CDC 2019 - Workshops

WORKSHOPS - THURSDAY - MAY 23rd, 2019

MAY 23rd - 10.30am - 12pm - MORNING WORKSHOPS

1.) "Self Care Boot Camp" - CLIFF THORBES

ROOM # 1400

About the workshop:

  • Self-care is not just the latest buzzword. It’s essential for anyone who works in a helping profession. You can’t pour from an empty cup so making sure your own cup is filled first just makes logical sense. Join me for an interactive but gentle approach to boot camp training. In the 60 minutes we spend together we’ll define "self-care", the different ways helpers can be affected and practice a variety of easy strategies to help keep your "self-care" cup filled.

About the presenter:

  • Cliff Thorbes is a Mental Health Instructor, CCDP, Therapeutic Horticulturist, NCCP Coach and Artist. His training is diverse including Critical Incident Stress Management, Mindfulness, Thought Field Therapy, Reflexology, Horticultural and Art Therapy. His career mission is to help others discover and achieve their own potential. www.cliffthorbes.com

2.) "What's So Different About Autism Anyway" - SARAH TAYLOR

ROOM # 1410

About the workshop:

  • Invisible disabilities speak to bigger challenges in the workplace because many of the features inherent in diagnosis, may appear to be an attitude or behaviour problem rather than a disability. As a result, high functioning people living with ASD have the lowest employment rates among any disability groups in North America, even when controlling for impairment severity, household income, and social demographics.

About the presenter:

  • Sarah Taylor began her career in Autism treatment in 1996. Her many years of experience in assessment, consultation and advocacy helps provide a framework for curriculum development and ASD sensitivity training for employers.

3.) "Training The Next Generation Of Trades People" - JASON LEBER

ROOM # 1420

About the workshop:

  • As demand for skilled tradespeople continues to rise in British Columbia, empowering youth apprentices has never been more important. Educators and employers must work together to equip students with the practical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to set themselves up for a successful career, and the Industry Training Authority’s (ITA) Youth Trades Programs play a key role in making these opportunities possible across the province. Let’s foster a bright future for students in trades, together.

About the presenter:

  • Jason Leber is the Manager of Youth Programs at the Industry Training Authority. Jason has a Red Seal in automotive service technology and has over 13 years’ experience in trades education. Jason has worked in the public and private sectors as a technician, educator and manager.

4.) "The Quest For Purpose - A Self-Discovery Process to Find It and Live It!" - KEN KEIS

ROOM # 1430

About the workshop:

  • According to Gallup’s recent 142-country study, less than 13% of the global workforce is engaged at work! Why? Simply put, people lack a sense of purpose. But there is answer to this problem by discovering our purpose and passions which includes or interests, gifts and natural talents. The Quest for Purpose session is an interactive process that will teach individuals how to discover and live their life “On Purpose” and assist them to help others do the same. Dr. Keis’ dynamic, high-energy session is based on his book, The Quest For Purpose: A Self-Discovery Process To Find It And Live It!

About the presenter:

  • Ken Keis, Ph.D., is a foremost global authority on behavioural assessment strategies and processes, an expert in leadership, purpose, career development and wellness. He has authored over 4 million words of content, including 500 articles, 4 books, and a dozen assessments. Dr. Keis is President and CEO of Consulting Resource Group International, Inc. (CRG), which has served thousands of companies, associations, industry groups, and leaders in over 30 countries. In the past 30 years, Ken has personally conducted more than 3,000 presentations and 10,000 hours of coaching and consulting. He is a highly sought-after author, speaker, trainer, podcast host, and TV and media guest. His latest books include: Why Aren't You More Like Me?, Deliberate Leadership, and The Quest For Purpose.

5.) "Body Mind Vibrance Approach to Self Awareness and Well Being" - BILL ASTALNOK

ROOM # 1520

About the workshop:

  • “Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk with your shoulders hunched, your teeth clenched, and your body filled with tension?” In this interactive workshop you will learn how to become aware of what your body is telling you, and practice ways to release the stress, and feel more alive and creative.

About the presenter:

  • Bill Astalnok, of Astalnok Associates, has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Science, is a Certified Career Development Practitioner, and is Certified as a Body-Mind Vibrance Coach, with the Hendricks Institute. Bill brings over 20 years of experience facilitating personal, group, and organizational transformations.

MAY 23rd - 2.15pm - 3.45pm - AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

1.) "Non-Traditional Assessment Tools That ROCK!" - HERKY CUTLER

ROOM # 1400

About the workshop

  • Assessment is the most important aspect of the career development process. Everything stems from assessment and "formal" assessments leave much to be desired. In this session, participants will experience a variety of sure-fire "informal" (yes, they're FREE!) assessment tools that are fun, engaging and out of the box. You'll be so happy you came that you'll want to cry!

About the presenter

  • Herky Cutler creates rich experiences for his clients by providing relevant and provocative content through a lens of humour, music, enthusiasm and authenticity. Participants will laugh, cry, they may leave, but they will never fall asleep! Herky is a Certified Career Development Practitioner and has been training career practitioners online and face-to-face for over 10 years.

2.) "Celebrating Health and Recovery Through Works" - CELINA LUK

ROOM # 1410

About the workshop:

  • Individual Placement and Support (IPS) helps people with severe mental illness to obtain and maintain competitive employment. Work provides structure and purposeful activity while enhancing individuals’ self-esteem and social belonging; this is particularly important in helping people flourish despite mental illness. IPS is a recovery-oriented evidence-based supported employment model in mental health settings practiced by CMHA-VF since 2000. This workshop covers the principles and values of IPS, as well as its challenges and successes.

About the presenter:

  • Celina Luk has over fifteen years of experience in the career development field. She has worked five years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor at Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser Branch, and is currently providing employment support to clients with severe mental health issues at a Mental Health and Substance Use Services Team in Vancouver. She believes that work is vital to recovery, growth and hope.

3.) "Critical Incident Reflections" - NICOLE BROWN

ROOM # 1420

About the workshop

The workshop is an introduction to a critical incident analysis tool that promotes deep reflection and perspective change. Useful as a coaching tool or as homework in a career counselling setting.

About the presenter:

  • With 9+ years of international experience working with professionals, Nicolle Brown has specialized in coaching and mentoring, personal and professional development, self-leadership, reflexive learning, and career development. She has worked with and taught diverse groups at the BBA, Master and Executive Education levels as well as corporate clients in their personal and professional development including leadership, career management and Managing Organizational Change. Her mission: to help people thrive in work and life. Nicolle has joined the UBC Sauder team in August 2018.

4.) "Is Parenthood a career penalty?" - SHAGUN BHANOT

ROOM # 1430

About the workshop:

  • Did career come easy to me as a new immigrant professional, who not only had regular barriers like lack of local Canadian experience and network as well as credential recognition, but also faced the career penalty of parenthood? The dilemma I faced as a parent and that too a single mom “How can I foster professional growth when I have to foster my child’s growth” is a dilemma faced by all parents irrespective of what country they are from, what industry they are in or what position they hold. However, achieving career growth, no matter what the circumstances, requires self-awareness, strategic thinking and careful planning. These are the steps all working moms and dads with professional aspirations – single or married – can take to achieve their goals.

About the presenter:

  • Shagun Bhanot is a former University Lecturer with a Doctorate in English Language and Literature. She has over 5 years of experience working with varied employment programs at MOSAIC. Shagun worked as a Mentorship Facilitator, Job Developer and is currently Career Services Advisor with Career Paths program. She is also a Board Member of Immigrant Advisory Council with Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table. Her professional and academic background involves extensive research work and constant skill up gradation to learn new trends in the industry and address its complexities.

5.) Topic to be confirmed - Dr. ROXANNE REEVES, Ph.D

ROOM # 1520

WORKSHOPS - FRIDAY - MAY 24rd, 2019

MAY 24th - 10.30am - 12pm - MORNING WORKSHOPS

1.) "Extending Promising Practices: Updating the FIMES Inventory Project" - SUZANNE KLINGA

ROOM # 1400

About the workshop:

  • This session focuses on the updating of the First Nations, Inuit, Métis Essential Skills (FIMES) Inventory Project (www.fimesip.ca ). We will report on the inventory of innovative First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Initiatives across Canada and highlight the 12 Markers of Promising Practices. During the session we will share a self-assessment tool based on the 12 Markers that can be used to develop and strengthen FIMES programming.

About the presenter:

  • Suzanne Klinga has over 30 years’ experience as s a career development practitioner and is a Project Manager with the Canadian Career Development Foundation. Her expertise includes facilitation, research, program design and essential skills profiling. Most recently she has focused on the development and delivery of competency-based professional development training programs for First Nations and Inuit Career Development Practitioners throughout Canada.

2.) "Good Fit Model for Clients with Physical and Emotional Hurt" - CATHERINE HAJNAL

ROOM # 1410

About the workshop:

  • Many of our clients are living with physical and emotion hurt – often held as challenges and limitations. This session explores the Good Fit Model – an approach to having career conversations that acknowledges physical and mental health as well as painful life experiences, connecting them to knowledge, skills, abilities, interests, and values. It invites clients to bring the fullness of who they are into career exploration, emphasizing the intersection of pain and possibility.

About the presenter:

  • Dr. Catherine Hajnal’s pathway to working with the tough stuff is rooted in many years of chronic pain, personal losses, and a career that wasn’t working out as expected. Finding meaning, purpose, and a new career in her own losses, she recognized that her research in Human Factors Engineering, socio-technical systems, job design, and organizational health and safety was a great foundation for companioning people through the pains and possibilities of their life/career transitions.

3.) "Derailed by Divorce! Creating Meaningful Career Decision Making from Chaos" - ANN NAKASKA

ROOM # 1420

About the workshop:

  • What happens to high school students’ post-secondary opportunities when their parents get a divorce? What supports are in place for young post-secondary clients experiencing divorce? How do the needs of mid-life career changers change when experiencing divorce? What is the impact of Grey/Silver Divorce on +50 workers? Learn what practitioners need to know about life transition models, grief and the complexities of career decision making when their client’s lives are impacted by divorce.

About the presenter:

  • Ann Nakaska CDF, BA, M.Ed. is a Self-Esteem Family Affair Certified facilitator, an independent career consultant and an adult educator. Her work is based on her clients’ experiences and interviews with over 30 post-divorce survivors: their feelings, their grief and their career decision making processes. Her work uses a combination of change and transition theory combined with career theory to help clients create a new future they can get excited about and want to embrace.

4.) "Navigating the BC Public Service Hiring Process" - NANCY ALI (unconfirmed)

ROOM # 1430

About the workshop:

  • With more than 200 different types of jobs, the BC Public Service offers opportunities throughout the province for meaningful work with great benefits. In this workshop, participants learn about the types of careers available with the provincial government and gain insight into how to effectively navigate the hiring process. Participants will practice competency-based interview techniques in pairs or small groups. The session will also include information about the BC Public Service diversity and inclusion initiatives efforts.

About the presenter:

  • Nancy Ali is the Marketing Lead for Diversity & Inclusion at the BC Public Service Agency. Prior to joining the BC government, Nancy led NASA-funded outreach, professional development and communications projects at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she managed educational programs at Bishop Museum and taught an undergraduate course at Windward Community College in Hawaii. She holds a Masters of Education degree from Lesley University as well as B.A. and B.Ed. degrees from UBC.

5.)"Power Up your Personal Culture" - NEIL PRETTY

ROOM # 1520

About the workshop:

  • What are the Key components of your Personal Culture? How do you apply them to everyday work situations and everyday life situations? Power Up Your Personal Culture will provide a new look at the nature of leadership and provide actionable steps towards developing your culture from being passive and into active and providing the foundation for your personal development.

About the presenter:

  • Neil Pretty has been a Leader, Leadership Coach, and People consultant and lives to help people find their Natural Talents and thrive instead of survive leadership.

MAY 24th - 1.15pm - 2.30pm - AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

1.) "Work in the New Economy" - CHRISTINE SJOLANDER

ROOM # 1400

About the workshop:

  • We’ve all heard the news about how the rise of artificial intelligence, changing demographics and the gig economy will be changing the future of work. This interactive session will explore how these trends may impact individual jobs in the next 10-20 years with specific emphasis on British Columbia. It will provide tools to help clients identify their future-proof capabilities and identify habits to help individuals embrace in this new world of work.
  • Learning Objectives: Better understanding of macro-trends effecting jobs of the future in BC Understanding of individual capabilities necessary for work in the new economy including Understanding of habits to embrace to be successful in the workplace of the future

About the presenter:

  • With twenty-five years in career development services at multiple Canadian and US universities, Christine Sjolander brings a range of individual and group career coaching techniques and a creative and positive attitude to her work. Her professional experience also includes HR/recruiting experience with technology companies in the United States. She currently operates her own consulting practice, Career Drivers. Christine holds BBA, MS in Engineering and a Doctorate of Education with research related to career development from SFU.

2.) "From the Closet to the Workplace - Supporting Gender Diverse Clients" - SEAN BROWN

ROOM # 1410

About the workshop:

  • We may hear about the words, but what does being queer, two-spirit, transgender, gender diverse or non-binary mean and how does it impact our clients in choosing careers, applying for work, and securing employment? We practitioners try to keep our biases in check, but at the same time may feel uncomfortable using forever-evolving LGBTIQ2 terminology. This workshop aims to provide a deeper understanding for working with gender diverse clients, leading to more confidence and effectiveness.

About the presenter:

  • Sean Brown has worked in employment services since 2001, after finding his calling as a client in a Career Exploration workshop. Sean came out as transgender in 2003, making the transition from female to male while working full-time. In 2005, Sean recreated himself as part-time Decluttering Coach, while continuing to work full time at another job search centre. Sean is currently an Employment Services Advisor who facilitates workshops on supporting queer and gender diverse clients.

3.) "Trauma Informed Career Development Practice" - SEANNA QUERESSETE

ROOM # 1420

About the workshop:

  • This workshop will look at the types of trauma clients bring into career development practice. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore the signs and symptoms of trauma and develop strategies for creating trauma Informed career development spaces. The material in this workshop may be triggering to some individuals.

About the presenter:

  • Seanna Brown has been a Career Practitioner for over 30 years. Seanna is trained as a Trauma Therapist. These days Seanna works in Private Practice in Vancouver. Seanna also coordinates Continuing Education for Douglas College Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies.

4.)"Medicine Wheel Making: Working on yourself" - LORELEI LYONS

ROOM # 1430

About the workshop:

  • The Medicine Wheel teaches us the importance of balancing the Physical/Mental/Social/Spiritual self. Reviewing each quadrant and examining where the unbalance is, participants learn about the benefits of balancing their own Wheel.

About the presenter:

  • Lorelei Lyons of 2MW ~Two Metis Women are distinguished in our teachings, we have over 4 decades of experience between us, working in diverse population in the social, emotional sector. Our expertise is demonstrated with the engagement from our groups. Offering comprehensive, informative & fun tools that bring awareness and a new perspective to our topics. Our education compliments our skills, and our life experience drives our motivation to bring fun adaptable resources to our participants.

5.) "Self-care for Career Development Practitioners" - MICHAEL SORSDAHL

ROOM # 1520

About the workshop:

  • This interactive workshop focuses on a review of the challenges faced by Career Practitioners by the nature of their work (including Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout), and how to identify symptoms. Participants will create a personalized self-care plan by working together to expand and implement evidence-based self-care strategies in the practitioner's everyday life, to increase resilience and remain healthy in their practice.

About the presenter:

  • Michael Sorsdahl is a Psychologist and founder of the Juvenation Wellness Centre in BC (Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan) a career psychologist for Canada Career Counselling, and an Instructor/Educator at several post-secondary institutions for courses in Counselling Psychology, General Studies, and Formal assessments. His professional focus is to increase personal wellness for clients and practitioners through counselling, coaching, supervision, and education.

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