GCDF Annual Conference 2021

By Normandale Community College - Continuing Education

GCDF Annual Conference - Transformative Tuesdays

Transformative Tuesdays, a new format for the annual spring conference, hosted in partnership between Normandale Community College and the Minnesota Career Development Association.

This past year has been one of transformation and transition for us all. To accommodate the many changes in work, life, and our world, we’re centering this spring’s professional development with the theme: "Transforming ourselves and those we serve, while learning to thrive through personal and professional transition."

Instead of a traditional full-day format, these virtual sessions will be:

  • Offered in 90-minute sessions, once a week on four consecutive Tuesdays
  • Available to register for the full series, or simply choose one
  • Contact Hours will be awarded
  • Recordings will be available for those who cannot attend live sessions
  • This conference is intended for career development professionals (GCDF, CCSP, career navigators, counselors, etc.)
  • If your employer has authorized payment for this class(es), please have them fill out this training authorization form and email it to amy.ratajczak@normandale.edu

There are 4 sessions in the Thriving Through Transitions Series

Session 1: Thriving While Cultivating an Improvisational Attitude
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 9:30am - 11:00am - Virtual Zoom

Michelle Hutchinson utilizes the skill of improvisation as participants learn the importance of building trust and competency as they go outside of the daily norm and experience how to be in the moment, listen to each other, work together, and trust the outcome. This 90-minute improvisational workshop will guide the participant through a series of improvisational exercises crafted to break down barriers of communication, build awareness of individual strengths, develop new tools to improve work/life flow, see potential in perceived conflicts, open up new avenues of thinking, abolish blocks and negative outcomes, boost morale, and develop a nimble and fresh outlook.

Session 2: Thriving as We Listen and Learn from the Stories of Others
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm - Virtual Zoom

Kevin Kling is a storyteller and playwright who was born with a shorter left arm, four fingers and no thumb. His life changed dramatically in 2001 when, at age 44, a motorcycle accident took the use of his right arm. Looking at life as a story has helped him to heal and to create a path of ongoing employment that includes helping others to find and hone their own stories. In developing a writing practice using several writing and meditative exercises, Kevin was able to identify patterns, find direction, and gain new footing in his professional life. Participants will be led through these exercises individually, then regroup for questions and processing.

Session 3: Thriving through Culturally Specific Coaching
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 9:30am - 11:00am

This session seeks to transform your coaching practice into a culturally responsive environment for your diverse client. Through collaborative inquiry, this session will work towards a clear description of cultural responsiveness, the value of personal narrative, building trust in cross-cultural partnerships between coach and client, and a neuroscience-based approach to developing new skill-sets.

Session 4: Thriving through Stress – Embracing the Power of a Growth Mindset
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm - Virtual Zoom

Our thoughts have incredible power over our actions, next steps, and our futures. The great news is we can develop a growth mindset so we achieve our goal and inspire others to achieve theirs. Participants will learn how our brains are wired and how we can rewire the brain through awareness, practice, and targeted exercises. Participants will gain practical tips and tricks they can begin to use with clients and also personally. We all experience stress. A growth mindset helps us move through stress to success.

You can enroll in the Transformative Tuesdays which includes 4 sessions for $99 or individual session for $39.

In partnership between Normandale Continuing Education and MCDA   In partnership between Normandale Continuing Education and MCDA