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.

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