Co-Presented by:

Minnesota Career Development Association &
Normandale Community College GCDF

Join us for the Virtual Spring Conference 2022

Register today for the 2022 virtual Spring Career Conference, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA) and Normandale Community College!
This year’s conference will feature nationally recognized thought leaders who will share their expertise and provide practical ideas that you can immediately apply with your clients and in your personal life.

Session 1: An Intersection: Strengthening Brain Health Through Effective Career Development

Career development and the seeking of meaningful work is such a vital part of adult life that ignoring or failing to address career concerns in counseling can be considered a failure to provide culturally appropriate services. Integration encourages practitioners to conceptualize their clients’ issues and develop intervention strategies that are both contextual and culturally accommodating. An integrative approach could enable practitioners to broaden their view of the interrelatedness of brain health and career development.

As a result of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize (comprehension) the interconnectedness of brain health and career development.
  • Identify (comprehension) an integrative model to support the skills of managing one’s career approach.
  • Apply (application) self-care and social support networks to career development services.

Amy Baus, Psy.D., CMHFAI ( ) is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, serving in the capacity of a full-time faculty member, academic advisor, and internship instructor at the University of Dubuque, where she has been employed over the past 19 years. Throughout her employment at UD, she also served as a student life administrator for 15 years. She has over 27 years of clinical experience working within the helping profession and has been a member of the American Counseling Association over this period. She became a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council of Mental Well-Being 4 years ago. Her areas of interest include but not limited to: student professional development; leading diversity and inclusive academic coursework & trainings; as well as promoting organizational psychology.

Session 2: Creating Order from Chaos: Chaos Theory of Careers

Now more than ever it’s crucial to teach clients to be flexible and adaptable. The Chaos Theory of Careers is a modern career development framework that offers hope and positivity in a chaotic world to help you meet the challenges of clients and the uncertainty of the future of work. We’ll put the current environment into perspective and provide tips you can use with your clients right away. 

As a result of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the Chaos Theory of Careers framework
  • Evaluate their own career through a Chaos Theory of Careers lens 

Jon Schlesinger is the Director of the Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis University. He writes and teaches about career development theory, data analytics, and learning outcome assessments in career services with work published in national association and peer-reviewed journals.

Jon has been at Brandeis since 2015 where he led the Hiatt Career Center to two national awards based on implementing the Chaos Theory of Careers, winning the NACE Career Services Excellence Award in 2020 and the NCDA Exemplary Career Center Award in 2019. His 2018 article Chaos Theory of Careers & Designing Your Life was selected by NCDA as Article of the Year. 

Session 3: Embracing Intentional Serendipity in the Career Search

This session introduces the Happenstance Learning Theory (HLT) (Krumboltz, Mitchell, and Levin) and explores how through being intentional and open to discovering things by accident that we can create career opportunities for ourselves and help our students/clients discover their next move.

Jim Peacock is the Principal of Peak-Careers Consulting offering a variety of professional development for career practitioners, from the Facilitating Career Development (FCD) class, online seminars, weekly career emails, monthly interviews, and workshops for career practitioners. He is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). 

He is a two-time President of Maine-CDA, 2013-2015 & 2003 – 2004. In 2007 he received the NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner Award. In 2020 he was honored to receive the Ken Hoyt Career Education Practitioner Award from NCDA. In 2020, he was also awarded the Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA) Professional Contributors award. Author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Clients Create Their Next Move.  Learn more at

Session 4: Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology to Build Resilience and Better Handle Everyday Stress

Can stress harm your productivity and effectiveness at work? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. When we feel heightened stress, our nervous systems go into that fight or flight state. In this state, our brains are foggy, and we see fewer options. This means our problem-solving abilities are compromised. On the flip side, shifting a little focus to your well-being can put you in a more calm, clear-headed, optimal place. This mind-set shift (and activation of the parasympathetic nervous system) can help you not only to be more effective during your everyday work, but also help you to be more focused, creative, and even a better teammate. Join us for a hands-on, experiential session to explore this topic and engage in some positive psychology and mindfulness-based practices to bring you back to your “best self”. What you learn can also be applied to helping your students / clients to build more resilience to better handle their own stress. 

Sabrina Woods is a Holistic Career / Life Coach & International Trainer with 20 years’ in the career services field at universities including Harvard, Northeastern and the University of London. She is also the President of the Career Counselors Consortium based in Boston. In her private practice, her joy comes from tapping holistic and mindfulness-based practices while helping people with major career transitions. Sabrina also facilitates workshops and train-the-trainer sessions ranging from the Myers Briggs to Mindfulness to Linkedin. Her workshops combine her insights, enthusiasm and infectious energy. Sessions have been taught in the US, UK and Middle East. For more info: or  

We hope you’ll attend the entire conference, but you may also register for individual sessions. Two sessions will be offered in the morning and two in the afternoon. The lunch hour will provide an opportunity for small group discussions, socializing and networking.

March 11, 2022

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$99 for the entire conference or $39 per session

CEUs will be available

9:00 – 9:15Welcome and Opening RemarksRepresentatives from MCDA and Normandale Community College
9:15 – 10:15Session 1An Intersection: Strengthening Brain Health Through Effective Career Development, Amy Baus
10:15 – 10:30Break 
10:30 – 11:30Session 2Creating Order from Chaos: Chaos Theory of Careers, Jon Schlesinger
11:30 – 12:30LunchFacilitated discussions and networking in break-out rooms
12:30 – 1:30Session 3Embracing Intentional Serendipity in the Career Search, Jim Peacock
1:30 – 1:45Break 
1:45 – 2:45Session 4Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology to Build Resilience and Better Handle Everyday Stress, Sabrina Woods
2:45 – 3:00Concluding RemarksAnnouncements, Evaluations, CEUs

Register Here!