Pre-Conference Workshops

Start your Cannexus conference with an optional workshop. Take one or bundle two together to maximize your learning. Space is limited so register early!

Sunday, January 19

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hope-Based Career Interventions
Dr Norman Amundson

Hope-based career intervention is a person-centred, solution-focused, hope-focused approach that engages people and equips them to walk their life/career paths with dignity whatever their challenges. Using metaphors such as “career flow” and the hope-centred career development model, Dr Amundson will describe and demonstrate a series of hope-based career interventions. These interventions are currently being used as part of a larger research project assessing impact through the application of a direct and an online career development counsellor delivery system. This session will be practical and have application to a broad range of clientele; there also will be an opportunity for experiential learning.

Dr  Norman Amundson is a Professor at the University of British Columbia. He has published widely in the career development field and in his work highlights the importance of active engagement, culture, storytelling and metaphors that are strength-based. He is an experienced and dynamic conference presenter and the recipient of the Etta St. John Wileman Award for lifetime achievement in career development from The Canadian Journal of Career Development.





Positive Psychology for Career Counsellors and Coaches
Louisa Jewell

You know about positive psychology, now you want to learn more about how to incorporate it into the work you do with your clients. Positive psychology is the scientific study of psychological well-being and happiness. It is a natural fit for career counsellors and coaches because it offers many practical ways to improve the lives of your clients. Counsellors and coaches often comment that learning about positive psychology also improves their own lives. Whether you work with people one-on-one or in groups, this workshop will give you a greater depth of knowledge about positive psychology and dozens of practical tools, activities and exercises you can use with your clients right away. We also give you a comprehensive workbook that you can refer to after the workshop is done.

You will learn how to help your clients:
•Increase psychological resilience
•Reduce stress and anxiety
•Increase positive energy
•Have healthier thought processes
•Improve psychological well-being and happiness

Louisa Jewell, MAPP, is the President and founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with renowned psychologist, Dr Martin Seligman. Louisa is an organizational consultant that has been working with leaders and teams for over 16 years to create positive and productive workplaces.


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Taking Your Career Counselling Services Online
Tannis Goddard

Whether you are in private practice or work in an employment/career centre, you probably agree that online services have moved from the periphery to centre stage. Once viewed with great suspicion, research now shows how effective it can be. Online counselling has emerged as an increasingly viable alternative to face-to-face counselling. The rapid development of technology offers both opportunity and challenges for career development professionals.

In this intensive workshop, we will examine the current online landscape and what is available for Canadian career counselling and development professionals. We will then consider: the use of social media in career services; models of delivery; implications for policy and workforce development.

You will learn about an online model to maximize person-to-person contact enabling intimate, engaging and effective interactions between career practitioners and clients. This model is built on nearly a decade of research and emphasizes the benefits of purposefully designed asynchronous text-based communication, counselling and learning. You will walk away with a comprehensive roadmap to take career counselling online or to enhance your current services.

Tannis Goddard is the founder and President of Training Innovations, a career development organization that delivers community-based career services in British Columbia. She has received numerous awards and is an in-demand presenter both nationally and internationally. With more than 20 years of experience designing services and interventions that address life-span career development and learning needs, Tannis has led the development of an online career learning platform that has been used to deliver a range of facilitated online career counselling services in Canada. She is currently completing her PhD, focused on the designing and delivering facilitated online career development services and has presented on this topic at numerous national and international conferences.



Present with Ease: Insights to Improve Your Communication Effectiveness
Eric Bergman

This intensive workshop will provide practical tools to help you develop and deliver effective presentations, whether one-on-one or to groups. You will learn to:

  • Kick the PowerPoint crutch
  • Develop concise, compelling content
  • Apply fundamental principles of effective communication to all interpersonal communication, not just presentations
  • Answer questions clearly, concisely and effectively

You will also apply content development models to develop a short presentation. A number of those presentations will be delivered during the workshop.

Eric Bergman has been a professional communicator for more than 30 years. For the past 20 years, he has provided presentation skills, public speaking and media training to clients from North America, South America, Europe, Australasia and Asia. He has been a welcomed presenter at Cannexus. He authored a book in 2012 entitled Five Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’. Eric holds a Bachelor of Professional Arts from Athabasca University and a two-year diploma in advertising & public relations from Grant MacEwan College. He is an accredited business communicator (ABC) and public relations practitioner (APR) and a master communicator (MC). He has earned more than a dozen local, national and international awards for his work.