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February 2016

"To empower career development professionals by providing them with resources and opportunities for professional development, networking, and advocacy."

In this issue:
-Career Development and Professional Development
-Reminder: Website Member Bio Update
-Ethical Decision Making in Career Development
-Upcoming Events
-Spring PDI (February 26)
-Mini-Conference (April 22)

Career Development and Professional Development


We hope your 2016 is off to a great start! As the weather begins to warm up (hopefully), we want you to know that opportunities for professional development through the GCDA are quickly approaching. We also want to remind you to update your member profile on the GCDA website if you haven't already done so. The GCDA Board is looking forward to connecting with you in the coming weeks!

Programming Updates and Survey

Two professional development opportunities coming your way in the next couple of months: our Spring PDI (February 26) and Mini Conference (April 22). Registration is open for the Spring PDI here!

Our Spring Mini-Conference will be a full day professional development event with speakers such as Daniel Seddiqui (Keynote Speaker -- 50 Jobs in 50 states), Charlotte Hayes & David Harris (Managing and marketing a successful private practice), Lanie Damon (Highlands Ability Battery and how to put it to use with clients), and more! Please refer to the events section in this email for more information. A formal announcement with registration, travel, and a full list of speakers and topics will be coming soon.

Reminder: if you haven't already done so, please complete our brief programming survey. This will enable us to create, market, and facilitate professional development events you will find valuable. You can complete the survey here.

Stay Connected

In order to stay connected with you throughout the year, please connect with us on social media: LinkedIn and Facebook

Going foward, we want you to be a contributor to the information shared with GCDA members, whether you are an author of articles, have special events you would like to share with our readership, or simply possess a desire to have a voice in our community of practitioners. Should you wish to be featured in future newsletters and/or have ideas you would like to send to us, please feel free to email your Board anytime at thegcda@gmail.com.

-GCDA Board

Reminder: Member Bio Update

Attention Private Practice and Departmental Career Developers


GCDA now offers members a dynamically updated web listing for the GCDA site. This is a new feature especially helpful for PRIVATE PRACTICE coaches, counselors, and career development professionals: Find-a-Professional.

How it works: Different members are featured randomly at the top of the page. The listing is non-alphabetic and random so that individuals are everyone receives equal exposure. The page also has a SEARCH bar to help clients and members quickly locate one another.

To participate in the feature, please follow these instructions:

1) Log on to our website: theGCDA.org.

2) Select VIEW PROFILE (top right, next to login)


4) Complete the new sections labelled PUBLIC ADDRESS.

Your BIO, Public Address, and phone number will be accessible through this feature. If you prefer to remain anonymous, simply leave these fields blank. We still need your billing info as always, but that NOT appear in the public directory.

Your public member bio will look something like this:

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about utilizing this feature of our website please email us.

    Ethical Decision Making in Career Development

    In advance of our Spring PDI on Ethics in Career Development, we thought it might be helpful to read up on a couple related articles recently published in NCDA's Career Convergence Magazine. 

    "Ethical Foundations and Social Technologies in Career Services" | Jula Panke Makela

    How does ethics tie in with the constantly evolving world of social media? This article explains how the NCDA has adapted to the world of technology and social networking sites.

    "Revitalizing the NCDA Code of Ethics" | Keley Smith-Keller and Julia Panke Makela

    A look at the revision process that went in to developing the current version (2015) of the NCDA Code of Ethics.

    Upcoming Events
    GCDA Spring PDI
    Friday, February 26, 2016

    Join us for our Spring 2016 PDI featuring Dr. Marian Higgins speaking on "An Ethical Dilemma: Bias and the Implications for Career Development Professionals." You will have the opportunity to earn 3 CEUs. Light breakfast/coffee and lunch will be provided.

    Click here for more information and to register!

    GCDA Spring Mini-Conference
    Friday,  April 22, 2016

    Our Spring Mini-Conference is an all day professional development opportunity for career development professionals. 

    Sessions will include tips on having a successful private practice, how to help clients contend with issues in the workplace, and best practices for employing assessments with clients.

    Speakers include:
    Daniel Seddiqui (Keynote Speaker -- 50 Jobs in 50 states)
    Charlotte Hayes & David Harris (Managing and marketing a successful private practice)
    Lanie Damon (Highlands Ability Battery and how to put it to use with clients)

    More details will be announced in the coming weeks!


    If you would like to contribute to content to this newsletter or the GCDA website, please contact Matt Henderson, mhenderson30@gsu.edu.

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