Features

Making Video Conferences Equitable and Inclusive

By Brian Pillsbury, Jehan Hill, Sarah Patterson-Mills and Azra Karajic Siwiec

Two NCDA committees collaborated to highlight important considerations when conducting a virtual workshop or presentation. These considerations are intended to help the presenter conduct a more equitable and inclusive virtual environment, specifically in terms of participant needs and privacy.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

Understanding the Role of Unconscious Conflict in Career Counseling

By Lynn Friedman

Career counseling is effective for most clients. However, some unconsciously undermine the process. Why do these clients engage in self-sabotage? How can they be understood and helped? The author presents a model for psychoanalytically-informed career assessment and describes how this approach can lead to useful recommendations for career assistance. [Editor's Note: this article originally appear in Career Convergence in 2014. It is included here today due to its significance to the work of a career professional.]

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Independent Practice

A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Clients Create Their Next Move

Book review by Karen James Chopra

New and seasoned career development professionals can benefit from the wisdom shared in Jim Peacock’s A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Clients Create Their Next Move. This review highlights the multi-faceted approach the book takes to addressing the mindset and strategic needs of both client and practitioner.

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K-12

Career Exploration in High School: Utilizing Two Online Inventories to Assess Students’ Strengths, Interests and Aptitudes

By Julie Yanosik

Career assessments play a critical role in allowing counselors to learn about students’ unique characteristics to aid the career planning process. The VIA Character Strengths Survey and the YouScience Assessment are two relatively recent online inventories to add to counselors’ repertoire of tools as a catalyst for high school students’ self-discovery, career exploration and career planning.

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Post-Secondary

Integrating Mindset and Happenstance Learning Theory in a Post-Secondary Setting

By Rachael C. Marshall and Erin Bennett

The world of work is constantly evolving just as workers are changing. Career professionals in a post-secondary setting will need to create space in career advising and counseling sessions to allow students to grow in mindset and better understand the world of work. Mindset integrated with Happenstance Learning Theory can help students adjust and grow in uncertain times.

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Workplaces

Navigating the Transition Wilderness: a Model for Coaching Veterans and Other Humans

By Paulette M. Risher

Career development practitioners are often called upon to support those in the throes of major life transitions. The nonprofit, Still Serving Veterans (SSV) uses an adaptation of William Bridges three-phase transition model as a framework for sense-making, dialogue, and action for their Veteran clients.

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NCDA News

The Vitality of Involvement in NCDA

By Seth Hayden

Professional associations provide a means of professional growth and a venue for connecting with colleagues in the field. Within this network of like-minded professionals, opportunity for engagement, involvement, and support occurs in formal and informal ways. The vitality of an association is dependent on the active participation of members in the functioning of the association.

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Tech Tips

Stay Safe Online with a Virtual Private Network

During this pandemic, much of our work relies on virtual connections. This reliance on the internet makes us more susceptible to hackers and spyware. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a good way to protect yourself and your interactions with clients. A recommended free VPN is Windscribe. This allows you 10GB of data usage a month with paid options available. Once you install (on desktop or mobile), turn it on with a click and work or communicate privately. Windscribe is one of the free options that does not sell your browsing history. 


Submitted by Dirk Matthews dirkwmatthews@gmail.com

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