NYSCDA Biennial Conference

NYSCDA is proud to announce our biennial conference to be held at St. John's University in Queens, NY on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 830 AM to 430 PM. Our conference theme is "New York State of Mindfulness: Creating Career Opportunities that Promote Balance and Wellness." Education sessions will be focused on four areas: K-12 Career Development, Higher Education Career Development, Special Populations Career Development,  and General Career Development. See below for more information. 

June 9, 2018


Conference Registration Information

Keynote speaker: Dr. David Blustein

Conference at a Glance

Travel and Lodging

Education Session Information

See you at the conference!

NYSCDA Conference Registration

Conference Registration Deadline is June 1, 2018

June 9


NYSCDA Biennial Conference

St. John's University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy, D'Angelo Bldg.  4th Floor, Jamaica, NY 11439

Registration Fees

Member Registration: $65, includes NYSCDA Professional Members, St. John's University Faculty/Staff, and Presenters

Graduate student member Registration: $50, includes NYSCDA Graduate Student Members & St. John's University Students

Nonmember Registration: $110, includes nonmember professionals and includes a one-year NYSCDA membership

Nonmember Graduate Students: $65, includes nonmember graduate students and includes a one-year NYSCDA membership


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Keynote Speaker: 

David L. Blustein, Ph.D.

Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

"The Impact of Work in an Age of Uncertainty" 

NYSCDA is proud to announce our keynote speaker for the 2018 biennial conference, Dr. David Blustein, of Boston College.  In his presentation "The Impact of Work in an Age of Uncertainty," Dr. Blustein will discuss the Boston College Working project, addressing challenges presented in the workplace, including longer periods of unemployment, deindustrialization, and an overall lack of stability and security. The results of this project highlight the cohering theme that two profoundly disparate experiences of working exist within the U.S.; some work for survival and struggle to eke out an existence while others work for self-determination and experience feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment in their work lives. We are honored to have Dr. Blustein share his knowledge and insight with NYSCDA members. 

David L. Blustein is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Professor Blustein is a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and he has received the Division 17 Early Career Scientist-Practitioner Award, the John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Personality and Career Research, and the Extended Research Award by the American Counseling Association. Professor Blustein is also a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and of the National Career Development Association. Professor Blustein has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters in career development, work-based transitions, the exploration process, the interface between work and interpersonal functioning, and the psychology of working. 

Conference Schedule at a Glance

8:30 – 9:00 AM:  Welcome (and continental breakfast)

9:00 – 9:30 AM:  Opening Plenary – Norma Feriz-Gordon, M.S.Ed, NYC Department of Education

9:35 – 10:20 AM: Morning Special Session: NCDA Credentialing Process, Malka Edelman, LMHC/CRC and Dr. Connie Pritchard

10:25 – 11:15 AM: Keynote - David Bluestein, Ph.D., Boston College

11:20 AM – 12:10 PM: Education Session 1*

12:10 – 12:55 PM: Lunch and Sponsor Recognition

1:00 – 1:50 PM:  Education Session 2*

2:00 – 2:50 PM:  Education Session 3*

3:00 – 3:30 PM:   Afternoon Plenary, Nikki Barnett, MSW, Stony Brook University (and snack)

3:35 – 4:20 PM: Closing Special Session: Dick Knowdell, Career Development Network

4:20 – 4:30 PM Closing & Giveaways

*See below for session descriptions and objectives


The NYSCDA Conference will be held in the beautiful D'Angelo Center on the campus of St. John's University. 

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Education Session Descriptions and Objectives

Session 1, 11:20 AM – 12:10 PM

K-12: Helping All Students Become College and Career Ready: Career Development and the Role of the School Counselor; Lourdes M. Rivera, Ph.D. (DAC 406).  Overview: College and Career Readiness (CCR) has become an integral part of the mission of K-12 schools. This session will address the relation between career development and CCR. By ensuring that students' career development needs are met, School Counselors can make significant contributions to helping students succeed and their school achieve its mission.


1. To engage school counselors in a discussion about their roles and responsibilities in promoting career development and college and career readiness for all students;

2. To assist school counselors in recognizing how a focus on career development can help students succeed and contribute to their school's mission of preparing college and career ready students;

3. To increase school counselors' commitment to providing career development interventions for all students; and,

4. To provide school counselors with strategies and recommendations for how they can incorporate culturally relevant career development interventions into their comprehensive school counseling plans

NBCC Topic area: Career Development/Career & College Readiness

Higher Education: The Influence of Perceived and Actual Barriers, Self-Efficacy, and Resiliency on Career Development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and First Generation Students; Amanda Dunn, MSEd, NCC (DAC 407).  Overview: This session will discuss how career barriers, self-efficacy and resiliency impact Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and First –Generation students’ career development and decision making. This session will compare the data gathered from each population to find common themes and explore practical implications when working with these students.


1. To help professionals think about how to most effectively work with these student populations.

2. To highlight common themes as well as to discuss contrasting factors in career development and decision making for Bachelors degree seeking, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and First-Generation student populations in the college setting.

3. To discuss how these findings impact the work of a career professional in higher education when working with students.

NBCC Topic area: Career Development/Career & College Readiness

Special Populations: Age 50+ Job and Career Transitions; Nada Beth Glick, Ed.D. (DAC 408).  Overview: New information technologies and workplace downsizing have resulted in numerous individuals in mid- and late-career being retrenched, laid off. Using several case studies, we will address how career counselors can assist these individuals, many with well-established career identities, to successfully navigate career transition, and the challenge to sense of self.


Career counselors will learn how to assist individuals aged 50+ in involuntary career transition, including:

a) job search steps with this population, from re-defining job roles, revising resumes and cover letters, using on-line job search engines, and social media sites;

b) the counselor adopting a broader mental health counseling support role;

c) helping client manage stress and retain resilience;

d) empower client to work in partnership with counselor, and increasingly self-direct career transition, even in difficult circumstances.

NBCC Topic area: Career Development, Human Growth & Development, Counseling Theory, Wellness & Prevention

General: Varying Viewpoints: The Value of Relational Mentorship in Your Search for Balance; Michelle L. Kyriakides, Ed.D. (DAC 409).  Overview: 

We all know the value of mentor relationships in helping our students and clients to reach their academic and professional goals. This session will discuss how taking the time to foster strong mentorship relationships can aid career development professionals with maintaining balance, challenging our biases, and growing both personally and professionally.


After this session, attendees will be able to:

• Describe the importance of having mentors for both professional and personal development;

• Identify various means to finding mentors, including formal and informal mentorship relationships;

• Highlight the benefits of relational and cross-cultural mentoring relationships;

• Discuss ways to make the most of mentoring relationships; and

• Create a personal goal / vision for their own mentoring relationships.

NBCC Topic area: Career Development, Professional Identity

Session 2, 1:00 – 1:50 PM

K-12: Strengthening school-to-work transition for youth with ADHD; Abiola Dipeolu, PhD, LP (DAC 406).  Overview: Of all the existing mental health disorders, ADHD is the most extensively studied disorder in school-age youth. There is a paucity of research to support career counseling for this group. The presentation focus is on research gaps and constructs relevant to the career development trajectory of youth with ADHD.


This session will

1. Provide evidence-based information to inform career counseling for youth with ADHD

2. Introduce attendees to useful information helpful in their day-to-day practice of career counseling

3. Counselors/practitioners will be better informed regarding the career counseling interventions for ADHD students.

NBCC Topic area: Career Development

Higher Education: Mentoring Programs as Catalysts to Career Success; Bob Beaudet, MBA, St. John's University Career Services (DAC 407)

Overview: Finding mentors is becoming more critical to workplace success. This session will demonstrate how by providing college students with a customized mentor programs, early on, Career Services professionals offer students an enhanced experience and increased level of interaction resulting in greater levels of satisfaction and career success.


After this session the attendees will be able to:

• Understand the important of mentoring

• Design mentoring programs specific to their students’ needs

• Identify software to facilitate ability to scale program

• Create strategies to increase engagement with both students and alumni

NBCC Topic area: Career Development

Special Populations: Helping Professional Immigrant Workers Navigating Successful Career Transition in the U.S., Ksenia Wojcieszek-Arjomand, PhD, CRC (DAC 408).  Overview: This presentation will focus on the under utilization of skills of foreign-trained immigrants—often referred as a brain waste — and how those immigrants are able to not only navigate the job search process in the U.S. but also successfully re-enter their professional field. Based on qualitative analysis of successful professional immigrants’ experiences in New York State, this presentation will provide insight on practices to help immigrants to overcome the challenges in the job search process and ways career development practitioners can assist college-educated immigrants in their career transition.


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to

• Recognize the current state of brain waste as it relates to professional immigrants in the U.S. and New York State

• Improve career development practitioners’ understanding of the career transition process of skilled immigrants in the U.S.

• Identify four facts contributing to successful career transitions of foreign-trained professionals

• Consider new ways of assisting immigrants’ career development in the U.S.

NBCC Topic area: Career Development, Social and Cultural Foundations

General: Finding Your “Career” Happy Place~ EPICS: Career Finder; Karen Anderson, MA, ATR-BC (DAC 409).  Overview: This Environment and Personality Intuitive Card Sort (EPICS) workshop provides hands-on experience. Each participant takes the assessment, interprets their results and creates a career vision board. Utilizing EPICS with different populations will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to use the experiential as a springboard for their own personal enrichment.


The objective of this workshop is to acquaint participants with Environment and Personality Intuitive Card Sort (EPICS), a visual literate assessment, and to instill confidence when using EPICS with clients. The goals for participants are to:

• Confidently administer the EPICS to a client or in a group.

• Discuss the Holland codes as they pertain to personality and environments.

• Ability to identify the client’s dominant theme of their personality and preferred environment for a meaningful career.

• Learn how to incorporate other creative right-brained directives and activities for further career exploration.

NBCC Topic area: Career Development, Counseling Theory

Session 3, 2:00 – 2:50 PM

K-12: Adversity and Adolescence: Fostering socio-emotional wellbeing, resilience and career readiness; Sarah Baquet, LPC, NCC & Jehan Hill, LPC (DAC 406). Overview:  How can we best serve our youth experiencing barriers to wellness and healthy identity formation? It is increasingly important to get involved in the discussion of the community risk factors that are negatively impacting the wellbeing and career readiness of our urban youth. Implications and practical applications will be explored.


1. To foster a rich discussion on current trends, risk factors and barriers to achievement;

2. To prepare counselors for work with at risk youth, specific to the development of socioemotional awareness and career readiness; and

3. To provide practical examples of mindfulness and experiential interventions that professionals can integrate into their work

NBCC Topic area: Career Development

Higher Education: Preparing High School Students with Disabilities for College - Let's prepare for TRANSITION; Malka Edelman, NCC, CCC, CRC, LMHC (DAC 407).  Overview:  The first few years after high school are a huge period of change and growth, when many students fumble through the process of learning to be independent. For students with disabilities, who are now graduating from high school and entering higher education in greater numbers than ever before, the transition can be even more jarring, and the need to develop self-reliance more critical. The US Department of Education in a publication on this subject suggests, "The Key to Success: Attitude, Self - Advocacy and Preparation.” Come prepared with your questions and we'll do our best to direct our conversation to address as many questions as possible.


Upon completion of this program, participants will:

1. Understand the differences between IDEA and ADA for students going to college;

2. Understand special challenges that some of our ASD [Autistic Spectrum Disorder] students face as they head out to college;

3. Discuss the difference between a “504 Plan” and IEP and what are the consequences of one over the other the other when heading off to college.

NBCC Topic area: Career Development

Special Populations: Mindful Matters: How to Reduce Anxiety in Unemployed Clients to Fuel Success; Kristi Riecker, BS, MHC Student, Hofstra University (DAC 408).  Overview: Serving clients who are currently experiencing unemployment can be challenging, as these clients are significantly more likely to suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression. This session will explore diverse mindful techniques, and how they can be utilized to assist clients in leading healthier and more successful careers.


After this session, attendees will be able to:

• Understand the history of mindfulness, and gain knowledge of the Buddhist culture that it was founded upon;

• Discuss symptoms of clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of unemployment, and how this may have affected their success;

• Identify various mindfulness techniques, and how a client can potentially utilize them; and

• Highlight the benefits of mindfulness techniques and how it relates to healthy, successful lives and careers.

General: “Career Decision-Making is Broken!”: Overcoming Career Indecision Through Gamification; Ronda Ansted, DMgt, MSW, GCDF (DAC 409)

Overview:  People with career indecision are confronting one of life’s most overwhelming questions: What do I do when I grow up? This challenge can be overcome by tapping into our innate sense of play and problem-solving. Gamification research and practice show how to bring more joy and grit into career development. This experiential session will explore: 1. What gamification research suggests can be done to increase motivation and perseverance, 2. Methods to gamify the career development process, 3. Existing tools that use gamification in career development


Goal: to provide participates with both a theoretical understanding of gamification research and what it says about career decision-making as well as concrete tools and techniques to apply to the career development process. The participants will learn the following:

1. What gamification research suggests can be done to increase motivation and perseverance

2. Methods to gamify the career development process

3. Existing tools that use gamification in career development

In addition, the session will be experiential to provide a visceral understanding of how gamification and how it can increase engagement and grit.