The National Career Development Association (NCDA) recently instituted new designations for its members. These designations include Master Career Counselor, Career Counselor, Master Career Specialist, Career Specialist, and Scholars. The first 4 designations require 30 hours of continuing education every five years to maintain the designation.
Where can you get those hours of continuing education? NCDA offers conferences, workshops, and webinars to assist in accumulating those hours.
CEUonestop.com, an award winning professional development site, was created to provide high quality, low hassle professional development to satisfy the requirements of various certifications in career development.
Recently the online courses http://ceuonestop.com/wp/courses/ from CEUonestop.com were compared to the NCDA Career Counseling Competencies http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sd/news_article/37798/_self/layout_ccmsearch/true.
In brief, the competencies include:
- Career Development Theory: Theory base and knowledge considered essential for professionals engaging in career counseling and development.
- Individual and Group Counseling Skills: Individual and group counseling competencies considered essential for effective career counseling.
- Individual/Group Assessment: Individual/group assessment skills considered essential for professionals engaging in career counseling.
- Information/Resources: Information/resource base and knowledge essential for professionals engaging in career counseling.
- Program Promotion, Management and Implementation: Skills necessary to develop, plan, implement, and manage comprehensive career development programs in a variety of settings.
- Coaching, Consultation, and Performance Improvement: Knowledge and skills considered essential in enabling individuals and organizations to impact effectively upon the career counseling and development process.
- Diverse Populations: Knowledge and skills considered essential in providing career counseling and development processes to diverse populations.
- Supervision: Knowledge and skills considered essential in critically evaluating counselor performance, maintaining and improving professional skills, and seeking assistance for others when needed in career counseling.
- Ethical/Legal Issues: Information base and knowledge essential for the ethical and legal practice of career counseling.
- Research/Evaluation: Knowledge and skills considered essential in understanding and conducting research and evaluation in career counseling and development.
- Technology: Knowledge and skills considered essential in using technology to assist individuals with career planning.
The chart below shows the crosswalk between the online courses and the NCDA competencies.
When acquiring your continuing education credits, you can refer to this chart to be sure your continuing education relates to NCDA’s counselor competencies.
CEUonestop also has webinars that relate to the competencies as well. www.ceuonestop.com/wp/webinars. These offerings change frequently.
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