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For more than three years the NSCDA has been certifying Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) in Nova Scotia. During this time, more than 170 CDPs have achieved the designation, and the right to use the title of Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP®) professionally.

To ensure the ongoing success of the program and to measure its effectiveness in serving the career development community in Nova Scotia, the NSCDA has commissioned a consultant to conduct an evaluation of the Career Development Practitioner Certification Program.

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Exciting New Project and Partnership


Summer Student Employability Skills Project

The Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) is partnering with the Youth Initiatives division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education on an employability skills pilot project for youth and employers. The participants are those who are involved in the Student Summer Skills Incentive program. This program offers wage assistance to non-profit organizations that provide summer jobs to post-secondary students.

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Recovery-Oriented Practice

On February 23, 2017, more than 80 community leaders involved in mental health and social services will gather at Pier 21 for a leadership development day centred on recovery-oriented practice. Based on a recent NSCDA needs assessment, education and training in mental health is a high priority. In response to this, 30 of these 80 participants will be Nova Scotia Works’ client-facing staff who have been identified as Mental Health Champions within their centres.

The NSCDA is embarking on an ambitious initiative to engage these Champions in developing education and training opportunities on mental health recovery-oriented practices, and has partnered with mental health consultant Neasa Martin to develop a comprehensive training program.

The objective is for every career service worker to have the knowledge and skills necessary to support clients in achieving their goals.  These volunteer Champions will also seek ways to engage community partners to strengthen employment, social inclusion, and improved access to mental health and recovery supporting services.

To meet this challenge and ensure the ongoing success of the project, the NSCDA is also joining forces with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to begin breaking through the barriers preventing career developers from recognizing their roles as important assets in recovery-oriented practice and mental health.