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4th Annual Professional Development Institute

  • 17 May 2019
  • 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM (PDT)
  • CWU Sammamish


  • This registration is for students currently enrolled in a program or course work related to career development, or retired career development professionals.
  • Be our valentine! Register by 2/14/19 for reduced $100 fee. This includes annual WCDA membership.
  • Be our valentine! Register by 2/14/19 for reduced $100 fee. This includes annual WCDA membership.
  • Registration fee includes annual WCDA membership and a $10 donation to support future WCDA programming.
  • This registration is limited to selected winners of the PDI student scholarship.
  • This registration is for students currently enrolled in a program or course work related to career development, or retired career development professionals.
  • Executive Board Members Only

2019 Professional Development Institute

The WCDA invites you to join us at our 4th annual Professional Development Institute on Friday, May 17th, 2019. Returning to the PNW is Dr. Brian Hutchison, who will share his exciting insights on the intersection of social justice and career development work. We'll also feature breakout sessions on topics including pay discrimination and working with employers  to promote equitable hiring practices.

Career Work is Justice Work

Career Work is Justice Work places professional career services practice (career counseling, coaching, social work, human resources, and vocational psychology) at the nexus of career intervention and social justice. Broken into 3 sections, PDI attendees will participate in the following sections:

Section 1: This interactive workshop/ discussion will explore the ideas of social justice as they are embedded in the work we do. Participants will learn about the neuroscience behind justice ideas, how these apply to the world of work, and develop a conceptual framework for applying justice principles to your practice;

Section 2: Justice Work in Action will provide participants 3 individual interventions that foster justice and critical conciseness in practice - each intervention will be demonstrated/ practiced and then reflected upon by the group; and 

Section 3 will foster participants’ own development within the paradigm of justice work including one individual and one experiential group work activity.

About Brian Hutchison Ph.D., LPC, MCC

Dr. Brian Hutchison is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Counselor Education at New Jersey City University. Brian is Immediate Past President of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA), Treasurer of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and Founding Editor of the Asia Pacific Career Development Journal. His scholarship can be broadly described as focused on three areas: social justice and equity in career/ school counseling, international issues in career development, and theory and practice integration. He has published one book (International Practices of Career Services, Credentialing and Training), is currently lead author on the 12th Edition of School to Career a high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) textbook, and has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, columns, and popular press articles.

Brian is the founder of the St. Louis Cultural Competence Institute and an active advocate for community engagement, intergroup contact, and cross-cultural empathy. After Michael Brown Jr.’s death in Ferguson, MO in August 2014, Dr. Hutchison received the 2014-15 Social Justice Advocacy Award from the Association of Humanistic Counseling for his work supporting the North St. Louis and Ferguson communities as well as protest organizing groups. This work has been featured in regional and national media including two articles in Counseling Today, the American Counseling Association’s flagship professional magazine.


8:15-8:45 Registration and Refreshments

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:00-10:15 Brian Hutchinson: Introduction to Justice Work

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Brian Hutchinson: Practice-based Workshop

11:45-1:00 Lunch and Regional Networking Activity

1:00-1:50 Breakout Sessions

  • 205-Using A Strengths-Based Approach to Clients with Intellectual Disabilities. Ryan Wecker, Enigma ASD Services
  • 206-Working with Employers to Promote Equitable Hiring Practices. Carol Lawi, Seattle U
  • 210-Pay Discrimination and Salary Negotiation. Ashley Wilson, Payscale
1:50-2:00 Break

2:00-3:10 Brian Hutchinson: Personal Development

3:10-3:45 WCDA Business Meeting

Thursday Night Social Gathering

Arriving the night before PDI?

Join us at Mac & Jack’s 
Thursday, May 16th
We will meet in the Beer Garden
6pm to 8pm


(Special note:  No food is served at this location, but there may be food trucks in the area.)


17825 Northeast 65th St, 
Redmond, WA, 98052 
United States




120 228th Ave. NE

Sammamish, WA 98074Phone: 509-963-3690 or 425-392-2110

Email: cwu_sammamish@cwu.edu

Link to Map


Traveling Eastbound on I-90

Head east on I-90 E
Take exit 17 for Front St toward East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Front St N (signs for E Lk Sammamish Parkway SE)
Continue onto E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
Keep right to continue toward SE 43rd Way
Continue straight onto SE 43rd Way
Continue onto 228th Ave SE
120 228th Ave NE
Sammamish, WA 98074

Traveling Westbound on I-90
Head west on I-90 W
Use any lane to turn right onto Highlands Dr NE
Continue straight to stay on Highlands Dr NE
Continue onto Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE
At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE
Use the right 2 lanes to turn right after the gas station (on the left)
120 228th Ave NE
Sammamish, WA 98074


A public lot surrounds the facility.  Parking is free.

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