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Career theories webinars

    • 14 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 PM
    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 12:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 7

    JCDA/APCDA Workshop:

    Career Construction Theory and the Human Web

    Fri Apr 14/Sat Apr 15, 2023

    One of APCDA’s goals is to build collaboration across member countries. The Japan Career Development Association (JCDA) is offering APCDA members the opportunity to join them in using the Career Construction Theory by Dr. Mark Savickas to revitalize the community, a process they used successfully in Japan for over a year.  This workshop will help us to build a Human Web of career practitioners across many countries.  In this workshop, participants will share & reflect on their own career journey, purpose, and future possibilities.

    Please find the time in your location:


    Fri Apr 14

    Asia & Pacific

    Sat Apr 15

    North America East Coast

    10-12:30 PM *


    3 – 5:30 PM

    North America Central

    9 -11:30 PM *

    New Zealand

    2 - 4:30 PM

    North America Mountain

    8 - 10:30 PM *

    East Australia, Guam

    Noon– 2:30 PM

    North America Pacific

    7- 9:30 PM *

    Central Australia

    11:30 AM – 2 PM


    4 – 6:30 PM

    Korea, Japan

    11 AM – 1:30 PM

    China, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Western Australia

    10 AM -12:30 PM

    Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia

    9 - 11:30 AM

    Bangladesh, Kazakhstan

    8 – 10:30 AM


    7:45 – 10:15 AM

    India, Sri Lanka

    7:30 – 10 AM


    7 – 9:30 AM


    6 – 8:30 AM

    * We believe this region is observing daylight savings time

    Cost: Free to Members, Non-members: High-income country: Professional $10, Student $5; Not high-income country: Professional $5, Student $2.50

    Limit:  20 English-speaking attendees

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    Detailed Description: JCDA is an organization of career counselors in Japan, founded in 2000, with more than 20,000 members. JCDA aims to be a community that emphasizes many connections, including the connections between companies and society, between members, past and present, and across countries and regions, and JCDA has named the future of the JCDA community "Human Web," a community that believes in the potential of people. In order to experience this "Human Web," the "Narrative Workshop" (based on Career Construction Theory), has been held regularly since 2022, has been well received for its simple structure that traces the "past, present, and future" of CDA as a story. This year's event will be the fifth in the series, and will be held jointly with APCDA.

    In this time of unprecedented events such as COVID-19 and the invasion of Ukraine, boundaries between work and life, between countries, between my values and your values, and between areas of career support are disappearing. Under such circumstances, the ability of career practitioners to adapt to the environment in a "flexible, resilient, and effective" manner while valuing "who you are" will be increasingly sought after. Based on this idea, the "Narrative Workshop" was born as an engine for activating communities to transcend boundaries and expand their wings from within themselves to the outside. While we have been conducting workshops for JCDA members in Japan, we have decided to expand the wings of our activities globally and provide a forum for APCDA and JCDA members to talk with each other about their careers across cultures. We look forward to welcoming anyone interested in the careers of career counselors and support initiatives in Japan.


    1. Inspirational Talks: Guest speakers Ms. Yoshimi Sasaki of JCDA and Dr. Marilyn Maze of APCDA will introduce the respective activities of their associations.
    2. Group work “Career Construction Theory”: Participants will share their "past," "present," and "future" stories. Participants will reflect on why they became career practitioners, and the challenges and concerns they currently face as career practitioners.

    Please Note: We are looking for participants who can attend the entire workshop.  We will be conducting group work using Zoom breakout sessions, so we ask that you turn on your video camera to participate. The workshop will be recorded but the group work will be excluded from the recording. The recording will be distributed at a later date.

    Guest Speakers Bios

    Mr. Yoshio Ohara is President and researcher of the Japan Career Development Association (JCDA), a non-profit organization. He holds a master’s degree in Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Tokyo. After working for Nippon Manpower Co., Ltd. in the development of "Career Counselor Training Course" and serving as a director, he assumed his current position in 2017. His areas of expertise are career counseling and career development. His main publications include "Textbook of Career Counselor Training Course" (editor, Nihon Manpower, 2010) and "Narrative/Social Constructivism Career Counseling for Practitioners" (editor, Fukumura Publishing, 2017) MBTI certified user.

    Ms. Yoshimi Sasaki is the Director General of the Japan Career Development Association (JCDA) Secretariat. As a human resources professional, Yoshimi has worked in a global company and an international organization based in Tokyo. She has enjoyed working with people with different cultures and nationalities throughout her career. She holds a B.A. in international politics, economics and business from Aoyama Gakuin University.

    Ms. Momoko Asaka is APCDA President and CEO of Veriteworks, 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. Started an independent business after working as medical corporation staff, HR staff of a large company, an HR director of a private IT company. She has participated in all the conferences since 2013 and held many leadership roles.  She hopes to contribute to the welcoming community spirit of APCDA.

    Dr. 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. Dr. Maze is a Fellow of the National Career Development Association and she received NCDA’s Eminent Career Award in 2022, the NCDA President’s Award in 2016, and the NCDA Credentialing Commission Service Award in 2016.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    From Super to Savickas

    by JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey

    Recorded Oct 7/8, 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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    Recorded Webinar

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

    By Mary McMahon and Mark Watson
    Recorded Mar 2/3, 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.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    Cognitive Information Processing Theory

    By Deb Osborn

    Recorded on August 23, 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.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • Webinar
    • 4

    Recorded Webinar

    The Chaos Theory of Careers

    by Dr. Jim Bright
    Recorded on November 22, 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. The CTC model is also being applied to leadership, creativity, and occupational stress, particularly through his Beyond Personal Mastery model.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    Systems Thinking, Systems Stories and Narrative Career Counselling

    By Mary McMahon
    Recorded on February 25, 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.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

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

    By 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.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    Using Holland Typology to Quickly Assess Career Personality

    By Dr. Gary Gottfredson and Dr. ZiYoung Kang
    Recorded on March 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.

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    Design Thinking Principles for Career Development Learning

    Dr. Susan Mate and Ms. Freda Zapalis

    Recorded on July 28, 2022

    To Update Us!  International and Emerging Career Development Practices

    Our APCDA Guest Speakers will explore Design Thinking (DT) as a mindset, skill, and process (Wright & Wrigley, 2019). This will be done through an overview of how DT principles have been embedded in undergraduate and postgraduate career programs offered at a university in Melbourne.

    Through these examples, we answer the following questions:

    • How can design principles be used to teach students about career development learning?
    • How do we incorporate design thinking with other career development theoretical frameworks?

    This webinar topic will benefit career practitioners working with clients to explore careers and their decision-making through the use of 21st-century skills and character qualities such as resilience, creativity, and critical thinking (World Economic Forum, 2015).

    Susan Mate, Ph.D. is an Educator and researcher specializing in designing the employability and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) curriculum at LaTrobe University. She is an experienced educator and leader within the university sector. As a Senior Educational Developer, she is committed to evidence-informed learning and creating collaborations that enhance people’s capacity to integrate innovations. Dr. Mate holds a doctorate focusing on Learning in the Workplace and a background in career and education design. She is committed to incorporating social justice principles into her teaching and learning.

    Ms. Freda Zapsalis is an experienced careers educator, having worked in various student contact, employer liaison, and academic roles in higher education.  More recently, she has designed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate career development courses at RMIT University. Ms. Zapsalis holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Career Development and Education from RMIT University.  Currently, she is undertaking her Ph.D. at RMIT university. She is looking at the role of multi-disciplinary team projects on humanities students' exploration of career identity.

    Why Attend? To Build your Career Development, Communication, and interpersonal skills

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    Wired to Become: The Neuroscience of Purpose

    By Britt Andreatta
    Recorded 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.

    In this session, you will:

    • Learn the brain science of purpose and why it fuels human motivation around the world
    • Discover how purpose can enhance engagement, productivity, leadership and retention
    • Identify ways to intentionally leverage the power of purpose to increase your organization’s success
    • 01 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    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.  

    • 01 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Recorded Webinar

    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.

    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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