Conference Sessions and Format

Maine Career Development Association Annual June Conference
Critical Crossroads for the Future
June 20, 2005

Keynote Speaker:

Spencer G. Niles, Ed. D, LPC, NCC
Past-President, National Career Development Association (2003-2004), Editor of The Career Development Quarterly (1998-2003), American Counseling Association Extended Research Award (2004), Fellow of the National Career Development Association, American Counseling Association David Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award (2003), Honorary Member, Japanese Career Development Association (2003), Lifetime Honorary Membership, Ohio Career Development Association (2003), President of the Pennsylvania Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (2001-2002), University of British Columbia Noted Scholar Award (2001), President of the Virginia Career Development Association (1993·1995), visiting scholar at several international universities, author or co-author of over 75 publications, delivered over 75 presentations at international, national and regional conferences, served in a variety of administrative and leadership positions, current member of five editorial boards, grant writing experience. Professor of Counselor Education, Penn State University.


Conference Agenda

8:30 – 9:15

Check-in and Networking







Keynote · Career Counselors Confront Critical Crossroads for the Future


Speaker: Spencer ·Skip· Niles

The current challenges confronting career counselors require increased discourse regarding career counseling models. Some authors have initiated this discourse, but more participants are needed. The need also exists to communicate more aggressively the special expertise that career counselors bring to their work. As career counselors construct contemporary intervention models, they will need to engage in action research to demonstrate their accountability and to document that their services are effective. Career counselors can embrace these activities by building on past practices to construct a vision for the future.

11:45 – 1:15

Lunch, Networking & Business Meeting (Review By-Laws)

1:15 – 2:30

Concurrent Session I


Career Development in the Rural Setting: Joys, Challenges, Needs
Deborah Drew, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Univ. of Southern Maine



Rural settings present unique challenges to counselors who work with career development. This workshop will present some of those challenges and needs as discovered in a qualitative study of rural counselors across the U.S. The workshop will offer an opportunity for those who work with career issues to discuss the joys, challenges, and issues of career development in rural settings and to examine their needs for preparation and support for their work


Internships for College Students
Bill Schissler, Director of Career Services, Thomas College
Charles Morris, Senior Research Associate, Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy



This workshop will provide an overview of college internships. Topics covered will include: advantages to students, faculty and business perspectives.


New ASVAB Career Prep and Future Directions
Jim Burnell, Education Services Specialist, ASVAB Career Prep Program



This workshop will be a hands-on expedition into the comprehensive ASVAB career exploration program. New tools and utilities will be unveiled as we engage in both classroom and internet composites of this free career prep program developed specifically for our Maine and New Hampshire schools.


Career Counselors in Private Practice
Joan Gramer



A brief overview of what to consider when starting your own business.

2:30 – 2:45


2:30 – 4:00

Concurrent Session II



Career Counseling for the Life Structure: Using the Super Approach
Skip Niles, Keynote speaker



Increasingly, career counselors help clients consider how they construct the basic roles of living into a life that they want to live. This approach requires a holistic conceptualization of career development that is sensitive to life as people live it. Treating work in isolation from other life roles creates a false scenario that doesn·t serve clients well. This workshop will expose participants to strategies for life structure career counseling based on Donald Super·s work.



K-12 Career Preparation
Lora Downing, Service Learning and Career Preparation Specialist, Maine Department of Education



This session will be an update on the status of Career Preparation as a Content Area of the Maine Learning Results, the Maine Learning Results review process and the timelines for implementation of assessment for Career Preparation. In addition, there will be a brief discussion of the variety of ways this Content Area is being implemented in school systems K-12.



Clients in Transition · Sorting Through Resources and Services in Maine ·
Janet Etzel, Private Career Counselor
Richard Paiva, Regional Coordinator/Career Counselor, Second Start, Inc.



Do you ever wonder if you have turned over every rock when it comes to locating resources for your clients and students? Once upon a time in Maine, there lived a program called HERO that offered a toll free hotline and a mobile information center for teachers, counselors, individuals and families regarding careers, education, small business and financial aid. This workshop builds on the work started in HERO and updates it for 2005. Participants will be given an overview of Maine resources and the opportunity to share and compare resources through a small group exercise.



MBTI Presentation Sharing
Mariah E. Gaughan, Cordinator, Gorham Career Services, Univ. of Southern Maine



Looking to share new & creative MBTI exercises? Large groups, small groups, one-on-one? Bring your best and join us for a facilitated sharing of ideas.

Contact Hours
Conference attendees will receive a certificate of attendance indicating 5.5 hours of professional development.

Thank you to our Conference sponsors:

Directions to Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine

  • From South (Portland): Take I-95 North to Exit 132. Turn right, KVCC entrance is the second left.
  • From North (Bangor): Take I-95 South to Exit 132. Turn left, KVCC entrance is the second left after the overpass.
  • From North (Skowhegan): Take Route 201 South until it meets Route 139. Turn right on Route 139 (Western Avenue). KVCC is approximately one mile on the right.
  • From East (Belfast): Take Route 139 west until it meets Route 201. Turn right on 201. Turn left onto Route 139 (Western Avenue). KVCC is approximately one mile on the right.
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