Colorado Career 
   Development Association

Spring Training 2023

We're Back! Career, Community & Connection In Person

Friday, April 14, 2023 • 8:30am – 3:30pm • Front Range Community College - Boulder County Campus

This year's spring training is a special one as it will be the first in-person CCDA event since 2019. We cannot wait to gather from across the state, catch up with friends we haven't seen face-to-face in years, and make new connections! As much as we've all been deeply thankful that virtual events have been an option, there's a connectedness that's simply not as attainable across the Zoom screen and we're thrilled to experience it again.

We would love to see you for a day to connect, learn together from three experts in their fields, and sharpen and encourage one another as fellow career practitioners in Colorado!


Special early bird pricing through March 27, 2023!

Training Schedule

Full schedule and details coming soon!

Career Choice & Change: New Models for the Future of Work

Keynote Session & Workshop

Recent research from Dell indicates that 80% of the jobs available in 2030 have not been invented yet. New ways of working, novel career options, and rapid technology adoption demand an evolution of proven career tools to serve clients better today and help them plan careers for a largely unknown future.

In this data-driven keynote, we'll uncover the forces behind these shifts, including technology, and predictions we can use to better guide clients in career planning today and beyond. We'll also look at new research guiding corporate programs in purposeful work and skills-based hiring that we can use as models to adapt the traditional career development frameworks.

During the hands-on workshop, participants will have an opportunity to experience and integrate practical tools they can use with clients tomorrow to figure out their next career step while setting a foundation to adapt in a fast-changing future. Together, we'll explore tools to guide career choice, enable career change without starting over, evaluate trending remote and freelance work options, bring structure aligned with neuroscience to goal setting, and tap into the power of positive psychology to manage constant change in our future careers.

Marie Zimenoff, M.Ed.
CEO, Career Thought Leaders Consortium & Resume Writing Academy

Marie Zimenoff knows career services have the power to change lives. She began her career as an advisor and recruiter in higher education while completing her M.Ed. in Human Resource Studies and Career & Counseling Development. In 2008—the peak of the Great Recession—Marie left the university to start her business. Inspired by a passion for making a difference in the industry, as CEO of Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy, she trains career professionals around the globe in resume writing, career coaching, and business development. She has delivered hundreds of career and leadership development programs, designed curricula, and provided staff training in workforce, corrections, university, community college, and business environments. She has been quoted in Forbes, Fast Company, Dice, Yahoo!, MarketWatch, and other regional and national news outlets on careers topics and hosts a weekly radio show, The Career Confidante, on VoiceAmerica radio.

Critical Race Theory & Its Implications for Counseling and Counselor Education

Keynote Session

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a buzzword and highly politicized. The teaching of CRT has been attacked and banned via legislation in P12 and Higher Education settings. The purpose of this workshop is to explain CRT’s origins, what CRT is, how it relates to government structures, where it is taught, how it relates to Counseling and Counselor Education.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history of CRT
  • Understand what CRT is and what it is not
  • Understand the legal and ethical implications of CRT
  • Understand how it impacts the counseling profession in general and in various settings
  • Understand how it impacts counselor education and supervision

David Julius Ford, Jr., Ph.D., LCMHC (NC), LPC (VA, NJ), NCC, ACS
Board Trustee, NCDA · Department Chair & Associate Professor, Monmouth University

David Julius Ford, Jr., holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Wake Forest University. In May 2014, he earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Old Dominion University. Dr. Ford is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and New Jersey. He is a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Ford taught for four years at James Madison University and is now a Tenured Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University, where he is in his fifth-year teaching. He is Past-President of the New Jersey Counseling Association. He is the Co-Chair of the Branch Development Committee of the American Counseling Association, a member of the Black Male Experience Task Force of the American Counseling Association, the Board Trustee for Counselor Education and Research for the National Career Development Association, a division of the American Counseling Association. He is the North Atlantic Region Representative to the ACA Governing Council and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Ford sits on the Board of Trustees of the Brookdale Community College Foundation and on the Inspiring Life Board of Directors.

Dr. Ford’s professional interests are Black Greek life; multicultural issues; college students; Black men in higher education; career counseling; addictions counseling; supervision; group work; qualitative research; queer and trans BIPOC; Intersectionality; and persons living with HIV/AIDS. He has experience as an instructor for undergraduate human services courses and has taught graduate courses in counseling skills, multicultural counseling, career counseling, testing and assessment, clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, practicum supervision, lifespan development, and group counseling. He has also taught a doctoral-level dissertation course and a doctoral-level course in grant-writing and program evaluation and advanced theories. He is one of 24 inaugural doctoral fellows of the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program. He is the 2020 recipient of the AMCD Samuel H. Johnson Distinguished Service Award and the 2020 ACES Outstanding Counselor Education and Supervision Article Award. Dr. Ford is a classically trained pianist and is a proud, active, and financial member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. As an undergraduate, he had the privilege of taking a class taught by the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Ford currently lives in Ocean, New Jersey.

Lauren K. Jones · State of the Profession Session

Lauren K. Jones, NCC, CSCDA
Program Director, Career & Technical Education in Colorado/Community College System

Lauren K. Jones will provide updates about career coaching efforts being made by the state of Colorado—and how they could benefit the demographics we serve.

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