CPD (Continuous Professional Development) is an essential part of the necessary growth for psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals. Keeping professional skills sharp and up to date ensures that clients get the best from their experience and that the therapist is able to bring to their work the latest developments, tools and techniques from the wider professional arena.
2021 offers unique challenges and opportunities for mental health professionals. However, online delivery of courses can widen opportunities to access some great learning. So planning your CPD courses early on in the year provides a firm foundation on which to build towards the professional goals one might have set.
This could include any activity that maintains, enhances and develops professional practice from e-learning and seminars to mentoring, peer discussion review and courses such as a certificate or diploma in a focused area; like working with psychological trauma. CPD is a professional requirement but also an opportunity to develop your practice and perspective in a way that will bring greater depth to what you do.
The challenges of work and life can sometimes push CPD to the sidelines or make it part of a last-minute decision-making process that can result in commitments that feel time consuming and onerous. Planning CPD in advance can convert this into something truly rewarding, supporting the development of your practice and of your skills and insights as an individual therapist.
A proactive plan can instill confidence that you’re meeting professional requirements and give you more insight into yourself in terms of what you’d like to focus on next year. There are also a number of other advantages to doing this, including:
The Grove Practice has been running CPD courses for over a decade, with an enviable reputation as a leading curator of exceptional quality training courses for qualified mental health practitioners. To find out more about these CPD initiatives, visit The Grove’s training page.