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Welcome to the California Career Development Association,
a professional organization for career development practitioners to connect and collaborate on issues, policies and practices relating to career development. CCDA's membership is inclusive of all career development service providers, including counselors, educators, technicians, paraprofessionals, business professionals, and graduate students. The CCDA community represents a wide array of settings, including education, private practice, business and industry, public agencies, and private institutions.

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Send Dr. Lisa Raufman an email if interested in serving on the CCDA Board at 

We are seeking new Board leadership for the 2016-2017 Board under the leadership of Dr. Yamonte Cooper.  We have elected openings in President-elect, Communications, Secretary, Treasurer and other positions that are appointed such as Legislative Chair, Diversity Chair, Public Relations Chair and possibility Disabilities.  Position descriptions can be found on the Board Leadership page: Click here to read Board positions.

Brief Review of the Southern California Regional Conference, May 13, at Glendale College, CA:

A diverse group of 149 career development professionals networked and shared of resources to help career counselors and coaches advocate for social change. Representatives from academia, nonprofit, government and business presented best practices for engaging in multicultural competent career counseling and empowering individuals to create systemic change.

During interactive workshops participants learned about opportunities to help protect the rights of the most vulnerable populations we serve. We believe that participants returned to their organizations and practices with a toolbox of successful strategies for actively guiding policies and procedures toward inclusivity, accessibility and fairness. And finally, we hope you have been inspired by ideas on how you can bring career counseling to traditionally underserved populations.

Download the Eventbase app to view the conference schedule on your phone: "Career Counseling for Social Justice"

Keynote Speaker Kenjus Watson  teaches courses on Intergroup Dialogue and Intergroup Relations  at Occidental College. He has been involved with Dialogue and social justice education since 2004 and has established Dialogue programs at several universities. He presented an enlightening keynote on physical and psychological issues arising from years of racial microagressions (whether implicit or explicit). He identified  3 levels of assaults:  verbal and non-verbal, layered assaults (based on a person of color's gender, race,  class, sexuality, language  immigration status, phenotype, accent or surname) and cumulative . He helped us understand the implications for our practices and provided practical suggestions for individuals to cope better with their environments.  Kenjus is doing more research on this topic through his doctoral studies at UCLA. He referred us to "micro insults and offensive mechanism studies by Dr. Chester Pierce (as early as 1970 at the University of Pittsburg) and,  more recently, to Dr. Derald Wing Sue at Columbia.

 We thank the presenters of these workshops for their contributions to our successful conference:

  •     Creating a Support Program that Promotes the Advancement of Immigrant Professionals in the        U.S.-Juanita Ledesma and Sheyla Castillo 
  •  Helping Human Trafficking Survivors: Journey to Recovery & Self-Sufficiency- Elena Shahnaian,     Annie Wynne and Kristy Cho
  •  100 Years of Social Justice - Goodwill Southern California-Tracy Difilippis and Goodwill team
  •  Racial Battle Fatigue Syndrome and the Psychosocial Health of African-American Men- Dr.           Yamonte Cooper
  •   Walking in Their Shoes: Counseling Strategies for Creating Career Pathways and Increasing          Employability- Dr. Tami Foy and Amber Wynn
  •  Career Counseling for Gender Diverse Communities- Drian Juarez
  •  Barriers that College Women in STEM Face- Jessica M. Li
  •  Positive Psychology and Career Success- Ashley Odell


Read our Spring 2016 CCDA Journal!

Read our Spring 2016 Newsletter!

Webinars, Workshops and Mixers!

Mark Your Calendar:  

See Recorded Career Webinars from National and International Experts:

 Click here to access archived webinars

Webinars sponsored in collaboration with APCDA (Asia Pacific Career Development Association) whereby CCDA members get “member” registration 


 September 15, 2016


Building an Entrepreneurial Nontraditional Career Path: Connecting Work and Community

Presenter:  Dr.Ron Elsdon is a founder of organizations in the career and workforce development fields and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in various sectors

 1 CEU from NCDA 

Registration information available soon!


View Our Eventspiration Page to see our past events.

                      Past Events!

Coming this Summer:

  • Leadership Academy

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  • Career Mentor Program

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