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Career Counselors' Consortium Summer 2020 Conference

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (EDT)
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 (EDT)
  • Virtual
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(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Career Counselors' consortium

Summer 2020 *Virtual* conference

The deadline to register for this conference is Tuesday, August 11th at 12:00 PM EDT. 

Wednesday, August 12th

10:00 - 10:10


10:10 - 10:35

Keynote: Lianne Hambly

"Neuropsychology of Motivation"

10:40 - 11:30


  1. Riky Hanlon: “Give ‘Em Something to Snack On: A Menu of Micro Content”
  2. Amy Mazur:  “Changing Assumptions, Promoting Social Connection and Determining Self: Exploring a New Psychology of Working”


11:35- 11:45


11:45 - 12:35


  1. Jacqui Sweeney & Michelle Hagopian: Best Practices in Outreach to Employers"
  2. Adesuwa Igbineweka: Preparing Students of Color for a Diverse Workforce"


12:40 - 1:40

Lunch break with optional breakout sessions to chat informally


1:45 - 2:10

Keynote: Susan Joyce

"Google Search Tricks" 

2:15 - 2:25 


2:25 - 2:55

Sharing Best Practices

7 Topics to choose from:

(Working in Private Practice; Our Role in Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Technology for Virtual Work; Prepping students/clients for Virtual Interviews; Strategies for new grads & students in today's economy; Using the Design Your Life Framework; Open Conversations)

3:00 - 3:30

Highlights from Sharing Best Practices and Final wrap up

Thursday, August 13th

10:00 - 10:10


10:10 - 10:35

Keynote: Jim Peacock

"Intentional Serendipity" 

10:40 - 11:30


  1. Gail Liebhaber and Jim Peacock: Creating a Thriving Career Counseling Practice"
  2. Katie Fernandes and Sarah Breen: "Supporting Clients Who are Neurodiverse"

11:35- 11:45


11:45 - 12:30

KeynoteJenn Tardy

"Leaning Into Diversity"

12:35 - 1:40

Lunch break with optional breakout sessions to chat informally

1:45 - 2:15

Sharing Best Practices

7 Topics to choose from:

(Working in Private Practice; Our Role in Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Technology for Virtual Work; Prepping students/clients for Virtual Interviews; Strategies for new grads & students in today's economy; Using the Design Your Life Framework; Open Conversations)

2:20 - 3:00

Highlights from Sharing Best Practices and Final wrap up


  • Liane Hambly - Neuropsychology of Motivation
    • Liane, based in the UK, is director of Creative Career Coaching which offers professional development programs for organizations and career coaches. She has taught at a number of UK universities and is a lead trainer for the UK professional body, the Career Development Institute (CDI). She is also co-author of Creative Career Coaching, Theory into Practice (Routledge 2019).  
  • Susan P. Joyce - Google Search Tricks 
    • Susan is the publisher and editor of Job-Hunt.org since 1998. She has been studying the online job search world, teaching online job search skills, and writing about job search since 1995. A veteran of the US Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and also in a compensation consulting firm.
  • Jim Peacock -  Intentional Serendipity 
    • Jim is the Principal of Peak-Careers Consulting offering the FCD class since 2001, online seminars, and F2F workshops for career practitioners. He is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Two-time President of Maine-CDA.2007 received the NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner Award. Author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners
  • Jennifer Tardy - Leaning Into Diversity 
    • Jennifer Tardy, Career Success Coach, owns and operates JTC which is a diversity and inclusion consulting organization in Maryland. Through her #CareerSuccess coaching programs for job seekers and #HiringSuccess diversity training programs for recruiters, she is on a mission to make it easy for recruiters and historically underrepresented job seekers to meet and forge career success. She is an official partner to LinkedIn and The Society for Diversity where she serves as a career coach to it’s members.



Give ‘Em Something to Snack On: A Menu of Micro Content Delights presented by Erika “Riky” Hanlon

Too much of anything can be a bad thing, even carrots. How is content delivery any different? Just as we encourage students and clients to tailor their materials, we must consider our audiences as well. How do they prefer to be served, digest, and process content? With a growing smorgasbord of noise from all aspects of life, career development mealtime is short and sweet. So, let’s give ‘em something to snack on with a menu of micro content delights.

Take a look at how the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Career Development center has incorporated micro content into their career education and student engagement strategy, while gaining and understanding of how you or your clients might enhance communication through bite-sized content delivery.

This session will include discussion of print, digital, and reusable content formats. 

Participants will …

  • Develop and understanding of micro content in both function and format.
  • Identify content delivery formats and tools conducive to micro content delivery.
  • Begin considering aspects of their communication and engagement goals that may be enhanced or replaced with micro content.

Riky Hanlon is a Career Advisor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has an educational background in business and the arts, and experience in teaching, program development, and marketing and communication.


A New Psychology of Working presented by Amy Mazur

This workshop will introduce Dr. David Blustein’s Psychology of Work Theory of Career Development and provide an overview of how using interventions based on this model more effectively address client needs and goals.  Participants will walk away with tools, techniques and a deeper appreciation of how this model can work to support clients who do not feel they have choice or volition. 

The key goals of this session are:

  • Introduce the Psychology of Working Theory of Career
  • Provide an overview of how using interventions based on this model more effectively address client needs and goals. 
  • Share experiences and brainstorm theoretically tested approaches, interventions and techniques. 

Amy Mazur is a Career Development Specialist and Counselor Educator who has been working in the field for over 20 years, and who assists individuals to begin, renew and advance their careers. Her expertise includes educating, training and mentoring professionals in career and workforce development on using counseling skills to foster growth and change. 


Best Practices in Outreach to Employers presented by Jacqui Sweeney

Based on her experience with employers and students, Jacqui will lead participants through case studies to illustrate best practices in successful employer relations within difficult industries. Particular focus will include:

  • Ongoing challenges in job development, employer relations and difficult industries
  • Discussion of proven strategies, philosophy and tools
  • Peer group work to provide practice and application

Jacqui Sweeney, Senior Co-op Faculty Coordinator at Northeastern, is an experienced professional with over 30 years of practice in cooperative education, program development, career counseling, building relationships, job development, teaching, and project management.

Michelle Hagopian is an Associate Cooperative Education Coordinator at Northeastern University, overseeing Journalism and Game Design majors. She is experienced in targeted employer development, teaching, writing and editing, marketing, social media, and leading teams. Issues of equity and inclusion are central to her life, both professionally and personally. Before working in education, Michelle utilized her journalism background as an editor/reporter for several newsrooms and helped lead a nonprofit that lobbies Congress on Armenian-American issues.


Preparing Students of Color for a Diverse Worksforce presented by: Adesuwa (Ade) Igbineweka 

Ade will lead a conversation about how we can help prepare students of color to build career competencies and contribute to a positive and diverse workplace. She will consider the following questions: How can we help students and employers celebrate and appreciate the diverse talents of employees (our students and clients)? How do students and clients identify employers who are committed to honoring their mission of diversity? What strategies are employer relations team (universities) using to promote diversity, equity and inclusion?

In addition, there will be time for peer-to-peer sharing of best practices from their own experiences and have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

Adesuwa Igbineweka is a Career Services and Employer Relations Specialist in the Office of Career Services and Internships at UMass Boston. She has been in the field of education for 7 years. She has had numerous roles in Academic Support, she has served as an Academic Success Coach and advisor. She also taught in the National Youth Corp program during a service year in Nigeria and taught adult learners at the Agency for Adults and Non-Formal Education. Before returning to higher education, she worked with adults with mental and physical disabilities.


Supporting Clients who are Neurodiverse  presented by Katie Fernandes and Sarah Breen

Meeting clients where they are can be time consuming and labor intensive. Add a learning challenge, (e.g. attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disability, executive function, autism spectrum disorder) and then where do you begin? This engaging session will explore strategies and the implementation process as a counselor to best support neurodiverse learners. During this session we will focus on the practical application of these universally designed strategies with small group case studies. The application of these methods will examine how to provide accessible support for all while empowering them to achieve their career goals

Topics/theories include: 

  • Universal Design
  • Holistic approach
  • Meta-cognition – Growth Mindset 
  • Motivational Interviewing


Katie Fernandes serves as an Academic Skills Specialist at Providence College. Katie’s area of professional interest include promoting university-wide accessibility, mental illness on residential campuses and universal design in and out of the classroom. In all of Katie's work, she strives to empower students to be self-advocates in every aspect of the educational journey.

Sarah Breen is the Assistant Director of Career Counseling at Emmanuel College.  She has worked in hiring and career capacities in the non-profit and education industries. Through her work, she has assisted students with diagnosed learning challenges on next steps after college and preparing for the job search process.


Create a Thriving Career Counseling Practice presented by Gail Liebhaber, and Jim Peacock

In a small group environment participants will learn the basics involved in starting a career coach business by getting the answers to these questions and discussing these how-to’s. Come with your questions, leave with answers and a name for your business.  

What are the costs involved in opening a career coaching business?

  • What is your target clientele?
  • How can you make your business more profitable?
  • How to keep customers coming back

Jim Peacock is an award-winning career development specialist and owner of Peak-Careers. He has more than 25 years of experience giving career advisors and counselors the tools to help their clients see that they have choices and that—with a little support—they can find the work they love to do.

Gail Liebhaber has been involved in the field of career development for over 25 years as a trainer, consultant, coach and counselor. She has an M.Ed. with a specialization in career counseling and is a Licensed Social Worker in Massachusetts.  Her private practice is called Career Directions. 

This event is sponsored by UConnect!

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