The Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) started in 1997 as a joint initiative the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), National Career Development Association and National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee. Since then, the GCDF program has grown and matured, now offering customization for different nations’s characteristics, according to country-specific needs. Currently, GCDF exists in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Japan, Macedonia, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Turkey and the United States.
The GCDF Career Consultant is a graduate of the GCDF training program, as approved by CCE. The main role of the GCDF is to facilitate the access of clients to existing professional opportunities in the labor market and to assist them in the process of personal and professional development. The GCDF can fulfill several activities, in different contexts and situations:
The Mental Health Facilitator program focuses on improving access to community-based mental health care. In practice, the MHF program is multiple country-specific programs consisting of a training framework, a group of providers, and defined helping parameters (practice areas). The MHF program is not designed to create a new mental health profession; providers retain their own professional identity and add mental health facilitation skills to their practice.
NBCC International provides a basic structure for each of the components of a country-specific MHF program, but only introduces a program at the request of local mental health experts. Programs receive modifications to fit cultural norms prior to being introduced.
MHF training programs are adapted on a country-by-country basis with both universal and country-specific standards to ensure cultural appropriateness. Depending on a nation’s needs, MHFs may be initial helpers of choice, may serve as a referral source for specialist services, or both.