CCDP & You – Roundtable July 24 Vancouver

Date & Time: July 24, 2014 8:30-10:00 am
Location: MOSAIC North – #312 – 2555 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: FREE

Session Leader: Wendy Lawson, BCCDA Registrar

This Roundtable is a Q&A discussion on the CCDP Credential and will allow participants to get answers and clarification on obtaining the CCDP, its usage, and the renewal process. Participants are encouraged to join in the discussion, ask questions, and learn more about the premier credential for Career Practitioners in Canada.

Discussion questions may include the following:

  • Why is the CCDP credential important to YOU and the sector?
  • How do we, as individual practitioners, promote the credential to our employees and the public.
  • Is the CCDP transferable across Canada?
  • What is required to obtain and renew the CCDP? If a CCDP holder allowed the credential to lapse, can it still be renewed?

Register ONLINE Space is limited. Registration ends July 23 – 6:00 pm

CECs: 3.5 – AGENDA

BCCDA June/July Newsletter

Celebrating 30 Years – Neil Squire Society | President’s Report from IAEVG Conference in Quebec City | Meet our Research Volunteers | Summer Labour Market Conference July 31, August 1

Read all about it!





Career Development Conference 2015 – Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters is open for the 18th Annual Career Development ConferenceMarch 6, 7, 2015 in Richmond. We have added a Research Presentation option to next year’s conference. Would you like to showcase your program or research? We have opportunities for poster displays or hosting a roundtable. We are open to a wide variety of topics within the career development field.

We have listed some of the conference streams:

  •  Effective Career Counselling/ Coaching Technique
  • New Technology/Tools/ Trends
  • Current Research, Theory & Methodology
  • Self Care
  • Employment/ Training Programs (Community, Government, Industry)
  • Mentorship
  • Consulting and Private Practice
  • Aboriginal Career Development
  • Specialized Client Populations
  • Internationally Trained Professionals
  • Career Education K-12/ Post Secondary
  • Labour Market Information – Sector

Earn continuing education credits and a reduced CDC Conference rate of $100 per day. Submit your presentation ONLINE. Deadline: August 15, 2014. Any questions, please call Donna at 604-684-3638604-684-3638.

IAEVG Conference: Certification News

Paula Wischoff Yerama, Career Development Association of Alberta, sent these notes from the conference last week in Quebec City:

The IAEVG Conference was spectacular! It was wonderful to connect with many of you in person and to learn about competency, education and training, and certification initiatives and challenges around the world. Some key points of interest from the session that Kim and I were co-discussants at related to competencies and certification included:


  • Germany is establishing their competency model from the perspective of the individual / counsellor, the organization, and the political / societal perspective as each interacts with the competencies differently.
  • Practitioners are assessed on self-assessment of knowledge and competence (self-assessment and knowledge test), reflection of strategies (working with case studies), reflection of action (use of a reflection manual), professional sensibility and reflexivity (evaluation of a video case study), and action / performance (video-taped session).


  • The Career Development Association of Australia has made education mandatory for membership in associate and professional categories; see their website for more details ( MEMBERSHIP)

BCCDA May Newsletter – Save the date for CDC 2015, March 6 & 7!

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: The May edition of the BCCDA newsletter, just before we slip sideways into June.

Now that the 2014 Career Development Conference is behind us, we’re busy planning the next one! Save the date for March 6 & 7, 2015 when career practitioners across the West Coast convene to network and share. Plus, get a head start on your workshop proposal if you have insights or skills that you’d like to share with your peers.

Other items in this issue: Upcoming training days and events, including a Mixer for current and future members of the BCCDA, with chances to win great prizes! Registrar Wendy Lawson answers questions about the value of the CCDP designation in BC, and more…

As always, contact us with any questions, concerns or comments. You know where we are. or 604-684-3638.


BCCDA Upcoming Events – Conversation Cafes and Peter Bailey Workshops

2 Conversation Cafes & CDC Favourite, Peter Bailey Workshops

Conversation Cafes – Fraser Valley

May 21st 3:30-5:30 PM at Abbotsford Works (Current members and CCDP designates) FREE – Register

June 10th 9:00-11:00 AM Location TBA in Abbotsford (Leaders/ Agency Managers) FREE – Register

Passion, Power, and Planning – Vancouver (May 28) and Victoria (May 29) Workshops

Practitioners raved about Peter’s presentation at CDC 2014!

Date & Time: May 28th, 2014 (Vancouver) 8:15 am
Location: YWCA – WorkBC Westside, #300-2150 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Cost: Registration Deadlines: May 26th (pre-registration is required) Members: Early Bird $35, after May 26th – $40, Future Members: $45
Register Online

Date & Time: May 29th, 2014 (Victoria) 8:15 am
Location: GT Hiring Solutions, #201, 3962 Borden Street, Victoria
Cost: Registration Deadlines: May 26th (pre-registration is required) Members: Early Bird $35, after May 26th – $40, Future Members: $45
Register Online

Presentation Summary
Getting passionate for a career is fundamentally about discovering what you love to do and being paid for doing it. In his book, The Element, Ken Robinson explains that people experience high levels of achievement when they engage in activities for which they possess a natural aptitude and a personal passion.

With stories and humour, this workshop will discuss how passion is still a relevant conversation with clients and how to infuse passion back into case management protocols. You will explore ideas for engaging clients about their passions and learn specific strategies for harnessing its energy. You will learn new techniques for helping clients discover personal satisfaction in the work they choose. Be prepared to look at ‘exploring passion’, again, and have fun while revisiting a familiar ‘buzz word’ in our sector!

About the Facilitator:
Peter Bailey is co-owner of Free Rein Associates in Hope – an award winning organization with over 20 years’ proven success in Case Management. Peter is a certified career development practitioner and holds the CCDP credential from BCCDA. He has a business certificate from BCIT and a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College. It is Peter’s personal mission to help others discover their true passions and enhance their quality of life.
CEC credits: 5

Check the status of your CCDP designation – online

We have added a search function on our home page called the CCDP Registry. The registry is a listing of all current CCDP designates. Your BCCDA membership must be up-to-date for your name to be included in the registry.

BCCDA February Newsletter: Hot Off the Press











Dear Members,


Here is our February Newsletter for your reading pleasure!

In this issue:

  • BCCDA’s meeting with Nicola Manning
  • An in-depth interview with Gordon MacDonald, longtime career practitioner and BCCDA board member
  • Changes to the membership listserv
  • Last chance to register for CDC 2014! Registration closes March 5 at 9am.

January 15th is LMA Day – Document your success stories and share on social media ( is a site created for individuals, organizations and employers that have first-hand experience with the important role that LMA programs play in communities from coast to coast to coast. The site will document success stories, examples of best practices and provide for a dynamic exchange of support and suggestions for the continuation of adaptive, flexible and responsive LMA programming.

January 15th is LMA Day – Document your success stories and share on social media – Twitter #LMA_Works, Facebook –

BCCDA November Newsletter

Dear BCCDA members,

We hope you are keeping warm and dry as colder weather rolls in along with holiday season.

We are quite excited about this issue of the newsletter! Inside you’ll find:

  • Highlights from the Career Development Mini-Forum
  • A ‘small world story’ from CDC 2014 keynote, Larry Robin
  • A link to “Women in Work Boots,” a Canadian magazine celebrating women in trades

We have also launched two new columns:

  • Practioners Toolkit, where we publish reviews of assessment tools, books, and other resources written by practioners for practitioners. This month’s feature article is an overview of CAMERA by Pam Khinda, CCDP. Thank you, Pam!
  • Member Profiles. The inspiration for this column came from talking to you — our members — about your work, your experiences, and your hopes for the field. If you are interested in sharing your stories and ideas with other practitioners, please contact us at

You can find our newsletter here or on our website at under the “Sector News and Updates” tab.


Happy reading,


Yun-Jou and Donna

BC Career Development Association