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NCDA Career Practitioner Institute

  • October 26, 2018
  • (EDT)
  • Portland Oregon

This is a WCDA Affiliate event hosted by 


All event details and registration can be found on NCDA website

Registration is OPEN!

NCDA Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $120.00
Non-Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $170.00
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI) Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 per PDI

Cancellations received in writing prior to October 1, 2018 will be subject to a $50 (US funds) processing fee. Due to costs NCDA incurs, NO refunds will be given after this date. If paying via purchase order, your organization will be required to fulfill the purchase order. Refunds will not be given for no-shows after the Institute.


CPI Location:

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

8235 Northeast Airport Way. Portland, OR 97220, United States Phone: (1)(503) 281-2500

Hotel Reservations:  503-335-2857  -ask for “2018 Fall Career Development Institute”.  


Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book,
modify, or cancel a reservation until October 29, 2018.

Shuttle service is complimentary to and from the Portland International Airport. Please call (503) 281-2500 and press zero to request shuttle service once you have retrieved your luggage. The shuttle will go to Island 1 outside of “Arrivals/Baggage Claim” and will take up to 20 minutes from time of initial call. The Sheraton is within a mile from the airport and shuttle service operates 24/7 on-demand.




7:30 am - 5:00 pm     Registration Open

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) - optional (for an additional fee)
4 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CE)

8:00 am - 12:15 pm  PDI #1 "Active Engagement" - presented by Norm Amundson

12:15 - 1:15 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

1:15 pm - 5:30 pm  PDI #2: "Expand Your Impact: Skill-Building Toolkits to Disrupt Career Work" - presented by Rich Feller

Friday, October 26, 2018

7:30 am - 3:30 pm  Registration Open

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening Keynote: "Metaphor Making" - presented by Norm Amundson

9:45 am - 10:00 am  Refreshment Break

10:00 - 11:00 am  Presentation Series I (three presentations per series)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm  Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)

12:15 - 1:30 pm  Welcome Lunch (included)

1:45 - 2:45 pm  Presentation III (three presentations per series)

2:45 - 3:00 pm  Refreshment Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm  Closing Keynote: "Reclaiming Your Soul from Work" - presented by Spencer Niles


Continuing Education 

NBCC ACEPNCDA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #1003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

After the event, NCDA will send an electronic link to the evaluation.  After completion of the evaluation, the system will direct you to your online membership record where continuing education transcript can be printed. 


Professional Development Institutes 

Optional Pre-Conference Professional Development Institutes (additional fee required to participate); 4 Continuing Education Hours

 Thursday, October 25, 2018; 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

PDI #1:

"Active Engagement: Ten Big Ideas" - presented by Norm Amundson

“Active Engagement” is a dynamic, short-term career counselling approach that incorporates flexibility, creativity, metaphors, physical action, and hope. The activities are designed to be memorable (sticky) and can be applied in a variety of individual, group, and online situations. Evaluation data has been gathered with unemployed clients, immigrants, refugees, and university graduates. In this session we will be exploring a range of different active engagement activities with video clips, demonstrations, experiential involvement, and discussion.Amundson Photo

Dr. Norman Amundson is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has given many national and international presentations and has published widely. His most recent publication is a 2018 anniversary edition of his award winning book “Active Engagement”. Dr. Amundson’s many accomplishments include the Eminent Career Award from NCDA and an honorary doctorate from the University of Umea in Sweden.

Thursday, October 25, 2018; 1:15 - 5:30 pm

PDI #2: Expand Your Impact: Skill-Building Toolkits to Disrupt Career Work - presented by Rich Feller

Create HEROIC mindsets (Hope, self-Efficacy, Resiliency, Optimism, Intentional exploration and Curiosity and Clarity) and clients learn to navigate a lifetime of transitions. Use narrative assessment (onelifetools.com) and clients discover possibilities. Offer aptitude assessment (youscience.com) and clients find their competitive advantage (see the latest research). Stop using the “what do you love to do” question and watch clients be more marketable, expand options, and receive employers praise. Confront the “exposure bias” within interest-only tools which may reduce client success. Use games and on-line storytelling to engage more clients. Leave this session with skills to expand your impact, scale, and deliverables. Promise! This PDI had a full house at the 2018 NCDA Phoenix conference.

Rich Feller 1Rich Feller Ph.D, (richfeller.com) has served as NCDA President, consultant to NASA, UN, NFL, AARP, Semester at Sea and organizations and companies in all 50 US states and on six continents. Professor of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University he’s co-author of 3 books, 6 film series, the Who You Are Matters! (onelifetools.com) game, cdminternet , stemcareer.com, youscience.com Chief Advisor, and lead trainer for the JCTC/JCDC Coach Certificate held by 8K career coaches.


Keynote Speakers - Friday, October 26, 2018

Opening General Session - 8:30 - 9:45 am

"Metaphor Making" - presented by Norm Amundson 

Metaphors are an integral piece of story telling and can be used as an analytic and intervention tool for counseling and case discussion. Metaphors are creative and useful ways of understanding and externalizing problems. There are several steps in this process, starting with Identification, moving to Elaboration, exploring various forms of Extension and Perspective Shifting, and then concluding with Reformulation. In this presentation, I will be describing and illustrating the various processes with case examples. This information can be applied in many different professional contexts.

Closing General Session - 3:00 - 4:00 pm Spencer Niles 2017

"Reclaiming Your Soul from Work" - presented by Spencer Niles

This keynote highlights the need to honor your authentic self within your career. The pace of living today and the pressure to cope within an increasingly complex career context make it easy to disconnect you from what you do (a soul-spirit disconnect). These disconnections can have disastrous effects on a person’s life. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. There are steps you can take to increase your soul-spirit connection in your life. Increasing the soul-spirit connection empowers you to live a life well-lived. The presentation can be applied to your own career reflection or your work with any client group.



Presentation Series - Friday, October 26, 2018

Presentation Series I, 10:00 - 11:00 am 

1. Women and the Glass Ceiling (Kathy Evans)

2. Are You Credentialed? We Can Help!(Connie Pritchard)

3. A Case Study Approach to Ethics in Career Development (Lakeisha Mathews)

Presentation Series II, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

4. Applying the Hope-Action Model to Your Everyday Career Development Practice (Hyung Joon Yoon, Spencer Niles & Norm Amundson)

5. Online Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators (Melanie Reinersman)

6. Career Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting a Webinar (Melissa Venable)

Presentation Series III, 1:45 - 2:45 pm

7. Career Work is Justice Work (Brian Hutchison)

8. Mental Health and Career Development (Sharon Givens)

9. Future-Proof YOUR Career in the Changing World of Work (Paul Timmins)

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