Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm ET, Toronto, ON

Summer Skills Academy 2019 has sold out! Please proceed to the waitlist.



Regular Rate (Register May 25 – August 9)

  • Regular: $245 (+HST)
  • Regular Group, 2 or more: $221 (+HST)

Note: If 2 or more people attend from the same organization and register at the same time, you can save 10% with the Group Rate. If you are a student enrolled in a full time post-secondary institution, you can save 10% with the Full Time Student Rate.


Today, many people struggle to express their “true selves” in the work they perform and the lives they live. The bombardment of competing expectations and many workplace rules can shape who you become and how you live in ways that threaten your authenticity. Sometimes we are so intent on fitting in and succeeding that we are only vaguely aware that this is happening to us. This full-day interactive training session focuses on strategies for encouraging clients to make career choices that honour their souls or authentic selves. Soul-based choices are grounded in authenticity, meaning and purpose. Emphasizing the psychology of use, we can facilitate the consideration of the most essential questions that guide us toward achieving our unique purpose. Learning how to stay grounded in our authenticity can facilitate the creation of a soulful career. This session teaches participants how to engage in career counselling with soul.

    • Understand the challenges confronting the soul at work
    • Learn the importance of making soul-based career choices
    • Learn soul-based career counselling techniques
    • Learn how to adjust career interventions to increase the probability of making soul-based career choices
    • Understand how to use the psychology of use versus the psychology of possession in career development
    • Apply soul-based techniques to your own career choices

Spencer Niles is the Dean and Professor for the School of Education at the College of William & Mary. Previously, he served as Distinguished Professor and Department Head at the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, Niles has directed a career counselling centre for adults, worked as a career counsellor in higher education, maintained a private practice focusing on career counselling, and served as a career counsellor for middle school and high school students. He has taught in 27 countries, has 130 publications related to career practice, and is the recipient of many awards from the American Counseling Association and the National Career Development Association, where he is currently President.

What your colleagues said about their learning experiences with Spencer Niles…

“This seminar was so inspiring and eye opening. Definitely going to implement this in my career as well as in my life. I didn’t even realize I was having soul-spirit disconnect and I feel like I’m awake now. I didn’t want the lecture to end.”

“Spencer is a wonderful clinician and researcher. He has a depth not often seen and he is a gift to the practice of counselling and career therapy.”

“Excellent speaker that left me with remarkable takeaways that will influence my daily work. I feel encouraged and inspired to play bigger and connect with community and spirituality.”

“Spencer Niles was inspiring and gave us concrete information to work with and apply to practice.”


The workshop will start at 9:00 am and will run until 4:30 pm. A detailed schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included, as are mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments.

When you register you will be given an option to notify us of any dietary issues. We work closely with the caterer to ensure that all reasonable requests are met but this is not always possible. We thank you in advance for your understanding.


Seminars will be taking place at the CERIC office at Foundation House in midtown Toronto. The office is located at 2 St Clair Avenue East, Suite 300, Toronto, ON.


CERIC has not negotiated any rooms but does recommend the following hotels which are relatively close to the CERIC office:


There are a number of Green P parking lots located close to CERIC’s office.

  • 30 St Clair Ave. W (Carpark 161) – $2 per half hour, max. $20 per day
  • 1501 Yonge St. (Carpark 223) – $2.50 per half hour, max $20 per day
  • 30 Alvin Ave. (Carpark 12) – $3.00 per half hour, max. $25 per day

The registration fee for any person who is considered to be a support person accompanying an attendee with a disability will be waived.


In response to health concerns, CERIC wishes to limit the use of scented products at its events. Scented products such as hair sprays, perfume and scented deodorants may trigger reactions such as respiratory distress and headaches. In consideration of others, people attending the event are asked to limit or refrain from using scented products. Your co-operation is appreciated.


It is regrettable that you are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. Although we sympathize please note that we have a cancellation policy that helps us cover fixed costs due to non-attendance, regardless of circumstance (food and beverage orders and transaction costs associated with your registration – none of these can be altered so there are real costs involved).

Request for cancellation must be made by emailing your request to registration@ceric.ca. Cancellation requests must be received before July 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm ET. NO REFUNDS are granted after this date.

An administrative fee on a sliding scale will be deducted from any refund for a Summer Skills registration as follows:

  • 20% fee for cancellations requested by June 11,2019, 5:00 pm ET
  • 30% fee for cancellations requested by July 30, 2019, 5:00 pm ET

Refunds will be issued within two weeks after receipt of the written notice.

Delegate substitutions are permissible. Please notify us at registration@ceric.ca if you intend to transfer your registration to another person. Supply us with that person’s name and contact information, including their email address.


Here’s what your colleagues had to say about the last Summer Skills Academy…

Amanda Hancox, Executive Director, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, ON

The presenter’s experience, knowledge and generosity made this the most interesting and useful workshop I’ve been to in a long time. The variety of information and learning methods made the day extremely beneficial.

Cynthia Meshorer, Employment Counsellor, Times Change Women's Employment Service, ON

The material was presented in such a way that is applicable for personal as well as professional use and the tools provided will be very helpful to implement the ideas at the organizational level.

Michele King, LDM/Employment & Training Coordinator, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, ON

I gained insight…with the hands on training. The knowledge and use of materials will better equip my clients with insight into their own story or career path. (The presenter) is full of information and real-life experience that lends true authenticity to the training.

Sahri Woods Baum, Counsellor, Ryerson University, ON

Open atmosphere for learning. Hands-on applicability of what was being taught. Small number of attendees and lots of opportunity for questions and answers!

Marianne Fischtner, Workshop Facilitator, Employment Services Elgin, ON

Dynamic and interactive facilitator providing resources that can easily and quickly be incorporated not only into my work but in my life.

Irene Zimmerman, Senior Career Management Consultant, Optimum Talent Inc., ON

The most beneficial aspect was having the opportunity test the… resources along with getting a big picture view of the transition process from a leader in the field and participants and how it impacts clients.


If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Francescon, Conference & Event Manager, at sandra@ceric.ca or 416 929 2510 x 126.