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Welcome to Florida Career Development Association (FCDA)

Florida Career Development Association (FCDA)
We are a leading professional organization for career development practitioners and other various professionals in the career development/services sector. Our goal is to connect and collaborate on issues, policies and practices relating to career development. 

We strive to offer a welcoming, inclusive, professional home for advisors, consultants, coaches, counselors, educators, workforce development, talent development specialists, and resume writers across the state of Florida. 

We are a state division of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), which is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). We are a division of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA), which in turn is a state branch of ACA. We are subject to those provisions of NCDA and FCA that apply to their divisions.

Our Mission

To promote an understanding of the career development process and the resulting linkage that provides the individual with a productive and satisfying life.

Our Vision

To sustain a supportive and inclusive environment for all members to feel valued, appreciated, and connected within a larger group of career professionals making a difference in the lives of many.


We updated our bylaws!

You voted and we updated them. You can check them out here.

Meet Your 2020-2021 FCDA Leadership Team

John E. Long, Ed.S., BCC, CMCS, 



Renee Green, Ed.S. 

Past President

Chad Brown, MBA, CCC, LMHC 

Dawn Kesselman, MS, NCC 

Courtney Hand, MA, CCC

Professional Development Committee Chair

Lashay Vazquez, MA

Communications & Social Media Chair

Jackie Gill, MA, CCSP

Membership Committee Chair

Melissa Gomez

Graduate Student Committee Chair

Upcoming Events

FCDA on Facebook

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During this human trafficking presentation, we will be covering the different types of human trafficking that exist here in the US, the signs that someone might be a victim of trafficking, the barriers that survivors face after escaping trafficking, including finding employment, and more.

Michele Sanz is a Crime Victim Practitioner specializing in victims with disabilities with the Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida, where she volunteered with numerous charities, such as the Special Olympics and fundraisers for Breast Cancer.  Michele interned with the State Attorney's office as a Victim Advocate with the Domestic Violence unit.  In her current role, she facilitates outreach, educational trainings and presentations in the community with various groups and agencies.

The Coalition for Independent Living Options (CILO) is a nonprofit organization that works with people with disabilities to assist them in finding the resources they need within the community to stay independent.  We provide services to people with disabilities related to trauma, anxiety, PTSD, mental/emotional health, physical/medical health, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, cognitive disabilities, and developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, autism, and intellectual disabilities. CILO also offers a variety of free services from victim advocacy, educational advocacy, summer camps, independent living skills and more.

Connect With Us Online

Current and Past 2020 Webinars

 September 22nd 


Florida's Future: Insights Into Florida's Economy

 May 7th Informational Interviews 2.0 (free for everyone)
 March 25th  Private Practice Tips & Techniques to Improve Your Business & Better Serve  Your Clients
 February 19th  College and Career Strategies School Counselors Can Promote For All Students in All Grade  Levels
 January 22nd Make 2020 Your Year to Earn a NCDA Credential


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Contact fcaoffice@flacounseling.org with any questions, problems or suggestions for this website.

Mailing Address:

Florida Counseling Association

2750 Taylor Avenue

Suite A-36

Orlando, Florida 32806

Florida Counseling Association is a non-profit organization, branch of the American Counseling Association.

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