GCDFGlobal Career Development Facilitator
GCDFGuelph Contemporary Dance Festival (est. 1998; Canada)
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Participants will learn the GCDF Code of Ethics, a set of professional standards that define acceptable conduct, appropriate role boundaries and the participant's scope of practice.
In addition, participants must meet the combination of work experience and education required for GCDF certification or provisional certification.
GCDFs must demonstrate that they engage in continuing education activities to remain abreast of current information in the career development field.
This brief article highlights the first international GCDF-approved curriculum in New Zealand, the first fully online GCDF-approved curriculum in Canada, and a new online GCDF program offered by the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA), the home of the Journal of Employment Counseling.
Importantly for course developers, the GCDF is based on internationally recognized professional career counseling competencies.
It was decided, therefore, to embed the content of the GCDF within the content of the Graduate Certificate.
With the goal of providing students with an opportunity to obtain the GCDF along with the Graduate Certificate, the Graduate Certificate curriculum was submitted to the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) of the National Board for Certified Counselors for review.
Embedding the GCDF within the AUT Graduate Certificate of Career Development offers graduates an innovative opportunity to obtain both an academic and a professional credential.
Moreover, the contacts and interaction between AUT staff and GCDF trainers in other countries have been professionally rewarding.
To achieve international recognition for the program, several courses were measured against the GCDF competencies, resulting in an approved GCDF curriculum for Canada and the first fully online GCDF curriculum in the world.
Although this review only highlights three GCDF programs--the one first outside the United States, the first fully online one, and the most recent one--there are now nine countries offering approved and regionally customized GCDF curricula and many additional countries using the GCDF program to train their career practitioners (e.