Concurrent Sessions - November 10

Navigating the Next “NORMAL" Workplace: Counseling our clients towards optimal work performance for in-person, remote and hybrid environments.
Ilana Tolpin Levitt, Career Consultant (Private Practice) & Sr. Dir, Organizational Development, The New School  Session 4 - 10:15 AM 
What does success look like in the new workplace? As employers continue to assess and reassess the perfect work mode, employees are also evaluating their own preferences and navigating competing priorities. There are some critical things to consider in this ‘reimagined workforce’ that will be researched and explored for years to come.  Amongst the top issues to consider are; equity in recognition and rewards, maintaining authentic connections with colleagues and supervisors and managing boundaries and expectations when the rules have all changed.  The session will provide the latest thinking and best practices as well as top strategies                                for counselors to best support clients.

Learning objectives, attendees will:

  • Learn how employers are changing critical policies and practices to support the workforce.
  • Explore the significant impact of these changes on all employees and the associated counseling issues that arise
  • Learn tips and strategies for counseling our clients regarding crucial conversations, setting and managing expectations and  building authentic connections in this new hybrid world.

Create a Career Private Practice Business Plan in One Hour
Ronda Ansted, Owner and Career Consultant, Be the Change Solutions                                                                       Session 4 - 10:15 AM
  & Sheri Mahaney, Owner, New Insights Consulting, LLC
This interactive session is for any career professional who is ready to transition into a private practice and wants to build a solid foundation for a successful business that supports the life they want to live. By reflecting on a series of questions on the type of business that they want to create, they will start to develop a one-page business plan that will inform their pricing structure, marketing, and budgeting, all while understanding the elements needed to ensure that their private practice with meet their needs and the needs of their clients. This session will also propel participants to take action on their dreams while fitting into the other obligations they currently have.

Learning objectives, attendees will:

  • Learn the common pitfalls of establishing a private practice and how to avoid them.
  • Learn to identify marketing fundamentals such as their target market, pain points, and marketing channels.
  • Learn how a one-page business plan can support all aspects of starting a business.

Who You Are Matters
Richard Feller, Ph.D, Professor, Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University                            Session 4 - 10:15 AM 
In this highly interactive group discovery experience, Rich Feller will lead participants through Who You Are Matters!, a fun interactive technique which introduces players to the One Life Tools narrative framework while providing them with substantive takeaways and insights about themselves and their possibilities.  This experience sparks meaningful conversations and helps participants connect the dots in their professional and personal lives.

Learning objectives, attendees will:

  • Be able to analyze and self-evaluate elements of their life stories that influence the counseling process.
  • Demonstrate an increased ability to show empathy, provide direct communication, and deliver constructive feedback.
  • Use their Clarification Sketch to go deeper into their clarification and intentional exploration.

Coaching Your Clients Through the Four Rooms of Change
Eileen Snyder, Private Practice, Career Practitioner/Writer/Presenter                                                                         Session 5 - 1:00 PM 

The Four Rooms of Change by Claes F. Janssen is a methodology for working with clients that are experiencing a career change. Career practitioners that are versed in Janssen's theory will identify where their clients might be in the cycle of change and move them towards the healthy emotions associated with well-being and productivity. The Four Rooms can be seen as an emotion or state of mind; identified as: contentment, denial, confusion and renewal. "The hypotheses of the model is that healthy psychological management of change requires individuals to acknowledge and explore experiences and acknowledge the emotions of each room, but also to move on through them in a continual cycle of adjustment." Patricia Hind.

Learning objectives, attendees will:

    • Understand how the methodology of the Four Rooms of Change by Claes Janssen, a diagnostic tool for assessing transitional change.
    • Be able to develop strategies that will move their clients through the emotions dictated by each "room" or state of mind.
    • Will explore how to integrate the methodology into their practice.

    Using Intentional Serendipity to Create Opportunities
    Jim Peacock, Owner/Principal, Peak-Careers Consulting                                                                                                   Session 5 - 1:00 PM

    Chaos? Happenstance? Luck? Serendipity? The chaos of life often complicates things for all of us.  In a perfect world, assessments can assist a client in choosing an occupation, but life is more chaotic than that for most of us. This workshop will look at what we can do to help a person create opportunities. Learn how to help students create unplanned events and to look at career exploration as an opportunity to discover new occupations. Discover ways that you can use intentional serendipity in your daily work.

    Learning objectives, attendees will:

    • Identify examples of ‘chance’ in their own lives which changed their career. 
    • Describe at least three action steps they can recommend to their clients to help them create curiosity.
    • Identify at least three steps they can recommend to their clients to create luck & career opportunities. 
    • Describe the key elements of the Happenstance Learning Theory.
    • List the 5 skills required to create chance.

      RE-framing Career Beliefs for Peace of Mind and Success
      Karen Litzinger, Career Counselor/Owner, Litzinger Career Consulting                                                                   Session 5 - 1:00 PM

      Negative thoughts and gremlins can cause havoc in career decision-making and the job search. Career professionals naturally focus on strategies, tools, and relationship building, yet can miss addressing underlying thoughts and feelings that can cause a person to not move forward or to get stuck. In this pandemic time, emotions and fears are more heightened than the past. The skill of managing thoughts and feelings may be as important to success as the resume or LinkedIn profile. This interactive workshop will include a role play, inspirational readings, brainstorming, and practical tools.

      Learning objectives, attendees will:

        • Review concepts of cognitive behavioral psychology and learn its practical use in career counseling and coaching to help clients with fears, obstacles, and negative feelings.
        • Be able to identify eight types of negative thinking and how they manifest in career development. 
        • Learn and experience principles to re-evaluate and reframe beliefs, helping constituents feel better, recharge their efforts, and be more effective 
        • Receive script ideas of how to introduce the concept of negative self-talk and reframing with clients and a list of typical barriers and reframed statements to explore with clients.

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