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GCDA Mini-Conference 2019

"Empowering Clients and Unlocking Potential: Proven Strategies in Career Counseling and Coaching"

As professionals in the Career space, we often deal with client issues around change, uncertainty, self-confidence, clarity around purpose, and mental health.  This conference will hold multiple sessions around these topics and offer practical and proven techniques that enable professionals to successfully empower and support clients.

We look forward to sharing more details about the conference schedule and specific workshops very soon. For now, sign up to reserve your spot at GCDA’s annual conference focused on Empowering Clients and Unlocking Potential: Proven Strategies in Career Counseling and Coaching.

An all day professional development opportunity for career development professionals.


Friday, March 15, 2019


Check-In: 8 a.m.

Program begins: 9 a.m.


Oglethorpe University

4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

Free parking on site is available for all attendees. 


4.5 Expected


After February 20:

Members: $145

Non-members: $170

Students/Retirees: $50

All prices include breakfast, lunch, parking, and CEUs.

About the Keynote

Dr. Sharon Givens presents:

Career Coaching and Counseling: Approaches for All

While the two professions may sound similar, career coaches and career counselors perform different tasks. Understanding the differences between career coaching and career counseling is fundamental for career development practitioners. The two concepts may mirror congruence.  However career counseling and career counseling require different techniques and training for implementation.

Mastering the distinction between the two principles can help build a stronger alliance with the client. The session will discuss specific techniques that are utilized to cultivate both the coaching and counseling process.

  • Identify specific career coaching approaches and techniques
  • Implement specific strategies and counseling techniques
  • Distinguish between the two principles and determine appropriate usage
  • Discover which approach is most suitable for various clients

About the Speaker

Dr. Sharon Givens is a researcher, a licensed psychotherapist and supervisor in South Carolina. She is also licensed to practice in North Carolina and Virginia. Sharon is a career counselor, professional trainer and academician. She is the CEO and Director of Visions Counseling and Career Center LLC., (VCCC). VCCC is a premier private practice offering career counseling and coaching, mental health counseling and psychological testing with locations in Columbia SC, Fort Mill, SC and Charlotte, NC. Sharon is also the sole proprietor of Training Visions, an international training firm, dedicated to providing customized training in the areas of career development, diversity and mentoring.

Sharon has an undergraduate degree in social work with a minor in psychology. She has a graduate certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She has a Master of Science in Counseling and a Master of Education in Adult Education. Sharon also has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a cognate in counseling. Sharon was the recipient of the Lorin Anderson Award for Doctoral Research.

Dr. Givens is a National Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified, Tele Mental Health Provider, Certified Career Counselor, Board Certified Life and Career Coach, Human Services Board Certified Practitioner, Approved Clinical Supervisor, a Global Career Development Facilitator, a Career Development Facilitator Instructor, a Certified Career Services Provider, National Career Development Association Master Trainer and a True Colors Facilitator. She has developed and conducted over 300 training/seminars across the country and in West Africa. Her specialty areas are career development, mental health issues, twenty-first century skills, work-life balance, instructional design, cultural sensitivity training and dialogue, and program evaluation.

Dr. Givens is active in several organizations. She is a member of the National Career Development Association, American Counseling Association, Association of Talent Development, Chi Sigma Iota- Honor Counseling Fraternity, and the International Mentoring Association.

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Benefits of GCDA Membership

  • Quality professional development programs delivered by local and national speakers 
  • Discounted rates on the annual GCDA Conference 
  • Discounted rates on programs and the annual Professional Development Institute
  • Opportunities to network with fellow career professionals and meet leaders in the field
  • Free listing of your professional counseling/coaching services on GCDA website 
  • Access to job and internship positions being posted on website in "members-only" section
  • Leadership opportunities in a well-respected professional organization
  • Access to the GCDA LinkedIn group
  • Community service events to give back to local communities
  • Opportunities to impact the state of Georgia's focus on career development

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