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ATD SWFL Monthly Newsletter

May 2015   
Message from the President

Christine DavlinGreetings!

Can you believe it is May? It has been a busy year for our chapter and I am pleased to have shared some of our chapter's accomplishments!

We had another great meeting In April with Vern Schellenger, SPHR, sharing with us why and how organizations are recognizing that networking behaviors are essential to success. This month, Cheryl Lynn Dratler, LMHC, MCC, CRC, will be sharing and demonstrating counseling ideas and practices for the coaching environment. To meet the increasingly diverse and sophisticated needs and expectations of coaching clients, business, career, and life coaches constantly must be honing and developing coaching tools.

For several of us, we are looking forward to attending ATD's International Conference & Exposition (May 17-20) in Orlando. Every time that I attend I come away energized and full of new ideas. Attending with an open mind is really the only way to go! Those of us that are attending will be bringing back some of the high points to share with the rest of our chapter at an upcoming meeting.

I hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Warm regards,

Christine Davlin
ATD Southwest Florida Chapter celebrating its 25th year!

May Learning Event:
Expanding the Coaching Toolkit: Borrowing from Counseling

Cheryl Dratler Cheryl Lynn Dratler, LMHC,MCC will be sharing and demonstrating counseling ideas and practices for the coaching environment.

Although coaching originated with pioneering and disconnected, self- taught individuals providing an array of services under a "coaching" umbrella, it is maturing into a distinct, bona fide profession. The $2 billion industry is projected to grow in size and sophistication. For coaches to be successful and competitive, they will need to continually expand their knowledge and skill sets. In this session, participants will take a "short-cut" to new or improved skills, knowledge, and specific techniques by borrowing and/or adapting established practices from psychotherapy and positive psychology.

Facilitator: Cheryl Lynn Dratler, LMHC, MCC, CRC

ATD Competencies: Coaching, Managing Change, Managing Performance


CPLP Journey: By Rebecca Ruding


RudingMy decision to commit to a CPLP certification was an easy one to make.  I have no reason not to!  I have an employer who supports my development 100%, I’m surrounded by a group of highly experienced Talent Development professionals (I mean you), and I have friends and family cheering me on behind the scenes.  The only thing left to do is the hard work, actually experience the journey.  

Preparing for the Knowledge Exam is the first step and calling it a step is misleading.  Sometimes it can feel like a mountain.  The exam covers all 10 Areas of Expertise (AOE) and while ATD does a great job of explaining in detail what is important in each one, some of the concepts are completely new to me!  The concepts can be difficult to grasp with no application experience.  My main saving grace?  Our chapter’s study group.    

My learning preference involves dialogue.  Yes, I will even try to learn something from small talk and I’m not afraid to talk to strangers.  Intentional and productive dialogue allows me to take quicker action on what I learned and understand concepts from multiple perspectives.  Our dialogue that comes from someone’s confusion or the sharing of a relevant experience is key for me in the areas of no experience.  

Another benefit of using the study group for preparation is building connections.  To openly share experiences (both good and bad) and vulnerably say “I don’t understand” are elements of creating deeply rooted relationships.  

Keeping my destination in sight, but enjoying the journey!  



CPLP Study Group: Our next meeting is Saturday, May 30th when we'll be discussing the Integrated Talent Management competency. Please join us!

Email Rebecca Ruding for details at


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