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Members- Advanced Career Facilitation 2021 Certification Program

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Members- Advanced Career Facilitation 2021 Certification Program

Time & Location

Jan 12, 4:00 PM – Jun 01, 4:00 PM
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About the Event

This registration enrolls you in NJCDA Cohort 1  Advanced Career Facilitation for the 21st Century certification program  sponsored by the New Jersey Career Development Association.  The program will meet from 12-1 Tuesday starting 12 January 2021 and every Tuesday for the next 21 weeks. Your registration includes all the materials needed for the program. You will need to have a computer with audio capability to access the live sessions each week.

Successful completion of the program with earn you 30 continuing education hours + the certification from Career Planning Academy.

Cancellations after 27 December will be refunded minus a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be processed after the first session.

Advanced Career Facilitation 2021 Certification

The Advanced Career Facilitation for the 21st Century (ACF21) certification is a 5-topic research-based program that builds on the basic fundamentals of career services to provide those in practice an advanced training in the field. This is not a training model for beginners but a call to action for working career helpers to understand and adapt their current practice to help clients meet the current demands of the 21st Century.

If you are a career advisor, coach, counselor, facilitator, human resources development professional, or vocational psychologist who has a sense that we must adapt our current career practice for the rapidly changing world-of-work, then this is the course for you!

Participants who satisfactorily complete all requirements will receive a certificate with 30 continuing education clock hours and the ACF21 Certification from Career Planning Academy. These clock hours can be used for the various career development certifications/credentials including those of the Center for Credentialing and Education, National Career Development Association, International Coach Federation, National Board for Certified Counselors, National Workforce Development Professionals and others.

Program content includes the following:


  • Assist clients in considering the impact of career decisions and transitions on their relationships, daily experiences, culture, and personal wellness.
  • Frame “soft skill” development within broader paradigms of neuroscience, meaning-making, and relational-cultural perspectives.
  • Help clients reframe their approach to the gig world-of-work with healthy, accurate mindsets as they make career decisions.
  • Analyze issues of culture and justice with clients to develop critical thinking skills as they interact with the world-of-work.
  • Adapt your current practices to the 21st Century world-of-work via Reframe techniques.


Un-center Work to Recenter Life

Why are you working? Think about the last three clients that you saw and imagine how they would answer this same question. Are you able to imagine their responses? Encouraging career services professionals to diminish work and enhance the focus on life within their practice can seem counterintuitive. If we dig deeper, isn’t this the only approach that makes sense in a 21st Century world-of-work?

Surfing the Gig Economy

Kowabunga! This term was picked up by surfers in the 1950’s to express awe and gratitude in the face of the ocean’s power. The 21st Century world-of-work confronts most workers with a similar sense of magnitude, fear and power. Using the metaphor of surfing, this module digs deeply into current challenges and provides a 5-step framework for helping clients reframe their mindsets to better understand and adapt to new circumstances, from hyper-connectivity to global capitalism.

Career GHECK Levels I & II

Gratitude, Humility, Empathy, Care, and Kindness are essential elements when fostering “soft skill” development. If these deeper phenomena are not considered, soft skill work in coaching and counseling becomes an exercise in pantomiming behaviors versus real client change. To use a gardening metaphor, it matters whether or not a seed is planted in a bed of fertilized soil, sand, or gravel. Similarly, it matters whether a client is practicing soft skills with you, a career services professional, at a shallow level or from a deeper more meaningful place.

Career Work is Justice Work

Our work is normally employer focused, asking clients to adapt to the expectations of corporate or public institutions upon which the current world-of-work has been constructed. We know from research that bias and prejudice are built into these systems. If career services professionals do not help all clients become more conscious of these systems while encouraging personal agency when making career decisions, the system will never change. They will never become fairer, more just. How do you own experiences of work form the spectrum of privilege and opportunity you have in your life, and how can you shift your career services practice to better incorporate ideas of justice for all workers?