Recorded 2021 Conference Presentations
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.
Dr. Susan Mate, PhD, 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.