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Professional Development Seminar: Refocusing from Deficit to Strengths: Strengths-Based Career Work with First Generation College Students from Low-Income Backgrounds

  • Friday, May 05, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
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CCC Professional Development Seminars
Northeastern University | Boston, MA

Friday, May 5, 2017: refocusing from deficit to strengths: strengths-based career work with first generation college students' from low-income backgrounds (Kevine Tate)          

Location: Curry Student Center, Room #440

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm                        

The ever-growing diversity of students attending college brings a rich opportunity for career counselors and professionals to capitalize on the unique strengths each student brings to their career pathway. First generation college students who come from low-income backgrounds face unique challenges in the college environment, but also have developed a unique set of strengths and skills along the way. In this seminar, participants will review theoretical issues that illuminate how we can best work with these students, as well as discuss practical, concrete strategies for career counseling and programming including:

      Techniques for individual, strengths-based career counseling

      Structured, group-based activities that highlight individuals’ intersecting identities

      Evaluation strategies for assessing the impact of programming for this population

A specific research study will also be presented as an example that outlines the process and outcomes from a four-day career seminar for this student population.

Kevin Tate, PhD, LPC, MCC, is a Career Educator who has been working in the career development field for 11 years as a career counselor, counselor educator, scholar, and program development specialist, with a focus on empowering marginalized peoples to find meaningful work and career pathways. Kevin worked at the University of Florida (Career Resource Center), Marquette University (Assistant Professor of Counselor Education & Research Specialist for the Educational Opportunity Program), and most recently at Wellesley College (Director of Career Connections and Communities). Kevin is an avid “career nerd”, and has an ongoing research agenda (see here for a full list of publications). His most treasured roles are as partner to his wife Tyson, and father of his three children.

Kevin received his PhD (Counselor Education), M.Ed./Ed.S (Mental Health Counseling), and B.S. (Psychology) from the University of Florida. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Wisconsin), Master Career Counselor (National Career Development Association), and is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory. 



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