New CDP Professional Development Courses

Continually updated to meet the changing needs of new and experienced Career Development Practitioners, we offer professional development on a wide variety of topics. 

Please check back regularly to see our upcoming offerings and if there is an professional development course you would like to see offered, please let us know at

Upcoming CDP Professional Development Courses

Mental Health Strategies will provide CDPs with concrete strategies to support clients with mental health challenges. It will also provide strategic tools for CDPs to use for their own mental health while working with clients.

Participants in this workshop will leave with solid foundational information about mental health. If participants have already taken the Mental Health First Aid Kit training, this training will build on some of those fundamentals specifically within the Career Development context.

Course Topics covered:

  • neurobiology and mental health
  • strategies to support mental health
  • working with suicide ideation
  • making appropriate referrals
  • handling mental health conversations

This training is offered over two-days and can be delivered either in-person or virtually. It is also offered in-house or can be customized for your setting. We may also offer this as a three-week asynchronous training in the fall of 2023.

CFCC 1200 Mental Health Strategies for CDPs                                                                                           

DatesFriday, February 23 & March 1, 2024 9:00am - 4:30pm
DeliverySynchronous Online
Tuition $525.00
CRN 11090
To Register Call 604 527 5472 or contact CE Registration

Career Development for Persons with Disabilities is a 15 hour general interest course for career developers who are new to providing services to persons with disabilities. The course will address the definition of a disability according to the Canadian Human Rights Act, funders, employers, and service providers. It will address how to ask clients about disabilities and how to assess the level of impairment as it affects potential work using in-house and external resources available.

The course will consider appropriate job placement strategies such as job development, job coaching and customized employment and will identify accommodations and workplace adaptations appropriate for clients with different types of disabilities.


Individual coaching is available to students who have completed the Career Development for Persons with Disabilities course. It consists of five hours of coaching by the instructor of the course and will assist career developers (CD) in a return-to-work plan for a specific client with whom their agency is working. It will allow the CD to meet with the client and implement counselling strategies developed in the coaching session. The coach will meet with the CD after the client meeting to identify accommodation and placement strategies specific to the client. The CD will meet with an employer to present the plan. The coach will meet with the CD to review the response of both the client and the employer to the job development strategy. The coaching may be spread over one month for the CD to implement the client strategies.

CDGI 565 Career Development for Clients with Disabilities                                                                     


May 31 & June 7, 2024

9:00am - 4:30pm

Delivery Synchronous Online
Tuition $525.00
To Register Call 604 527 5472 or contact CE Registration

CDGI 566 Coaching                                                                                                                                           

Delivery Fully Online
Tuition $525.00
To Register Call 604 527 5472 or contact CE Registration

While the rest of the Career Development Advanced Program is under program review, this elective is available to all students - no prerequisites required. 

This course is designed to introduce the key aspects of Indigenous employment in Canada and the historical and contemporary factors that influence choices for today’s Indigenous job seeker.

Topics included in this course will be:

  • Indigenous employment history
  • Impacts of systemic barriers
  • Identifying labour market opportunities
  • Leveraging unique strengths within Indigenous communities to increase job retention
Dates May 5 - June 1, 2024
Delivery Asynchronous Online
Tuition $528.00
Textbook Required?  Available at the DC Bookstore 
To Register Call 604 527 5472 or contact CE Registration

The focus of this experiential course is on how we can draw from therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to support clients to take career-related actions, despite feelings of anxiety or low mood. Students will leave with greater clarity about how they can ethically draw from these types of therapeutic approaches and learn simple tools they can use immediately in their day-to-day practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of what anxiety is and how it may manifest with clients 
  • Reflect on their own responses to client anxiety and how it impacts their practice 
  • Learn how therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) can provide Career Development Professionals with frameworks to aid them in working with anxiety 
  • Explore what is an appropriate role for career development practitioners to take when a client is experiencing anxiety that is holding them back from taking career-related actions 
  • Learn specific techniques and tools to facilitate clients’ ability to take action despite their anxiety
Dates May 3 & 10, 2024
Delivery Synchronous Online
Tuition $528.00
Textbook Required?  Resources will be provided in Blackboard
To Register Call 604 527 5472 or contact CE Registration