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  • 17 Nov 2019 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    NCDA Poster and Poetry Contest

    OCDA will be accepting submissions for the NCDA Poster and Poetry Contest for anyone who would like to submit through our organization. The deadline to submit through OCDA is Friday, December 13th 2019 in order for us to be able to turn them in on time.

    Please see the requirements for both poetry and posters here.

    *ENTRY FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED WITH EACH ENTRY.*

    Entries can either be scanned and emailed to Felicia Johnson at fjohnson@kent.edu or mailed to her at the following address:

    Felicia Johnson

    P.O. Box 5190

    Kent, OH 44242-0001



  • 15 Nov 2019 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    This year, OCDA had the pleasure of giving away two $250 grants to be used for professional development!

    One of our winners was Dr. Ana C. Berrios Allison, LPC. She is currently an Assessment Specialist and Career Counselor at The Ohio State University as well as Adjunct Faculty  member within the Counselor Education Program at The Ohio State University.

    Allison used the full $250 grant to attend AOCC 2019 where she and a co-presenter presented, “Lets ACT: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Career Counseling and Decision Making." Her presentation promoted a greater understanding of the meaning of work and vocation because of ACT's main goal of increasing "psychological flexibility" in decision-making. The presentation highlighted the value-added that ACT has on fostering career development over the life span, and they taught the application of ACT to decision-making, including acceptance of decision constraints, defusion from conceptualized career identities, and commitment to valued actions and meaningful work. Moreover, the AOCC presentation also improved the standards of professional service due to their demonstration, through a specific case scenario, of the integration of an evidence-based approach to career counseling. Both school counselors and clinicians in the state of Ohio learned how to use ACT with their clients to increase the psychological flexibility much needed to make meaningful vocational decisions with clear consequences to their personal and occupational identities.


  • 29 Oct 2019 5:49 PM | Anonymous

    Members of our executive board had an excellent time at last week's NCDA CPI! If you were there too, we would love to see pictures of your experience! Email ohiocda@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on our website!

    Pictured (left to right): Bethani Burkhart, Chelsea Francis, Leigh Eskin Mascolino, and Felicia Johnson.

  • 27 Sep 2019 5:26 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who came out to our Coffee Chats yesterday! We had a great time and hope you all did as well! Coffee chats took place in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton this time! Keep an eye out for our upcoming Coffee Chats in the Spring!


    Here is a picture from our Cleveland coffee chat:


  • 1 Jun 2018 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    At the 2018 Annual OCDA Conference, we had the pleasure of honoring three award winners. 

    Outstanding Graduate Student Award Winner: McKenna Koewler


    Outstanding New Professional Award Winner: Natalie Fox

    Bob Windle Leadership Award Winner: Ryan Wilhelm


  • 19 Feb 2018 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    Allison Jones was announced as the recipient of 2017 The Bob Windle Leadership Career Award at the OCDA Annual Conference on May 19 at The Ohio State University (OSU).  Currently, Allison serves as the Director of Career Management and Corporate Relations for the Fisher College of Business at OSU.  Her dedication to OCDA, leadership, and commitment to enhancing our field makes her an ideal recipient for this honor.  Allison is known for continuously going above and beyond to help students and colleagues, and she has been a sounding board and a friend to many throughout her career.  Allison was a member of the OCDA Executive Board from 2010-2016.  During that time, she planned a very successful conference and spearheaded the implementation of OCDA’s PayPal system, which helped the organization to meet members’ needs more efficiently than ever before.  Additionally, Allison served in a variety of Executive Board roles on OSU’s Association of Staff and Faculty Women.  Please join us in congratulating Allison Jones on her outstanding achievement!





  • 15 Jun 2015 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Ms. Kristin C. Hannon

    This year, Ms. Kristin C. Hannon, PHR, SHRM-CP Director, Career Development at Stark State College is the recipient of the 2015 OCDA Bob Windle Leadership Career Award. The Ohio Career Development Association was delighted to bestow this honor in recognition of her significant contributions to the improvement, promotion, development of career development, and enhancement of professional association activities. Kristin, received the award at the 2015 OCDA Spring Conference on Friday May 29th. The award presentation took place during the lunch time at Walsh University in North Canton. Kristin was accompanied by her husband Evan, her colleagues and the entire OCDA.




  • 8 Dec 2014 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    At the 31st All Ohio Counselor’s Conference in Columbus,

    OCDA members  Azra Karajic-Siwiec, Jessica Wood, Ana Berrios-Allison, and Gail Michalski presented on Career Counseling: Practical Activities Designed to Promote Career Development and Career Decision Making




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