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!


NDCA Conference

It was wonderful to see so many Vermont and New Hampshire Career Development Professionals at the NCDA Conference. The investment in our own professional development for a few days was refreshing and rewarding. Professional development shouldn’t end there. We are looking for ways to ways to engage with all of you, and to create pathways for you to engage with each other. I hope that you will participate this short Needs Assessment, so we can identify how best to support your professional development.

I would like to thank Doug Cullen, now Past-President, for all his work to launch the first Bi-State CDA in the country and for all the networking and ground work he has done for getting the VT / NH CDA started. Doug transitioned to his new role in June and I am happy to be serving as the President for the next year. A special thank you needs to also go out to Angela Bourassa, our new Treasurer and Lydia Eaton, our new President-Elect, for their enthusiasm in taking on those roles and the wonderful ideas they bring to the table.   Please let us know if you are interested in joining our team or one of our committees.

If you know a person or organization doing excellent work in the field of Career Development, please let us know. NDCA is hosting 12 awards which are listed in the award form, click to learn more. If you are not an NCDA member, let us know and we’ll see how we can nominate leveraging our NCDA membership.

All the best for the upcoming academic year,
Squeak Stone
President, VT/ NH CDA