Washington Career Development Association
WCDA News & Updates
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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
Register now for our annual Professional Development Institute! Check out the details for this event and join us!
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.
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!
Workshop Hosted by
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 email@example.com (UW, retired) and Dr. Chuck Zimchek (CSU) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up to learn more when details are finalized!
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!
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)
To apply or find out more information, email your resume and a letter of interest to email@example.com.
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