CACEE Western Regional PD Event

November 20 - 21, 2019


Register today for a 1.5 day professional development event on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 and Thursday, November 21, 2019.

This professional development event will focus on accessibility and mental health from a career development perspective. Check out the session descriptions and speaker bios below - this is an event you won't want to miss!


Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre
515 - W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Wednesday, November 20 - Room 7000
Thursday, November 21 - Room 2270


Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Half Day Afternoon Session

Topic: Accessibility, Accommodations, and Working Towards Equitable Access to Career Opportunities
This presentation is intended for career practitioners who would like to know more about how they can better support students with disabilities in transitioning to the workplace. During this presentation, we will discuss what defines a disability, functional impacts, reasonable accommodations, duty to accommodate, as well as roles and responsibilities of career practitioners when supporting students with disabilities. We will also cover practice and communication approaches to supporting this student population from an equity, diversity and inclusion perspective. Suggestions and recommendations for practical tools and resources to support career practitioners will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Speaker Biography
Jennifer Mei is a Registered Social Worker and Masters of Social Work student with over a decade of experience working with people with disabilities. The majority of her experience has been as a career practitioner in the context of vocational rehabilitation and employment counselling. Jennifer is passionate and committed to equity, diversity and inclusion work. Her approach to this work comes from a desire to learn from and empower marginalized populations.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Full Day Workshop

The workshop will be highly interactive, allowing you to engage with your career development compatriots and learn from each other. It will also be highly informative, drawing upon the latest research on the relationships between career development, work, mental illness and mental health. You will learn practical strategies for ethically considering mental health concerns in your practice, a model that will help you think more clearly about the connections between career development and mental health, and the reasons that having conversations about the impact of your work on wellbeing is so important. The workshop aims to answer the following questions:

  • How do career development, work, mental health & mental illness interact?
  • How does career development generally influence mental health? To put this another way, how does our career development practice already influence mental health? 
  • How can we ethically incorporate mental health concerns into career development practice?
  • How do the demands of career development reduce mental health and potentially increase mental illness?
  • How can the demands of career development be intentionally addressed by practitioners?
  • How can we measure the mental health impact of career development?
  • How can we communicate the mental health impact of career development?

Speaker Biographies

Dave Redekopp is President of the Life-Role Development Group Ltd. and has been an avid champion of career development since 1988. He has been awarded provincial and national awards in career development and is widely recognized in Canada as a thought leader in the field.

Michael Huston is an Associate of the Life-Role Development Group and has been involved in the career development field since the early 1990s. He is a Registered Psychologist at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. His job entails student counselling within the Wellness Services department. Michael is also a highly experienced teacher of counselling skills.

Registration Fees

Wednesday and Thursday:
CACEE Member Fee: $150.00

Wednesday Only:
CACEE Member Fee: $30.00

Thursday Only:
CACEE Member Fee: $150.00


Please reach out to the CACEE Office with any questions.