Session 4:
The Global Career Development Facilitator - Quality Career Guidance Services

Name/title of Presenters:
Don Howard, Regional Director, Louisiana & Arkansas, Troops to Teachers Program; Shawn O’Brien, Vice President, Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE)

Description of training session:
In the global economy that exists today, individuals are making complex career choices more often. In response to the current career development needs of individuals, a variety of career resources and services are available. These resources and services are designed to help individuals to make informed educational and occupational choices through self awareness, opportunity awareness, decision learning, and transition learning. In an effort to improve the quality of career guidance services, attention is being focused on the training and credentialing of practitioners. One specific initiative intended to improve the quality of career guidance services is the Global Career Development Facilitator Certification.

Global Career Development Facilitators (GCDFs) assist, or provide leadership, in designing, delivering, and evaluating the career guidance services individuals need to make informed educational and occupational choices over the life-span. Promoting self awareness, opportunity awareness, decision learning, and transition learning enhances individuals' informed career choices. A GCDF typically works as part of a team of practitioners, or as an independent practitioner when necessary, to deliver quality career guidance services in a variety of settings.

As the number and type of practitioners have grown, a variety of practitioner competencies have emerged related to the design, delivery, and evaluation of career services. The GCDF competencies represent one of the currently available competency statements for career guidance practitioners.

The GCDF competencies include:

Learning Objectives:

Outcome measures:
Participants will complete a survey indicating level of increased knowledge and relevance of application.

Practical application:
This workshop will provide attendees with an abridged version of the GCDF training that is customized for military educators and Educational Military Officers, and that can lead to the certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator.