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Leading Fulfilling and Productive Lives in the Autism Spectrum

Career practitioners can benefit from looking at individuals on the autism spectrum instead of a collection of deficits, disorders, and disabilities as a collection of abilities and strengths to craft their paths. We can do this by considering the Four A’s of Autism:

Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, and Action

Honored Guest Speaker: Dr. Stephen Mark Shore

Please join us on April 18/19, 2022, for a webinar with Dr. Shore, a Clinical Assistant Professor, The School of Education, The Ruth S. Ammon College of Education and Health Sciences at Adelphi University in Garden City New York, USA.

In addition, Dr. Shore is a current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, advisory board member of Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHANY) an advisory board member of the Autism Society.

He also serves on the boards of the U.S. Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Council of Organization of Autism Research (OAR), and other autism-related organizations.

April is World Autism Awareness Month. Join APCDA in recognizing and respecting diversity in career education and training. Read more and hear Dr.  Shore

To Inspire Us: Resilience and Transition Stories

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Member Mentoring Webinar

Using Holland Typology to Quickly Assess Career Personality

By Dr. Gary Gottfredson and Dr. ZiYoung Kang
Recorded Mar 7, 2022

Many career professionals use the theory of personalities and work environments developed by the late John Holland in their work. We use it to teach clients one way to think about themselves in vocational terms and to identify career alternatives likely to be compatible with their interests and skills. Nevertheless, experienced practitioners often use only a part of this theory. For example, counselors often focus attention on vocational personality while giving little attention to clients’ history of work and educational environments. Using the Holland structure, we can help them not only to explore career possibilities but also to construct personal narratives These narratives help give meaning to the situations clients are experiencing or construct narratives that shape their future careers.

Following a brief review of Holland’s theoretical formulations, the presenters will demonstrate a method for assessing persons through brief interviews about aspirations (or history) to arrive at classifications that exceed the validity of classification based on elaborate interest inventories – and which are quicker and less costly to use. Webinar participants will practice using the assessment technique, and then discuss the experience and get help from webinar leaders in coping with difficulties experienced.

Two career professionals will lead the webinar.  Gary Gottfredson is professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and co-author of My Life with a Theory, John L. Holland's Autobiography and Theory of Careers. He has spent many years developing and validating psychometric tools to assess personality and work environments, often in collaboration with John Holland. A psychologist, he has published widely in counseling and psychological journals. ZiYoung Kang earned a Ph.D. in counselor education at Pennsylvania State University and is an ordained Won Buddhist minister. Her work on constructivist and social constructionist career counseling and on assessment using the Holland typology has been published in the Career Development Quarterly and the American Psychological Association Handbook of Career Intervention.

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Member Mentoring Webinar

Dealing with Trauma in Career Conversations

Recorded Jan 24, 2022

Trauma is a name that we give to experiences that cause us deep psychological pain. Individuals experience painful events differently depending on the age of the individual, the degree of resiliency one has, the intensity of the stressor, and whether it was a one-time event or reoccurring experience or series of happenings.  However, there are several general actions we can take. A traumatized person needs to feel safe. Both mindfulness exercises and somatic exercises can help to bring calm.  Somatic memory is neurological (deeply embedded). Rather than focusing on the past, the career practitioner should begin working with the now and what can be done in the now to ease the pain. This webinar is focused on helping clients work through individual traumatic events effecting a client’s career choices, and also on the traumatic effects of both natural disasters and those created by humans.

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Lee J. Richmond, PhD, Professor Emerita, Loyola University Maryland, is a licensed psychologist in the State of Maryland. Her books include co-editor of Connections Between Spirit and Work, co-author of Soulwork: How to Find the Work You Love: How to Love the Work You Have, and What Brings You to Life?: Awakening Women’s Spiritual Essence. She is a fellow and past president of both the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the American and Counseling Association, and a Distinguished Senior Contributor to the Division of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

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Member Mentoring Webinar

Stress Management and Motivation in the Workplace

by Mohammad Ali Khalid, PhD, Bangladesh
Recorded Nov 18, 2021

This webinar is designed to increase awareness of the factors which produce stress in the workplace, effective ways of dealing with these factors, and ways to increase motivation and productivity.  This webinar will be helpful to either individuals experiencing stress or managers who desire more productive employees. It is also helpful to career practitioners who work with either type of client and wish to help their clients improve their stress management skills for themselves or their employees.

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Dr. Mohammad Khalid has worked in Business Development, Human Capital Development, and Training and Logistics Management for the last 40 years at home and abroad in Multinational Corporations. He is on the faculty of the MBA & EMBA Program at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), Bangladesh and has director similar academic programs at other institutions. He is also a well-known keynote speaker at national and international conferences.

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Member Mentoring Webinar

Conducting a Hybrid Career Fair

Recorded October 21, 2021

Join other members of APCDA who work in career centers to share advice on how to run a virtual career fair or a hybrid (both virtual and in-person) career fair.  How does the virtual option change the event?  Which software have you used? If you have conducted a hybrid career fair, what was different about that option?  If you have not yet conducted a hybrid career fair, which issues concern you about a hybrid career fair?

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Member Mentoring Webinar

How to Get Published in the APCD Journal

Recorded on September 14, 2021
By Dr. Brian Hutchison

Have you ever wanted to be published in an academic journal? Is there an aspect of your work in career development that would benefit others in their practice? Do you want to build your career brand as an evidence-based practitioner or scholar?

The Asia Pacific Career Development Journal is designed to give greater support to potential authors wishing to publish their work. APCDJ provides a mentoring model of review for publication so that first time authors, early career academics, or those for whom English is a second language can maximize their opportunity to share quality work with the field of career development.

Bring your questions and get answers from our Editor-in-Chef, Dr. Brian Hutchison.  This webinar will discuss the process of getting published and why it is so important for us to do it right. Dr. Hutchison will share all of the details with you, and get you started on the right path to see your article in print.

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Brian Hutchison, PhD, LPC, CCCE, Journal Editor, is a Core Clinical Mental Health Faculty at Walden University (online) and a Past President of APCDA. Dr. Hutchison received his doctorate degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Pennsylvania State University and has worked as a career, school, and mental health counselor. Brian’s career consultation and education work operates within the brand of Global Career Guy where he specializes in developing career publications, keynote talks, workshops, and on-line career coaching and mentorship content for global career professionals. He has more than four dozen publications and is currently writing the 13th Edition of School to Career, a textbook for high school students.

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Free Member Mentoring Webinar

Researching Career Development Issues

By Dr. Shelley Tien and Dr. Poh Li Lau
Recorded August 17, 2021

Would you like to conduct and publish your own research?  Do you know how to design a research project?  Are you interested in cross-cultural issues and looking for a partner in a different country?  Bring your burning research ideas, such as which services are most effective, or most cost-effective?  Which clients benefit most from specific career services? We will review the main steps in designing and conducting research, using your projects to illustrate them. We will examine various research designs and identify those which best address the questions you bring. You should leave with a plan for your research project.

When you register, please let us know about your research ideas by completing that question on the registration for.

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Hsiu-Lan (Shelley) Tien, PhD, Research Committee Chair, received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa in 1993. She is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the National Taiwan Normal University. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland (2005-6; 2011-2012). She has also served as President of Taiwan Career Development and Consultation Association (TCDCA), Taipei Counseling Psychologist Association, and APCDA. Currently she is Representative of TCDCA. She earned the 2016 International Practitioner of the Year Award from the National Career Development Association.

Poh Li Lau, PhD, Research Committee Co-Chair & Malaysia Representative, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, Faculty of Education at University of Malaya, Malaysia. She received her BA and PhD in Counseling from the University of Malaya. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral scholarship in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests include career counseling, positive psychology, resilience and well-being, cross-cultural, online counselling, creativity in counseling and psychological testing. She is responsible for teaching and learning in undergrad and postgrad counseling programs. She is also a registered counselor in Malaysia.

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Recorded July 29, 2021

Today, employee career development is more important than ever, accelerated by new norms of working. Join us as we explore how the concept of hope can be infused into employee career development.

Dr Hyung Joon Yoon is an Associate Professor for Workforce Education and Development at Pennsylvania State University. His research centers on utilizing hope, human agency for individuals and organisations.  He co-developed Hope-Action Theory and the Hope-Action Inventory, and he is one of the co-authors of Career Recovery: Creating Hopeful Careers in Difficult Times. Dr Yoon is also Associate Editor of Human Resource Development Review, a premier theory-building journal in the Human Resources field. He was designated as an NCDA Fellow in 2020 for his significant contributions to the field of career development.

Through this webinar, we will learn about 35 HR interventions that could be used for employees in different job-based career stages; and concrete and general directions for supporting employee career development in turbulent times, such as the pandemic. If you work for an organization, you will be able to assess the quality of organizational career development practices. 

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In attending this webinar, APCDA Professional Members can fulfil the following APCDA Career Service Competencies: Labour Market Information. Read here for more information about APCDA Career Service Competencies.

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Free Member Mentoring Webinar

Career Advice for Graduating Students

Recorded July 12, 2021

Join other members of APCDA who work in university career centers to share the advice you give to students who are about to graduate in this second year of the Pandemic.  We did this last year, and it was a great success, but so much has changed that we believe it is time to do it again.  Given the extreme variety of pandemic and economic conditions, each community may face different issues. What have you learned from employers about job openings this year? What can new graduates do to attract the attention of employers? Are there other learning opportunities, such as internships, to move their careers forward during the pandemic?  Where are the opportunities? 

When you register, please select “I have answers” if you have any information or ideas to share, and select “I have questions” if you do not want to speak and just want to type questions into the Chatbox.

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Recorded June 17, 2021

Join us as we explore what made the freelance revolution grow and how the Gig economy is shaping how organisations plan their human and workforce development.

Alp Sezginsoy is the founder of Expertera, an on-demand expertise platform providing tailored and flexible access to top talent for more than 15,000 organisations and acknowledged by Forbes Global as a Pioneer of the Freelance Revolution. Alp is a pioneer and spokesperson for the ‘Future of Work’ movement, at TedXReset and various Digital Revolution, Industry 4.0 events across US and Europe and he consults for Fortune 500 Boards on matters about Agile Workforce.

Through this webinar, we will seek answers to the most wondered questions about how the Future of Work will be shaped, how the new world dynamics will change the way organisations see jobs, human and workforce development.

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In attending this webinar, APCDA Professional Members can fulfil the following APCDA Career Service Competencies: Labour Market Information. Read here for more information about APCDA Career Service Competencies.

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Research Presentations, May 2021

Advocacy Strategies for Serving International Students in the US: A Participatory Action Research by Yangyang Liu and Hongshan Shao

In this research presentation, the presenters will share a participatory action research project that explored career development professionals’ multicultural, social justice, and advocacy competencies when working with international students in U.S. higher education career services. Results and implications from this project will be provided to allow the audience to tailor best practices to their specific client populations.

Ms. Yangyang Liu is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Penn State University. She received her master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Career Counseling from Penn State. In addition, Ms. Liu works as a Career Counseling Graduate Assistant at the Career Services Center and as a supervisor for Career Counseling master’s level interns.  Ms. Liu’s research agenda includes career development issues of underrepresented student populations, such as international students and first-generation college students.

Ms. Hongshan Shao is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education Program at Pennsylvania State University. She currently works at Penn State Career Center as a career counseling graduate assistant. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019 from University of Missouri - St. Louis. She is a National Certificated Counselor (NCC). Her research interests include career counseling and development with international students/Asian population, cross-cultural training, counseling, and supervision.

Impact of Careers Services on Graduate Employability of University Students in Vietnam by My Vu

Though “careers services” for students and graduates are provided popularly by universities and external service providers in Vietnam, it is very rare for research to mention the concept, as well as indicate directly the services’ impacts on the graduate employability in Vietnam. The presenter will share research findings which describe some careers services provided in universities in Vietnam, their impact on graduate employability, different stakeholders’ roles in the service provision, and advocate for the efforts of Vietnam’s educators in enhancing Vietnam’s graduate employability.

Ms. My Vu’s career goal is to become a dedicated Career Coach to accompany, encourage, empower, & provide professional supports for students & adults who need support in their employability, career decision-making, & career development. She has 6 years' experience in organizing events, sales & marketing, banking & finance, and careers services in education.  My owns a Master of Arts with Distinction in Career Development & Management awarded by Coventry University & the Qualification in Career Development awarded by the CDI, the UK-wide professional

Vocational Identity and Civic Engagement of University Students in Korea by Yoonhee Lee

The purpose of this study is to examine the links between vocational identity and civic engagement of university students in Korea. Participants are 300 university students aged 19-29 years (30% males) who completed a self-report questionnaire. This study will show how vocational identity and civic engagement are associated by using both a person-centered approach (i.e., identity statuses) and a variable-centered approach (identity processes).  The reciprocal relationship between vocational identity and civic engagement was examined with a longitudinal dataset.

Ms. Yoonhee Lee is a master's student in Counseling Program, Department of Education at Korea University.

Meaning of Life and Career Design for Chinese Middle-Aged Female Educators by Hsiu-Lan (Shelley) Tien

The purpose of the study was to identify the meaning of life for female teachers through a narrative approach. The constructivism concept of career counseling was applied in the interview process. We interviewed 12 female school educators, average age 53.42 (range 47 to 62), all teaching for over 20 years. The average number of years of on the job was 28.58 (range 21 to 39). They explored the meaning of work and life after so many years in the education field. Five interviewers applied the narrative approach to the interviews. Results were analyzed by narrative analysis, and life themes were described and interpreted from the participants’ viewpoint.

Dr. Hsiu-Lan (Shelley) Tien, received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa in 1993. She is a professor and Department Chair at the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the National Taiwan Normal University. Her current areas of interest are career counseling and studies of vocational behavior, training of counseling skills, working with dreams, and qualitative research. She has served as the president of Taiwan Career Development and Consultation Association (TCDCA), and past president of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association. She earned the 2016 International Practitioner of the Year Award from the National Career Development Association, and in 2020 the Fellow Award from the NCDA.

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Career Construction Theory and Life Design, May 2021

Life Design: A 21st Century Paradigm for Career Development by Julie Neill

Two distinct discourses - both called “life design” have taken hold of the career development field.  While life design counseling developed by Mark Savickas and the Designing Your Life approach created by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans are indeed very different, they also share some important commonalities, and both offer valuable tools to help individuals build and construct their careers in the 4th Industrial Revolution.  This session will explore how we can draw from both discourses and form a blended approach that empowers and guides individuals by focusing on purpose which can serve as a compass to help navigate the uncharted paths in the future of work.

Julie Neill is the Past-President of the Maryland Career Development Association and an MBA career consultant and adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland.  Her diverse background includes 20 years of experience working in higher education, government and the nonprofit sector both in the US and internationally. Her work has been recognized for innovation by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), and she is a past Fulbright award recipient.

Building Resilience & Adaptability using Role Models. A brief 15-minute Strengths Based Intervention by Dr. Kevin Glavin, Gerald Tan and Jeremiah Wong

Join us as we demonstrate and show you how to conduct a powerful 15-minute career intervention using the role model question from the Career Construction Interview (CCI; Savickas, 2005). Learn how to use this intervention as a brief strength-based activity to help your clients build resilience and adaptability in a world of work characterized as volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (Bennett & Lemoine, 2014).

Dr. Kevin Glavin, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Educator who has spent the past 20 years studying, teaching, and practicing career counseling. Currently, Kevin teaches Career Counseling for Nova Southeastern University. He is the Founder of ‘Create Your Why’, a company created to provide excellence in career coaching and training. Kevin has worked with numerous organizations including, Saudi Aramco, Singapore Ministry of Manpower, Japanese Institute of Career Development, Australian Catholic University, University of Florence Italy, and University of Colorado Boulder. He has served as president of the Ohio Career Development Association and as Editor for the Journal of Employment Counseling.

Mr. Gerald Tan is passionate about developing services to help people find meaning and purpose in their careers through his role as the Projects Director and Lead Career Developer of Avodah People Solutions.  Gerald has a decade of experience in the Singapore public services in workforce development programmes, public employment services and public engagement. Gerald is also an NCDA certified Career Service provider, Master of Career Services and a certified Solutions Focused practitioner coach. He has supported more than 300 individuals with their career needs, working with various schools, companies and non-profit organisations on career development projects.

Mr. Jeremiah Wong is a Career and Life-Design Counsellor and a Capability Developer with Workforce Singapore, a government agency that renders career services to Singaporeans. He oversees the capability building of career practitioners in Singapore. He also constantly hones his practice with modern practices to help shape the future discourse and design of career services. Jeremiah’s strengths lie with helping people manage a life-time of career transition and learning, as well as programme design. He is also an Associate Lecturer and Supervisor for the Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling programme at Republic Polytechnic.

Top 10 Tips for Conducting the Career Construction Interview by Dr. Kevin Glavin

Learn and practice these top 10 tips to help you conduct the Career Construction Interview (CCI; Savickas, 2005) with greater confidence and effectiveness. The CCI is a qualitative intervention used to help individuals explore educational/vocational options, navigate occupational transitions, and construct the next chapter in their career story. The subjective nature of narrative interventions can be challenging for beginning practitioners. However, we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. Learn the most common mistakes practitioners make when conducting the CCI and how to solve challenging client situations.

Dr. Kevin Glavin is described above.

Introducing and Localizing CCI in Japan by Nobuko Hasegawa and Dr. Shujiro Mizuno

Dr. Mizuno and Ms. Hasegawa have applied the Career Construction Interview by Dr. Mark Savickas to three areas of counseling and worker training. Dr. Mizuno used CCI to train Career Consults for recertification education, enabling them to reflect upon their motives for become career counselors and consultants. Applying CCI at a women’s support center, Ms. Hasegawa is counseling women for career confidence and development. Most are DV survivors, single mothers, and those who want to restart their careers. Enhancing the adaptability of employers, we are helping employees to find new ways to redesign and search for their career paths.

Ms. Nobuko Hasegawa 1st grade certified skilled professional of career consulting, Master of Psychology, President of C-mind Ltd,  Supervisor of Career Consultants, Trainer of Career Counselors, Advisor to training company training programs.

Dr. Shujiro Mizuno, Ph.D., Reitaku University Professor, retired; Rissho University, appointed professor, retired; president of Japan life design counseling center.  Certified clinical psychologist, 1st grade certified skilled professional of career consulting, Doctor of Education in Counseling.

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Global Wellness, May 2021

Global Nomads Working Abroad and Coming Home: How Career Development Professionals Can Help by Satomi Yaji Chudasama, Soonhoon Ahn, Caressa Hanh Truong and Dr. Roberta Borgen

As more individuals work internationally, the importance of supporting their departure from and re-entry to home countries increases. Career development professionals can play a major role in this. Besides considering the world as a potential workplace, global nomads benefit from support in self-reflection, exploring opportunities, navigating the logistics, and complex adjustment to working across cultures and eventually returning home. We also need to think about how the paradigm shift created by Covid-19 has impacted this landscape. Learn from global nomads, those who support them, and research on this increasingly relevant population.

Ms. Satomi Yaji Chudasama, NCC, CCC, GCDF, is a founding member and President-Elect of APCDA and Senior Associate Director for Student Engagement in the Center for Career Development at Princeton University. Her journey in the career development field started 20 years ago when she was an international student advisor intern. The students’ dreams and aspirations inspired Satomi to transition into the career development field. Alongside cultivating the expertise in supporting the overall college student population as a career development professional, she has also established herself as an expert in career development of international students by developing and spreading best practices.

Ms. Soonhoon Ahn is an International Career/HR Consultant with extensive experience in executive career counseling, career transition training, international recruitment and career development, and employment support group management. She has insights and skills in career/life purpose and vision, multicultural and diversity training, adult transitions, optimal performance, and conflict resolution. Bilingual in English and Korean. Large client list includes The World Bank Group, The State Department, Equitable Bank.

Roberta Borgen, Ph.D., President of Life Strategies Ltd., Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and Project Director for the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), is co-developer of the Career Engagement model, and has extensive experience as an educator and counsellor supporting individuals and organizations with transitions, engagement and strategies to maximize their success.

Ms. Caressa Hanh Truong was born in HCMC, Vietnam. She received her double degree in BSc. Applied Psychology and BSc. Corporate Communication from Singapore Management University. Upon graduation, she worked as a business associate for property developers and trading companies in Malaysia, Russia, and Qatar before returning to Vietnam. Since 2014, she has worked as a trainer and quality auditor for educational organizations. In 2017, she went to Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine for an inter-professional degree in Speech Language Pathology. Her newest venture into Career Counselling is an attempt to address the vocational future for children with learning disabilities in Vietnam.

Building Cultural Competency: Resources for Supporting Diverse Clients on Uncharted Paths by Cassie Taylor, Farheen Hassany and Dr. Roberta Borgen

Diversity is a multi-faceted construct extending beyond an individual’s race/ethnicity to include countless inter-related characteristics and influences. Career Development Professionals (CDPs) who attend to a client’s unique expression of cultural identity and adopt a more nuanced approach to working together are in a better position to create customized, relevant, and effective interventions that lead to client success.    Join us for practical tips and tools drawn from several recent diversity-related projects developed to strengthen cultural competency among CDPs.

Ms. Cassie Taylor, BAA, has over 10 years of experience supporting a vast array of diversity-focused projects from conceptualization, data gathering/analysis, and creation of tools, resources, and presentations/workshops. From local to international, Cassie’s work seeks to improve career development services through fostering culturally-informed practices rooted in empathy, understanding, collaboration, and data.

Ms. Syeda Farheen Hassany, BSc Applied Psychology, is a new team member at Life Strategies. She is passionate about diversity advocacy and has over 7 years of experience working and volunteering with vulnerable populations including women, children, and immigrants.

Dr. Roberta Borgen is described above.

Career Creation in the New Normal Era and Support as a Career Counselor by Momoko Asaka

Work environment and daily lives have changed significantly with requests of business suspension and stay-at-home under the state of emergency declaration due to COVID-19.  Some of my clients say "I'm confused because I must work from home" or "I've lost my income." Many teachers who are unexpectedly forced to provide online lessons in a short period of time are stressed by the lack of understanding of online tools. In addition, self-employed and freelancers have complained that they are available but can't get any work. We will consider what perspective helps career counselors to engage clients based on examples.

Ms. Momoko Asaka is the CEO at Veriteworks and Secretary of APCDA. Graduated in Arts in Library and Information Science from Keio University, Japan. JCDA Certified Career Development Adviser, JPA Certified Psychologist, Mental Health Legal Advisor, Health and Productivity Management Advisor.  She started an independent business after working as in a medical corporation, HR staff for a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st section, and an HR director of a private IT company. Her company was incorporated as Veriteworks in 2014. Utilizing 20 years of experience in the counseling field, she provides career and mental health counseling for corporate clients, as well as seminars, article writing, and media appearances.

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Timeless Tools, May 2021

Principles of Group Career Counseling by K Richard Pyle

Group Career Counseling (GCC) is a unique and underutilized counseling methodology/intervention which has its own qualities and characteristics. GCC will be defined in the context of how it differs from group counseling and other career groups. In addition, participants will be provided information on its efficacy as related to individual counseling and career groups; an overview of the theoretical foundations on which it is based; and a demonstration of relevant techniques and skills. Finally, ideas on how to implement a GCC program will be reviewed.

Dr. Richard Pyle, Ph.D., conducted his doctoral research on the efficacy of group career counseling (GCC) and has implemented this practice in a variety of settings and with several populations. He has worked as a Director of Guidance, Director of Counseling, Dean of Students in academia and as a trainer, counselor and executive and psychologist with the Peace Corps. He is co-author of Group Career Counseling: Practices and Principles published by NCDA.  His research has resulted in numerous publications and the training of hundreds of professionals in the use of groups in career development. Dr, Pyle earned his doctorate in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services at the University of Florida.

APCDA Career Service Competencies: Supporting Quality Practice by Catherine Hughes and Susan Mate

Career practitioners often talk about skills, but today’s employers prefer the term “Competencies,” which break work tasks into specific components.  Competencies are building blocks for standards, job descriptions, and skills assessment.  APCDA Career Service Competencies include both Core Competencies (common to all career practitioners) and Specialized Competencies that may depend on work setting, job requirements, or the country in which the work is being done.  We will also discuss cultural differences associated with practitioner work in varied countries and the emphasis of the Career Industry Association in Australia. Competencies can be overwhelming, until we learn how to use them and identify with them in our work as practitioners. Two highly experienced career professionals will help us to understand the value and uses of these competencies.

Dr. Catherine Hughes, PhD, News Committee Chair and 2020 Outstanding News Contributor Award Recipient, founded the Grow Careers website for Australian school communities.  Her doctorate is in vocational psychology and he has authored books on careers work in schools and career development resources to support the work of school-based career practitioners. Dr. Hughes is a Sessional Course Leader for the Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University.  Her application of theory, research and practice has been widely published and she has presented at national and international conferences.

, is an educator and researcher is the field of Career Development and Workplace learning. As a Program Manager in the School of Education for the Graduate Certificate in career development at RMIT she is committed to evidence-informed learning. She holds a PhD focusing on Learning in the Workplace and a background in education design. Her current research interest involves developing and refining learning materials that focus on fostering student partnership with a strong interest in narrative, career, professional and gender Identity.

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Career Development for Adults, May 2021

Navigating Through Unprecedented Challenges Towards Career Aspiration by Maurice Ng

Applying social-cognitive & transition theories including Schlossberg’s Transition Theory, as well as Bronfenbrenner Ecological Systems Theory of support, a career coach helped a client change her negative mindset and guided her towards positive action. Coaching interventions helped the client draw upon her innate strength to walk her unchartered path, overcoming painful process of moving-in, moving-through and moving-out of her unfamiliar, expected and unprecedented situation to attaining the career of her choice.

Mr. Maurice Ng is a certified and accomplished career coach with a wealth of experience both in the commercial and public sectors. An accomplished professional who is empathetic, patient and aspiring to help individuals cope with uncharted career challenges. Guiding over 1,000 jobseekers across various spectrum of career needs, challenges, development tracks, Maurice is experienced working with diverse profiles. He is also the developer and facilitator for career workshops targeted at helping employed jobseekers to get ready for their next career transition.

Discovering your Passion through Career Exploration Journey by Parameswari Seenivasan

Young adults often choose their career without realizing their personal interests. Many have landed in jobs without the passion in their work, leading to burn out, exhaustion at work and even depression. Fortunately for one young client, she was saved from going through this trauma through her partnership with her career coach on her career exploration journey, leveraging career theories such as Holland’s congruence theory of vocational choice, Schlossberg’s Transition 4-S Model and Donald Super’s life roles. Understanding one’s work personality and transiting to jobs that are congruent to one’s passion are the main aims of this program.

Ms. Parameswari Seenivasan is a Senior Career Coach with Careers Connect, Workforce Singapore. She has over ten years of experience in career coaching and counselling jobseekers from all walks of life. A certified Career Service Practitioner and a Global Career Development Facilitator, Ms. Seenivasan is also certified in Strong Interest Inventory.  She is the co-creator of “Renew Your Perspectives” and a trained facilitator for workshop targeted at jobseekers with emotional barriers. She is also passionate about helping individuals’ transit into meaningful careers.

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Career Development from Elementary School to University

May 2021

Social Emotional Learning and Career Development from Kindergarten to Higher Education by Dr. Candy Ho and Andrew Culberson

All learning is relational. Social and emotional competencies are at the core of all learning. Intentional teaching of social and emotional learning (SEL) from kindergarten to higher education will facilitate the development of relationship, decision-making and self-management skills required to manage successful transitions through life. Self-reflection, conversations with peers and feedback from educators promote the expansion of one’s self-awareness. The skills employers are seeking can be unlocked by a renewed focus on SEL. Social and emotional learning provides a common and inclusive language for career influencers, and when it is fully utilized and understood, SEL becomes a core foundation of career development.

Dr. Candy Ho is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. She also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College's Career Development Practitioner Program and has taught at the University of British Columbia in their Department of Counselling Psychology and Special Education.

Andrew Culberson is passionate about helping others find their purpose through promoting positive mental health.  Currently working as a Learning Specialist for the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood, he previously held a position as a guidance counsellor in the Anglophone School District West in New Brunswick. He has an MEd in Counselling and Psychology, BEd and BSc.

Blastoff! Launching College Placements in Chinese High Schools by Xiao Lianyu and Dr. Elisabeth P. Montgomery

The Rocket Model is a new tool designed by China’s career practitioners to develop Chinese students’ career education. The Rocket Model for Career Development Education and College Placement includes four central characteristic systems: Career potential systems, Grades K -12, College, and the Working world.  The Rocket Model is a government certified standard curricular structure for career development that teachers could use to design a robust curriculum. This tool proves useful for the following groups: career education practitioners, student advisors, headteachers, and career curriculum designers.

Mr. Xiao (Shawn) Lianyu is a Global Career Development Facilitator, focused on facilitating K-12 students to prepare for college placement career awareness and college students to prepare for the job placement. Since 2016, Mr. Xiao facilitated career courses and developed into an online knowledge leader with 200,000 followers on Chinese main social media channels with over 5,000,000 online users of career education for advice. Mr. Xiao provides free college placement counseling to Shenzhen students through Shenzhen College Placement Public Service Seminar and helped over 300 students apply to colleges in China and international college placements.

Since 2012, Dr. Elisabeth P. Montgomery, Ph.D., developed and implemented international programs in the Nanshan District K-12 public school system, including extensive career development education programs. The Nanshan District is the Shenzhen’s free trade economic zone of China and currently serves over 230,000 students and 25,000 teachers. Dr. Montgomery works extensively in youth employment, specializing in youth and adult social entrepreneurship training in the USA.

Class of 2020 - Building Resilience and Hope in Student Interns in the COVID-19 Era by Felicity Brown, Eric Asato, and Hanh Tran

Since 2017, RMIT University Vietnam has run customized employability skills workshops focusing on Resilience and Interpersonal Skills for students enrolled in credit-bearing internship courses.  These workshops recall students to campus several weeks into the internship, enabling the students to reflect on their workplace experiences in a familiar environment, share their learnings with classmates and acquire practical techniques from the facilitators and former interns. This presentation will be part skill builder/part sharing practice about the enhanced design, development and delivery of the internship workshops supporting RMIT graduates to handle the rigors of workplaces in 2020 and beyond.

Originally from Australia, Ms. Felicity Brown has been based in Asia for 19 years including Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan and currently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ms. Brown has worked at RMIT University Vietnam since 2014 where she is the Manager, Career Consulting and Development.  She holds a Masters of Career Development from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and also runs a career coaching and facilitation business, Maia Careers and Training, developing mid-career professional women.   A professional member of CDAA, NAGCAS and APCDA, Ms. Brown is passionate about working cross­-culturally and helping clients develop personally meaningful careers in times of change. 

After completing his MBA from Seattle University in 2009, Mr. Eric Asato moved to Vietnam for a life change to become an English teacher. Many of his students were confused as to why an MBA graduate would want to teach English. His answer ‘I’m passionate about helping students achieve their goals. Mr. Asato taught English and lectured business classes until moving into the Careers & Industry Relations Department at RMIT where he continues to teach employability skills.

Ms. Hanh Tran has been with RMIT University Vietnam since 2018 as a Student Professional Development Consultant. Ms. Tran is responsible for the development of RMIT’s co-curricular professional skills development program, which aims to prepare RMIT students for life and work. Before embarking her journey at RMIT, Ms. Tran had more than 4 years of experience in Human Resources at Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage, specializing in Training & Development. Loving working with people to help them with both personal and professional development, Ms. Tran chose to develop her career in training and consulting.

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Member Mentoring Webinar

More Ethical Dilemmas and the APCDA Ethical Guidelines

By Dr. Vandana Gambhir Chopra
Recorded on March 21, 2021

We face ethical dilemmas daily in our work.  Some situations are so familiar that we respond base on habit.  Others are so complex that we may avoid any response. In a recent poll, more than half of career practitioners described tension between supporting and challenging clients' goals as their most common ethical dilemma.  In all cases, comparing APCDA’s Ethical Guidelines to common ethical dilemmas prepares us to respond appropriately.  This webinar will include a review of parts of the Guidelines plus breaking into small groups to discuss ways of handling common ethical dilemmas.   Please consider submitting examples of ethical dilemmas from your own practice to the presenter.

Dr. Vandana Gambhir Chopra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi, and the Ethics & Standards Committee Chair for APCDA. She started her professional career as a medical physician and later excelled and received her doctorate in Psychology. Known as an expert in Psychometrics, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Vocational & Career Counseling, she helps the companies with their employee wellness and productivity through training and assessments. Her field of involvement in psychology research work span across career competencies, personality, social psychology, competency mapping, positive psychology, and consumer behavior and geriatrics mental health.

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Reimagining the Future of Career Services

By Dr. Rich Feller
Recorded February 23, 2021

Farouk Dey suggested that career practitioners must limit focusing on talking 1-1 with individuals about their own interests, values, needs and goals, and instead focus on enabling clients to make audacious moves through immersive experiences and consequential connections.  Can services be scalable to reach the majority of clients/students being confronted by technological and social changes.  Can we help clients/students challenge the social access and hierarchical pyramid where only a few can reach their goal and serve each client/student equally.  Join APCDA’s US Representative Dr. Rich Feller to dive deeper into these ideas and envision a new future for career practitioners.

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Rich Feller, PhD, USA Representative, is NCDA Past-President, Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, and recipient of NCDA’s Eminent Lifetime Career Award. Career Specialist for NSF Gaussi Project, Colorado State University and Semester at Sea, Thought Leader for AARP, Life Reimagined Program, Washington, DC, Chief Advisor for YouScience, Nashville, TN, and Co-owner of Valer Productions, Inc., Fort Collins, CO and of One Life Tools, Inc., Toronto, Canada. He has consulted in all 50 US states and on 6 continents.

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Peer Supervision for the Helping Professional

By Dr. Timothy Hsi
Recorded January 27, 2020

Traditionally, practitioners from the helping professions are required to receive clinical supervision form a senior practitioner/supervisor as part of their professional development.  However, as career practice in much of the Asia Pacific region is still in its early stages of development, there are currently very few qualified career supervisors within the community.  Until this changes, a highly effective alternative is for career practitioners to engage in peer supervision as part of their professional development.  This approach harnesses the power of social learning (Bandura, 1971) which proposes that new behaviors can be acquired by observing and emulating others.  Dr. Timothy Hsi will explain the process of peer supervision and the benefit for organizations.

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Dr. Timothy Hsi is the Founding President of the Career Development Association of Singapore (CDAS) and founder of Abundanz Consulting Pte Ltd.  He was instrumental in the development of a whole new generation of career practitioners in Singapore from 2015.  Dr. Tim currently teaches career counseling and psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and travels regularly across Asia, educating and training individuals to be career practitioners.

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Ethical Dilemmas and the APCDA Ethical Guidelines

By Dr. Vandana Gambhir Chopra
Recorded Jan 21, 2021

We face ethical dilemmas daily in our work.  Some situations are so familiar that we respond base on habit.  Others are so complex that we may avoid any response. In a recent poll, more than half of career practitioners described tension between supporting and challenging clients' goals as their most common ethical dilemma.  In all cases, comparing APCDA’s Ethical Guidelines to common ethical dilemmas prepares us to respond appropriately.  This webinar will include a review of parts of the Guidelines plus breaking into small groups to discuss ways of handling common ethical dilemmas.   Please consider submitting examples of ethical dilemmas from your own practice to the presenter.

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Dr. Vandana Gambhir Chopra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi, and the Ethics & Standards Committee Chair for APCDA. She started her professional career as a medical physician and later excelled and received her doctorate in Psychology. Known as an expert in Psychometrics, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Vocational & Career Counseling, she helps the companies with their employee wellness and productivity through training and assessments. Her field of involvement in psychology research work span across career competencies, personality, social psychology, competency mapping, positive psychology, and consumer behavior and geriatrics mental health.

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The Past, the Present, and the Future of Career Counseling

By Dr. Susan R. Barclay
Recorded December 3, 2020

Globalization and the growth of information and artificial technology present many challenges for workers. Work and career are infused with uncertainty and instability as workers adjust to a rapidly changing work environment. This presentation will include an overview of theoretical approaches to career development and how the rapidly progressing changes in work environments necessitate transitions in how career practitioners work with their clientele. 

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Susan R. Barclay, PhD, NCC, LPC, GCDF is an associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas, where she teaches in the College Student Personnel Administration graduate program. Susan holds specialization certification from the State of Arkansas in Career, and she is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator training instructor. Her primary interests include identity development, career counseling, and life design.

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By Dr. Farouk Dey
Recorded November 16, 2020

Today we see emerging a new vision of equitable access to life purpose for all students regardless of background or social capital using principles of integrative learning and life design. Socioeconomic changes, technological advances, and generational trends provide the impetus for a major paradigm shift in the delivery of career services in higher education.   Dr. Dey will provide an overview of the changing nature and emerging trends that are shaping the future of career services in higher education and explain how career services of the future will differ from those of the past.

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Dr. Farouk Dey, Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design at Johns Hopkins University, leads programs and services that bridge curricular and experiential learning with life aspirations for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni across the university’s schools and divisions. He works with education and industry leaders at Johns Hopkins University to launch a new vision of equitable access to life purpose for all students regardless of background or social capital using principles of integrative learning and life design. Dr. Dey has held senior leadership and board roles at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Florida, the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and various startups and non-profit organizations. A native of Algeria, Dr. Dey was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Ten Voices in Education and is recognized in higher education circles for his thought-provoking writings, engaging speaking, and transformational leadership.

Reacting to Dr. Dey will be Dr. Rich Feller, the USA Country Representative. Ms. Anne Chen, the Taiwan Country Representative, and Dr. Vijay Paralkar, one of APCDA’s 2020 Scholars.

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What Brings You to Life?

By Dr. Lee Richmond
Recorded November 4, 2020

Based on an upbeat book by the same title, this workshop by one of the book’s authors stresses how to enable counselors to help discover what enlivens and deepens their connections to their own spirituality. Participants will discover their own sources of energy. Through thoughtful reflection and conversation, participants will learn how to tap into what enlivens them, what prompts people to give of themselves to others and to discover what gifts they would benefit from giving to themselves.

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Lee J. Richmond, PhD, Professor Emerita, Loyola University Maryland, is a licensed psychologist in the State of Maryland. Her books include co-editor of Connections Between Spirit and Work, co-author of Soulwork: How to Find the Work You Love: How to Love the Work You Have, and What Brings You to Life?: Awakening Women’s Spiritual Essence. She is a fellow and past president of both the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the American and Counseling Association, and a Distinguished Senior Contributor the Division of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

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An Evidence-based Review of the Singapore Career Development Standards

By Jeremiah Wong
Recorded on October 21, 2020

Career Practitioners around the world constantly seek new frontiers of learning and practice so that we are useful and relevant to our clients’ career needs. Our work, identity and growth are guided by professional standards, competencies and credentialing policies either locally or internationally. In 2018, Singapore had launched its own career practitioner competency and credentialing framework – dubbed the Workforce Singapore Career Development Framework (or WSG CDF). Since launch, it has trained and supported local career practitioners in the education, union, public employment and career services sector. In this webinar, we will shed insights and learnings on what might be the first local, postgraduate qualitative study on career practitioner skills policy, its impact and support for pre-existing and new career practitioners at the CDF’s introduction. Factors covered in this study includes skills acquisition, skills utilisation, skills measurement at the workplace, continuous professional development and professional recognition with international models.

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Mr. Jeremiah Wong is a Career and Life-Design Counsellor and a Capability Developer with Workforce Singapore, a government agency that renders career services to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. He oversees the capability building and career development of career practitioners in Singapore, and constantly hones his practice with modern theories and practices to help shape the future discourse and design of career services. Jeremiah’s strengths lie with helping people transition, redesign their career-life and manage their careers, programme design and capability building of career practitioners. In 2018, he was awarded the Public Service ExCEL (Excellence through Continuous Enterprise and Learning) Innovation Champion Award for Career Development Innovation and Services, and Public Service ExCEL Innovation Champion Award for Re-branding of WSG Career Centres (team prize). He is also an Associate Lecturer and Supervisor for the Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling programme at Republic Polytechnic.

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Chinese Parents Leading the Way

By Dr. Elisabeth Montgomery, Dr. Claire Ouyang, and Dr. Candy Ho
Thursday, Oct 15/Friday, Oct 16, 2020

Join us for an interactive webinar hosted by members of the South China Country region of APCDA. Dr. Elisabeth Montgomery, APCDA South China Regional Director, will show specific program outcomes after six years of the Shenzhen Nanshan District Education Bureau career development programs. She will highlight the Chinese education bureau’s first Job Shadow program in 2020 and practice some of the system dynamics techniques to lead parents into the service of strong job readiness support within the schools. Dr. Claire Ouyang will then guide us to look deeply at the Chinese students' career mindset in Macau SAR, putting forth the theory of career acquiescence to family and local influences. Dr. Candy Ho summarizes the webinar with college graduate influencers and the changes in influencers along the path of lifelong career opportunities.

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Elisabeth P. Montgomery, Ph.D., Senior Advisor on Internationalization-Nanshan District Education Bureau International Affairs; Foreign Vice-Principal South China University of Science & Technology Experimental Schools; Nanshan District Inspector, Foreign Representative-Nanshan People ’s Political Consultative Conference; Foreign Expert Trainer-Nanshan Famous Teachers Research Program; Nanshan EdTech Advisor; District Representative-United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; Nanshan District Career Planning Education & Guidance Grades K-12; Pioneer Leadership Developer for Great Books/Shared Inquiry China; Founder - Nanshan District Dragon & Eagle Dialogues Annual Event K-12; Founder/Headmaster-Shenzhen Yucai Education Group International Department

Dr. Claire Ouyang, Ph.D., APCDA Macao Representative, is the founder of the Macao Career Development Association. She received her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Macao. As a private practitioner, she currently provides career guidance and counseling, teaches at the City University of Macau, and conducts academic research.

Dr. Candy Ho, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada, has worked extensively in university student affairs. Her collective professional experiences to date have culminated in her EdD (SFU) dissertation investigating the conceptions of post-secondary career influencers in student career success, and she readily shares her expertise locally, nationally, and globally. Dr. Ho also serves as Vice Chair of CERIC, a Canadian charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

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Think Soft Skills for Workforce. Think Critical Core Skills.

By Hannah Lennon and Corrine Peng
Recorded on September 24, 2020

The adoption of technology, automation and digitalization over the years have led to the transformation at work and in living. The current COVID-19 crisis has accelerated these changes, impacting the lives of billions around the world. In the past, individuals and employers have assigned lower priority to soft skills while emphasizing technical skills acquisition for employment and careers. The crisis provides a timely reminder on the importance of building soft skills that would allow individuals to stay resilient, agile and connected in the increasingly digitalized world.  What can our career practitioners do to change the mindset of individuals related to soft skills, to encourage them to develop these skills and apply them to serve their lifelong career-learning development? A set of 16 Critical Core Skills for the Singapore workforce identified in consultation with industries will be introduced.

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Hannah Lennon, a Project Manager for Mercer’s Talent Consulting Business in Singapore, is a Project Manager for the SkillsFuture Framework Implementation in various industries in Singapore.  Ms. Lennon specializes in understanding how the future of work impacts jobs and skills and is passionate about enabling organizations to create meaningful employee experiences.  She gained valuable industry and cultural insights working with clients across multiple sectors, notably Financial Services, Education, Manufacturing, and Fast-moving Consumer Goods, both in the United Kingdom and Singapore.  Ms Lennon earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from University College London in 2015.

Corrine Peng, a Jobs-Skills Analyst at SkillsFuture Singapore, collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to develop and derive jobs-skills insights and skills trends relating to evolving sector landscape and end users’ needs. She also engages with other teams of the organization to participate in jobs-skills analysis and proof-of-concept (POC) projects. With an extensive background and experience in capability and professional development, Corrine has contributed immensely to the development of Skills Frameworks and Critical Core Skills.

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Engaging our Clients with MI

By Constance Pritchard
Recorded on September 10, 2020

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is not what it sounds like. We tend to think it has something to do with career information interviewing or talent acquisition.  Not at all!! It is a proven technique for framing questions and conversations to engage and empower a client. MI is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal. In this skill-based webinar, we will learn about these techniques to add to our toolbox. Join us to learn about this methodology of client engagement!

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Dr. Constance Jenkins Pritchard, APCDA Treasurer, PhD, works in leadership, business consulting and career development. The Pritchard Group serves clients internationally in face to face consultation and trainings as well as through her corporate eLearning site. Dr. Pritchard has been active in career development associations regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Currently she is treasurer of APCDA and a Board member of the Institute of Career Certification International.  She has developed curriculum contributed to professional publications. Dr. Pritchard has earned a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina, US.

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The Future of Work: Future of Digitalized Workforce

By Phi Van Nguyen
Recorded on August 23, 2020

Around 1% of the world’s population are actively engaged in the creative economy through tech & innovation knowledge and skills.  Are we leaving everyone else behind in the digital transformation era? 75 Million jobs are destined to disappear, and 135 million new jobs will be created.  Is our existing workforce ready for the change? Re-skilling and up-skilling have never been a more pressing issue, in the face of IR 4.0. Join this session on The Future of Work to share how we can contribute and engage in building a sustainable future with a digitalized workforce, together!

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Nguyen Phi Van holds an MBA from Australia majoring in marketing communication. Her experience spans over 20 years as a senior executive in brand, retail, and franchise development across global emerging markets in Asia, The Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.  She is also an advisor to Project 844 under the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam on startup & innovation, chairwoman of Vietnam Business Angel Network, and chairwoman of Open Innovation Vietnam. Phi Van is 2015 award winner of Retail Leadership presented by Asia Retail Congress, and 2017 & 2018 award winner of 100 Top Great Retail Minds presented by World Retail Congress, and 2019 award winner of ASEAN Outstanding Business. Phi Van is the author of six books, Franchising – The Short Route to Global MarketsCross The Rice Field, Reach The WorldGo Global: An MSME’s Guide to Global FranchisingI, The Future and The WorldIn Search of Myself; and Nym – My Future Self.

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Employment Insecurity during the Time of COVID-19: Strategies for Career Practitioners

By Dr. David Blustein
Recorded August 12, 2020

Unemployment, underemployment, precarious work along with uncertainty about the future have quickly emerged as a crisis within the pandemic crisis, affecting millions of people around the globe. The COVID-19 crisis has ruptured already fragile systems in nearly all sectors of life, including work, mental health, social and economic disparities, and of course, our physical health. Using breakout groups and a review of recent psychological and economic trends, this webinar will review the major work-based challenges of employment insecurity that are most relevant for the participants. Practice ideas that are informed by new theoretical innovations in career development (e.g., psychology of working theory) will be presented to support the challenging work of career practitioners during this difficult period.

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David L. Blustein, Ph.D., is a Professor and Duggane Faculty Fellow in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. Dr. Blustein is the author of The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for Career Development, Counseling, and Public Policy and the recently published The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty: The Eroding Experience of Work in America. He has contributed journal articles, book chapters, and advocacy work on unemployment, integrative mental health and work-based interventions, psychology of working theory, decent work, precarious work, relationships and work, and other aspects of the role of work in people’s lives.

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Post-Pandemic Human Resources Panel

Mr. Jay Chung, Ms Shruti Chhabar, and Mr. JP Orbeta

Recorded on July 26, 2020

Following up on our Regional Discussions, we will ask human resource managers what they will be looking for like when the pandemic is over.  A panel of human resource managers from around our region will discuss how their companies have changed since January 2020 and their implications for hiring in the future.  As the world passes through the pandemic and recovers from the current recession, what are the major issues faced by Human Resources?

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Jaeyoung (Jay) Chung, Vice President of the Leadership Development Center for LG Corporation in Korea, began as an officer in the Korean Air Force.  He joined the LG Corporation, a South Korean multinational corporation that makes electronics, chemicals, and telecom products, and offers financial products, 26 years ago.  After working in several divisions, he joined corporate human resources and is now in charge of the LG Academy training program for corporate leaders. 

Shruti Chhabra, Organizational Psychologist and HR and OD Consulting, has over 17 years of experience.  She spearheaded the Human Resource Consulting Vertical (Assessment Services) for Randstad India Ltd. Her OD consulting includes JD & KRA/KPI design; Competency Mapping, Framework Design & Assessment; Psychometric testing; Performance Management; HR Audits; Employee Engagement & 360 Degree Feedback. She has served various companies As a Psychometric Expert and Advisor. Ms Chhabra holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Delhi University and an MBA from SCMHRD in Pune. She co-authored the book Management Concepts & Practice.

John Philip S. Orbeta, Managing Director, Chief Human Resources Officer and Group Head for Corporate Resources at Ayala Corporation, is responsible for Strategic Human Resources, Information & Communications Technology, AC Synergy, Brand & Reputation Management, Knowledge Management, and Corporate Support Services. He has been with Ayala Corporation since 2005 and has established several initiatives to drive synergy across the Ayala group such as the Ayala Rewards Circle, HCX Technologies, Acentives and most recently, the Ayala Enterprise Circle. He graduated Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in A.B. Economics and has taken advanced management programs at Harvard Business School, IMD and INSEAD.

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Career trends in the new normal

By Dephy Oon
Recorded on July 15, 2020

  • What ‘new’ is around the corner, and what could it be like ahead?
  • What could be permanent change, and what will not?
  • What will it take to ‘be noticed’? Or to ‘have more impact’? Or to lead?
  • What kind of jobs and careers will be most or least affected?
  • What can be done to be more prepared?

In this interactive session we will explore what the “new normal” means for career practitioners and their clients and what it would look like to have more readiness for a future in a higher volatile, uncertain, complex and changing time ahead. As industries evolve, we will explore what that could mean for how to plan and have personal strategies to create resilient careers.  

We will discuss ideas for depth in creating trust and empathy with a client while giving room for new possibilities, going beyond the norm and what it would take to support a client through this co-creative process. In essence what it means to be wholly present (thinking, feeling and doing), serving and leading others during challenging times, where uncomfortable may be numb, and to go beyond uncharted territories. Together we will evaluate what it means and what is needed to thrive during challenging times. We explore ways in which you can re-design your new normal you want to have and take positive actions forward. 

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Ms Dephy Oon is a highly regarded leader personal coach who works with career and business professionals and those with high political aspirations. Her clients are CEOs, members of the Board of Directors and high-performers. Dephy helps leaders to have more fun and empowering conversations to grow their careers and businesses to the next level. She is a trained professional to manage business outcomes for Malaysia’s Cyberjaya smart city project, bring diverse stakeholders together and achieving a singular mutually beneficial and profitable business vision. She held several positions as Executive Director in companies in Malaysia and China, and is currently Chief Executive of Paddee Connexions LLP, a provider of 21st century leadership skills for leaders. She is a Alumni member of National University of Singapore and member of Malaysia institute of Corporate Governance.

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Post-Pandemic Labor Market Panel

by Mr. Rahul Nair, Dr. Hao Zhang, and Dr. Fei Yu
Recorded on June 29, 2020

What will the world of work be like when the pandemic is over?  A panel of labor market analysts from around our region will discuss the changes observed locally since January 2020 and their implications for the labor market of the future.  As the world recovers from the current recession, which industries will boom, and which will continue to suffer?  How will the way we work be different as we recover? Panelists  provide valuable insights.

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Rahul Nair, South India Country Representative, is a Lifologist, Occupational Psychologist and an Organizational Development Professional with over more than 12 years of intensive experience in Organizational Development industry. Have coached and mentored senior managers and top officials of MNCs. Corporate houses, Governmental Agencies and brought out tremendous positive results. Mr. Nair is the Representative – Technology and Academics to, a Guinness World Record Holding organization.

Dr. Hao Zhang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Labor Relations at Renmin University in Beijing.  He earned his doctorate in International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and his master’s in Labor Policies and Globalization from the University of Kassel and Berlin School of Economics and Law in Germany.  He is co-author of Beyond the Iron Rice Bowl: Regimes of Production and Industrial Relations in China.  His research focuses on employment relations, informal work, and human resource development, with special attention to China.

Dr. Fei Yu, Ph.D., has served as the Deputy Representative in the North American Representative Office, Asian Development Bank since 2016. Her responsibilities include advancing shareholder support for ADB’s role in the Asia-Pacific region, mobilizing resources for ADB’s developing member countries, and contributing to ADB’s participation in North American policy dialogue on developing Asia and the Pacific. Before her current assignment, she led the ADB-China Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative based in ADB’s China Resident Mission in Beijing. From 2012 to 2015, she was based in ADB’s headquarters in Manila. Dr. Yu received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, specializing in development and environmental economics.

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The Journey of Becoming a Self-Sustained Career Center by Employer Partnership

By Francesca Saracino
Recorded on June 9, 2020

The Career Service of Politecnico di Milano, one of Europe’s top leading public universities for Engineering, Architecture and Design, has been active for about 15 years and it has grown from a team of 5 to a team 19 and from serving 1,000 to over 10,000 students every year, thanks to a business model based on fee-based partnerships with employers. In my webinar I will share the journey that has led the Career Service to become free from the uncertainty of central budget, bringing insights that will surely help you see how this can apply to your context as well.

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Francesca Saracino is Head of the Career Service office at Politecnico di Milano, one of Europe’s top leading universities for technical studies. Being a native American-Italian bilingual and having obtained a Master degree in Languages and Cultural Mediation, she sees how students and employers need help in understanding each other because they speak different languages. The Career Service she manages is entirely self-financed and serves 45,000 students with 19 people in staff. Since 2018, she also manages the first Diversity & Inclusion Program of the University, called POP (Pari Opportunità Politecniche). Previously, she worked as an English language teacher and translator.  Francesca is also a lindy-hop dancer, yoga learner, occasional singer and concert addict.

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Building Career Resilience and Rejuvenation in the Time of COVID-19

By Dr. Brian Hutchison

Recorded on May 10, 2020

Most of the world has had weeks or months to adjust to physical isolation and labor market disruption. Career service professionals have helped clients begin to cope with unprecedented uncertainty, yet many feel unprepared to build career resiliency for the long term. This webinar will use two essential questions to orient clients to their circumstances, build career resiliency, and rejuvenate themselves for an unknown future world-of-work. Part webinar and part Question & Answer session, participants will leave with tools for their own resiliency and rejuvenation as career practitioners.

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Dr. Brian Hutchison, Ph.D., LPC, CCCE, is a Core Clinical Mental Health Faculty at Walden University. Dr. Hutchison received his doctorate degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Pennsylvania State University and has worked as a career, school, and mental health counselor and clinical supervisor. Brian’s career consultation and education work operates within the brand of Global Career Guy where he specializes in developing career publications, programs, keynote talks, workshops, and on-line career coaching and mentorship for global career professionals. He has more than four dozen publications and is currently writing the 13th Edition of School to Career, a textbook for high school students.

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Career Advice for Graduating University Students

Recorded on April 28, 2020

Join other members of APCDA who work in university career centers to share the advice you give to students who are about to graduate in this time of COVID.  What have you learned from employers about job openings this year? Give the current recession, what can new graduates do to attract the attention of employers? Are there other learning opportunities, such as internships, to move their careers forward during the pandemic? Where are the opportunities? 

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The Future of Work: Preparing Ourselves for Jobs of Tomorrow

By Gog Soon Joo and Jeremiah Wong
Recorded on April 19, 2020

How we live, work and play are changing as technology becomes increasingly adopted and integrated for the betterment of life. The impact is most visible at the workplace where technology has blurred industry lines, re-shaped business models, changed the concept of work, redefined jobs and the skills that go with them. Do we stand a chance in surviving the future of work? How can Singapore's Employment and Career Guidance (ECG) and Career Development (CD) effort better prepare us to make sense, navigate the changing world of work, and thrive in multiple-careers? The first part of this webinar will highlight how the world of work is changing, and discuss the approach of ECG and CD toward lifelong career-learning advisory. The second part of this webinar will examine some rising themes regarding the future roles of Career Practitioners.

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Dr Gog Soon Joo is the Chief Futurist, Chief Skills Officer and Chief Research Officer at the SkillsFuture Singapore Agency.  She leads a team of Skills Analysts, Data Scientists, and Futurists, to identify global trends that impact jobs and skills. Soon Joo and her team work with local and international partners to prototype solutions in the areas of future of work, future of learning and future skills. Her research interests include capitalism in the digital economy, new economy firms, skills ecosystems and skills policies.  Some of her more recent projects include the use of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled data to develop predictive modelling of skills, and comparative study of new economy firms in advanced economy.

Jeremiah Wong is a Capability Developer and Career Practitioner in Workforce Singapore’s Careers Connect. His strength lies in programme design and capability building for career development practitioners. He received the 2018’s Public Service EXCEL Innovation Champion Award for Career Development Innovation and Services, and was part of the team awarded the Public Service EXCEL Innovation Champion Award for Re-branding of WSG Career Centres in the same year. Mr Wong also currently serves as an Associate Lecturer for Republic Polytechnic, where he lectures and supervise student practices in the Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling programme. He is currently completing his MSc in Skills and Workforce Development, where he investigates the future of work, human capital development and the pivotal role of Career Development Practitioners in shaping the future narrative of work and careers for Singaporeans.

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Recorded 2020 Conference Session

History of Career Development in India & Envisioning the Future
by Dr. Narender K. Chadha

India may become the world’s youngest country by 2020, with an average age of 29 years and around 28% of the world’s workforce. India needs career professionals to help people investigate employment and training options. Excellent guidance and counseling services are required to meet the needs of the population and to support lifelong learning, career management and continuous professional development. Certified and accredited career professionals with knowledge and technological skills are essential to assist candidates to find jobs, apprenticeships and trainings, and at school levels to advise students about various career options and facilitate smooth transition from school to work.

Prof. Dr. Narender K Chadha is a Professor and Dean, International Relations and Chairperson (Council for Doctoral Program) at Manav Rachna International University. He is the former Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi; former Director and Head, Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension; and Chairman, Board of Research Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. Prof Chadha was awarded the National Career Development Association, USA presidential award, June, 2017 and “Global Practitioner of the year 2015”. Prof Chadha received the Life Time Achievement Award by the Asia Pacific Career Development Association during its annual 2019 meeting.

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Recorded 2020 Conference Session

Think of the Future, Act Now: Korean Career Guidance
by Dr. Ji-Yeon Lee

The Korean career guidance and career education program in secondary schools is a model for other countries. Learn how it developed and which features are most effective.

Dr. Ji-Yeon Lee, Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET), is the Director of the National Career Development Research Division of KRIVET.  She is also President of the Korea Career Education Association, a past editor of The Journal of Career Education, on the Board International Center for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP), and a member of the University Structure Reform Committee of the Ministry of Education. Dr. Lee received a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, 1994. She has been received the Prime Minister’s Award (2011) and the Education Minister’s Award (2004) for her efforts in improving the Career and Vocational Education of Korea.

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Recorded 2020 Conference Session

Understanding and Empowering Women’s Career Development —
Locally and Globally
by Barbara Suddarth

Mao Zedong famously observed that "women hold up half the sky” and recent research demonstrates their enormous influence on both the quality of life and success profiles of children and families across cultures.  Yet, the career dreams of girls and women are often put on hold in favor of those of boys and men. As a result, many women around the world are unable to reach their full potential.  This talk will explore generational themes in gender and career achievement through the perspectives of theory and personal experience while offering practical suggestions for supporting the career choices and success of women and girls throughout our world.

Dr. Barbara Suddarth, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Career Development Alliance, is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of professional experience in career counseling and organizational consulting. Dr. Suddarth is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Career Counselor (CCC), and an active member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the American Psychological Association. She received the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from NCDA in 2012 and became an NCDA Fellow in 2014. Dr. Suddarth is a Master Trainer for the NCDA Facilitating Career Development training program.  She and Dr. David Reile wrote the curriculum for this training program in 2012. Dr. Suddarth is founding member of the India Career Development Association (ICDA), as well as an invited guest speaker and a member of the ICDA 2013 Conference Committee.

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Recorded 2020 Conference Session

Values, Ethics, & Standards of Practice – Global Impact, Local Application
by David Reile

For decades we’ve been talking about the global economy.  Technology has literally brought the world into the palm of our hand.  But we come from different countries and cultures.  Are we really that similar in our values or are there significant differences in what we believe is important?  What role does multiculturalism play in career development if you live and work in a homogenous society?

Dr. David M. Reile, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, Certified Career Counselor, with over 20 years of education and experience in career planning and psychological consultation. Dr. Reile has been a faculty associate in various counseling master’s programs at The University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Loyola University. Dr. Reile is a Past President of the National Career Development Association and served as chair of its Ethics Committee for many years. Dr. Reile is a founding member of the India Career Development Association (ICDA), as well as an invited guest speaker and a member of the ICDA 2013 Conference Committee.

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Innovative Career Services Interventions in Higher Education: Cases from Azerbaijan and Turkey

By Tuna Dagli and Gulnur Ismayil
 Recorded on November 25, 2019

Innovative ideas in service area don’t always mean to design from scratch, but to apply already known ideas, theories and practices in a new structure that best serve clients’ needs and expectations in their particular contexts. In this webinar, Gulnur and Tuna will present their innovative career interventions in their respective universities’ Career Development Centers. Gulnur will conduct a short throw-back into the history of Career Services and her University and reflect on advantages and disadvantages of best practices under the local context in the region. Whereas, Tuna will be talking about the “E.D.I.T. -Explore.Design.Improve.Transfer - Your Career” Framework that was developed by her and her team and how all the department’s strategy and practices were structured around this framework, improving the interest and participation of students in the center’s services and events.”

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Gulnur Ismayil, 

GCDF, is currently the Career Management Center Representative at ADA University. Ms Ismayil has been involved in various volunteer trainings for the youth of SABAH Groups, ASAN Volunteers and others to speak about essentials of career planning and management. Before joining ADA University, Mrs. Ismayil has worked for the international executive recruitment agency, Michael Page International, in Moscow, Russia. She holds a degree in Area Studies and IR from the Volgograd State University, Russia, a postgraduate certificate in Talent and Career Management from the Charted Institute for Personnel and Development; Middlesex University, UK and a Master degree in Diplomacy from the University of Nottingham, UK. She is an active member of NACE and NCDA.

Tuna Dagli, earned her BSc in Chemical Engineering from METU, Turkey. After 5 years of engineering experience, Tuna studied I/O Psychology in Koç University to change her profession to one with a more human touch. She pursued an international HR career for 10 years before joining Koç University Career Development Center in 2015. As the Director, she does career coaching with students & staff and instructs Start Your Career Today Seminar. Tuna is serving APCDA as the Director of Program Committee and recently joined ICCI as a member of Board of Governors.

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Social Media in Career Services:
From Delivering Information to Co-careering

By Jaana Kettunen
Recorded on October 24, 2019

A growing number of career practitioners and career centers are reaching out to individuals and community members in new ways by integrating various social media tools, into their professional practice.> This presentation examines career practitioners´ experiences in this technology, and competencies required for using social media in career services. Practical examples and strategies for developing the necessary skills and competencies are discussed>

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Dr Jaana Kettunen is a Vice-director and Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research of the University of Jyväskylä. In her work she has been focusing on the design and pedagogical use of information and communications technology (ICT) in learning and working environments. Her current research focuses on the career practitioners´ ways of experiencing and conceptualizing social media in career services, and aspects that are seen as critical in the successful use of these new technologies in career services. Recently her research has also looked into the ethical practice in social networking and in the role of ICT in relation to national lifelong guidance policies.

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Wired to Become: The Neuroscience of Purpose

By Britt Andreatta
September 25, 2019

Purpose is the driving force that gives our lives meaning.  Humans are wired for purpose and in fact, recent discoveries in neuroscience offer a fascinating look into what motivates us to become our best selves. The ability to align purpose is what distinguishes the most effective leaders from the rest, and purpose is at the heart of engagement, productivity, and retention. It’s no wonder that organizations that know how to harness the power of purpose thrive and excel while their peers falter or fail.

In this session, Dr. Britt Andreatta will share the latest research about the brain science of purpose and why it’s such a powerful force. You’ll learn how you can leverage purpose to create a better work environment, more engaged employees, more effective leaders, and a positive culture that attracts and retains top talent. You’ll leave with tips and strategies for weaving purpose into a wide range of learning and talent programs, all of which will contribute to your organization’s success.

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Dr. Britt Andreatta, PhD, is an internationally recognized thought leader who creates brain science–based solutions for today’s challenges. As CEO of 7th Mind, Inc., she draws on her unique background in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, and learning to unlock the best in people and organizations. Britt has published several books on the brain science of success including her most recent book, Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Learn and Master Any Skill.

As the former Chief Learning Officer for (now LinkedIn Learning), Britt is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience. She regularly consults with businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations on leadership development and learning strategy. Corporate clients of her learning solutions include Fortune 100 companies like Comcast and Apple, and also EY, Microsoft, Domino’s, Franklin Covey, TransUnion, and Zillow. She has over 10 million views worldwide of her courses and is a TEDx speaker. Britt’s industry accolades include several prestigious awards from Chief Learning Officer and Talent Development magazines and the World Training Congress. To learn more, visit

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Career Planning Around the World
by Marilyn Maze
Recorded on July 24, 2019

A new book called International Practices of Career Services, Credentials, and Training (National Career Development Association, 2018) is available free at: & model_name=news_article.  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.

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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 significant labor market and career counseling issues, and presented at international conferences. 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).

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Blending Psychological Type and the Ancient Wisdom of the I Ching to Form a Universal Career Assessment Model

By Dr. Brian Schwartz
Recorded on March 11, 2019

Psychological type has become one of the major underlying systems in career assessment worldwide. What is far less known is that Dr. Carl Jung was inspired to write Psychological Types (1921) after reading the Richard Wilhelm translation of the i Ching or Chinese Book of Changes. The oldest book in the world gave Dr. Jung the portal through which he then not only developed the basis for modern type theory but for his concepts of synchronicity, the collective unconscious, the “shadow” aspect of personality and the archetypes. Using the structure of the “bagua” or octagon from the i Ching, I have developed a framework for understanding the destiny (not fate) embedded in the 16 mindsets of type theory and their relationship to impassioned skills, values, career selection and intrinsic motivation.  Drawing from the Laws of Attraction or Opposites and of Cycles or Periodicity, the elegance of the i Ching’s depth about Man’s relationship to Nature is explored and applied to modern day work and life situations.

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Dr. Brian Schwartz is an American psychologist. After 34 years of career management consulting and 30 years of organization development consulting, Dr Schwartz moved from the USA to China. He was on a mission to bring career assessment to young people and to train career and life design as well as talent development professionals in China as well as other countries/regions within the Asia Pacific area. He developed his online career assessment and personal branding software, CareerDNA, and has developed, with partners, the Accredited Career and Talent Development Professionals program, the CareerDNA Leaders Certification Program and is a frequently invited speaker/lecturer in China and the Philippines.

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Systems Thinking, Systems Stories and

Narrative Career Counselling

By Mary McMahon
Recorded on February 5, 2019

Systems thinking permeates our everyday life. Applications of systems thinking can be found in computer systems and transport systems. Our career development occurs in the complex cultural and contextual systems of family, community, education, and work as well as in the geographic, socioeconomic, socio-political and historical contexts in which we live. To make sense of our experiences in these contexts we tell stories to ourselves and others. Career counsellors can harness systems thinking and storytelling to assist clients with their career concerns. This webinar will provide practical examples of systems thinking and its applications in career development. In particular, the application of systems thinking in storytelling and narrative career counselling will be considered and tips and strategies provided.

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Dr. Mary McMahon is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia where she taught career development and narrative career counselling. She is a developer and co-author of the internationally recognised Systems Theory Framework of Career Development which takes a holistic ‘individual in context’ view of career development. Mary is particularly interested in the application of systems thinking in career development. Her research and publications focus on career development across the lifespan and narrative career counselling>

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It Takes a Village: Maximizing Engagement in School,

at Work, in Life

By Roberta Neault
Recorded on November 5, 2018

Teachers and school administrators want to facilitate student engagement. Supervisors and managers focus on employee engagement and how it contributes to productivity and retention. Individuals, across the globe, want lives that are meaningful, interesting, and manageable. The Career Engagement model bridges these silos, providing a conceptual framework for understanding how the right mix of challenge and capacity can result in optimal (and sustainable) engagement, across the lifespan. Without such alignment, individuals can begin to feel overwhelmed or underutilized. Spending too long in either or both of those states can result in disengagement. Join co-developer of the career engagement model, Dr. Roberta Neault, for an introduction to this model and tips on how to use it with students, parents, community members, employers, and government policy makers to maximize engagement across diverse life roles and settings.

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Dr. Roberta Neault, CCC, CCDP, GCDFi was honoured to receive APCDA’s Outstanding Educator of Career Professionals Award in 2017.  President of Life Strategies Ltd. and a Project Director for the Canadian Career Development Foundation, Roberta writes extensively and presents/trains internationally on topics related to career development, engagement, and work-life balance / sustainability. Roberta walks her talk and has personally sustained her own high level of engagement, working in the career development sector for over 40 years!

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Intro to Design Thinking & Positive Psychology

by Julie Neill
Recorded on October 17, 2018

this webinar will provide an introduction to two influential fields that are impacting career development in the us. design thinking, a problem-solving methodology used by companies such as google and apple to spur innovation, is now being used to help individuals navigate careers that are no longer linear. >design thinking can help unlock creativity within the career planning process eliciting more varied options and spur individuals out of analysis paralysis into concrete action.

at the same time, the field of positive psychology which focuses on strengths has brought attention to the notion of purpose and meaningful work.  this webinar will provide a brief overview of both design thinking and positive psychology and discuss how to apply the principles of both to help individuals thrive in the ever-changing future of work>

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Julie Neill is an award-winning career services professional with a diverse background including over 18 years of experience working in higher education, government and the nonprofit sector in the US and overseas.  Julie currently works for the University of Maryland where she provides career coaching for working professionals in the MBA program and also serves as an adjunct faculty member. Julie received a Fulbright Award to Germany in 2010, and she has also previously been recognized as a National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Chevron Award finalist. Prior to working in career services, Julie started off her career working for the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the Red Cross.  Julie graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City and earned a master's degree in development from the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS).  She is currently completing a leadership coaching certification program at Georgetown University

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The Use of Metaphors in Career Development

by Norm Amundson
Recorded March 12, 2018

Story telling is an integral part of career development. A key component within stories are the metaphors being used by clients, counsellors and coaches. Metaphors encourage imagination, add clarity, and help to build understanding. In this presentation, he will be expanding on many of the themes (and metaphors) included in his book “Metaphor Making” and will be exploring the dynamics of metaphors and analogical reasoning. He also will be sharing some practical career development exercises that build upon metaphors and lead to greater self-awareness, clarity, and action. This session will be of interest to a broad range of career educators and practitioners.

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Norman Amundson, Ph.D. is a Full Professor in Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has given numerous workshops and seminars and also has been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences. In his writings, Dr Amundson emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, cultural awareness, positive affirmation and action as career development strategies. His publications include over 100 journal articles; training DVDs (Active Engagement in Action, 2009); books such as Active Engagement (2009, 3rd edition), The Essential Elements of Career Counseling (2014, 3rd edition), The Physics of Living (2003), Metaphor Making (2010), Career Flow: A Hope-Centered Approach to Career Development (2011), Hope-Filled Engagement (2011); Counseling Around the World (2013); and several career workbooks – Guiding Circles and Career Pathways. Dr Amundson has won many awards from professional associations for his work, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Umea, in Sweden.

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The HEROIC Mindset:  Navigating a Lifetime of Transitions

by Rich Feller
Recorded December 12, 2017

Without a HEROIC mindset, the Smart Machine Age leaves workers nervously employed and worried about becoming invisible. HEROIC is an acronym for six behaviors which can help you and your clients to stay focused on what really matters.  Using this acronym with clients can help them to live more fulfilling lives.  Two highly effective interventions ( and the Who You Are Matters! personal discovery game) will also be explained.

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Rich Feller, PhD (, is Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Career Development and one of 12 University Distinguished Teaching Scholars at Colorado State University. He’s served as NCDA President, consultant to NASA, UN, NFL, AARP, and international and small organizations. Lead trainer for the JCTC Coach Certificate held by 8,000 coaches, he’s co-author of three books, six film series, and the Who You Are Matters! ( game; Chief Scientist to; thought leader for; US Director for the Asian Pacific Career Development Association; and Advisory Board Member for National University of Singapore’s Center for Future Ready Students He has consulted on six continents, all 50 US states and six Canadian provinces. Dick Bolles, author of the seminal bestseller What Color is Your Parachute?, called Rich, “A world-class professor.”

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The Chaos Theory of Careers

by Jim Bright
Recorded November 21, 2017

We all know that careers can seem chaotic, but to really understand the Chaos Theory of Careers, we must turn to the world expert, Dr Jim Bright.  Dr Bright has developed a chaos and complexity-based theory that provides an account of the complexity of influences on career development, the nature of change and unplanned events, as well as the limiting factors and emerging patterns in individual careers.Data shows clients who receive CTC counseling report higher levels of career self-efficacy and greater satisfaction with the outcomes of the process compared to traditional approaches.

Dr. Jim Bright is a Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby in the UK and a Professor of Career Education and Development in the School of Education at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) based in Sydney. Together with Prof. Robert Pryor, he developed the Chaos Theory of Careers which focuses on complexity, change and chance in career development. In addition, he is interested in applying chaos and complexity ideas to Leadership and has a long-standing interest in evidence-based job hunting advice.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), and National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC,)and Lifetime Member of APCDA, and Member of NCDA. He is the author of 11 books translated into 10 different languages.

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

by Eric Anctil
Recorded October 25, 2017

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.

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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.

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Cognitive Information Processing Theory

by Deb Osborn
Recorded August, 2016

This webinar describes 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.

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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.

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

by Mary McMahon and Mark Watson
Recorded March, 2016

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.

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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.

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From Super to Savickas: Theory to Guide Practice

by JoAnn Bowlsbey
Rrecorded October 7, 2014

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.

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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.

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