Dina Karlon, M.A.

Transition Specialist

Dina Karlon, M.A., is a seasoned counselor specialized in transition issues. She has worked in public schools as a guidance counselor, GED program coordinator, career center coordinator, vocational assessment specialist, and school counselor. She has additionally worked for New Hampshire Vocational Rehabiliation as a rehabilitation counselor and also for the New Hampshire Department of Education. Ms. Karlon joined NESCA in the summer of 2018 to offer transition assessment and community-based coaching services as well as transition planning consultation to students, families, and fellow professionals. She is especially well-versed in working with students navigating the college admissions process as well as vocational assessment and job searching.

Prior to her tenure at NESCA, Ms. Karlon worked a Program Specialist for the New Hampshire Department of Education, specializing in development of employability skills and job readiness skills for at risk youth. She also has recent experience as a Rehabilitation Counselor, working with students and adults with a range of developmental, learning, and social-emotional disabilities and helping to guide and coach them through transitions toward independence in both college and the working world. In addition, Ms. Karlon worked for more than two decades as a school counselor in local New Hampshire high schools. She has provided transition services including personal, career, and college counseling to hundreds of students and their families. Also, she worked as an adjunct professor at Nashua Community College teaching both traditional and online classes for nearly 20 years.

Ms. Karlon earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Elms College. She has earned her Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College and is a Certified School Counselor in New Hampshire. She additionally holds certifications as a suicide prevention trainer and a RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Resources, Education and Work) school-to-career transition planner.

When providing transition services, Ms. Karlon most enjoys the relationships that she is able to create with her clients and/or students and their families. She loves being part of helping them figure out their strengths and challenges and helping them realize their goals and dreams. Ms. Karlon knows that often the path after high school is not traveled from A to B, but rather it is A to E, to C, and then back to A. She works hard to help her clients view each setback as an opportunity for growth rather than a failure, to recognize their own strengths, and to overcome the barriers that may get in the way of setting goals, solving problems, and making progress. She brings extensive experience supporting clients with career and college planning and she is able to shift fluidly with clients along their paths in each of these domains.

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