NCDA Career Practitioner Institutes (CPIs)

What Is a Career Practitioner Institute?
NCDA offers these smaller, regional conferences for the purpose of

  1. gathering practitioners together for a day-long event at a low cost
  2. allowing state CDA leaders, NCDA Board members and representatives opportunities to present to and interact with smaller groups of practitioners
  3. showcasing NCDA products and benefits to both members and non-members
  4. offering CEUs (continuing education units) to practitioners who seek these
  5. convening Board meetings and state CDAs

What are Participants saying about NCDA Career Practitioner Institutes?
"Two of the best things about the presentations were the thought provoking ideas and concepts and the competencies of the facilitators."
"I enjoyed gaining new information and practices to re-energize my work."
"As a new member, this was very beneficial... I learned about the many resources and training opportunities available to me personally, but also those that will be helpful in my work with my students."

"Creative Career Interventions Across Workplace Settings"

Institute Registration:

Did you miss the event on February 25, 2021? Register now to obtain access and CE's. Registration closes May 31 and access for all participants ends June 30th.


Registered Participants: Check Email for Virtual Access

Registration Fees Early Bird After Jan 15, 2021
Member Rate $150 $175
Student/New Professional/Retired $100 $125
Non-Member $250 $275



11:00 am - 4:00 pm (Eastern)

Time Event
11:00 am Welcome and Opening Live Session - Dr. Kathy Evans
12:00 pm Break
12:15 pm Live Session - Liane Hambly
1:00 pm Break
1:15 pm NCDA Strategic Plan Discussion - NCDA Presidents
1:45 - 4:00 pm Pre-recorded Sessions - On Your Own
4:00 pm Virtual Event Adjourns

Continuing Education 

Six Continuing Educations hours are available for this event. 

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NCDA's Credentialing Commission has approved the CPI according to the Continuing Education Manual

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

Keynote Presenters


Dr. Kathy Evans, NCDA Past PresidentKathy Evans

Dr. Evans has published extensively and decided to write "Gaining Cultural Competence in Career Counseling" because there were no available texts that helped students understand the synthesis of culture and career. For some of the same reasons, she also co-authored "Experiential Approach for developing Multicultural Counseling Competence" with Dr. Mary Fawcett of Winona State University.

Creatively Incorporating Black Lives Matter in Career Practice

This presentation will focus on a) the importance of understanding the Black Lives Matter movement as it applies to career practice, b) understanding the need to think outside the box when working with African American/Black clients, and c) encouraging advocacy and social justice practice.


Liane Hambly, Liane Hambly Associates

Liane Hambly

Liane is director of Creative Career Coaching, offering professional development programmes and resources for career practitioners, and consultancy for national employers. She has held several senior lecturer posts at a number of universities and is co-author of Creative Career Coaching, Theory into Practice (Routledge 2019).

The Road More Travelled

The complexity of the contemporary career indicates a need to traverse the byways as well as the highways, to journey without always knowing the destination, to enjoy the ride. To undertake this journey, practitioners and their clients both need creativity - the ability to be curious, playful, to embrace not-knowing, and to combine critical thinking with imagination and intuition. In this presentation we will explore the nature of creativity and review a range of whole-brain activities for use with clients.

Presentations, February 2021

Creating A Culture of CARE: Interventions That Engage, Increase Awareness of Self-Knowledge and Inspire Success
Recognizing individuals’ searches for meaning and purpose, the role of spirituality and life-role balance, especially during a global pandemic, participants examine the relevance of theory-based process-oriented interventions including career-life, person-environed matching, and re-framing “career” to CARE, that move beyond objective assessment and facilitate callings.

Edward Colozzi, Career Development and Counseling Services

Creative Approaches to Connecting Career and College Readiness Activities with Elementary Students
This session will feature engaging and interactive career activities that can be introduced to students in all grade levels within the elementary school setting. The presenter will provide a review of career theory and connect that with creative career activities that address the developmental stages of children.

Stacy Van Horn, University of Central Florida

How to Find Your Glitter when the Spark is Gone

A vision board is a visual representation of an individual’s goals, dreams, and aspirations. This session will focus on the use of vision boards to promote self-discovery for students and clients. Attendees will gain insight and helpful tips on how to guide individuals through the vision board process.

Kymmie Cartledge, Lexington School District 1/Glitter, Glue and Goals

Incorporating STEM Career Initiatives in Your School Counseling Program

This session addresses the role of school counselors in STEM career development, such as coordinating STEM career lessons and school-wide activities and establishing community partnerships. The presenter will offer concrete strategies school counselors can use at various levels that fit within the ASCA Model framework.

Christopher Belser, University of New Orleans

Poetry and Career Counseling: A Creative Method of Exploration
Have you ever read a poem that made you reflect on life or brought you to tears? Poems, limericks, and haikus are all an amazing art form the connects to the soul.  Poetry can be an added tool in your tool kit when career counseling.  Come to this creative and fun session and learn how to incorporate poetry when working with clients.

Mason Murphy, Texas State University

Tips and Techniques for Online Career Development Trainings
This session will look at ways to provide career development training online. Exploring ways to take those one-hour workshops and move them to a more engaging, multi-layer offering. We will discuss ways to prepare people for the training and to keep them engaged once they are in.

Jim Peacock, Peak-Careers Consulting

Engaging Graduate Students and Career Changers Effectively in Higher Education
Graduate students have been historically less engaged than undergraduate students in higher education career services, in part because of their different career needs. Learn how to better engage your graduate student population, with a special emphasis on virtual engagement, career changers, and mid-career professionals.

Megan Pritchett, University of Denver


Mark Your Calendars for future
Career Practitioner Institutes:
October 14-15, 2021 - Alexandria, VA
February 24-25, 2022 - St. Petersburg, FL