Professional Development: Institutes

Career Training Development offers a number of opportunities for professional development for career specialists, career counselors, job center staff, educators, and others interested in education and work issues.


Summer Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Summer Institute

This annual summer event provides expert training and networking opportunities for career development facilitators, career counselors, career specialists, advisors, coaches, and virtually anyone involved in career development and workforce readiness.

The agenda provides ample time for formal and informal networking with instructors and participants. Whether you serve as a K-12 educator, a higher education professional, or as a professional in the community, these Institutes will provide ideas for working with students and clients on a wide variety of issues. In addition, by attending, you can receive professional development hours that will count towards the renewal of your certifications. The coronavirus pandemic has had an intense and devastating impact on the labor force and on the services that we as career service practitioners provide. The content of each Institute will include conversations about the aftermath of this pandemic with a focus on strategies for working with individuals, communities, and the resultant decimation of opportunity and hope.


We will be delivering all Institutes remotely. We will send video conferencing information at a later date.


Summer Institute: July 15-16, 2021


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Host: Judy Ettinger

Judy has worked at the University of Wisconsin since 1980. Her degrees are in Counseling and her particular area of interest is career development and career counseling. She has always been fascinated with why people make the decisions they do about their jobs, work, and retirement. She also wonders why some people seem very satisfied with their work and why others can't seem to ever find pleasure in what they do.

Judy currently works primarily with the Facilitating Career Development curriculum - teaching it and providing professional development experiences to those with the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) certification and the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification. Her other area of interest is preparing older adults for retirement - assisting them to look at how they want to bring "work" into their retirement years.


Institute 1:

The Impact of the Pandemic on our Profession

July 15, AM

As we think about the state of our profession in 2021, we quickly become aware of important changes that are taking place. Although we would like to believe that once we are all vaccinated, we will go back to the practices and policies from before, most experts don’t believe that to be true. Many of the changes that we have seen over the last year will likely become permanent. What are those changes? How will they impact us? How will they affect our students and clients? Are there strategies that we can use to reduce the stress associated with these changes? As example, we have all spent a lifetime learning to communicate in person and now we are conducting the most important work that we do in ways that often are not comfortable and may not be effective.

During this Institute, we will examine several of these trends. The topics we have chosen to cover are ones that were identified in an informal survey of professionals in our field. They include:

  • Discerning Distance: Making Online Communication Work for You
  • Maintaining Resilience in Troubling Times, and
  • Collaborating with Colleagues (even though we no longer work in the same physical space)

Julie Hau

Julie is Director of CareerLocker at the Wisconsin Center on Education Research at UW-Madison. She is also a Coach of medical students and Scholastic Manager with Loren Academic Services in Chicago. In that capacity she works remotely with medical students and as a result, has spent a number of years perfecting her skills communicating remotely on test preparation, career issues and educational plans. She has worked across the country as a career advisor, academic advisor, teacher, therapist and project manager.

Julie received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Her area of interest continues to be career counseling and career development. She continues to work with the professional development programs associated with the Facilitating Career Development curriculum.


Hayley Kruger

Hayley is an Employee Assistant Specialist. In that capacity she conducts assessment services, counseling sessions, and creates and conducts workplace trainings targeted to workplace needs. In addition, she has 12 additional years of healthcare experiences, including direct care services, family support services, and caregiver training and supervision.

Hayley has three years of graduate level training clinical and counseling psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and is in the process of obtaining an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Viterbo University in La Crosse.


Lali McCubbin

Lali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Louisville. She is also Director of Training. Her research interests are in the field of resilience and positive adaptation that promotes psychological and physical well-being and health among indigenous peoples, people of color, and families. She is the Principal Investigator for the continuation of the Kauai Longitudinal Study and currently teaches course on counseling theories, advanced career counseling, differential diagnosis, and doctoral practicum.

Lali’s role as Executive Director of the Resilience and Relational Well-Being Project makes her particularly well-versed in the topics discussed during this Institute.

She received her Ph.D. from the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Institute 2:

The Art of Improvisation: Skills to Improve Our Practice

July 15, PM

Our work requires both careful preparation and in-the-moment adjustments based on client and colleague input. During this institute, we are going to look more carefully at those “adjustments” by studying the art of improv. You will discover how those practices and principles can help you to become more engaged communicators and effective collaborators. We will look at how we can interact with others in ways that are more genuine, collaborative, and spontaneous. You will hear about it, watch it, do it, and discuss it.

Likely, you have enjoyed watching improv performers, such as those who work for Second City, TV shows like Whose Line is it Anyway? or unscripted movies like Waiting for Guffman or The Mighty Wind. The actors appear to be loose, witty people who think on their feet and are very creative. But, like most skills, what seems easy and natural, requires intentional skill development.

The tenets of improv encourage building relationships that are generous rather than closed; supportive rather than competitive; organic rather than scripted. Explore how this approach can impact your communication skills in positive ways.—You just might develop a skill set that stretches your comfort zone!


Lisa Barker

Lisa is the Education Director at PLACE, the Professional Learning and Community Education Center in the School of Education at UW-Madison. In that role she works to bring UW’s educational research initiatives to the larger community. She also leads workshops on improvisation, creativity, and teambuilding. She has worked as an Instructor and Improviser for Stanford University’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Barrel of Monkeys in the Chicago Public Schools, as a Drama Teacher at Lake Forest Country Day School, and as an Instructor at Seattle Children’s Teacher, Discoveries Day Camp.

Lisa has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.



Institute 3:

Maintaining our Sense of Self in Difficult Times: Workplace Issues, Personal Challenges, and Well-Being Training

July 16, AM

When we completed our survey of career service professionals several months ago, we found that many people were finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the emotions that have come with working remotely, dealing with uncertainty, stress about employment status, and worries about our health and that of our families and friends. It was reported that a sense of optimism was declining.

Therefore, now may be the time to re-examine your self-care routine, and to refresh it. But we find ourselves asking, during a period of physical isolation, what does self-care even look like? We will hear from several speakers who will discuss their answers to that question.

  • Ways to Maintain Our Sense of Self
  • Finding Calm Amidst the Chaos: The Power of a Pause to Create a Kinder Workplace
  • The Sustainability of Working Remotely: Being Able to Turn it Off and Set Boundaries
  • Explore Your Spirituality and Learn Strategies to Tap into What Feeds your Meaning and Purpose

Hayley Kruger (See Institute #1 Description)

Dorrie Van Kerkvoorde

Dorrie is a Senior Advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the College of Letters and Science. In that capacity she advises continuing liberal arts students on major and course selection, career and graduate school planning, graduation clearance, and probation/retention concerns. She also advises the Pre-Physician Assistant subgroup. In addition, she serves as advising liaison to the Psychology Department and the Japanese Department.

Dorrie has a Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her concentration was in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education


Graicey Van Spankeren

Graicey is a Career Counselor at Marquette University. She advises students and alumni on career exploration, job search techniques, interviewing skills, professional etiquette, and resume, cover letter, and personal statement writing. She also manages multi-day career fairs at the University. Graicey leads the Marketing Team which includes oversight of social media content and a marketing presence across campus. She co-hosts and produces the Career Services Center podcast titled, It’s Happening! A College Career Podcast.

Graicey has two Master Degrees. She has a Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine and Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education.


Christine Wolfe

Christine is Assistant Director of Global and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She manages Global and International Studies academic program operations and develops curriculum for international academic programs. In addition, she develops overseas internship pathways and teaches courses in International Careers and Overseas Internships. Recently, she designed a campus-wide wellness programs delivered remotely to students, staff, and faculty.

Christine is currently a student in a Ph.D. Program in Leadership in Higher Education. She has a Master of Science Degree in Political Science.



Institute 4:

Online Communication: Building Relationships from a Distance

July 16, PM

Although we have been using remote forms of communication for many years, the pandemic and the need to quarantine, have forced us to work with our clients, students, and colleagues solely from a distance. We’ve had to reinvent and rethink the way we build and maintain relationships. Long distance communication skills are no longer a choice or a luxury; they are a necessity. Most of us completed our training before proficiency in these skills was essential. Therefore, neither have we had the opportunity to define the skills needed nor have we had the opportunity to practice them and receive feedback from our colleagues.

During this Institute you will have an opportunity to identify these skills, look closely at them, practice them, and determine if you are using them effectively.

We will also examine Section F of our Ethical Code (Providing Career Services Online, Technology, and Social Media). The goal of this examination is to ensure we understand Section F and adhere to it.


Judy Ettinger (See Host Description)

Judy Hoppin

Judy has eleven years’ experience as a Clinical Supervisor at the Adult Career Counseling Center at Oakland University in Michigan. In the past year, she has delivered her services remotely to graduate students employed at the Center. She is co-author of Clinical Supervision of Career Development Practitioners: Practical Strategies and co-author of Career Practitioner Supervision: Training in Clinical Supervision for Career Counselors and other Practitioners. She has extensive general counseling experience and is a recognized expert in the field of career development/counseling at the local, state, and national level.

Judy has a Master’s degree in counseling.


Professional Development Hours

The Institutes have been approved by the Center on Credentialing & Education (CCE) for Professional Development Hours. Depending on how many Institutes you attend, you could obtain from 3-12 hours. The National Career Development Association (NCDA) has also approved the Institutes for Professional Development Hours.

The University of Wisconsin has approved Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). You can obtain 3-12 hours depending on which Institutes you attend.


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