WCDA Events

Events Overview & Registration

WCDA Events

The WCDA puts on regional and statewide events for our members and prospective members. These events, whether social mixers, webinars, or development events, are excellent opportunities for Career Development professionals to network and expand their knowledge of the field. 

Past events have included NCDA recaps, guest speakers, and annual Professional Development Institutes. If you have suggestions for upcoming events, please email info@mywcda.org with your feedback. In the meantime, please check out our calendar and quarterly newsletter for information on upcoming events.

Quarterly Professional Development Opportunties
This As WCDA continues to grow and expand we will be striving to offer our members quarterly professional development events. Watch our events listing for upcoming events near you or email us to host your own training or event. 

Annual PDI Conference

The Washington Career Development Association (WCDA) hosts an annual conference featuring internationally known and respected career counselors and trainers. This event provides skills development to career professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Upcoming events

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 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.



    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018

    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)

    • 30 Oct 2018
    • Clark College. Vancouver, WA 98663

    SW WA Career-Workforce Development Meeting 

    Please join us to explore new ways to collaborate 

    across our professional field! 

    October 30, 2018 

    Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm 

    Clark College 

    Penguin Union Building (PUB) 258B 

    1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663 

    We hope you can attend, and encourage you to share with colleagues and on social media. 

    RSVP to Patrick Willis 



    *Light refreshments will be provided 

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 07 Nov 2018

    This is a non-WCDA event.

    All event details and registration can be found on WWA website

    Washington Workforce Conference 2018            http://www.washingtonworkforce.org/
    Powerful Partnerships: Building the Talent Pipeline
    When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 18740 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, Washington 98188

    This is a non-WCDA hosted event. Please see the links provided for registration or additional event information

    The Washington Workforce Association (WWA) is a nonprofit non-partisan membership organization of the twelve Workforce Development Councils (WDC) of Washington State. The twelve WDCs are business led boards that coordinate and leverage workforce investments and strategies with stakeholders from education, economic development, labor and community based organizations to advance the economic health of their respective communities through a skilled and competitive workforce.

    WDCs are certified by the Governor of Washington State with agreement from local elected officials under the requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which calls for a comprehensive system to provide America with a highly skilled workforce that competes in the global economy.

    WWA provides information, training, tools, and recommendations to policy makers, workforce development professionals, Workforce Development Council members, and the community at large to help make informed decisions about how to invest in workforce strategies. WWA works in partnership with other statewide, regional and national organizations advocating for a coordinated, funded system focused on the needs of job seekers and businesses.


    Washington Workforce Conference 2018

    Registration Now Open!
    Join the 2018 Washington Workforce Conference - 
    Powerful Partnerships: Building the Talent Pipeline.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    18740 Pacific Highway South
    Seattle, Washington 98188

    Registration Fees:
    Early Bird Rate (On or Before October 5, 2018): $495
    Regular Rate (After October 5, 2018): $545
    Registration includes all educational sessions and meals.

    Mark your calendars now. Be sure and forward this information to others.
    Register for the conference here!

Past events

19 Oct 2018 Puget Sound Chapter Networking Social
15 Sep 2018 Planning Party! Puget Sound Chapter on Saturday, Sept 15th
08 Feb 2018 What's New with Dependable Strengths Webinar on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30pm
02 Feb 2017 How to Negotiate a Job Offer
04 Feb 2016 Bestselling Author, Daniel Seddiqui
08 Jan 2016 Sport Sales Summit
07 Dec 2015 "Fixing the American Workforce" with Steven Hill at Seattle Town Hall, followed by a Social
05 Nov 2015 Keynote with Regional Labor Economist, Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman
01 Oct 2015 Kick-off Meeting for 2015/2016 Season
25 Aug 2015 Best of NCDA Webinar on Tues, Aug 25 3 pm to 5 pm
07 May 2015 Networking Meet-Up with the Washington Career Development Association
05 Mar 2015 Overcoming the Career Obstacles of the Bottom 25%
07 Feb 2015 Gates Foundation Visitor Center Tour
08 Jan 2015 Recruiter Panel
06 Nov 2014 A Coaching Workshop: Creating results with those who matter to you
02 Oct 2014 Dana Manciagli, Global Career Expert, Speaker, Private Coach, and Author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job
21 Sep 2014 Join us for a social!
05 Jun 2014 Inside Puget Sound Business Journal
01 May 2014 Live Your Truth Workshop: Discover Your Essence by Stacy Duhon
05 Apr 2014 Best Practices--Saturday, April 5th
06 Mar 2014 Second Chances: Providing Career Assistance to People with Criminal Records
06 Feb 2014 Serving People in the Disability Community
09 Jan 2014 Webinar--Facilitating Use of ONET Occupational Information by Career Changers
04 Dec 2013 Centerpoint hosts "Listening to Losses" with Trudy James
07 Nov 2013 Recruiter Panel
03 Oct 2013 PSCDA Kickoff Meeting - The Time between Dreams - Oct. 3
27 Jul 2013 Join us for a summer social!
06 Jun 2013 Using Social Media in The Job Search
02 May 2013 Mature Workers Panel
06 Apr 2013 Spring Best Practices Meeting
02 Mar 2013 Personal Branding Workshop - a special mini-conference with Maren Finzer
07 Feb 2013 Networking - Just do it!
03 Jan 2013 The 6 Important Things Every Career Professional Should Know about LinkedIn.
06 Dec 2012 Economic and Occupational Trends in King County
01 Nov 2012 Helping Veterans Find Their Place: Identity, Transition, Employment
04 Oct 2012 Recruiter Panel
07 Jun 2012 Personal Branding
03 May 2012 In Pursuit of the Perfect Career
07 Apr 2012 Best Practices: Learn from your colleagues!
01 Mar 2012 Online Career & Job (Hunt) Resources: Treasure Trove for Career Professionals and Their Clients, Students, Job Seekers, and the Career-Perplexed
02 Feb 2012 February Interviewing Panel
05 Jan 2012 New Year's Professional Networking Event
01 Dec 2011 Dying to Go On with Tracey Conway
03 Nov 2011 Career Victory Today with Tom Jackson
06 Oct 2011 Recruiter Panel
02 Jun 2011 PSCDA Benefit Dinner: Influencing Your Success and Others
02 May 2011 Changing Careers During Changing Times: Helping Clients Through Transition
02 Apr 2011 Best Practices Practices Saturday
03 Mar 2011 What Coaching and Counseling Contribute
03 Feb 2011 Grow Your Career and Business with Podcasting
02 Dec 2010 Recruiter Panel
04 Nov 2010 Clients Benefit From the Amazing Power of Career Contentment
07 Oct 2010 Puget Sound Industry Cluster Insights and Opportunities
03 Jun 2010 Annual Networking Dinner: Marilyn Richards
25 May 2010 Help Wanted on Main Street: Green Jobs and Growing Industries
01 Apr 2010 Resiliency in Times of Challenge with Cal Crow
13 Mar 2010 PSCDA Presents "Best Practices"
04 Feb 2010 Prepping Your Client to Get the Job: Telemeeting with Lou Adler
03 Dec 2009 Dan Keusal at CCMV
05 Nov 2009 Linda Panter Telemeeting
07 Oct 2009 Sarah Van Gelder at CCMV
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