Standards for Continuing Professional Education.
The Institute of Professional Psychologists views continuing education as an essential activity for ensuring quality services for clients. By consistent participation in educational opportunities beyond the basic, entry-level professional degree, Psychologists are able to maintain and increase their proficiency in service delivery: New knowledge is acquired, skills are refined, professional attitudes are reinforced, and individual’s lives are changed.
Continuing education is a self-directed process, which requires Psychologists to assume responsibility for their own professional development. However, with the rapid growth of knowledge, coupled with the upsurge in continuing education opportunities for Psychologists IPP recognized the need for standards to guide and facilitate Psychologists’ involvement in continuing education. This document was developed to meet that need.
The standards provide guidance to Psychologists who want to match their continuing education activities with professional expectations. The standards also serve as a resource to assist Psychologists in the selection and provision of continuing education. In light of these broad purposes, the standards are intended for use by individual practitioners, by providers of continuing education, and by administrators who have responsibility for Psychologists.
For the practitioner the standards encourage self-assessment with regard to continuing education activities and provide the means to assess the qualifications of those offering continuing education. For the provider the standards set professional expectations to help plan continuing education events and to help ensure that continuing education offerings are responsive to the learning needs of Psychologists. For the administrator the standards establish policy and practice guidelines for Psychologists’ involvement in continuing education.
It is expected that all members of IPP will adhere to the Standards for Continuing Professional Education, and it is hoped that the standards will stimulate the establishment of programs to recognize Psychologists for their commitment to continuing education. Most countries have established continuing education requirements for licensing, and some have taken steps to establish continuing education approval programs. These programs help ensure that continuing education offerings meet professional expectations for educational quality and breadth.
Psychologists are reminded
that this document represents professional standards. Psychologists who
hold licenses, or other credentials and/or are required from employers and
managed care companies to complete a certain amount of continuing
education credits are reminded to refer to those entities for guidance and
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Last Reviewed 04/04/2012