NCCDA 2019 Annual Conference

See you in 2020!

Special thanks to our
conference speakers and presenters!

If you need NBCC credits from the 2019 conference, please complete this form. Your certificate will be emailed to you. Contact Deanna Knighton with any questions.(

Conference Presentations/Materials

Thank you to our excellent presenters and speakers. Materials and handouts from the conference presenters and speakers are available here.

Living Your Best Life:
Promoting Resilience & Growth Mindset

Friday, October 11, 2019
Meredith College
Raleigh, NC

8:30 AM – 3:45 PM
7:30 AM – Check in and Breakfast

CEU’s available – TBD

View Conference at a Glance Here

Conference Program

– Morning Keynote –

PatrickJeffsDr. Patrick Jeffs, PhD, LPC, SEP is a Resiliency Trainer, Coach, and Consultant.  He has worked at the intersection of research, clinical application and business for 15 years in various settings and capacities. He co-founded and is CFO of NC Center for Resiliency, PLLC in Chapel Hill, NC. In addition to his clinical work, he serves as adjunct faculty and has been an invited speaker to a variety of professional organizations.

– Afternoon Keynote –

Alan MuellerDr. Alan Mueller, Ed.D, Ed.S, is a native of North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy & Religion, an M.A. in College Student Development, an Ed.S. in  higher Education Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He has presented and published regionally and nationally on a variety of topics including leadership, experiential education, intercultural student development, and values-based education. Dr. Mueller will focus on how we can live our best lives and promote an attitude of growth.

– Breakout Session Highlights –

  • Walking the Tight Rope – Balancing Personal & Work Objectives
  • Inspiring Growth & Change Among Students & Professionals
  • Ethical Consideration of Online Counseling
  • What Does it Take to be a Career Savvy Mama? A Workshop on Values Driven Employment Satisfaction in Mothers
  • Building Resilience in Students: Strengths-Based Philosophy & Practice
  • Outcomes of a Career Development Intervention for Ex-Offenders
  • Helping Clients Counteract Ageism in the Job Search
  • Uncle Sam, I Would Like a Job

– Location & Parking –

Meredith College is located at 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607. Please park in Parking Lots #6 & #7. Handicap accessible parking is available in lot #9. View parking map with parking areas circled in orange.  

After parking, please proceed to the Cate Student Center’s lobby for check-in. The Cate Center is circled in blue on the parking map. Break-out sessions and lunch will be held in Harris Hall and Belk Dining Hall respectively.

– Community Outreach –

Let’s give back to the community that is hosting us this year! We are collecting gently used or new professional attire for Meredith College’s clothing closet and non-perishable items for the campus community pantry. Follow this link for suggested donations for the campus pantry, the Daisy Trade.

– Conference Scholarships for Graduate Students –

Connect with career development professionals from across NC at the NCCDA annual conference on October 11th! Need help getting there? Graduate students are invited to apply for a conference scholarship! Scholarship winners will also be matched with a mentor to foster continued career growth and involvement with NCCDA.

Scholarship recipients have been awarded as of 9/27/19.

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Questions? Contact Katie Peterssen, Conference Chair:

The North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2034. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit will be clearly identified. The North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.