner Institute
    "Practical Techniques and Strategies for
    Career Development Practitioners"

    February 7, 2020 (PDIs on Feb 6)
    Renaissance Charlotte South Park Hotel 
    Charlotte, North Carolina 

    Register Now

    Hotel / Conference Venue 
    Professional Development Institutes
    Keynote Speakers
    Presentation Series

    Continuing Education Form - Cleveland, OH (October 25, 2019)

    Institute Registration:

    Institute: February 7, 2020
    NCDA Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $120.00
    Non-Member Registration Fee (5 CE hours): $170.00

    Professional Development Institutes: February 6, 2020
    Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI)
    Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 for PDI #1; $120 for PDI #2

    Cancellations received in writing prior to January 15 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.

    Hotel/CPI Venue:
    Renaissance Charlotte South Park Hotel
    5501 Carnegie Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28209

    Reservations: (800) 468-3571 or (704) 501-2510
    Group Rate is $189 plus tax (currently 15.25%). Please refer to NCDA when making reservations to receive the group rate. Reservations must be made prior to January 15 in order to receive the group or until group block is filled, whichever comes first. 


    Thursday, February 6, 2020
    7:30 am - 5:00 pm     Registration Open

    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 - 1:00 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  PDI #2 - NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour and Career Development in the Auto Racing Industry

    Friday, February 7, 2020

    8:00 am - 3:30 pm  Registration Open

    9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening Keynote

    10:00 am - 10:15 am  Refreshment Break

    10:15 am - 11:15 am  Presentation Series I (three presentations per series)

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)

    12:30 - 1:30 pm  Welcome Lunch (included)

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

    2:45 - 3:00 pm  Refreshment Break

    3:00 - 4:00 pm  Closing Keynote

    Continuing Education 

    NCDA Cred Comm Logo

    NCDA's Credentialing Commission has approved the CPI according to the 2018 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 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. 

    Professional Development Institutes 

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

    Thursday, February 6, 2020; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    PDI #1 Grow Your Advocacy: Working with Marginalized Students in Higher Education
    The outcome data are clear. Historically marginalized students do not typically achieve the same benchmarks as more privileged peers at any point in the college student development process. Decades of transition programs, remedial pathways, and cultural awareness programs demonstrate little consistency in promoting improvement of the most important academic and career outcomes. Many career professionals today experience the “Groundhog Day” sense of running the same programs again and again without seeing sought after gains.

    This practical, interactive Professional Development Institute will encourage participants to take a fresh look at their practice, searching for opportunities to Grow Your Advocacy from the ground up. 

    Throughout this 4 hour workshop participants will expand their advocacy action toolkit to include personal plans for working directly with clients (in individual or group settings), core principles for reviewing office policies that impact clients’ fairness experience, how to engage strategic partners in new ways, and examples of campus-wide initiatives. 

    Essentially participants interested in reenergizing their advocacy efforts while improving outcomes will develop a new plan answering the questions:

    What can I do in the room?
    What can I do in the office?
    What can I do with strategic partners (e.g., employers, university division, alumni)?
    What can I do campus-wide?
    And of course, how can I measure and report the effectiveness of these programs?
    Presenter: Brian Hutchison a.k.a. Global Career Guy

    Thursday, February 7, 2020; 1:00 - 5:00 pm

    PDI #2 NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour and Career Development in the Auto Racing Industry
    Join NCDA as we travel to the NASCAR Hall of Fame located a short distance from the hotel. This is a great opportunity to learn that there is more to the auto racing industry than just being a race car driver! You will hear from experts in the field and learn about this fascinating industry. Your afternoon will wrap up with a brief independent tour of the Hall of Fame including several interactive exhibits.
    NASCAR Hall of Fame Education Department

    Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 7, 2020

    Opening General Session - 9:00 - 10:00 am

    Creating, Evaluating, and Enhancing Career Counseling and Youth Support Programs inSylvia Nassar Global Workforce Development: Consensus across Practice, Policy, and Research

    Dr. Nassar recently served as University Scholar to the Research Triangle Institute’s International Development Group on Government and Economic Development/Workforce and Economic Opportunities, where she consulted with various internal and external stakeholder groups on career and workforce development. While there, she conducted a global study to gain consensus among experts across policy, research, and practice domains, which led to development the Career Builders Toolkit. She will share with the audience the practical guidance and wisdom in the Toolkit gleaned from this array of career development experts.
    Sylvia Nassar, North Carolina State University

    Closing General Session - 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

    Details Coming Soon!
    Employer Panel 

    Presentation Series - Friday, February 7, 2020

    Presentation Series I, 10:15 - 11:15 am 

    Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators
    How can you empower and inspire your clients/students if you cannot identify and access the necessary resources? Internet resources are available 24/7, so take advantage of them! NCDA also offers publications that are valuable everyday. Specifically, an overview of the new “A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment (7th ed.)” will be shared (including the new online companion). Here is your guide to the award-winning NCDA website and specific career resources that will benefit you and your clients/students.
    Presenter: Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website & Web Magazine Editor; NCDA Publications Development Director

    Learn How You can Advance Your Career Skills in a Wide Variety of Settings and also Specifically in K-12 Schools
    This is a two part presentation by the Training & Education Council for NCDA.  We will begin with The Facilitating Career Development (FCD) curriculum created over 25 years ago for people who provide career services in a wide variety of settings who were looking for further career training.  We will overview the 12 competencies covered in the class, brief history, the value of this course, and the credentials available once you complete the class. The second part will focus on the new SCDA training and credential which is to help people create a Career Development Culture in K-12 Schools.  Focused efforts in career development programming based on standards, theory and outcome-based interventions can go  far in creating a career development culture that connects home, school and community. Programming designed to support student self-knowledge, career exploration and employability skills is essential to student success in the 21st century workplace. Discussion will focus on challenges for School Career Develop Advisors as well as specific benefits for students and community. NCDA’s new SCDA training and credential will be highlighted.
    Presenters: NCDA Training and Education Council Members

    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: Lakeisha Mathews, NCDA Board Member
    Panelists: Courtney Warnsman, NCDA Board Member; Lis Doggett, Central Piedmont Community College

    Presentation Series II, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Validating Your Qualifications with Credentials                  
    Gain support for your professional background and brand through NCDA’s credentials. You will learn about six competency-based career credentials, why to choose each one, and how to apply. Join over 1000 individuals who have already achieved an NCDA credential. Questions about cost, continuing education requirements, and other concerns will be addressed. www.ncdacredentialing.org
    Presenters: Paul Timmins, NCDA Board Member, Lisa Severy, NCDA Board Member, Melanie Reinersman, NCDA

    Protean/Boundaryless Formal Assessments: Applicability, Usage and Purpose for Returning Veterans
    This workshop will introduce the concept of the Protean job seeker and how boundarylessness translates into employee fit for the returning veteran job seeker.  Additionally, this workshop will introduce formal assessment concepts that help career practitioners illuminate the traits necessary for job advancement based on employer observation and practice.
    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
    -Define the career development factors related to the Protean/Boundaryless career seeker
    -Explain how the interview process is evolving beyond applicant competence and toward applicant fit
    -Interpret the employment related meaning associated with employee competence and fit for the returning veteran applicant
    -Apply interpretation results to a real-study 
    Presenter: Bret Anderson, h2 Communication, LLC

    An Introduction to Infographics 
    How do you share information with your students, clients, and other stakeholders, such as department chairs and local employers? A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover how career practitioners can enhance their website content and workshop materials with original images, without having graphic design experience. A variety of tools will be introduced along with practical examples for their use in the context of career services. 
    Presenter: Melissa Venable, NCDA Board Member

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

    Charlotte Area Workforce Trends and Job Search Networking Techniques.
    This workshop provides current and future labor market information as well as networking tools, techniques and resources to help your clients and students find work. The job search materials and local labor market information have been proven to secure jobs that have been advertised, are found only in the hidden job market, or have not yet been determined.
    Presenter: Charles Lehman, Board Member

    Membership Town Hall Meeting
    Members, We want  to hear from you! Our members are the BEST part of NCDA. We want to take an opportunity to speak with you regarding your membership experience, receive suggestions for member engagement and how to sustain your commitment to the association. We will also share how you can become involved in the organization via committees and leadership. This session will be a focus group format. Focus group of what NCDA can do to attract more members, services and expectations of NCDA membership.
    Presenter Sharon Givens, NCDA Board Member

    Mindfulness and Work/Life Balance
    Mindfulness is a form of self-awareness that is described as "a state of being in the present moment and accepting things for what they are without judgement". Being mindful helps you to be better able to recognize levels of self-awareness in regard to your own thoughts and feelings. This is very important when handling relationships and work/life balance. Gaining a better understanding of these dynamics helps you to decide how you will react to life situations. Mindfulness creates a sense of space within yourself. With time and practice it opens up a new dimension of freedom, relaxation and stillness. The result being increased productivity and better decision making.
    Presenter: Carolyn Jones, NCDA Board Member

    • April 02, 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • April 03, 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sheraton Columbia Town Center

    2020 MCDA Annual Conference

    "Global Career Management: Advocacy, Values and Inclusion”

    Thursday, April 2nd & Friday, April 3rd  

    Columbia, MD 

    We are now accepting proposals! Click HERE for more information. 

    We look forward to learning with you!

    • December 02, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Registration is closed


    Career Planning Around the World

    Recorded on Dec 2, 2019
    1.5 NBCC Contact Hours

    Are you curious about how the rest of the world addresses our field?  We can learn a great deal about our strengths and weaknesses by comparing services throughout the world.  The National Career Development Association (NCDA) recently commissioned a book (available free on the NCDA website) called International Practices of Career Services, Credentials, and Training (NCDA, 2018). This book explores career services on every continent, with a special focus on the training and credentialing of career service providers.  It includes chapters written by experts from 12 countries which illustrate the stages of development of career services throughout the world and the complex factors that facilitate or impede this development.  This comparison provides an important learning opportunity, offering insights relevant to issues faced by all career services providers.

    Marilyn Maze, Ph.D., is the Business Manager of PsyCoun Institute and the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association.  Marilyn is a Fellow of the National Career Development Association and received NCDA’s President’s Award and the NCDA Credentialing Commission Service Award in 2016. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Career Development Association in 2010. Dr. Maze formerly developed the ACT Profile (previously called DISCOVER).

    Member - $45

    Non-Member - $55

    Student/Retired MCDA Member - $25

    You may also print and mail the registration form below:

    MCDA_Around the World .pdf

    PsyCoun Consultants, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6813 and is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs

Past events

January 16, 2020 Skill Builder: Modern Career Theories to Improve Practice
January 08, 2020 2020 National Career Development Summit
December 12, 2019 MCDA & ATD Holiday Networking Event
May 07, 2019 Skill Builder: FUTURE-PROOFING YOUR CAREER
January 24, 2019 Gig Worker Summit
January 11, 2019 MCDA Holiday Party - Let's celebrate!
December 05, 2018 Strength in Diversity 48th Annual MACCA Conference
April 12, 2018 MCDA 2018 Annual Conference Exhibitors & Sponsorships
April 12, 2018 MCDA 2018 Annual Conference
February 06, 2018 MCDA Webinar Skill-Builder: Using LinkedIn As A Business Tool
January 17, 2018 MCDA Webinar Skill-Builder: Using Computerized Career Information in Counseling
December 08, 2017 2017 MCDA Holiday Party
October 26, 2017 What Brings You to Life: Awakening Women’s Spiritual Essence/Career
September 27, 2017 Sales Funnels
July 14, 2017 The Career Counselor Researcher
May 31, 2017 Automating your Private Practice For Growth
April 27, 2017 MCDA 2017 Annual Conference
March 17, 2017 That's not what I meant! Combating Microaggressions in Counseling
February 24, 2017 Grow Your Business, Increase Your Revenue and Boost Your Market Influence through Writing
December 13, 2016 2016 MCDA Holiday Party
December 02, 2016 The Seven Dimensions of SoulWork: How to find the work you love. How to love the work you have.
November 04, 2016 Marketing that Works!
June 03, 2016 When Their Parachute Doesn't Open: Assessments for Understanding and Helping the Lost Career Client
April 29, 2016 MCDA 2016 Conference Sponsors/Exhibitors/Advertisers
April 28, 2016 MCDA 2016 Annual Conference
February 23, 2016 MCDA Skills Builder: Creating and Building Meaningful Connections through LinkedIn
December 08, 2015 MCDA Holiday Party
October 29, 2015 Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
October 13, 2015 MCDA Fall Networking Event: Positive Psychology and Networking with Denise Riebman
April 24, 2015 MCDA 2015 Conference Sponsors/Exhbitors
April 23, 2015 MCDA 2015 Annual Conference
February 27, 2015 MCDA Skills Builder: "What Keeps Employers Up at Night?"
January 30, 2015 MCDA Skills Builder: Understanding boundaries for ourselves and our clients
November 12, 2014 National Career Development Poetry & Poster Contest
October 23, 2014 MCDA Fall Kick-Off: Let's Network!
June 21, 2014 Board Meeting - June
May 15, 2014 Third Thursday - May
May 10, 2014 Board Meeting - May
April 25, 2014 MCDA 2014 Annual Conference
April 12, 2014 Board Meeting - April
March 08, 2014 Board Meeting - March
February 08, 2014 Board Meeting - February
February 06, 2014 NCDA/MCDA Career Practitioner Institute
January 11, 2014 Board Meeting - January
December 19, 2013 MCDA Holiday Networking Mixer
November 22, 2013 MCDA Skills Building Series
November 08, 2013 Maryland Counseling Association Annual Conference
October 17, 2013 Third Thursday - October
October 12, 2013 Board Meeting - October
September 27, 2013 MCDA Skills Building Series/Part One
September 19, 2013 Third Thursday - September
September 14, 2013 Board Meeting - September
August 03, 2013 Leadership Retreat

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