Winter 2019 Newsletter

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Happy New Year from the VT/NH Career Development Association!

What is your hope for 2019? Is it gaining solutions to the issues you are presented with by the clients or students you serve? Are you best equipped to deal with those challenges? Well, you don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help!

Although surrounded by a winter wonderland, it may be isolating at times, but I am pleased to say that efforts are being made to strongly collaborate with our sister CDAs in New England! We are fortunate to be accessible to multiple talent in the New England area that can collectively offer more opportunities for professional development, collaboration and networking. Together we can and we will. Details will be shared as soon as they become available. Start by penciling in May 22 & 23rd on your calendars as a “potential” dual state conference dates with our old friends at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (

Looking for more? Look no further, for it’s time to register for the 2019 NCDA Global Conference June 27-29 in Houston, TX! This year’s theme: Creating Career Interventions to Break Barriers: Empowering Lives and Achieving Equity. Click here for details:

I hope to see you there!

The NCDA also offers wonderful credentialing opportunities to serve the needs across all disciplines in career development. For more information click on this link:

As always, we want to hear from you about the PD you find to be most relevant. We can not service the needs that we are unaware of. What’s on your mind?  Perhaps you are interested in taking on a leadership role? If you are, let me know at  Until then, mark your calendars, set your goals and let’s make 2019 an extraordinary year together!


Angela Bourassa

VT/NH CDA President


Fall 2018 Newsletter

Angela Bourassa Current VT/NH CDA President

Hello and welcome to the VT/NH Division of the Career Development Association, NCDA’s first and only dual-state CDA in the nation.

We are excited to announce that since our inception as a state division at the global NCDA conference in Chicago, IL in 2016, we have quadrupled our membership! If you haven’t done so already, please join us and become a member of our dynamic organization of professionals that spans across two states We welcome your expertise, as we provide you an opportunity to network locally, nationally and internationally while informing you of current affairs within career development across all sectors: K-12, higher education, public and private agencies, private practices, and business and industry.

The NCDA is offering opportunities for professionals to acquire nationally recognized credentials. Navigate to their award winning website to see what credential training is offered in your sector at:

Please note: If career development practitioners have their CDF or GCDF, they should contact NCDA immediately to understand how to ‘grandfather’ their existing credential towards the new CSSP credential BY DECEMBER 31, 2018. After that date, the CSSP credential will need to be acquired without consideration of having a their GCDF.

Locally, we are offering an opportunity for Facilitating Career Development (FCD) Training that will take place on November 19th. Details for this event can be found  under our events tab:

The leadership team ( is in the process of considering topics for future professional development. Do you have a need, a question or an area that you would like to further develop? Email us at:

Looking forward to an exciting year ahead! Enjoy the beautiful fall season.


Angela Bourassa

VT/NH CDA President


As we transition from Winter to Spring, it is important to examine how we support the transitions of others, as well as look at the larger transitions in our own professional  work. I recently went though large transition, from 15 years in higher education to a position helping those in recovery find work. Transitions can be challenging but ultimately, they help us to grow. Please join us to celebrate Transitions at our First Annual Conference for your professional development.

Transitions: VT/NH CDA First Annual Conference
Friday, April 13, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Keene State College-Madison Room, 229 Main Street Keene, NH 03431

  • Julie Heinz, Senior Advisor at Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative at Civic Nation,  will speak about her work and Transitions
  • James Westhoff, NCDA Credentialing
  • Ed Colozzi, Career Development and Counseling Services & President of the the Massachusetts CDA – Transitions
  • Drew McDowell – Director of Adult Education/Assistant Director at Windham Regional Career Center – Workforce technologies and expanding the post-Secondary landscape
  • Breakfast and Lunch included  See VT/NHCDA Website for more details

Conference Rates

Early Bird rate for members – On or before March 30th $50
Early Bird rate for  non members- includes membership – On or before March 30th $75
Regular rate for members – After March 30th $65
Regular rate for non members- includes membership – After March 30th $90
Student Rate – Non-Member $35

ALSO Friday, April 20, 2018

Location: Concord, New Hampshire

Sponsored by the NHCUC Career Professionals Committee

This daylong event features the two workshops with Jim Peacock described below and will include morning refreshments and lunch.

Questions?  Contact Sue Posluszny

or Stephanie Lesperance


Participants will gain an understanding of the transitions that our students and clients go through using Schlossberg’s Transition theory of Situation, Self, Support, Strategies (4 S’s) and what you can do to assist a “stuck” client. Two activities include using a Change and Choice Wheel to help clients “see” their changes and choices. As career counselors and coaches, we can then guide action plan development.


In a perfect world, assessments can assist a client in choosing an occupation. But, the chaos of life often complicates things for all of us.  This workshop will look at what we can do to help a person “Plan” their “Happenstance” or what I call “intentional serendipity”. Learn how to help students create unplanned events and to look at career exploration as an opportunity to discover new occupations.  Discover ways you can use intentional serendipity in your daily work. Based upon the Happenstance Learning Theory.

Jim is the Principal of Peak-Careers Consulting,

offering workshops and online seminars for career professionals, as well as career coaching. His background includes twelve years’ experience as the Director of the Advising & Career Center at a community college, twelve years’ experience as a high school counselor, and he has worked in the Colby College Career Center and at Bates College Career Center on part-time contracts.

He is a nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor and has taught the CDF class annually since 2000. In 2007 he received the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from National Career Development Association (NCDA). Jim is a two-time Past President of Maine Career Development 2013-2015 & 2003 – 2004.

December is Here

December is a time of reflection and planning for new beginnings. This topic aligned nicely with The Maine CDA workshop in November.  It was a wonderful presentation by Carol Vecchio’s on The Time Between Dreams. Thank you Maine CDA for inviting us.
We have a new VT / NH CDA website! Please visit the site and let us know if you have any articles, affiliations, or events you’d like us to share. We want this site to be for you and about you, so let us share your content.

  • Save the date: April 13, 2018 for the First Official VT/NH CDA  Conference / Workshop. More details to come.
  • April 20th the  NHCUC Career Professionals Committee is hosting a two workshop day-long event on Transition Theory in Practice and Career Advising Using Intentional Serendipity with presenter Jim Peacock
  • We now have a PayPal account set up for anyone who wants to join the VT / NH CDA online, see our membership page.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
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November is Career Development Month

  • On Friday, November 3rd  our colleagues at the Maine Career Development Association are hosting Carol Vecchio, author of the book The Time Between Dreams: How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Life and Work at Bates College, Lewiston, ME from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Discover how to clear the fog hovering around change so you can listen, understand, and manage your own transitions as well as support the shifts of those with whom you live and work. Registration can be found at:
  • Facilitating Career Development (FCD) class with Jim Peacock, at Dartmouth College starting in December. This course was developed by the National Career Development Association over 20 years ago for anyone who provides career services. Completion of this class is the first step towards two nationally recognized career certifications. (CCSP and GCDF). Register now!
  • Work in Progress, For those of your who want to become members of the VT/NH CDA, we are working to add a Pay Pal account to our website, for those of you who’d like to join and pay online. Coming soon!