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Professional Development and ongoing community-based workforce development excellence is integral to ensuring that those who access our members’ services will be successful in finding meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities. We do this by offering various professional development opportunities for frontline workers and management.

Regional Meetings

Web-based or in-person regional meetings address regional and/or local concerns, issues, and opportunities to share knowledge and successes.



Workshops & Webinars

Responding to the needs of our members, we offer in-person and online professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Annual ASPECT BC
Conference

Mark your calendars for 2020 - Thursday, November 5th and Friday, November 6th
 at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort.

Our Call for Presentations is coming this spring as is the nominations for
ASPECT Awards.


Upcoming events

    • 03 June 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual Meeting

    ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion: Check-In

    Our ASPECT member virtual discussions continue as we use this next meeting to check-in to find out how service providers are adjusting to Phase 2 of the province's restart program. 

    1. Operational Updates: returning staff plus health and safety
    2. Funder Updates: what's working and what still needs work
    3. Employers: who's hiring and how are you helping

    As always, the feedback ASPECT receives informs our provincial and federal advocacy work. 


    • 14 September 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 20 September 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online
    Register

    What is Leadership?

    This course is a core learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    Studies have shown that, “common sense” effective leadership isn’t always “common practice.” This course will support leaders to establish a shared understanding of leadership through examining several leadership models/perspectives. Students will reflect on their own personal leadership characteristics to facilitate a better understanding and clear communication about what will and will not work for themselves and their organizations. 

    Within this course, students will:

    • Establish foundational understanding of leadership theories/perspectives
    • Craft a personal perspective of leadership
    • Develop a shared perspective of leadership within organizations


    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 21 September 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 27 September 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Self-Awareness, Confidence, & Values

    This course is a core learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    Leadership begins with knowing who you are and what you stand for. Guided by self-awareness and clarity of core values, leaders confidently share/model these values, leading those on the same quest, with the same vision. This course will explore the concept of “leading from within,” supporting students in developing ways to continually enhance confidence, and clarify, articulate, and commit to their core values and personal vision. 

    Within this course, students will:

    • Explore the concept of “leading from within”
    • Enhance self-awareness and confidence
    • Clarify, articulate, and commit to core values and personal vision


    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 28 September 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 04 October 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online
    Register

    TRUST, MOTIVATION & RECOGNITION

    This course is a core learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    A central element for successful relationships between leaders and those they lead is trust; trust, in turn, is a key to motivation. Students will examine the role leaders play in recognizing and rewarding the trust of followers. 

    Within this course, students will:

    Learn strategies for gaining/maintaining trust 

    • Consider how leader-follower relationships are shaped through trust
    • Learn strategies for gaining/maintaining trust 
    • Explore the central role trust plays in motivation
    • Understand a leader’s role in recognizing and rewarding others 


    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 05 October 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 11 October 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Leadership within the Organizational context     

    This course is a core learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    This course looks at leadership considerations within an organizational structure, focusing on how leaders can support an organizational commitment to values and community through embedding values within the organizational structure and day-to-day activities of the organization. Students should come prepared with copies of the values, vision, and/or mission of their organization for reference throughout the course.

    Within this course, students will:
    • Examine organizational values, vision, and/or mission
    • Understand leadership requirements within the context of a values-based, community-focused organization
    • Explore ethical principles and strategies for “well-run” organizations 
    • Consider examples of “values in action”

    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 19 October 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 25 October 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Leading for Change 

    This course is a core learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    Given the exponential growth of information and technology, today’s leaders must rely on values to guide their own decisions as well as the experts they consult with, trust, and rely on. In this course, students will examine the evolution of leadership and strategies for initiating change including dealing with resistance.  

    Within this course, students will:

    • Explore how leadership has evolved and will continue to evolve
    • Consider two methods of initiating change
    • Learn strategies for addressing / reducing resistance to change

    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 26 October 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 01 November 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Leadership: Where do we go from Here?

    This course is a core learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    Throughout the series, students have cultivated a “leader as idealist” mindset, clearly articulating a vision and gaining commitment from others through shared values and beliefs. In this final course, leaders will reflect on newly acquired awareness and develop strategies for continued development and growth. 

    Within this course, students will:

    • Summarize and reflect on learning from training
    • Compare self evaluations and peer evaluations
    • Develop strategies to maintain leadership growth going forward


    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 09 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • 15 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • Online
    Register

    Leadership Lessons for transformational times

    This course is an elective learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    As difficult as change may be for the individual, and for the organization, it is often while working through a challenging time of transition that we strengthen, or even create, the values and community focus that is the focus for this series. In this course, students will learn approaches/strategies for effective leadership through times of disruption.

    Within this course, students will:

    • Learn from leadership lessons for transformational times
    • Explore strategies for leading through disruptions, crises, and threats

    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 09 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • 15 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • Online
    Register

    Supervising Career Development Practitioners

    This course is an elective learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    Developing leadership competency is an ongoing process for which supervision can play an integral role. Supervisors can support employees or other supervisees in identifying gaps, building skills, and promoting a sustained focused on professionalism, quality performance, and effective leadership. In this course, students will reflect on the supervisor-supervisee relationship and the role of supervision in their own development as well as their roles and responsibilities in supervising others.

    Within this course, students will:

    • Understand the role supervision plays in leadership
    • Explore the supervisor-supervisee relationship

    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 16 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • 22 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • Online
    Register

    A social Justice Approach to leadership & advocacy

    This course is an elective learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    Community-based organizations often serve the diverse needs of underserved and/or disenfranchised groups. Working within this climate, leaders hear stories of heartbreaking challenges, some of which they cannot solve. In this course, students will learn how to adopt a social justice approach, use advocacy to support change in their communities, and establish boundaries and self-care routines to facilitate sustainability. 

    Within this course, students will:

    • Understand roots of social justice and advocacy in support change
    • Learn how to ethically implement social justice and advocacy-based approaches within their organization
    • Develop self-care strategies to promote resilience and sustainability

    Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

    1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

    Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


    2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

    Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


    3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

    Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


    4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




    • 16 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • 22 November 2020
    • (PST)
    • Online
    Register

    HR Hacks for Leaders

    This course is an elective learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

    “Life Hacks” are simple-to-implement solutions to common, everyday problems. Adopting this time-saving approach for HR can help leaders manage ever-changing working environments and shifting priorities. In this course, students will expand their professional toolkits with a variety of strategies for addressing common leadership problems.

    Within this course, students will:

    • Learn how to implement a “life hack” approach to HR/leadership issues
    • Explore a variety of strategies for common challenges

      Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

      1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

      Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


      2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

      Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


      3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

      Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


      4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




      • 23 November 2020
      • (PST)
      • 29 November 2020
      • (PST)
      • Online
      Register

      Leadership & Communication

      This course is an elective learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

      Strong interpersonal communication skills are foundational for effective, values-based leadership. In this course, students will learn the role communication plays, review communication skills, and explore communication barriers/challenges.

      Within this course, students will:

      • Review the basics of effective communication (e.g., levels of communication, barriers, feedback)
      • Understand the roles listening and non-verbal communication play in leadership
      • Examine how public speaking and conflict management are relevant to leadership

      Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

      1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

      Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


      2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

      Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


      3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

      Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


      4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




      • 23 November 2020
      • (PST)
      • 29 November 2020
      • (PST)
      • Online
      Register

      Teams & Leadership 

      This course is an elective learning requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series.

      Teams are a central component of any organization and leaders play an essential role supporting a team’s formation and success. With organizational restructuring shifting power from managers to teams themselves, effective leaders need to empower people at all levels of organizations and support the development of leadership skills/abilities in others. 

      Within this course, students will:

      • Learn strategies for creating/maintaining effective teams and maximizing participation of team members
      • Explore the roles and behaviours of effective team leaders
      • Understand distribution of leadership among team members within a variety of organizational structures
      • Be able to encourage/mentor leadership skills/abilities in others

      Students will be required to complete the following learning activities:

      1.     Prepare (Monday to Wednesday)

      Topical resources (e.g., readings, videos) and notes will introduce relevant foundational concepts and helpful tips/strategies for your work. 


      2.     Join (Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30pm)

      Live 30-minute webinars will provide the opportunity for students to hear directly from the instructor further exploring the topic. Students should watch for the access information to be distributed via the news forum (or email directly from your instructor). If any student is unable to attend live, a webinar recording will be made available for later review. 


      3.     Discuss (Thursday to Saturday)

      Active engagement in the topical discussion is the students’ opportunity to apply their learning, ask for clarification from their instructions, and connect with peers. 


      4.     Reflect (Due Sunday)




      • 30 November 2020
      • (PST)
      • 06 December 2020
      • (PST)
      • Online
      Register

      PechaKucha Presentations & Capstone Project Submissions 

      This course is the final requirement for completing the Values Based Leadership series to achieve the Values Based Leadership credential.

      Students will be evaluated on the following:

      Participation (30%)

      Students are required to fully participate in all 6 core courses and 3 electives of their choice. This is a mandatory component required for successful completion of the series. The overall participation grade will comprise the graded reflection component from each course. 

      Pecha Kucha Presentation (25%)

      Students will need to present a Pecha Kucha on their capstone project and facilitate a brief discussion. 

      A Pecha Kucha is a very structured style of presentation requiring 20 slides for 20 seconds each. The presentation should last approximately 7 minutes, follow the 20x20 format, and provide key information on your selected topic. Presentations should be formatted using a presentation software which can enable automatic advancement of slides (e.g., PowerPoint).

      Note: for more details on how to structure a Pecha Kucha presentation, watch How to Make a Pecha Kucha – a Pecha Kucha on creating Pecha Kucha presentations. 

      Grading Criteria:

      • Pecha Kucha elements (i.e., 20x20, auto advancement; /5)
      • Presentation content ( /5)
      • Presenter style (e.g., clear, concise; /5)
      • Presentation format (e.g., grammar/spelling, design; /5)
      • Discussion facilitation ( /5)

      Capstone Project (45%)

      In this assignment, students must identify and critically examine one leadership challenge relevant for their work context, providing a rationale for their selection. Students will then describe 3 strategies for addressing this challenge including references to resources/reading within the coursework or additional research. Lastly, students will propose a plan for implementing each strategy including a timeline and method for evaluating success (e.g., how will you know you have made an impact?). 

      Note: Students will present their project in a Pecha Kucha presentation. 

      Grading Criteria:

      • Description of challenge ( /5)
      • Rationale for selection ( /5)
      • 3 strategies ( /15)
      • Implementation plan ( /10)
      • Evaluation strategies ( /10)

    Past events

    26 May 2020 Developing Engaging Online Content
    25 May 2020 AEST Contractor Discussion
    20 May 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion: WorkSafeBC & Virus Transmission
    19 May 2020 Delivering Employment Services to a Cohort and 1:1 Online
    14 May 2020 AEST Contractor Discussion
    13 May 2020 ASPECT MEMBER VIRTUAL DISCUSSION: INFORMING GOVERNMENT TRANSITION TEMPLATE
    12 May 2020 How to Move Your Career Practice Online
    11 May 2020 A Tour of Virtual Employment Services & Supports
    07 May 2020 Career Engagement in the COVID-19 Context
    06 May 2020 Resource Centres - ASPECT Member Discussion May 6, 2020
    29 April 2020 Job Developers - ASPECT Member Discussion April 29, 2020
    22 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 22, 2020
    15 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 15, 2020
    08 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 8, 2020
    01 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 1, 2020
    25 March 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - COVID-19 Strategies
    17 March 2020 ASPECT 2019 Annual General Meeting
    17 March 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - COVID-19 Strategies
    13 February 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Northeast
    12 February 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Vancouver Island/Coast
    11 February 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Thompson-Okanagan
    23 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Vancouver Island/Coast
    22 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Thompson-Okanagan
    22 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Northeast
    21 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - North Coast & Nechako
    21 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Lower Mainland/Southwest
    16 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Kootenay
    16 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Cariboo
    05 November 2019 Project Integrate Systems Navigation and Innovation - Employment and Training Ecosystem Engagement
    04 November 2019 ASPECT Conference 2019
    05 June 2019 Employer-Employment Expert Summit
    04 June 2019 Pre-Summit + Employer-Employment Expert Summit
    30 April 2019 ASPECT Summit Discussion Group
    13 March 2019 ASPECT 2018 Annual General Meeting
    26 February 2019 Cancelled: Thriving Through Transitions
    22 February 2019 POSTPONED: Member Discussion: WorkBC Rural & Remote Challenges and Solutions
    07 February 2019 ASPECT RFP Workshop
    07 November 2018 ASPECT Conference
    30 August 2018 Discussion: Rural Transportation Solutions for Employment Success
    28 August 2018 Discussion: Innovative Ideas for Performance Outcomes Management
    13 April 2018 ASPECT RFP Workshop

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