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  • 03 Aug 2023 3:45 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    We invite you to nominate WCDA members and colleagues you think would make excellent WCDA leaders and are willing to serve on the executive board starting July 1, 2023. Self-nominations are ok! We are seeking nominees for the following positions:

    - President-Elect (three-year term, first as president-elect, second as president, third as past-president)
    - At-Large Member - Several positions available (two-year term)

    Complete online nomination form here!

    For more information about officer and member at-large responsibilities, see https://mywcda.org/WCDA-Bylaws

    We welcome you to submit self-nominations or nominate others from across WA State. Please submit nominations by Friday, August 11, 2023. Voting will begin August 14 and close on August 18. You may direct questions to Josefina Magana, Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee, at josefinamagana@gmail.com

  • 25 Jul 2023 11:06 AM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Idaho Career Development Association has invited us to their summer conference in Boise on August 10th. Jim Peacock will be presenting. Here is the link to learn more and register!

    Idaho Career Development Association - Events (idahocda.org)

  • 29 Jun 2023 6:04 PM | Aaron Woods (Administrator)

    The Center for Dependable Strengths is offering a Facilitator Training in July and again in the Fall.

    Summer 2023 Dependable Strengths Facilitator Training (July, Virtual) | Dependable Strengths

    And here is a link to all upcoming workshops:

    Workshops | Dependable Strengths

  • 31 Mar 2023 3:07 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Register now for our annual Professional Development Institute! Check out the details for this event and join us!

  • 31 Mar 2023 3:03 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Don't miss this virtual event April 19! Life Design with Kathleen Lindenmayer, sponsored by the Eastern Chapter of WCDA and WSU.

    11AM Pacific Time (90 minutes – 1 hour for presentation, 15 minutes Q&A)

    Reside and work in WA - Free, $10 everyone else. CEU: ESD 112 and NCDA have approved this webinar for 1.5 clock hours.

  • 27 Jan 2023 5:02 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Central Washington University in Ellensburg has graciously offered to host the May 19, 2023 Professional Development Institute (PDI) This will be the first time it's been held in person in three (!) years. There will be a virtual component for those unable to travel. Join or renew your WCDA membership to make sure you stay informed as we finalize more details!

  • 02 Dec 2022 7:50 PM | Aaron Woods (Administrator)

    Workshop Hosted by

    Center for Dependable Strengths

    Event Link: https://www.dependablestrengths.org/product-page/oct-nov-2022-dependable-strengths-facilitator-training-virtual

    Dependable Strengths Facilitator Training is an engaging, virtual workshop conducted by Dependable Strengths Master Trainers. The facilitator training starts with you experiencing Dependable Strengths for yourself – uncovering your own strengths to find out what you uniquely do well and enjoy doing. This may confirm what you already know about yourself or reveal hidden strengths that may set you on a new, more meaningful path…or somewhere in between. No matter what, be prepared for insights and change for the better for yourself and your client base.

    • Outcomes

      You will learn how to increase the effectiveness and success of your clients, students, staff, employees, or others – by becoming a trained facilitator of the Dependable Strengths Process. You will learn to help others uncover individual potential and increase their employability, self-esteem, motivation, appreciation of diverse perspectives and overall career and life satisfaction.

    • Format

      Learn to facilitate the Dependable Strength Process

      You will gain the skills and knowledge and a solid grounding in the process that will give you confidence and experience for leading it with others. This will include learning the history and research behind Dependable Strengths, practice teaching parts of the process with the help of colleagues, developing initial plans for implementing your own workshop, and receiving all materials for facilitating the process. 


      Upon completion of the workshop, you will be eligible for Dependable Strengths Instructor certification.

    • Upcoming Offering

      Duration: January 23 - February 10, 2023

      Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (over three weeks)

      January 23, 25, 27, 30; February 1, 3, 6, 8, 10

      (Participants should plan to attend all sessions)


      12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

      2:00 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)

      3:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

  • 16 Sep 2022 5:59 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    WCDA will sponsor an FCD (Facilitating Career Development Training) course beginning in January 2023. Completion of the course is the first step towards professional certification in career development through NCDA or CCE (GCDF).

    Normally, FCD instructors (all certified through NCDA) are required to charge at least $975 for the course. However, for this one-time contract through WCDA, the price will be $475, for WCDA members only (and new members are welcomed!)

    While details of timing are not firm, the 15-24 week course will begin in January and will be taught via Zoom (likely 90-minute class/week). WCDA members will be able to register through the website in Dec./Jan. As planning details are decided, more information will be announced on the WCDA website.

    Questions can be sent to either/both instructors, Dr. Kate Duttro duttro@uw.edu (UW, retired) and Dr. Chuck Zimchek (CSU) chuck@careerchek.com

    Sign up to learn more when details are finalized!

  • 12 Sep 2022 5:03 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Aimee Elber, MA (she/her), WCDA Eastern Region Chapter President and Regional Transition Consultant with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, will be presenting at the Washington Workforce Association Fall Conference, 2022 WWA Workforce: Stronger Together on November 10 in Seattle, WA.

    Her presentation, “Combating Ableism: Simple ways to improve accessibility and inclusivity in the workplace” is a 75-minute workshop that will focus on Ableism within the context of the workplace. The conversation will highlight both visible and invisible disabilities, with discussion on simple ways to minimize Ableism at work, building awareness about Ableism and offering best practices for supporting staff and colleagues with disabilities. Participants will engage in interactive discussions - learning about the Medical vs. Social/Human Rights models of disability, the various forms of Ableism and how they may apply in the workplace, Ableist stereotypes, and guidelines for reducing Ableism.

    Be sure to say hi to Aimee if you attend the conference!

  • 05 Dec 2020 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    The WCDA is seeking a graduate student representative to join our executive board! This is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in career development to gain leadership experience, network with professionals, and contribute to the future of the career development field.

    Student Representative: appointed (2 year term) 

    • Representative will be currently enrolled in a counseling or counseling related graduate program
    • The student representative will work with the executive board to help ensure that WCDA as an organization meets students’ needs and help identify new programs that would benefit students in the field of career counseling.
    • The student representative will serve as an ex-officio representative on the WCDA executive board.
    • Participate and support events planned by WCDA. 
    • Promote graduate student participation in WCDA events. 
    • Engage in quarterly meetings with board members.

    To apply or find out more information, email your resume and a letter of interest to info@mywcda.org.

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