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

Summer Institute 2019

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. Workshops are held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Photo by Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin–Madison

The 2019 Summer Institute will be held July 11-12, 2019.

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.

Institute 1: Developing the Narrative Approach: Understanding Career Life Story from Construction to Meaning Making

Patrick Jackson and Alicia Hazen, School of Human Ecology, UW–Madison

Thursday, July 11, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

This full-day Institute will focus on key concepts and skills related to the narrative approach to providing career and advising services. This Institute is designed for both beginners and those who seek more advanced skills in this arena. The narrative approach uses techniques that seek to reveal life-career themes. The process puts the individual as the “main character of the story” where individual meaning is placed in the foreground.

Participants will have the opportunity to increase knowledge and skills related to listening to reveal, understanding life themes, and co-constructing meaning for future work roles. Time will also be spent on learning how to give the information back to the student/client in a meaningful way.

During the Institute, mini-lectures will be delivered and time will be set aside for observing, practicing and critiquing.

Institute 2: The Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4th IR)

Judy Ettinger and Ann Fillback Watt, The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), UW–Madison

Friday, July 12, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The term “4th Industrial Revolution” addresses the changing landscape of work and career. It refers to the exponential growth in robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, big data, and other technologies. That future is upon us. How will it impact the work life of our clients and students and the field of career services?

During this Institute, we will look carefully at the impact and possible responses to 4th IR changes. We will examine issues such as

  • leveraging resources in urban and rural areas,
  • the role of hubs such as StartingBlock that help early stage entrepreneur in the 4th IR,
  • recognizing the need for minimizing job insecurity for all workers, particularly, marginalized workers.

In sum, we will talk about what the 4th IR will look like and how we can strategize to mitigate the possible negative effects.

An optional tour of StartingBlock in Madison is available for those who register for Institute #2. It will be held on Thursday July 11th from 4:30-5:30. Enrollment is limited. For more information and to register, contact Judy at

Institute 3: Improving Services for Those with Disabilities: Understanding Legal Protections and Career Planning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tessa Timler, McBurney Disability Resource Center, UW–Madison and MaryEllen Olson, St. Norbert College

Friday, July 12, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Understanding Legal Protections
    As Career Service Providers, it is our responsibility to remain knowledgeable about the legislation that pertains to programs and clients. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers many topics. One, which is of particular interest, is related to job interviewing and accommodations. Myths, fears, and misconceptions often influence students and clients when they aren’t informed about their protected rights. We will review those topics during the first part of the Institute and apply them to a series of cases.
  • Career Planning for Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder
    During the second part of the Institute, we will focus on how to provide effective services and support to those with autism spectrum disorder. A leader in the field who has been working in this area will talk about her work and will discuss resources used that have reduced challenges faced as they transition from education into employment.


Register for Summer Institute

Lodging Information

For the nights of July 10 and 11
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Phone: 800-356-8293
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Fax: 608-257-8454

Reserve rooms under the group name: Summer Institute. Call to reserve your room before June 19th; after that date, blocked rooms will be released to the public.

Room Rate:
$154 per night for single/double/triple/quad.

Other hotels in the area include:
  • Doubletree 525 West Johnson Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703, USA TEL: 1-608-251-5511 (10 minute walk to the classroom)
  • Hampton Inn 440 West Johnson Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703, USA TEL: 1-608-255-0360 (15 minute walk to the classroom)
  • Hyatt Place 333 West Washington Avenue Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 53703 Tel: +1 608 257 2700 (This is a 25 minute walk from our classroom but they do have a shuttle that could bring you here.)