Free webinar to support remote career development services

The COVID-19 pandemic has required career development agencies and practitioners to shift services to remote delivery. To support this demand in these challenging times, CERIC is pleased to be offering a free webinar – Remote Services: Career Development Practice in Unprecedented Times – next Thursday with online counselling pioneer Tannis Goddard.

Remote services are now essential to meet the career development and job search needs of clients. This webinar will introduce frameworks to support remote work with your clients. Drawing from decades of experience providing online services to career and job search clients, Goddard will explore ethics, service design, online technology tools and delivery techniques.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Goddard is the CEO of MixtMode Consulting and provides consultation to governments on career services, with a specialization in online career services. She has over 25 years of experience operating career centres in Canada. With keen interest in seeing this delivery option grow in our field, Goddard has been involved in research projects and presented on this topic all over the world.

CERIC is also making available another free webinar, in French on Tuesday, May 5 – Accompagnement à distance : Guider les professionnels en développement de carrière sur la pratique en ligne – to deepen your knowledge of remote practice, with Michel Turcotte.

Learn more about this webinar and register today.


Career development for introverts focus of new CERIC literature search

Introverts work best when they can focus and dedicate time to independent work. However, in today’s workplace where collaboration is the key to success, introverts often struggle to reach their full potential. CERIC’s new literature search, Introverts and Career Development, gathers important research and practices on how introverts can make their voices heard in their personal and professional lives.

Topics covered in the literature search include:

  • Research and theories on career development for introverts
  • Job search and networking tips for introverts
  • Introverted women and their careers
  • Impact of introverted leaders
  • How introverts and extroverts can best work together

There are now 58 literature searches available, including Career Counselling Competencies, Ethical Issues in Career Development, Future of Work, Job Satisfaction and Career Development, Economic Benefits of Career Guidance, Generational Conflict in the Workplace, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, and more.

Featuring comprehensive listings of key research and articles in career development, literature searches highlight critical points of current knowledge. As a student, academic or practitioner in the field, literature searches are helpful if you are researching the latest thinking or proven best practices. They are also valuable if you are considering a submission to CERIC for project partnership funding in order to gain an overview of major work already done in your area of interest.


Call for Presenters for Cannexus21 National Career Development Conference now open

CERIC invites individuals or organizations with an interest in presenting at the Cannexus21 National Career Development Conference to submit a brief outline for consideration using the Proposal Form and encourages them to inform colleagues or students of this opportunity. Planning for the 15th annual Cannexus conference, January 25-27, 2021, in Ottawa, remains underway at this point with all necessary precautions and contingencies. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Although Cannexus takes place in January 2021, we understand with the concern surrounding COVID-19, individuals may be cautious about submitting a proposal at this time. We would like to assure you that submitting a proposal is not a commitment to present at the conference. If you submit a proposal and you are selected to present, you will receive a formal email invitation by the summer, and at that time you will be given a deadline to accept or decline the invitation.

Presenting at Cannexus provides you with an unmatched opportunity to exchange information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career and workforce development. You will gain recognition as an expert and leader in the field at the conference and beyond.

CERIC has identified areas of interest to assist presenters in targeting the content of their sessions. These are examples only; your ideas and suggestions are welcome.

  • Adult Education and Career Development
  • Advocacy & Profile Building (Sector, Services, Clients)
  • Career Development for Youth Outside of School
  • Career Education K-12 Students
  • Career Education Post-Secondary
  • Client Mental Health
  • Current Research, Theory & Methodology
  • Effective Career Counselling/Coaching Techniques
  • Employee Recruitment & Engagement
  • Employment/Training Programs (Community, Government, Industry)
  • Entrepreneurship & Self-Employment
  • Experiential/Work-Integrated Learning
  • Indigenous Career Development
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Labour Market Information
  • Leadership Development
  • Management & HR Issues for Career/Employment Centre Directors
  • Mature Worker Career Development
  • New Technology & Tools for Career Professionals
  • Online Career Service Delivery/Remote Learning
  • Rural Career & Community Economic Development
  • Self-Care for Career Professionals
  • Supporting Clients with Disabilities
  • Workforce Planning & Development
  • Working with Newcomer and Refugee Communities

Please review the terms and guidelines of presenting prior to submitting a proposal.

Cannexus is presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada and a broad network of supporting organizations and sponsors.


Free webinar series to help career professionals thrive through chaos

COVID-19 has changed the way all of us are living and working right now. To support the career development sector through this uncertain period, CERIC is offering a free webinar series – Thriving Through Chaos: How to Manage Your Mental and Emotional Well-Being and Help Your Clients Do the Same – starting next Tuesday with Shellie Deloyer.

It is now more important than ever for educators and career development practitioners to increase their self-management skills and help clients do the same. The series will explore the tools, habits and resources that can help navigate these challenging times. This series is also offered with the aim for career practitioners to talk and interact with their community. At the end of each webinar, a longer Q&A session and opportunity for dialogue will be offered.

    • Webinar #1: Mastering Your Mindset: Finding Calm Through the Chaos Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
    • Webinar #2: Discovering Your Unique Opportunities Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
    • Webinar #3: Maintaining Your Momentum Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
    • Webinar #4: Checking in with Participants Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm ET

Deloyer is a career coach and empowerment trainer and is the founder of Bright Futures Solutions. She empowers individuals and organizations to access their unlimited potential, gain clarity on their purpose and direction, and take action to create meaningful results. Deloyer has also consistently been one of the top-rated presenters at the Cannexus National Career Development Conference.

Learn more about this webinar series and register today.


Timely resources from CareerWise for career professionals navigating COVID-19

Like many around the globe, Canada’s career development professionals are navigating the rapidly changing reality of life amid COVID-19. CareerWise compiled a list of resources to help career professionals and their clients. Resource categories include: job search, mental health, remote working, upcoming webinars and diversions.

Just a few examples:

If you have resources or information you think would be valuable to include in this list, please email lindsay@ceric.ca with details.

CareerWise is a program of CERIC that helps people working in career development across Canada stay up to date on the top news and trends.


New webinar series helps career professionals serve clients living on the autism spectrum

CERIC is pleased to be partnering with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) for the first time to offer a 3-part webinar series – The Career Development Professional’s Guide to Effectively Serving Clients Living on the Autism Spectrum with recognized ASD consultant Sarah Taylor.

Currently 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it the number one neurological disorder diagnosed today. Without an understanding of neurodiversity and some tweaks in methodology, traditional coaching models fail to effectively meet the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. As more and more people with this diagnosis enter the workforce, this skill set is crucial to the modern-day career practitioner. The series will help practitioners to empower their practice and effectively support high-functioning individuals living with Autism, Asperger’s and Verbal Learning Disorder.

  • Webinar #1: What and How of Autism – and its impact on employment Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
  • Webinar #2: Autism Employment Barriers… and how to get around them Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
  • Webinar #3: Autism Employment Success: He got the job, now what? Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Taylor is a Principal Consultant at Next Level ASD Consulting. She worked at the renowned Society for Treatment of Autism (located in Calgary) for 17 years and over that time developed her skills in assessment, consultation and advocacy for people who live on the Autism Spectrum. In 2014, Taylor made the switch from working with and advocating for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder to designing and implementing a federally funded program that provided employment supports for adults with autism and coaching support to partner employers.

The cost for the full series is $159. A discount is available for CASE members.

CERIC partners with associations and organizations across Canada and beyond to present webinars that offer timely, convenient and affordable professional development. Previously, CERIC has worked with the New Brunswick Career Development AssociationBC Career Development AssociationOntario Association for Career Management, Canadian Association of Career Educators & Employers, Career Professionals of Canada, Career Development Association of Alberta, Nova Scotia Career Development Association, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and the US-based National Career Development Association.


Free webinar series in April and May with authors of Career Theories and Models at Work

Last year, CERIC offered two series of free webinars based on its book Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practiceco-edited by Nancy Arthur, Roberta Neault and Mary McMahon. Following the popularity of these learning opportunities, we are continuing to invite more contributing authors to highlight their career development theories through free webinars starting in April.

CERIC’s Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice is an international collection of 43 contemporary and emerging career development theories and models that aims to inform the practice of career development professionals around the globe. It is also intended to be used as a text for undergraduate and graduate career counselling courses.

As part of this latest free webinar series, we are offering two English webinars and two French webinars.

  • Webinar #1: Making Sense of Career Transitions Through the Theory of Work Adjustment | Monday, April 20, 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET, presented by Jon Woodend, James Cook University, Australia (English)
  • Webinar #2: An Adaptive Decision-making Approach to Career Counselling | Friday, April 24, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET, presented by Louis Cournoyer, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada (French)
  • Webinar #3: Psychological Health at Work: The Importance of Taking Care of Our Work and Defending Our Occupation | Monday, April 27, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET, presented by Simon Viviers, Laval University, Canada (French)
  • Webinar #4: Psychology of Working Theory: A Transformative Approach to Work and Career | Friday, May 1, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET, presented by David L. Blustein, Boston College, USA (English)

Anyone who registers will be sent the webinar recordings. These will be available one week after the webinar series ends. Captions will be added in both English and French to all recordings, making them accessible for all participants.

Learn more about this webinar series and register today.


Latest issue of Canadian Journal of Career Development released

The newest edition of the Canadian Journal of Career Development (CJCD) has just been published, with five articles that range from experiential learning among undergrads to career engagement for older workers.

The Winter 2020 issue includes:

This release of the journal also included notice of a forthcoming Call for Submissions for a special themed issue of CJCD focused on the career and career development needs of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Canadian Journal of Career Development is a partnership project between CERIC and Memorial University of Newfoundland with the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada. It is Canada’s only peer-reviewed publication of multi-sectoral career-related academic research and best practices from this country and around the world.

CJCD is published twice a year, once in digital format in the fall and then in both print and digital formats in the winter. It is free to subscribe to the digital editions and all issues of the journal dating back to 2002 are available to access online.


Career development for LGBTQ communities the focus of new CERIC literature search

Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) experience unique challenges in the workplace. Career professionals can support these clients by providing effective career guidance and interventions. In the new CERIC literature search, LGBTQ and Career Development, we highlight emerging research and best practices to support LGBTQ clients to build inclusive work environments.

Topics covered in the literature search include:

  • Career development for LGBTQ populations
  • Barriers to career progression of LGBTQ individuals
  • Best practice in career interventions for LGBTQ employees
  • LGBTQ resources to build student career success
  • Career interventions for transgender individuals
  • Research on workplace equity policies for LGBTQ individuals

There are now 57 literature searches available, including Career Development Theory and Career Management Models, Economic Benefits of Career Guidance, Parental Involvement in Career Development, Labour Market Trends, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, and more.

Featuring comprehensive listings of key research and articles in career development, literature searches highlight critical points of current knowledge. As a student, academic or practitioner in the field, literature searches are helpful if you are researching the latest thinking or proven best practices. They are also valuable if you are considering a submission to CERIC for project partnership funding in order to gain an overview of major work already done in your area of interest.


Free webinar with authors of Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development

Career development is rarely part of mental health discussions, yet it can be a key pillar in the support and promotion of positive mental health. A free webinar – Your Impact on Mental Health: How Your Career Development Practice Promotes Client Mental Health – will be offered on Friday, April 3, 2020 to further explore the key learnings based on the recently launched CERIC book Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide. This webinar will be led by the co-authors of the book, Dave Redekopp and Michael Huston.

Client/student mental health predictably improves as a result of career development. In this one-hour webinar, the authors will summarize the broad ranging effects of career development and their associated mental health benefits. They will also review some of the mechanisms underlying career development’s role in mental health and describe how, by adjusting one’s intentions, these positive mental health outcomes can be achieved more effectively in your career development practice.

Redekopp is President of the Life-Role Development Group Ltd. and has been an avid champion of career development since 1988. He has received provincial and national awards in career development and is widely recognized in Canada as a thought leader in the field. Huston has been involved in the career development field as a counsellor, practitioner, trainer and counsellor educator since the early 1990s. He is a Registered Psychologist, Counsellor and Associate Professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

The book that the webinar is based on is available for purchase in print or for free download as a pdf at ceric.ca/cdmh. It launched in January at the Cannexus National Career Development Conference and has received endorsements for its ground-breaking perspective from global career development luminaries including Mark Savickas, David Blustein and H B Gelatt.

Learn more about this webinar and register today.