MWACE 2024 Career Coaching Certificate Program

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Have you ever wanted to explore and dive-deeper into the theories that guide the work of career services professionals?  Join us for an 8-week career certificate program that will enrich your career coaching practice.  


Beginning with the fundamentals of coaching and mico-counseling skills, the program will move through theories like Planned Happenstance, Social Cognitive Theory, Career Construction, and multicultural career counseling, to name a few.  In this program you will:

  • Explore career counseling theories and coaching models with historical and multicultural context
  • Connect career counseling theories with tools and activities to utilize with students during one-on-one and group settings
  • Develop an understanding of the theory and how to appropriately implement theory with individual students
  • Practice career coaching tools and strategies with fellow participants

The program will meet on Friday mornings from 9-11am CST beginning on April 5th and concluding May 24th.  The cost for the program  is $600 per MWACE member participant and $750 per non-member participant.  All sessions will be held virtually over Zoom.  Seats are limited to 48 individuals, with a minimum of 24 needed to facilitate the program. Participants will receive a career coaching workbook guide for weekly topics, tools and activities to use during student appointments, and access to learning materials.  Participants will also receive a certificate at the conclusion of the program. 

This Career Coaching Certificate program was co-developed by Amanda Cox and Brian Neighbors, who both work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Amanda has a counseling background and 23 years of experience working in the field of higher education supporting students in their career development process.  Brian has over 16 years experience working with students from high school to advanced degrees on career development strategies, and he has developed multiple career development courses at Illinois.  Amanda and Brian have offered this Career Coaching program to MWACE members in spring 2022 and 2023, for multiple cohorts at Illinois, and for individual career services and academic advising offices across the Midwest.