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Maine Career Development Association

MCDA Mission

“Maine Career Development Association is dedicated to creating professional development opportunities for people in Maine who provide career information and career assistance to others.”


1. Please join us for the webinars!
2. Please renew your membership!

A word about your membership. Annual dues are $20.00. MCDA is dependent upon these dues to maintain the website, the monthly newsletter, and to provide professional development opportunities, e.g., Annual Conference, Fall Workshop, and Career Cafés throughout the year.   

Video of the Month - Finding Purpose at Work: An interview with Sabrina Woods, Holistic Career Coach (with Jim Peacock, Peak Careers)

Upcoming events

2021 MCDA Fall Workshop Registration is now open!

The Practice of Hope-Action Theory: Keys to Intervention Success

Dr. Spencer ("Skip") Niles, Ed.D, LPC, NCC

Date: Friday, October 1st, 2021
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm via Zoom
(two blocks with 1.5 hr break in between -please see event page for more information)

Research using Hope-Action Theory (HAT) with marginalized clients provides substantial evidence of the effectiveness of this approach. In this presentation, Dr. Spencer (“Skip”) Niles will introduce Hope-Action Theory and provide specific examples for translating theory to practice with clients and students. An illustrative case study will be used to demonstrate the uniqueness of HAT, including how to use the Hope-Action Inventory in career intervention. Dr. Niles will also review seven keys to intervention success.

Learn more and register by clicking on the Events tab above!

Join our team!

We currently have the following openings on the MCDA Governing Board:

  • College Career Counselor Representative
  • K-12 School Counselor Representative
  • At-Large Representative

Here is what some of our outgoing board members had to share about their experience:

  Kate Axelsen-Foster
  University of Maine Career Center
Being on the MCDA board provided me
   opportunities to get to know people in areas
   of career development beyond higher
   education, and beyond the UMaine campus.
 It is so important to have relationships with
   one another, and grow a referral network. I
   enjoyed collaborating with others on programming and learning about what is going on in career development around our great state of Maine."

  Robin Tardiff
  Beal College
  "The MCDA Board is a great group of people
   who are very passionate about the work we
   do. If I had time and ability I would do it
   again. It was good to be a part of a group
   that has a common goal and works it
   forward together."

  Hope Lanza
  Port Resources
   "I loved the networking aspect of MCDA.
 a Board we did a lot. When I needed
 help, I reached out to my fellow
 members and all were responsive,
 willing and helpful."

Interested in joining the MCDA Board? Contact Joe Austin today!

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