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Maine Career Development Association

MCDA Fall Workshop 2021

Due to unknowns and fluctuating plans with the delta variant of COVID-19, this event will only be held online
instead of in-person as hoped. We hope to resume in-person events in the future!

The Practice of Hope-Action Theory: Keys to Intervention Success

Date: Friday, October 1st, 2021
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm via Zoom
(two blocks with 1.5 hr break in between - please see schedule below)


Dr. Spencer ("Skip") G. Niles, Ed.D, LPC, NCC

Professor of counselor education/former Dean of the School of Education at The College of William
& Mary School and past-President of the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

About the Speaker:

Spencer G. Niles is a professor of counselor education and co-director of the Thrive Research and Intervention Center at The College of William & Mary School, where he also served as the former Dean of the School of Education from 2013-2020. He is a past-President of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), where he received the organization's Eminent Career Award.

Previously, he was Distinguished Professor and Department Head at Penn State (where he also developed a CACREP-accredited career counseling program). Before joining the faculty at Penn State, he was a professor at the University of Virginia for 13 years, including serving as assistant dean for the Curry School of Education. Additionally, Niles has directed a career counseling center for adults, worked as a career counselor in higher education, maintained a private practice focusing on career counseling, and served as a career counselor for middle school and high school students.

He has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Finland and taught in over 25 countries. Dr. Niles serves on the editorial boards of six national and international journals and is the past Editor of The Career Development Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling & Development. He has published more than 140 publications and delivered over 150 presentations focusing on career development theory and practice. Among his authored or co-authored books is the best-selling textbook in career counseling and development internationally, Career Development Interventions, published by Pearson, as well as a book on counseling at the global level, Counseling around the world: An international handbook.


Research using Hope-Action Theory (HAT) with marginalized clients provides substantial evidence of the effectiveness of this approach. In this presentation, Dr. Spencer (“Skip”) Niles will introduce Hope-Action Theory and provide specific examples for translating theory to practice with clients and students. An illustrative case study will be used to demonstrate the uniqueness of HAT, including how to use the Hope-Action Inventory in career intervention. Dr. Niles will also review seven keys to intervention success.

Learning Outcomes: 
As a result of participating in this workshop you will:

  1.  Learn about Hope-Action Theory and how it can be a useful intervention with clients/students

  2.  Receive an online code to the Hope-Action Inventory (prior to workshop) in order to take the inventory

  3.  Process the Hope-Action Inventory and learn the seven Hope-Action competencies

  4.  Receive access to a video recording of a live session with a career practitioner and client and observe the
     use of Hope-Action Theory in action

  5.  Receive handouts and materials on Hope-Action Theory to support you in your work as a career

  6.  Learn how to assess your effectiveness with your clients/students


  • 9:00-11:00am - Keynote/Q&A and Processing of the Hope-Action Theory

  • 11:00am-12:30pm - Break

  • 12:30-2:30pm - Interactive training and activities on use of Hope-Action competencies as a career intervention for career practitioners

(includes both sessions):

  • Current Members: $40
  • Lapsed Members/Non-Members: $60*
  • Regional CDA Members: $40**
  • Graduate Students: $30

*Members whose memberships have lapsed can renew their 2021-2022 membership by registering as a Lapsed Member/Non-Member. The membership fee ($20) will automatically be included in the registration cost. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Haley Brown below.

**For members of other regional career development associations, please e-mail Haley Brown to verify your membership after registration.

This program is eligible for 4 NBCC clock hours through the Maine Counseling Association, an ACEP provider.

  • NBCC Program Information:
    • NBCC Category 1 Presenter
    • NBCC Program Content Area 5. Career Development and Counseling

This program is also eligible for 4 clock hours through NCDA for those who hold NCDA credentials.

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