Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Scotiabank Lecture Room (Classroom 1315), 515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

When: September 14th, 2018


Workshop 1 - Making Dreams Come True - Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants

Time: 10.30 am - 11.30 am

About the workshop:

Learn about Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants; a province-wide initiative that helps internationally trained professionals pursue licensure and find employment that uses their pre-landing experience.

Service providers from across BC will provide an interactive, case-study focused seminar. We will describe eligibility, occupations, regions served and how the services complement and/or differ from other programs.

Successful clients will give their perspective and program highlights that helped them find work in their professional field.

Learning objectives for this session are to introduce a new provincially and federally funded program, Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants (CPSI), that launched in 2017 and runs until at least 2020. As CPSI service providers from both the Island and Mainland are collaborating, the audience can interact and ask questions about the program, referrals and outcomes to date.

Presented by: Multiple Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants service providers: Douglas College, Back in Motion, ISSofBC, MOSAIC, and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)

About the presenters: Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants providers have worked with 1000s of internationally trained professionals (ITPs) in regulated and non-regulated occupations. We assist ITPs to pursue licensure and employment that use their pre-landing skills here in BC. Career Paths is a re-design of Skills Connect (2006 – 2016) which had 80+% completion rate and 72-75% employment rate. Providers reported that clients making more than $30/hour went from 9% pre-program to 35% post program.


Workshop 2 - Career Development for Career Practitioners

Time: 12.30 am - 1.30 pm

About the workshop:

Career Practitioners work in a variety of settings and roles.  This workshop will provide practitioners with a great perspective on these different other roles.  We will look at what is involved in preparing for the different areas of work within the sector.  The presentation will include information from instructors, former students and the program coordinator from the Douglas College slate of CDP programs.  

Learning Objectives: You will leave this workshop with an idea of how to leverage your skills and experience into new roles within the sector.

Presented by: Seanna Quressette, CCDP, M.Ed., Judi Huta, CCW, CCDP, RTC of Douglas College

About the presenters: Judi Huta, CCDP, CCW, RTC (Reality Therapy Certified) believes that with self-knowledge and trust, we have faith in our abilities, skills and talents. She believes that with faith we have the courage to change our thoughts, take new actions and create better results for ourselves, our communities and the workplace. Judi is a passionate career development practitioner, educator, facilitator, leader, and mentor who has helped hundreds of people reach personal and professional goals through focusing on strengths and possibilities. Her extensive experience includes working with children, youth and families, immigrants, job seekers, Aboriginal people, people with diverse-abilities, employers, business associations and post-secondary students.

Seanna Quressette, M.Ed., CCDP (Counselling, University of Victoria), has developed and delivered training programs since 1985 and has provided Career Practitioner Certificate training in BC since 1999. Seanna was the Instructional Coordinator for the Career Practitioner Institute, in Duncan, BC. She also assisted with the original design of and instructed practitioners in the Employment Counsellor Diploma program at Cornerstone International Education. She has delivered workshops at conferences in BC, Alberta, Australia and the US and has taught both through Diploma and Certificate programs and in-house for organizations. Currently Seanna is the Coordinator of Continuing Education with the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies at Douglas College and continues to teach in the Career Development programs.


Workshop 3 - Stress Busters

Time: 1.45 pm - 3.45 pm

About the workshop:

Stress is a given. For our clients, managing the roller coaster ride of career transition can be very distressing. As CDPs, being responsible to our clients comes with its own stressors. Stress if not managed can hinder performance, lead to burnout and trigger more serious physical and mental health problems.

Learning Objectives: In this experiential workshop, we will discuss and practice simple strategies for yourself and to share with clients towards building stress resilience.

Presented by: Cliff Thorbes

About the presenter: Cliff Thorbes is a CDP, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Coach and Artist. He is passionate about helping others discover their true potential. His professional training and experience includes Critical Incident Stress Management, Mindfulness, Suicide Intervention, Bereavement, Motivational Interviewing and CBT for Helping Professionals.


Price: All Day - $50 BCCDA members, $60 non members

Individual Workshops

Workshop 1 - $29 BCCDA members, $ 35 non members

Workshop 2 - Free (anyone welcome)

Workshop 3 - $ 29 BCCDA members, $ 35 non members

BCCDA Workshop Day - September 14th, 2018

  • Friday Sep 14 2018, 10:30 AM - 3:45 PM
  • SFU Harbour Centre, Scotiabank Lecture Room (Classroom 1315)
    515 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6B 5K3