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2018 Annual Conference

Connecting Career, Family, and Society
May 15 - 19, 2018
Tsinghua University
Beijing, China

20 CEU Clock Hours Available

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APCDA invites you to attend this international conference where all presentations will be in English. The audience will consist of delegates from many Asian countries and regions as well as other parts of the world. This conference provides opportunities for networking, sharing among practitioners, and identifying new resources. Breakout sessions will be divided into four tracks:

  • Serving School Populations (K-12)
  • Serving College Students
  • Serving Working or Job Seeking Adults
  • Research on Career Issues

The audience will include career and school counselors, counselor educators, workforce development professionals, human resource professionals, and career development practitioners at all age levels and in all settings (school, college and university, government, military, business, agency, corrections, and private practice). Some assistance with translation will be provided, but delegates are encouraged to bring their own translators.

Keynote Speakers:

Taoist Philosophy and Decision-Making

Hong Li, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Tsinghua University.

Action: What It Is and Why It Matters in Career Counseling

Richard A. Young, EdD, is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Hope-Centered, Actively Engaged Career Development

Norman Amundson, PhD, is a Full Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers

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Tuesday, May 15

9 AM – 1 PM

Tour of 798 Art District

2 – 5 PM

Three optional events:

New Elite Development Program Tour

Tsinghua Career Center and Art Museum Tour 

Professional Development Institute by Dr. Richard Young

6 – 8 PM

Meet-up at a local restaurant

Wednesday, May 16

8:30 - 9:30


9:30 AM - 1 PM

Keynote by Dr. Hong Li and Breakout Sessions

1 - 2:30 PM 

Lunch (included in registration fee)

2:30 – 6 PM

Breakout and Poster Sessions

6 – 7:30 PM

Reception (included in registration fee)

Thursday, May 17

9 AM – Noon

Keynote by Dr. Richard Young and Breakout Sessions

Noon – 1 PM

Lunch (included in registration fee)

1 PM – 4 PM

Breakout and Poster Sessions

4 PM – 5 PM

Annual Member Meeting

Friday, May 18

9 AM– Noon

Breakout Sessions and Keynote by Dr. Norm Amundson

2 PM – 5 PM

Optional Professional Development Institute by Dr. Norm Amundson

Saturday, May 19

9 AM– 5PM

Tour of Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven

Optional Extras:

  • Tuesday, May 15

    1. Tour of 798 Art District, 9 AM – 1 PM:  $50
      798 Was an area of factories which were converted to studios for artists. At 798, you can see that history and reality, industry and the arts perfectly blend with each other.  This is a fascinating example of what is possible for our artistic clients.
    2. Professional Development Institute: Career Counselling Processes and Procedures: An Action Framework by Dr. Richard Young, 2 – 5 PM: $100
      Clients often come to career counselling looking for direction, meaning and understanding in their lives.  This experiential PDI presents an approach to counselling that seeks to assist clients by helping them identify and facilitate their goal-directed action and projects. You can expect to learn the fundamentals of the action-project method and be introduced to a short-term intervention that can be integrated into your current practice. Your knowledge of the principles behind this approach, how projects can be identified and developed in counselling, and specific counselling interventions for facilitating your clients’ projects will be facilitate through interactive presentations, demonstrations, and practice.
    3. Tour of Tsinghua Career Center and Art Museum, 2 - 5 PM: $25
      This tour includes an explanation of the Tsinghua Career Center activities and a visit to the on-campus Tsinghua University Art Museum which owns more than 13,000 pieces including painting and calligraphy, embroidery, porcelain, furniture, bronze ware and comprehensive artwork. 
    4. Tour of New Elite Development Program Office, 2 – 5 PM: $25
      New Elite Development Program is a major provider of career planning services in China.  They invite you to visit their offices and learn more about the services they offer.

      Note that items 2, 3, and 4 are simultaneous, so you can select only one of these.
  • Wednesday, May 16

    Companion at Evening Reception, 6 - 7:30 PM: $25
    If you are traveling with a friend, invite them to join you at the reception.  It includes appetizers, beverages, and entertainment.

  • Friday, May 18

    Professional Development Institute: The Hope-Action Navigation Approach in Action by Dr. Norm Amundson, 2 - 5 PM: $100
    Dr. Amundson will be exploring in greater depth a number of practical career development interventions. In particular, he will be looking at the Hope-Action Inventory (HAI), the Backswing and other Metaphors, Story Wheels, Working with Chairs, and Walking the Problem. This session has an experiential component and will include live demonstrations as well as discussion. This session has broad application to various groups and many of the interventions can be applied in an individual or group setting.

  • Saturday, May 19

    Tour of the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, 9 – 5 PM: $75
    The Forbidden City was the palace of the Imperial Chinese Dragon Throne from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. It now houses the Palace Museum, which includes household items and gifts to the Emperors, and provides a fascinating perspective on life in China and China’s role in the world during these 500 years. The Temple of Heaven is an immense temple visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

CEU Clock Hours Available

Our annual conference is an opportunity for networking, professional development, and to earn 12.5 CEU Clock Hours from the US NBCC.  Japan's JCDA also provides CEUs.

Conference Registration Fees

Before Feb 28

Before April 15

April 16 & after

Professional Member




Professional Non-Member




Student/Retired Member or Presenter




Student/Retired Non-Member




Vendor Table




Optional tour of Tour of 798 Art District




Option career center tours




Optional tour of Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven




Optional Professional Development Institutes

each $100

each $100

each $100

Refund policy: Registrations that are canceled at least 4 days prior to the event can be refunded, except for a 6% handling fee. After that time, there are no refunds.

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