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    • July 01, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Recorded Webinar



    Recorded on August 21, 2020

    Recorded Sessions are not eligible for NBCC Contact Hours

    Have you been secretly, or perhaps not so secretly, thinking about starting your own career practice?  Wondering if now is the right time to do it?

    If so, then join us for a virtual panel discussion featuring four successful private career practitioners who will share their thoughts, insights and advice to help you decide whether or not you should make the plunge.  The panel will be moderated by Karen Chopra and panelists include Paula Brand, Shauna Bryce and Bret Anderson. 

    Participants will learn about:

    • Opportunities for private practice and contract career work
    • Ways to structure a private practice, including policies and best practices
    • Marketing tools, from networking to social media
    • Use of technology to improve efficiency and service delivery

    Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC, is the founder of Karen Chopra Consulting (, which helps therapists, counselors, coaches and other consultants create thriving businesses.  She also has a well-established career counseling private practice in Washington, D.C. (, and has helped hundreds of clients with career exploration, job search and career management.  A former U.S. Government trade negotiator, she is the author of Coaching Career Clients on Salary and Other Workplace Negotiations, and specializes in helping clients navigate all sorts of workplace negotiations, from job offers to severance packages. MCDA has honored her with both their Outstanding Career Practitioner and Lifetime Achievement awards. She received her M.A. in Community Counseling from the George Washington University, and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.   She also has a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

    Bret Anderson, Ph.D. is the President of h2 Communication, LLC® (h2C).  h2C is a Veteran Owned Small Business Job Readiness Training and Executive Coaching and Frontline Leadership Development company.  Research and publication focus areas for Dr. Anderson include but are not limited to Career Development for Homeless & Incarcerated Veterans, Employment Retention remedies for Returning Veterans with PTSD and/or Cognitive Impairment, and Exceptional Employer Outreach Strategies for Homeless Veterans.  Before establishing h2C, Dr. Anderson worked with the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) for 28 years.  Dr. Anderson earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University, his Masters in Communication, and Bachelors in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver.  He holds the following certifications/credentials: Certified Career Services Professional – Instructor (NCDA), Accredited Financial Counselor (AFCPE), Offender Employment Retention Specialist (NIC), Offender Workforce Development Specialist (NIC). 

    Paula Brand, MS, GCDF, CSNS, JCTC, CPRW, is the founder of Brand Career Management (BCM) with a passion for empowering mid-career to executive women.  BCM helps professionals strategically transition and manage their careers, apply effective job search techniques and leverage social media tools to secure their best career options with ease. Utilizing a master’s in applied psychology along with four industry certifications, she has inspired thousands of professionals to take charge of their careers.  In 2014, Paula was honored to receive two industry awards:  the Maryland Career Development Association’s (MCDA) Outstanding Career Practitioner Award and the Professional Contributions Award from the Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA).  


    Shauna C. Bryce is the founder of Bryce Legal, a boutique career services firm for lawyers. With nearly 25 years in law and legal hiring—as well as degrees from Harvard Law School (JD) and Johns Hopkins (BA)—Shauna is a leader in professional development, career development, career transition, and hiring for lawyers. She has spoken at 40+ events, as well as written 50+ articles / blogs and 8 career books for lawyers and law students, including LinkedIn for Lawyers. Her website now has 500+ testimonials from attorneys across sectors and career stages. As a former AmLaw 100 attorney and member of an AmLaw 200 law firm hiring committee, Shauna’s roster of private clients ranges from sole practitioners to some of the nation’s top lawyers—at places like Global 100 law firms and companies, Google, DreamWorks, Major League Baseball, and the White House. She has also been retained by AmLaw 100 and AmLaw 200 firms for professional development coaching and outplacement for their attorneys.


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    MCDA is a division of the Maryland Counseling Association, Inc.(MCA). MCA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2021, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. MCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

    • July 01, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    Motivation & Career Engagement

    in the Time of COVID-19

    by Karol Taylor

    • Recorded on August 28, 2020 | Recorded Sessions are not eligible for NBCC Contact Hours

      To quote Bob Dylan, “the times they are a-changin’.” We live in uneasy times as the pandemic forces us to transition to an unknown future. Interestingly, Abraham Maslow created a Motivational Theory for such a time as this. 

      Right now, we live a somewhat duplicitous existence. When we are home, and especially if we work from home, we are at the Belonging level of Maslow’s Hierarchy, or higher. However, leaving home is an entirely different matter. Sadly, being around other people puts us at risk for developing a life-threatening disease. This quickly sends us back to Maslow’s survival level. Now is the time to treat yourself tenderly. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself less focused and productive as usual. Be kind and gentle to yourself, and others. Nothing is perfect, we may as well learn to accept that maxim. Pay attention to your career engagement but be forgiving if it is not at the level you would prefer.

      Following this webinar you will be able to:

    1)    Recall Maslow’s Hierarchy and each motivational level
    2)    Identify Maslow’s Hierarchy in the workplace
    3)    Share about Herzberger’s 2-Factor Theory
    4)    Learn about a recently developed model for Career Engagement

      Karol Taylor has extensive leadership experience in ACA, MCA, and its Divisions, both nationally and at the state and Branch level. She received her MA in Counseling Psychology in Adlerian Counseling from Bowie State University, the only place Adlerian Studies is offered at the graduate, not post graduate level. Karol is the recipient of NCDA’s Merit Award and Outstanding Career Practitioner Award as well as MCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. While her expertise is in the federal job search, Karol is a continuous learner who enjoys sharing new ways of perceiving the world around us, especially as it relates to careers.


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      • July 01, 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Recorded Webinar

      Recorded Webinar

      My Boss Hates Me - Now What Do I Do?

      By Dr. Tom Ayala

      Recorded November 20, 2020 | Recorded Sessions are not eligible for NBCC Contact Hours

      Career management is a lifelong process. As employees progress through their career journey things don’t always work out to their benefit. There is an important, and not very often discussed result of employees finding themselves in an outgroup situation. This webinar will address known characteristics of how this relational dynamic impacts the safety, citizenship, engagement, and psychological wellbeing of impacted employees.

      Attendees will learn:

      1. The Leader-Member Exchange theory and how it exists for every career counseling client
      2. The Leadership Making Model and how it defines the quality of the relationship between employees and their immediate supervisor.
      3. Recent organizational research on how organizational outgroups are impacted by their status
      4. How the following psychological constructs integrate into the conversation and how they directly apply to a career development. They include:
        1. Alfred Adler’s “ideal self”
        2. involuntary defeat strategy
        3. learned helplessness
        4. locus of control
        5. maladaptive embedded childhood schema
        6. social learning

      Scholarly references will be provided.

      Tom Ayala, PhD has been in private practice for over 15 years. He is a rural outpatient mental health clinician and works in diverse areas that are designated as American Counseling Association divisions. Many parts of rural Oregon are socioeconomically depressed former lumber economies and have experienced high percentages of unemployment. Many people also change jobs, transition careers, experience personal circumstances, or focus on a variety of ways to develop their career. Tom received a Masters degree in counseling from George Fox University. Known locally by organizations for helping with leadership and employee issues, he pursued a PhD in Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

      Tom received a Commander's Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a Commanders Certificate of Appreciation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 27. Tom is a trauma-informed therapist and has provided guidance and educational opportunities for the military and government. As the President of the National Employment Counseling Association (2012-2014), advocacy for veteran civilian employment after service was a top priority. Tom is a compassionate individual who believes in basic human rights and pursuit of quality of life for everyone.

      • July 01, 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Recorded Webinar

      Recorded Webinar

      Informed DEI: Using Broaching & Bracketing to Process Adverse Career Experiences

      Roni K. White, NCC, LCPC & Jarvis M. Watson, Ed.D

      Recorded November 30, 2020

      Recorded Sessions are not eligible for NBCC Contact Hours

      The talent pool to fill and create work opportunities is vast and yet many suffer from ills in society, which can defer, stifle, or discourage one from swimming to achieve goals.  Clients and students may seek a career practitioner to solve a particular circumstance and not realize the significance of addressing an adverse work experience.  Career counseling, coaching, and development are becoming more sought after from diverse populations in a broad range of socioeconomic identities.  It is imperative for career practitioners to recognize and address diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns and issues when providing services.  Providing culturally competent and appropriate services will allow practitioners to build an effective alliance, assess adverse work experiences, and cultivate useful strategy for clients and students.  


      • To explore issues minoritized people experience relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
      • Participants will be able to understand broaching techniques.
      • Participants will be able to utilize broaching as career practitioners. 
      • Participants will be able to evaluate how to effectively bracket as career practitioners.

      Participants will be able to use culturally appropriate techniques to work with clients’ and students’ experiences of work traumas.

      Roni K. White is the founder and therapist of Apricity Wellness Counseling.  She created the “Women in the Workplace:  Leadership, Barriers, & Struggles” series.  Ms. White’s professional work encompasses counseling in the areas of mental health, pastoral, career, college, and wellness.  She has created webinars and workshops, educated within K-12 education, published in professional publications, and performed curriculum writing. 

      Ms. White co-directed multiple JHUDC TEDx Talks, two Think Circle events (a JHU career services conference), presentations at multiple Regulatory Affairs Professional Society Career Day conferences, and NCDA global conference presentations.  

      Additionally Ms. White has been a contributing member on the and Reach For College Program Committee, as well as the former Chairperson for the Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions Advisory Council, where she served for nine years.  Currently, Ms. White is an active member of the American Counseling Association, where she serves as a member of the Neurocounseling Interests Network, and a contributing leader with the Native American Concerns group for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, as well as current Advocacy Chairperson for the Maryland Counseling Association.  She maintains membership with the National Career Development Association and former co-chair on the Research Committee.  Additional active memberships include Maryland Career Development Association, National Employment Counseling Association and ACPE. 

      Roni is the director of the Pastoral Counseling and Care Ministry at Olney Baptist Church.  She designs seminars and series to assist participants in aligning values into their daily lives.  She has co-presented virtual Bible Study series.  Ms. White is a contributing member of the Global Youth Empowerment Roundtable.  She engages in advocacy to build awareness, promote action, and encourage change through social justice by addressing education reform, college access, income disparity, mental health parity, homelessness, ethnicity inequity/inequality, gender inequality, and disparity in healthy food resources; as these are essential responsibilities to her as a citizen of the world.  

      Ms. White holds a BA in Psychology, MS in Human Services with a specialization in Marital, Family, Couples, Counseling and Therapy, graduate certificate in Addictions Counseling, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling.

      Dr. Jarvis Watson serves as Assistant Dean for Student Support Services at Stony Brook University, where his work often focuses on issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He had previously served the University as its Interim Chief Diversity Officer and as Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs.

      Dr. Watson received his doctorate in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology from Dowling College in Oakdale. He earned a master‘s degree in Counselor Education from Kean University in Union, NJ, and his bachelor’s degree in English from Stony Brook University.

      He’s a member of the American Counseling Association, the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of School Personnel Administrators, and several other professional organizations.

      A frequent public speaker, Dr. Watson has given keynote addresses and other presentations before more than 15 regional and national academic conferences and events. He also co-hosts  two podcasts: The Rejected Stone Podcast and Trusted Voices of the Community.

      • July 01, 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar

      Recorded Webinar: Building Resilience

      by Karol Taylor

      • Recorded December 3, 2021

        Recorded Sessions are not eligible for NBCC Contact Hours

      • Do you know someone who "keeps on keeping on" no matter what life throws at them? How do they continue to thrive, flourish, and grow even stronger as they overcome each obstacle? The answer is resilience. Resilience is a learned pattern of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that lead to adaptation when faced with such things as adversity, organizational change, and significant sources of stress such as a pandemic.

      • In this session, you will:

      • Define resiliency
      • Discuss our RQ (Resiliency Quotient-that's a term I made up)
      • Identify ways to build resiliency
      • Determine ways to build professional resiliency

      • Meet your presenter:

      • Karol Taylor advocates for effective leadership through collaboration, ongoing communication, strategic planning, and adhering to effective meeting practices. In 2005 Karol served as President for the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA). Under her leadership, the organization became financially viable for the first time in many years, and went on to build a treasury that would allow the flexibility for training new leaders. 

      • After her three-term MCDA Presidency, Karol served as Publicity Chair until 2017, when she successfully ran for Maryland Counseling Association President. In 2019 Karol lead MCA’s 60th year anniversary conference, establishing standards that presented MCA as a highly organized and well established professional association. 

      • Karol has 30 years of federal employee development work, is currently a Program Advisor in her role as federal career counselor, and is the coauthor of two books on the federal job search published by JIST, Inc.

            Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2021. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Maryland Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

            • July 01, 2023
            • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
            • Recorded Webinar

            Recorded Webinar

            Health is Wealth: Protect Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

            Panel Discussion

            Recorded November 19, 2021

            Recorded Sessions are not eligible for NBCC Contact Hours

            The focus of this workshop are resources for health and wellness.

            Learning objectives:

            1. To increase awareness about services offered by Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).

            2. Provide examples of healthy family relationships.

            3. Discuss strategies to improve health and wellness individually as well as within the family.

            Meet your presenters. Click here to read their full bios.

            Dr. Jodi Frey, Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore

            Danyell Winkey-Smith, Co-Chair Baltimore Maryland Black Women for Positive Change

            Bryan Carroll, Educational Consultant & Author, Athletic Intelligence and the Community Under Reconstruction through Education (CURE).

          Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA), 915 Russell Ave, Suite B, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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