NCDA Career Practitioner Institute


"Practical Techniques and Strategies for
Career Development Practitioners"

February 8-9, 2018
The Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

Please check back for the specific agenda for the Charleston Institute. For information on our typical Institutes, please download the 2017 Long Beach - Program Book.



Institute Registration:

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NCDA Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $120
Non-Member Registration Fee (5.5 CE hours): $170
Professional Development Institutes (4 CE hours each PDI) Member and Non-Member Fee: $75 per PDI

Cancellations received in writing prior to January 29, 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:

The Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Group Rate: $149 plus tax
Group Name: National Career Development Association

Reservation must be made no later than January 7, 2018 to get the NCDA price. Rooms are limited.




Thursday, February 8, 2018

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

8:00 am - 12:00 pm   PDI #1 Tour of The Boeing Company

12:00 - 1:30 pm    Lunch On Your Own 

1:30 am - 5:30 pm     PDI #2

Friday, February 9, 2018

8:30 - 9:45 am Opening General Session 

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

11:25 am - 12:35 pm  Presentation Series II (three presentations per series)

12:35 - 1:45 pm  Welcome Lunch

1:45 - 2:55 pm  Presentation III (three presentations per series)

3:10 - 4:00 pm  Closing Session


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, February 8, 2018; 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

PDI #1: Tour of The Boeing Company
Details Coming Shortly

Thursday, February 8, 2018; 1:30 - 5:30 pm

PDI #2: Details Coming Shortly



Keynote Speakers - Friday, February 9, 2018

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

Closing General Session - 3:10 - 4:00 pm 


Presentation Series - Friday, February 9, 2018

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

#A Case Study Approach to Ethics in Career Development             

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of the complex real world in which we live and work. Approached well, these difficult situations become prime opportunities for learning and effective practice. Come to this presentation to experience a proactive, positive approach to enhancing our ethical sensitivities and learning ethical decision-making strategies.
Facilitator: David Reile, NCDA Past President; Panelists

#2 New Credentials for You!                                                                           
Come hear about NCDA Credentialing Commission’s exciting new credentials. You will learn about the new credentials and how you can apply. The credentials were launched August 1, 2017. Get answers to your questions and explore
Cynthia Marco-Scanlon, NCDA Credentialing Commission and NCDA Credentialing Commission Members

#3  Preparing High School Students with Disabilities for College - Let's prepare for TRANSITION
The first few years after high school are a huge period of change and growth, when many students fumble through the process of learning to be independent. For students with disabilities, who are now graduating from high school and entering higher education in greater numbers than ever before, the transition can be even more jarring, and the need to develop self-reliance more critical. The US Department of Education in a publication on this subject suggests, "The Key to Success: Attitude, Self - Advocacy and Preparation.” ​Some of the specifics we will talk about are:​ the differences between IDEA and ADA for students going to college; special challenges that some of our ASD [Autistic Spectrum Disorder] students face as they head out to college; the difference between a “504 Plan” and IEP and what are the consequences of one over the other the other when heading off to college.​ Come prepared with your questions and we'll do our best to direct our conversation to address as many questions as possible.
Malka Edelman, Comprehensive Career Planning, Inc.

Presentation Series II, 11:25 am - 12:35 pm

#4 Women and the Glass Ceiling
Kathy Evans

#5 Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators
How can you empower and inspire your clients/students if you cannot identify and access the necessary resources? Internet resources are available 24/7, so take advantage of them! Here is your guide to the award-winning NCDA website and specific career information resources to assist your clients!
Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website & Web Magazine Editor and Constance J. Pritchard, The Pritchard Group, NCDA Master Trainer


Presentation Series III, 1:45 - 2:55 pm

#7 Change Starts With You!
For anyone who works with people, it’s important to not only be positive for your own mental health, but also to foster positivity in others. As a Positive Psychology Ambassador, you will learn simple and fun ways to turn conversations, classes, and interactions into positive experiences for all involved. Through immersion in scientifically validated material and techniques, you can adopt a mindset of positivity. Positive Psychology uses strengths as the foundation, to improve our well-being. You will learn to apply positive psychology techniques for the good of others, in whichever environment you find yourself. Become more confident at nurturing others (your students, clients, patients, employees, or family members) so they, too, can experience daily enrichment and meaning. Bring positive psychology to LIFE and THRIVE as a Positive Psychology Ambassador.
John Long, Two Roads Resources, Inc.



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