Career Development Association of Alberta: Ignite Your Passion 2018

The CDAA is pleased to host Ignite Your Passion 2018, an annual event featuring a full day of quality and affordable professional development in four locations across Alberta: Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and Edmonton. 

Earlybird registration is now open.

This year, CCDA is presenting:


This topic was specifically requested for two main reasons:

1. Mental health concerns continue to gain prominence in the minds of the public, policy makers, and funders, yet we have not effectively made the case that career development interventions ARE mental health interventions! We need to remind ourselves and show others that (and how) career development services contribute to overall wellbeing.

2. Career development concerns and mental health/illness issues cannot be separated. A whole client comes to you for help, and “seeing” the whole person will strengthen your practice.

Connecting your career development services to clients’ mental health concerns, while clearly recognizing ethical concerns and your competence boundaries, will not only improve your career development services but will broaden your conceptualization of client concerns and strengthen your collaboration with and referral to other healthcare service providers.

You will leave the session:

  • Aware of how mental health concerns manifest themselves in career development practice.
  • Able to use general assessment tools and strategies.
  • Understanding ethics related to these issues and the boundaries of competency.
  • Able to effectively refer to and/or work collaboratively with mental health service providers.
  • Recognizing a range of career development strategies that support positive mental health.
  • With a model by which to better understand career development and mental health relationships.
  • Aware of the distinctions between mental health and mental illness.
  • Aware of ways in which they can evaluate the mental health impact of their career development services.
  • Able to use specific strategies to bolster mental health via career development practice, such as teaching clients the mental health – career development connections and responding to client disclosure of mental illness concerns with an ethically-based approach and within one’s boundaries of competence.

Your facilitators are Dave Redekopp and Michael Huston.

Dave is President of the Life-Role Development Group Ltd. and has been an avid champion of career development since 1988. He has been awarded provincial and national awards in career development and is widely recognized in Canada as a thought leader in the field.

Michael has been involved in the career development field since the early 1990s. He is a Registered Psychologist at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. His job entails student counselling within the Wellness Services department.

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