The State Chapter of the National Career Development Association

Richard Knowdell: The Changing Dynamics of Career Counseling

  • Friday, October 08, 2010
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mercer University - Atlanta Campus

(Full-Day Workshop for GCDA at Mercer University in Atlanta)

From Vocational Choice to Career Management and Transition

A One-Day Workshop With Career Counselor Richard Knowdell

While Dick Knowdell has been a “Career Development Professional” for the last 40 years, his many assignments from counselor educator and human resource manager to outplacement consultant and executive coach have given him a unique perspective on how "career counseling" has evolved into “change management”. Knowdell will share a number innovations he has observed that he believes can make us more effective career professionals for the 21st Century. These observations include: • The differences between career coaching and career counseling • The value of informal assessments • The effectiveness of group rather than one-on-one sessions • How career counselors can become entrepreneurs • How career counselors can provide effective expert testimony Knowdell plans to alternate his presentation between lecture, demonstration, discussion, assessment instruments and experiential exercises. Each participant will receive a complete set of his recently revised card sort assessments: • Career Values card sort and worksheet • Motivated Skills card sort and worksheet • Leisure/Retirement Activities card sort and worksheet • Occupational Interests card sort and worksheet

RICHARD L. KNOWDELL, MS, NCC, NCCC, CCMF is the President of Career Research & Testing, Inc., author of six books, including Building a Career Development Program: Nine Steps for Effective Implementation. In 1995, President Clinton appointed him to the Board of Examiners of the United States Foreign Service. He has developed four popular career assessment instruments that have been translated into nine languages. He is a past president of the California Career Development Association (CCDA) and the Silicon Valley Chapter of ACP International. Knowdell established a private career counseling and consulting practice in 1971 and trained and supervised the counseling staff. In the 1980s he founded an Executive Outplacement Firm that provided services for 51 Silicon Valley firms. In the 1990s he served as an executive coach at several Silicon Valley firms. He established one of the first successful Employee Career Development Programs at a national research and development laboratory. He has served as a consultant on employee career development to numerous Fortune 500 organizations and delivered presentations at human resource conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North America. He taught courses in employee career development to human resource managers at San Jose State University and career assessment techniques to professional career counselors at the University of California-San Diego. Over 500,000 of Knowdell's career assessment card sort instruments have been sold and are used extensively with adults in university, social service, business, outplacement and private practice settings. He has served as an expert witness on employment issues in family law, personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful termination cases in California Superior Courts and in Federal Court.

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