Spring Conference

May 12, 2017
East Los Angeles College

Get an Early Bird discount by registering by March 15, 2017.

The landscape of career counseling is changing in order to meet the needs of rapidly changing technology that is impacting how people communicate, process information, and ultimately live. We are in what is called the information age and a global economy. Further, the current climate in the United States does not appear to be one of inclusivity and opportunity unless you are wealthy.

Postmodern career counseling attempts to include groups who have traditionally been excluded from the discourse. What are you doing in your work that addresses the challenges of career counseling in the 21st century? How is your work making an impact? What is innovative about your approach or work that meets the needs of various populations in 2017?

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8:00 am

Registration, Exhibits  & Networking  (MPR, F5-201)

9:00 am

Welcome – President’s Message  (MPR, F5-201)

Dr. Yamonte Cooper, President, California Career Development Association

9:15 am

Opening Keynote (MPR, F5-201)

Promoting Diversity and Dignity through Work

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Daryl Rowe

10:00 am

Break, Exhibits & Networking  (MPR, F5-201)

10:15 am

Session I: Choose one workshop

Multimedia Career Development and Decision Making (E3-308)

Presenters- Sherilyn Ashena, Nyla Dalferes, and Stephanie Castro, CSUN Career Center

Integrating Career Services throughout a University Paradigm (E3-325)

Presenter- Debra Culbertson, Director of Career Services and Student Success JP Catholic University

Skills to Careers: Leverage Strengths for Career Discovery (E3-331)

Presenter- Lesah Beckhusen, President/Consultant, Skillscan

11:30am – 12:45 pm

Lunch, Exhibits & Networking (MPR, F5-201)

1:00 pm

Session II: Choose one workshop

Facebook Live Streaming for Career Development Workshops (E3-308)

Presenter- Paolo Varquez, Career Services Coordinator at Coastline Community College


Career Readiness through Work-Based Learning: Tech Tools for Students, Educators & Employers (E3-325)

Presenter- Tim Aldinger, Director of Workforce Development, Foundation for California Community Colleges

Self-Discovery: The Impact of Meaningful Major Selection on Student Success (E3-331)

Presenter- Lauren Maki, Counselor, Rio Hondo

2:15 pm

Break, Exhibits & Networking (MPR, F5-201)

2:30 pm

Afternoon Keynote (MPR, F5-201)

Bringing in Justice Wherever We Can: Working with Career Counseling Challenges in Today's Current Climate

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Theo Burnes

3:15 pm

Closing Comments & Raffle Prizes (MPR, F5-201)

4:00 pm

Conference Ends

Keynote Speaker Dr. Theodore Burnes

Dr. Theo Burnes is currently a licensed psychologist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California who carries multiple professional appointments in the areas of service delivery, teaching, training, and consulting.

As an educator and trainer, Theo has received numerous awards for teaching and professional service in the training of service providers and has received extensive training on college and university teaching through his doctoral specialty at UC-Santa Barbara. His central teaching pedagogy involves helping providers of psychological and consulting services to engage in exercises to increase their knowledge, attitudes, and skills to be competent in multicultural work spaces. Theo has worked primarily with young adults and adults in clinical practice, working at three different university counseling centers and in community mental health with clients who are marginalized in the U.S. based on their sociocultural identities. He has also served as an administrator and interim director for a community mental health agency focused on services for the LGBT community and communities living with HIV/AIDS.

As a consultant, Theo has worked extensively on projects related to leadership, systemic change, and group dynamics. Areas of expertise include generational differences in the workplace; developmental approaches to management and mentoring; group process and group dynamic improvement.

Specialties: Underserved labor markets/clients from marginalized communities; community mental health and human potential; social justice and leadership for systemic change agents; consultation and program design, implementation, and evaluation; workplace effectiveness; group dynamics, group counseling and group process; human services provider education and training/teaching pedagogy; generational differences in employee engagement and work process.

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Daryl M. Rowe

Dr. Daryl M. Rowe is a licensed psychologist and Professor of Psychology - teaching in both the doctoral and master’s programs in clinical psychology - at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology of Pepperdine University. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton Institute in psychology and completed his Masters and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Rowe has published on topics such as African-centered theory, treatment and training, inter-ethnic and marital relations, cultural competence, and religious leadership and diversity; and has presented at professional organizations, nationally and internationally.

His scholarly work has appeared in a number of journals, including the Journal of Ethnic And Cultural Diversity in Social Work, Journal of Pan-African Studies, Drugs & Society, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, and he has written book chapters on a variety of topics related to psychological interventions and clinical training with persons of African ancestry.

He served as President of the Association of Black Psychologists from July 2013-15. He is the former National Chair of The African Psychology Institute, the training arm of the Association, where he coordinated the development of a comprehensive curriculum for African Psychology. He has been working closely with the Community Healing Network, developing a community empowerment program, entitled Emotional Emancipation: Defying the Lie of Black Inferiority and Embracing the Truth of Black Humanity.

He was a founding member and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of African-centered Interventions (ISAI) developing treatment, research and training models for working with African American populations in Los Angeles, California. He served as the Chair of The African Psychology Institute for a number of years, working to insure the institutionalization of African-centered psychology into the structure of the Association, and was the recipient of the Howard A. White Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence, from Pepperdine University in 2004.

As a psychotherapist and consultant, Dr. Rowe maintains a small private practice emphasizing the psychological and communal needs of persons of various cultural backgrounds, with special focus on marital and family relationships.

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