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  • 26 Apr 2020 6:14 PM | Anonymous

    Challenge accepted - we're taking the OCDA Annual Conference online! We're also making it FREE for OCDA members to attend! 

    Join us on Friday, May 29th to participate in interactive sessions about topics including: 

    Applying design theory to career development

    Rethinking the career planning model

    Artificial intelligence + the workforce

    Reaching new audiences through podcasting

    Check out the full agenda here. This year's conference is approved for 4.5 CEUs from the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board. 

    Visit www.ocda2020.com for more details and to register! Registration is required by Monday, May 25th. 

    *If you have already registered and paid for the conference when it was planned to be in-person, we will be in touch about providing refunds/adjustments for registration fees.

  • 24 Mar 2020 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    REGISTER TODAY: Coffee Chat

    Due to the success of our previous virtual "Coffee Chat," OCDA will be hosting another virtual Coffee Chat on Thursday, April 2nd from 3:30pm-5pm! The topic for this chat will be "Creative Strategies to Engage College Students Remotely." The virtual discussion will be held via Zoom! All meeting information will be send out and posted on the website on Wednesday, April 1st.

    This is an informal virtual discussion, where you can share your own experiences and hear from others! Please register by following this link: https://ocda21.wildapricot.org/event-3797806.

    Be sure to bring a friend and pass this invitation along to other career services professionals! Membership in OCDA is NOT required to participate in the virtual Coffee Chat!

  • 23 Feb 2020 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    If you are a member of OCDA, be sure to check out the newly updated Career Planning Academy tab on our website! CEUonestop.com has transitioned to a new learning management platform, and members-only discounts are being offered for those looking to obtain CEUs.

    **You will only be able to view this tab if you are logged in to your OCDA member account.**

  • 1 Feb 2020 2:02 AM | Anonymous

    Our mid-year meeting is coming up on February 25th at Ashland University! Join fellow OCDA members for a networking event followed by a presentation by Evan Faidley! This event is open to all OCDA members, and we hope to see you there!!

    REGISTER TODAY by clicking on the "Networking and Presentation" event on our homepage!

  • 22 Dec 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Save the date! We are holding our second "Coffee Chat" within OCDA as a way for members and interested career professionals to get to know one another and gain valuable insights. On March 12th from 3:00PM - 5:00PM, we are meeting simultaneously in Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton & Ashland. 
    The topic for our coffee chat is: "Marketing & Branding Strategies for Career Professionals." Come join other professionals in your region to discuss marketing & branding best practices. 
    Snacks provided! 
    We look forward to seeing everyone! 
    *Bring a friend! Pass this invite along to other career services professionals, membership in OCDA is NOT required. 

  • 11 Dec 2019 8:53 AM | Anonymous
    Did you know that NCDA offers a number of awards? Consider nominating yourself or someone else for an award of career excellence! Check out the different awards and the criteria for nominating yourself or others at https://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/membership_awards. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 31st 2020!
  • 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.


    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:

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