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Photo of DeniseDenise Bissonnette is one of North America's most sought-after trainers and speakers on career development, job development, workforce development, and "true livelihood".
Beyond Traditional
Job Development

Sorry, the Seminar is Cancelled. Will be rescheduled in 2018.

San Diego, CA

“Today, the challenges and opportunities of the job developer are greater than ever, and the need for our services is felt more
acutely by those we serve. Never has there been a greater need for job developers to take an intelligent, business-minded, proactive and revolutionary approach to creating employment opportunities in our local communities."

~ Denise Bissonnette


Beyond Traditional Job Developement imageEmployment Professionals are entrusted with the awesome responsibility of bridging the gap between unemployed job seekers and the work available in their communities - yet they are frequently provided with few tools and little guidance for achieving their goals. Based on concepts from her celebrated book of the same title, Beyond Traditional Job Development offers a practical, innovative and proactive approach to job development that challenges the employment professional to look beyond traditional methods for achieving placement results. Recognizing that effective job development is perhaps more an art than a science, this dynamic seminar is a goldmine of proven tips, tools and strategies, delivered with numerous examples and stories that bring the concepts to life.  
With the increasing need for effective employer engagement within our programs and agencies, Denise invites registrants of this year’s training to send questions, inquiries, or requests that are most pertinent to their work with employers which they would like to have covered within the two days. She will also encourage the sharing of ideas and techniques within the group that have proven most successful in engaging employers, inviting response to questions which include:

Topics Covered in the Seminar Include:

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Seminar is Cancelled. Will be rescheduled in 2018.


Denise Bissonnette is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and keynote speaker. For two decades, she has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of career development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual "genius" of each person. Denise has authored several publications on creative job development, state of the art job search techniques, the cultivation of the human spirit, and how to "shine" on the job. Her work is a rich tapestry of her talents as a poet, writer, storyteller, teacher and career developer.

For more information on Denise's work, please visit www.denisebissonnette.com.  


In this short video, Denise explains a key perspective on the notion of job development.

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image of book coverAll participants will each receive a copy of Denise's book Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art of Creating Opportunity (Retail Value: $30). This text will serve as the workbook for this seminar.

There is good reason that this book is affectionately referred to as the job developer’s Bible. Whether they be seasoned workforce professionals or newly-hired placement staff, this book is a goldmine of insights and tools for all readers. More than just a “how to” book, it is written in a spirit of respect and celebration for the job seeker, the job developer and the employer alike. This book is as much for the rebel and the dreamer as it is for the goal-oriented pragmatist! Take what you like, add your own perspective, and continue shaping the work that you do as time and experience unfolds.


This seminar is of critical importance for people who are charged with the responsibility of helping others (particularly those with employment barriers) to find work, including job developers, vocational rehab counselors, employment specialists, work experience coordinators and career counselors from social services agencies, school and educational facilities, and private organizations working with people with particular barriers.


"I attended a training you gave last year and it was the best training I ever had. That training and your book changed my professional life.  I’m experiencing a tremendous amount of success – I’m being asked to train other job developers now. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I appreciate everything and I will make sure I pay it forward."

"Denise has opened my eyes to the beauty of the profession."

"I can do my job with more dignity. I'll no longer be looking for employers to do me a favor; but I'll be looking for ways to add value to their companies where there is an unmet need."

"I recently participated in Beyond Traditional Job Development and absolutely loved it. All of Denise's seminars are spectacular due to her passion and dedication to serving the needs of people with disabilities and special needs. Recently, one of my clients wrote a proposal and obtained two jobs that he developed through Denise's method."

"Denise is an eloquent trainer who has elevated our field from a 'job' to a 'profession'."

"This is the first seminar in my 25 year professional career that I did not fall asleep in...I was sitting on the edge of my chair the entire two days!"

“This is the best training I've had in the last 11 years that I have been working for Vocational  Rehab! I feel up-to-date with new approaches and techniques for my clients."


Photo of the Hacienda Hotel
Hacienda Hotel - Old Town San Diego
4041 Harney Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Special rates have been arranged with the hotel for participants who require lodging


Free parking is available across the street from the hotel during the day. Should the free space fill up, attendees can park at the hotel for a fee.

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The beautiful Hacienda Hotel is the site of the training seminar.

A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the rate of $139.00 single/double occupancy. Each additional guest in a room is $10.00. Rate does not include the 10.5% San Diego Transit Occupancy tax and the 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment fee. Also, there is a $7.00 Facility Fee per night. (Taxes and surcharges are subject to change). Overnight parking is $19.00 per car per night.

Reservation method is by Individual Call In. Guests should call the Hotel directly at (619) 298-4707 to make reservations. In order to get these special rates and be sure to mention the Denise Bissonnette Training. Reservations are due by October 15, 2017.  Room rates and reservations requested after October 15 will be subject to availability. Check-in is at 3:00 PM. Check out is at 12:00 PM.

Hacienda Hotel - Old Town San Diego
4041 Harney Street
San Diego, CA 92110


Both Days: Coffee and Tea will be available during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. During lunch breaks, attendees can choose from a wide variety of nearby restaurants in Old Town.


Attendees with any special needs are urged to contact us as soon as possible to give us time to respond to requests.

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CRC Continuing Education Credits will be granted to eligible participants.


If you haven't already done so, please submit your payment as noted below to confirm your spot.

Your registration will not be considered complete until payment is received. To submit your fees, please make a check payable to “SDSU Research Foundation”, write your name and “Beyond Traditional" on the memo line, and send it to:

Attention: Meredith Ross
Interwork Institute
6367 Alvarado Court #350
San Diego, CA 92120

Note: Individuals in the following categories must register but do not need to submit registration fees:


For additional information, please contact Dr. Charles Degeneffe at:  cdegenef@mail.sdsu.edu.

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