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The webinars sponsored by APCDA are rich in content and valuable to career practitioners. APCDA records webinars so they may be viewed at any time. Watching any entitles you to receive one contact hour CEU (continuing education unit).

After one year, these recorded webinars are available free to members and for a cost of only $10 to non-members.

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Career Services in a Rapidly Automating World: Issues and Challenges for 21st Century Career Planning

by Eric Anctil

Automation is the single greatest threat to the human labor and the modern human-based workforce. As humans adapt to the capitalist realities of a fully-automated workforce, the challenge for career counselors and specialists is to recognize and provide services to clients with an understanding of the future of work. This webinar will discuss the rapidly changing landscape of automated labor and the threats as well as the opportunities that lie ahead.

Cost:  $20 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 students

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Eric Anctil is the author of the books Selling Higher Education: Marketing and Advertising America's Colleges and Universities; Curriculum Leadership: Readings for Developing Quality Educational Programs; and Curriculum Planning: A Contemporary Approach.  Mr. Anctil is a professor of media and technology in the School of Education at the University of Portland and director of the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program. His work broadly centers on K-20 education and the nexus of technology and society.

A Paradox of Labor Market in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Increasing Student Employability

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The countries of the Arab Gulf have historically been a top choice for the global expatriate workforce due to high economic growth, quality of life, employment prospects, and good governance. Recently however, these countries are facing significant economic pressure from the ongoing slump in oil prices, political disputes, and rising youth unemployment. This creates a paradox of possibility. In this context, NYU Abu Dhabi will review the current status of employment in the Arab Gulf and highlight strategies to improve international graduate employability in the GCC labor market.

Cost:  $20 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 students

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Ashique Rafi is working as an Employer Services Specialist at New York University Abu Dhabi. His primary assignments are focusing on campus recruitment, employer engagements, employer events, reporting, and managing employer centric activities on NYUAD CareerNet portal. He joined NYUAD Career Development Center in June 2012 but prior to that he was actively involved in career services while serving as a Global Academic Fellow and during his graduate study at KAUST. He completed his Masters in Engineering from University of Nottingham and KAUST respectively.

Dana Downey serves as the Associate Director at the Career Development Center, overseeing employer relations and communication strategy. Prior to joining the team at NYU Abu Dhabi, Dana worked as a career development counselor in the United States for six years. She completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in global mental health and career development.

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Chinese Returnees’ Conceptions of Positive Career Outcomes after Graduating from Australian Universities

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This study targeted Chinese international students who had received at least one Australian university qualification and returned to work in the greater China region. The main research questions sought to address what Chinese returnees referred to as positive career outcomes, what they actually experienced, and what they deemed as contributing factors to the positive career outcomes they experienced. Data was collected from the returnees via questionnaires and individual interviews. Observation of and interviews with industry stakeholders were also conducted as a contrast. Key findings from the study will be shared in this session along with practical considerations for service designs for Chinese international students and recommendation for further research.

Cost:  $20 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 students


Serene Lin-Stephens is a Career Development Consultant at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She holds postgraduate qualifications in both Higher Education and Career Development Education. Serene has worked in various roles in the field of career development and employment services, including consultant for both faculties of Science and Engineering and Business and Economics at Macquarie University. In the last five years, Serene has implemented various strategies to incorporate career education into the higher education curricula. At the same time, she shares a special interest in enhancing international education. Her current research projects include building career information literacy in capstone units and Chinese returnees’career outcomes.

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An Overview of Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Implementation in Singapore

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There has been a nation-wide effort to support students and adults to make informed education, training and career choices. The Ministry of Education has strengthened education and career guidance (ECG) in schools. This presentation aims to share an overview how ECG is implemented in Singapore through our policies, systems and structures, strategic resources and the ECG framework, which guides the design of ECG activities and resources. There are 4 key pillars to ECG delivery, namely i) Robust ECG curriculum designed by specialists and taught by teachers, ii) Quality ECG counselling by newly-recruited and trained ECG Counsellors, iii) Competent ECG personnel in schools and iv) Supportive partners such as parents, alumni, industries, economic agencies, etc.

Cost:  $20 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 students

Virginia Cheng is the Project Director of Education and Career Guidance (ECG) at the Singapore Ministry of Education. As Project Director, she leads a team of officers in the development of policies, framework, standards and benchmarks, and programmes to bring about the effective implementation of ECG. This includes the setting up of systems and structures; developing and implementing the ECG curriculum, teaching and learning resources in schools; building the capacity of schools in the delivery of ECG; overseeing the professional development and growth of the fraternity; and establishing key strategic partnerships. Previously, she contributed to the profession as a teacher, principal, inspector of schools, and cluster superintendent, and she was awarded the Public Administration Medals (Silver and Bronze).

Esther Tan Chuan Loo is working as a senior specialist in the Ministry of Education, Singapore, currently focusing on the professional development of Education and Career Guidance Counsellors. She is also a licensed counsellor with a Master’s of Education in Risk and Prevention in Guidance Counselling from Harvard University. She has conducted seminars in the United States, South Korea and Singapore, in the areas of mental health and career explorations. Her assets include being able to train in both English and Chinese. With her passion in vocational psychology and human development, she is interested in research and tools that help people venture deeper in self-exploration to achieve their career-life aspirations.

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Career Readiness Program of a Private University in Pakistan

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Career readiness skills play a key role in the life of a university student. Providing career readiness skills and career counseling at the right time changes the whole scenario of a student’s future career and leads to hope and career prosperity. A career readiness institutionalized program of a leading private university in Pakistan is analyzed in this webinar. The pilot program had been developed strategically; keeping in view the global career readiness best practices as well as culturally adapting them to the corporate industry and higher education requirements in Pakistan.

Raza Abbas is the pioneer of professional career counseling and career guidance in Pakistan. He is an advocate for the career counseling and career guidance profession. He has consistently presented at premier career forums in six continents of the world: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Middle-East. He has transformed the lives of thousands of youth, teachers and employees across the globe. He is profiled in the global bestseller “The World Book of Hope” as one of the Top 100 Researchers in the world.


This webinar was offered live on October, 2016. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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Cognitive Information Processing Theory

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This webinar will describe key concepts from the Cognitive Information Processing approach to career problem solving and decision making that are used to help clients and practitioners better understand the content and process of career decision making. Key concepts include the Pyramid of Information Processing Domains (the “knowing” part of decision making) and the CASVE Cycle (the “doing” part of decision making). The session will also describe how the theory is applied in practice, including a three-level differentiated service delivery model and a readiness assessment model. A specific example of service delivery will also be presented.

Dr. Deb Osborn is a Professor of Counseling and Career Development in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University, a past president of the National Career Development Association, and a member of the Board of NCDA. She is part of the team that has developed expertise in the use of cognitive strategies in the design and delivery of career counseling and guidance services and the appropriate use of computer technology in counseling. Her presentation on this topic at the 2015 APCDA Conference in Tokyo was rated highly and attendees were eager to apply the CIP theory in their own practice.

This webinar was offered live on August, 2016. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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Telling Stories of Career Transition through Scores and an Integrative Structured Interview Process

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Every client has a unique story, but how do we apply some structure as we interpret these stories? We selected this presentation which was highly rated at the 2015 APCDA Conference to share as a webinar.

In today’s world of work, it is not uncommon for people to change occupations and to re-engage in learning during their adult lives. This presentation reports on research that used the qualitative Integrative Structured Interview (ISI) Process and the quantitative Self-Directed Search instrument to understand the career transitions of university students who had worked for at least two years prior to returning to study in a different field. Case study examples will illustrate the rich stories told by the participants that provided a contextual and nuanced understanding of their transitions. Suggestions are offered for career counsellors.

Dr Mary McMahon teaches career development and narrative career counselling in the School of Education at The University of Queensland where she works as a Senior Lecturer. She is interested in the career development of children and adolescents and how young people may be supported by career counselling and career programs. Mary is the co-developer of the internationally known Systems Theory Framework of Career Development. Currently Mary is working on practical applications of her framework including her story-telling approach to career counselling and qualitative assessment instruments.

Distinguished Professor Mark Watson lectures, writes and practices in the field of career psychology. Mark publishes nationally and internationally in journals and books, sits on the editorial board of several international journals, is co-author of a book onCareer Psychology in the South African Context, and is co-editor of three new books on career development, counselling and assessment. He is a co-developer of theMy System of Career Influences, a qualitative career assessment instrument. Professor Watson is a Research Fellow at The University of Warwick in England and an Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland.

This webinar was offered live on March, 2016. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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Critical Ingredients for Career Interventions

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Researchers have identified the five critical ingredients in career interventions, but are we using them? And are they relevant in the Asia Pacific region?

Researchers worked for years using meta-analysis on research describing successful career interventions during the last half of the previous century to identify factors which were crucial to getting good results. They looked at the length of the intervention, individual versus group counseling, types of career information available, and many other factors – but none of these made decisive differences. Finally, in 2000, by looking at a variety of factors, 5 were found to make a substantial difference in effectiveness. Are these factors being used widely in the Asia Pacific region? Are the findings relevant today? Do these factors produce results? This webinar will engage participants to answer these questions.

Marilyn Maze, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association. She has organized the annual APCDA Conference since its inception, conducted numerous research projects on hot labor market and career counseling issues, and presented at international conferences. Marilyn serves on the board of the National Career Development Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Career Development Association in 2010.

* Note: Dr. Maze does not profit from this webinar and APCDA does not endorse its content.

This webinar was offered live on January, 2016. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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10 Tips for Supporting a Globally Mobile Workforce

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The impact of a global economy is inconsistent in the Asia Pacific region. Highly skilled workers leave home to work abroad, while industries emerge locally to produce products/services for export. Students study abroad and international universities set up local campuses. Facilitated by technology, workers serve customers/clients around the world without travelling. “Global careerists” see the world as their workplace, pursuing attractive career opportunities regardless of location. Career practitioners, advisors, counsellors, and HR professionals need to rethink their approaches in order to improve services to globally mobile workers. You will leave this 1.5 hour webinar with tips and strategies to support this significant segment of our future workforce.

Dr. Roberta Neault walks her talk; she has travelled to 65+ countries and counselled/coached immigrants, expatriates, repatriates, trailing spouses, third-culture kids, and global careerists. Her work on 6 continents includes board leadership, keynotes, research collaboration, consulting, contributions to international publications, and teaching students from around the world. Recipient of the Gold Medal and Diamond Pin for international career development leadership, Roberta is passionate about raising the bar in career services for the globally mobile workforce. President of Life Strategies Ltd. and Associate Dean at Yorkville University, Roberta also currently serves as Treasurer for the Asia Pacific Career Development Association.

This webinar was offered live on July, 2015. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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Chaos Theory of Careers and the Changing World-of Work

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The world-of-work is changing. This can cause anxiety, difficulty making decisions, and feelings of desperation which requires new approaches to career coaching and counseling. This 1.5 hour webinar will focus on incorporating principles of chaos theory of careers to plan practical interventions for working counselors and coaches.

Brian Hutchison, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor, Coordinator of the School Counseling Program, and International Studies Fellow at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Penn State University. His scholarly work is focused on the study of social class bias in the delivery of school counseling interventions, international school and career counseling, counselor feelings of social class dissonance as it applies to their work, and the delivery of career development interventions that incorporate the concept of human agency and social justice as it impacts the career development of underserved and international populations. Brian is an active member of ACA, ACAM, ACES, MoCDA (where he is a past-President), and NCDA (where he serves as Co-chair for the Global Connections Committee).

This webinar was offered live on March 24/25, 2015. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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From Super to Savickas: Theory to Guide Practice

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Which career planning theories guide your practice? For many of us, all of the theories sound fascinating, but it is hard to choose between them. This confusion may cause us to ignore them. Dr. JoAnn Bowlsbey will compare the various theories of the 20th century and provide insights into the strengths and applications of each, so that we can decide when to use them to guide our practice.

This presentation was the most highly rated at the ACPDA Conference in Hawaii. If you were there, the awful noises may have distracted your concentration and this 1.5 hour webinar could help to clarify the information you missed. If you were not there, you won't want to miss this webinar. It is guaranteed to be packed with useful information.

JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey has enjoyed a long career in the field of career guidance and development. She began this career as a high school counselor and in the late 1960’s she pioneered computer-based career planning. She first developed the Computerized Vocational Information System (CVIS), then developed DISCOVER. When ACT took over responsibility for DISCOVER development, she became the Executive Director of ACT’s Educational Technology Center in Maryland. JoAnn wrote three different versions of the Career Development Facilitator curriculum – for schools and workforce centers in the >United States, for Japan, and for the U.S. Prison System. She is currently Executive Director for Content Development at Kuder, Inc. and co-author with Dr. Spencer Niles and Dr. Norman Amundson of two best-selling textbooks on career development theory and practice in the United States. A past president of the National Career Development Association, JoAnn has received that organization’s highest award – the Eminent Career Award.

This webinar was offered live on Octover 7/8, 2014. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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10 Key Concepts Foundational to Our Work

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Why do you do what you do in career counselling or coaching? This presentation categorizes popular theories and models, foundational to our work, into 10 broad categories. Learn about traditional and emerging conceptual frameworks. Make strategic choices about which approaches would be most effective with the client group(s) you serve.

If career practitioners and counsellors don’t have a solid grounding in career theories and models, their work with clients or students is little different from having a conversation with a compassionate friend. Theories and models can assist with case conceptualization, developing customized interventions, and evaluating results.

Dr. Roberta Neault, APCDA Treasurer, was editor of the Journal of Employment Counseling from 2008 – 2011 and serves on the boards of the Career Counsellors Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as well as the Asia Pacific Career Development Association. Dr. Neault has written, presented, and taught internationally on the topic of career theories and was awarded the Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development in 2011.

This webinar was offered live on March 5/6, 2014. It was recorded, and is available now for your to view. When you register for this recorded webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and materials.

Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Students

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