For professionals, education is an important part of their job description. It is a means through which they can accomplish many of their personal, academic and professional goals. For a psychologist, continuing education is also essential for maintaining a current license in their chosen field.
Why Continuing Education?
The role of continuing education in any profession is not singular. It serves many purposes and acts to fulfill many functions. For a psychologist continuing education is about three separate but related aspects of their professional life: exploration of new facets of the field of psychology, learning more about the latest in their own field and ensuring the requirements for retaining a current license are met. In other words, continuing education at its best meets personal, professional and legal needs.
Depending upon your goals and your education, continuing education can help you expand your knowledge base. It allows you to explore aspects and interests you were unable to while you obtained your credentials, diploma or degree. You can discover everything you wanted to know – or at least scratch the surface of:
- Clinical psychology
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
Continuing education can guide you through these subjects. It can also help you dig deeper into such things as the history of psychology, the diverse theories of learning, functionalism and behaviorism.
Technology does not remain standing still. It is ever changing. The same applies to the field of psychology. For a psychologist continuing education courses allow him or her to catch up on the latest technological and psychological developments. It is a chance to discover the latest work including theories, research and application. Continuing education lets the psychologist learn more about the best, or at least newest ways to treat, talk to or handle clients successfully.
Continuing education also puts him or her in contact with new and old authorities on specific subjects. By attending lecture in person or online, a psychologist gets to interact with respected colleague in the field. It may result in a change of direction or even further development of his or her professional career.
In order to ensure the practitioners of psychology meet certain standards, the state requires ongoing educational upgrading to occur. If a professional wishes to retain his or her license, going back for refresher courses and updating is a basic requirement. For a psychologist, continuing education is a requirement not a choice.
When it comes to learning, personal, professional and legal matters influence the decision. For a psychologist, continuing education is a choice both beneficial and necessary. Beyond retaining a license to practice, furthering education allows a professional to increase knowledge of his or her field while exploring new avenues. In the end, both the clients and the psychologist will benefit.
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