Session descriptions and bio’s are in order of the day

10:15-12:15pm- Keynote: John Krumboltz, PhD. “Abolishing the Fear of Failure”

BIO: John D. Krumboltz has shaped the field of psychology with his contributions to behavioral and career counseling. His innovative experiments provided the initial evidence that counseling changes the behavior of clients in real life. A quiet revolutionary, his research launched the behavioral counselingjdkpictureapproach when it was least popular. His learning theory conceptualized career development as a lifelong series of learning experiences based on largely unplanned events and circumstances. This theory revolutionized the way career counselors conceptualize their work and liberated clients from the notion that they must plan their entire career in advance. He continues to promote sensible but unorthodox ideas for improving the human condition.

He received his Ph.D. in 1955 from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. For more than 50 years he has been a national and international scholar and leader in the field of counseling psychology. He has been a Professor of Educational Psychology at Stanford University since 1961 and full professor since 1966. He is described as a prolific researcher and theorist in psychology, whose work has revolutionized the field of counseling psychology. His pioneering research on career development, behavioral counseling interventions, and social learning theory in career decision-making, has had an enormous impact on the field. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications. The American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions and the Leona Tyler Award from APA’s Division 17, the highest honor given to scholarship and practice in counseling psychology, are among the many honors and awards he has received.

1:30- 2:45 pm- Session Three– Choice of Workshops

Understanding Generational Differences: Strategies for Coaching/Counseling Clients from Millennials to Traditionalists

For the first time in the history of this country there are four generations in the workforce. As career coaches/counselors, you may work with clients spanning all four generations. Each generation has specific traits and characteristics formed from the experiences of their formative years. Understanding these generational difference can help you customize your coaching/counseling approaches, and help your clients find and maintain work that truly fits their needs. This highly interactive workshop will enable you to:

  • Identify the traits and characteristics of each of the four generations.
  • Describe how generational difference can impact job seekers, as well as clients wishing to more effectively manage their jobs.
  • Describe preferred work styles for each of the generations.
  • Implement a tool to identify best fit careers/industries for clients with preferred work styles.

Presenter Bio: Leigh, founder and principal of WorkConcepts, has been a career development coach and trainer for 21 years, working with a wide range of clients. Her new area of interest is in working with people who are exploring post retirement career options, both paid and unpaid. She recently retired as Associate Professor at Lewiston Auburn College, where she taught career development courses and ran their internship program. Leigh began her career development career as a consultant with Drake Beam Morin in Philadelphia while in graduate school, working with victims of downsizing. There she conducted workshops and worked one-on-one with clients, gaining expertise in working with mid-and senior-level career changers. She enjoys working one-on-one with clients as well as doing group work, including training and facilitating support groups. Prior to entering the career development field, Leigh spent 18 years with Johnson & Johnson in sales, marketing and management positions.

Informational Interviews: Prepare Your Client for a More Meaningful Experience

In this workshop we will explore the reasons for conducting an informational interview. Emphasis will be placed on defining a client goal, selecting an appropriate candidate, conducting an informational interview and creating a plan for follow-up.

Participants taking this workshop will be able to:

  • Communicate the benefits of an informational interview to clients
  • Identify client purpose of goal for an informational interview
  • Identify an appropriate candidate for a client to interview
  • Prepare client for informational interview to meet client purpose or goal
  • Teach Client how to conduct an informational interview
  • Create action steps for client follow-up

Presenter Bio: Corey Pelletier is the Director of Alumni and Career Services at Thomas College in Waterville. Corey has 10 years of experience in higher education, in various roles in Admission, Alumni Relations and Career Services. In these roles, Corey has conducted over 1000 interviews with prospective students, employers, current students and alumni. Corey has a BS and MBA from Thomas College and lives in Clinton Maine with his wife and two children.

How the WOWI Could Revolutionize Career Assessment

What if you could guarantee every student success?  What if there was a way to help students (age 18 – 80) determine a viable career path that was the best match for their interests, abilities, and temperament?  There are multiple career assessment tools available to help in this determination process. The WOWI could become a powerful instrument for you and your organization. 

Participants taking this workshop will be able to:

  • Understand the uniqueness of the WOWI instrument
  • Identify the assumptions underlying the WOWI instrument and how it incorporates three dimensions to uncover the optimal career matches
  • Identify the possible ways that your organization could integrate the WOWI into your career development program (s)

Presenter Bio: Rosie Hartzler, founder of Rosie Works is a Partner with World Of Work Incorporated, and a Workshop Leader for the World of Work Inventory (WOWI).  The WOWI is a multi-dimensional career assessment tool that Rosie initially utilized during her tenure with the State of Maine working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  Since retiring in June 2014, Rosie has dedicated her efforts to integrating the WOWI into educational and job training programs throughout Maine and the Northeast. 

Panel Discussion:Insight into Consulting and Private Practice: Is Private Practice for You?

This panel discussion will feature members of the Association for Consulting Expertise (ACE), a non-profit association of independent consultants. ACE members promote collaborative relationships among clients and practitioners as always the way to achieve better results.

In this session participants will:

1. Determine if working independently appeals to them

2. Hear about the joys and frustrations of private practice

3. Recognise the resources available to those considering or already in private practice

Bio: The panel is made up of consultants who are now in private practice but who come from a variety of backgrounds. Their areas of practices range from HR support and strategic planning to marketing. Any of these areas may prove attractive to anyone with a career counseling background. 

Accentuating the Positive in Career Coaching

 Many clients come to us feeling stuck, de-moralized and/or impatient for change in their work lives. This workshop offers tips and tools for coaches to connect with the inner strengths and success in each of our clients to enable them to envision possibilities and plan for a clearer way ahead. The facilitator welcomes tips and tools from participants to enrich the session.

Participants taking this workshop will:

  • Share background and selected studies showing the power of positive psychology in career coaching.
  • Identify a mindset that engages clients in a positive way, helping to lift them from negativity
  • Apply tools and resources, including appreciate inquiry-based questions, to draw out client positivity.

Bio: Katherine Maloney is an experienced career coach in private practice based in Maine. Formerly, she initiated and led a corporate career initiative for a major health care insurer in Massachusetts. Through her firm, WorkPaths Consulting, Katherine engages mid-career professionals and workers in transition in coaching partnerships that are grounded in positivity, creativity and humor. She lives, sings and works on the southern Seacoast with her newly adopted Italian Greyhound Coby.


3:00-4:15pm- Session Four– Choice of Workshops

Jobs in Maine: Current Conditions, Outlooks and Tools You Can Use

In this workshop, we will examine current conditions in Maine’s labor market and changes that occurred since 20078, the onset of the “Great Recession.” We will discuss trends in Maine’s population and industries and the impact of these trends on job outlook to 2022. Finally, we will explore the Center for Workforce Research and Information website, discovering online tools and resources for career counselors, adult educators and job seekers.

Participants taking this will be able to:

1. Relate trends in Maine’s population and labor market to current conditions and job outlook.

2. Identify industries and occupations that are growing, and those that are declining.

3. Locate resources to support and inform job searches and career exploration on the Center for Workforce Research and Information website.

BIO: Ruth Pease is a Principal Economic Research Analyst at the Center for Workforce Research and Information at the Maine Department of Labor. She works on special projects,  responds to request for data and presents labor market information to groups inside and outside government. Ruth’s past and current research topics include new businesses, green jobs, livable wage, real-time job data, workers with disabilities and job vacancies. Ruth has a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

Scanner Tuning: How to Make Serendipity Work For You!

Practicing “scanner tuning” helps us to learn to see our world through new eyes. When you tune your “scanner” you scan yourself and your environment, and then use the results of your scan to intentionally filter the sort of information you look for and use to create new ideas. Suddenly opportunities emerge as if by accident. The more you practice scanner tuning, the “luckier” you get. We will use an entertaining and interactive activity to look at how past success patterns can apply to the discovery future opportunities. This exercise is readily transferable to your sessions with your clients.

At the end of the workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Utilize client’s work history to help them discover new directions for the client
  • Recognize that chaos theory and self-organizing systems can be applied to career development
  • View their careers on a time line 

Presenter Bio: Bill has focused his career on helping others maximize their potential through the hiring, coaching and career and educational decision making process. He is the author of “Chaos, Creativity and Careers, a career manual for applying chaos theory to career decision making” and also “The Career Exploration System: A curriculum designed to assist individuals with careers exploration, planning and decision making. Over his career he has worked as a guidance director, counselor educator, a grant manager, and as a consultant with Promising Futures for the past 15 year.

Branding Yourself: Making it Work for You!

In today’s interconnected world you can’t avoid your digital footprint. Personal branding- the perception of who you are and what you stand for- exists with or without your input. When    you control your brand, you can shape that perception to be consistent with your career     goals, values and ambitions. Branding is not just about hiding your online presence; it is about embracing it and building it to

work for you. This workshop will show you common tools individuals use to promote their image, and also how being multidimensional works in favor of the job seeker, business owner, or current professional who wants to transition to new work, better work, or leadership.

Participants will learn:

  • How to access multiple online sites for promoting an individual’s image
  • How to create a consistent self-image online
  • The important principals of personal branding
  • Ways to promote your personal brand offline

Presenter Bio: Jordan Bell oversees all things related to internships at Colby College, working closely with employers and students to cultivate summer, Jan-Plan, and school year opportunities through counseling, leading workshops, events and mock interviews. Also, he builds relationships with employers to identify key initiatives for students. He has worked in career development at the collegiate level since 2010, previously with graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University and undergraduates  at Bowdoin College. Jordan received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University where he majored in Television Production, and then went on to University of Pittsburgh for his M.Ed. in Higher Education Management and Student Affairs.

The “I’s” have It: Identifying and Leveraging the Strengths of Introverts in the Career Development Process

Introverts bring many natural talents and important skills to the workforce, yet working with these students/clients can be quite challenging for practitioners. This session will reveal some of the abilities and styles that introverts possess. Through discussion and activities, we will explore some strategies counselors can use to help these clients understand, embrace and apply their strengths throughout all stages of their career and professional development.

The primary goal of this program is to allow participants to gain a better understanding of the nature and strengths of introvert clients. Drawing from some recent literature including Quiet, by Susan Cain (2012), the presenters will introduce and discuss the aspects, strengths, misperceptions and stories of introversion.

Participants in this workshop will be able to

  • Better understand the nature of introversion
  • Identify Introverted strengths and skills
  • Assist Introverted clients in leveraging their skills in their career development

Presenter Bios:
Michael Wisnewski is the Director of Career Development at Salve Regina University and has over 18 years of career services experience in higher education including MBTA Level 1 certification.

James Westhoff is the Director of Career Services at Husson University in Bangor and has nearly 20 years of experience as a career practitioner in higher education and state workforce development.


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