For a psychologist, the learning doesn’t stop when you walk away with the degree in hand. In fact, in any field of science, learning is a lifetime experience. Not only because there is such a wealth of knowledge already out there, but also because new research changes the game on an every-day basis. When it comes to psychology, continuing education is more than a requirement for continued licensing; it is a necessity to be the best possible practitioner and therapist you can be.
In psychology, continuing education is often best applied by doing in on a regular basis. Never stop learning, a wise man once said. And that is usually the best approach. Not everything has to be from an accredited institution. By studying on a regular basis and setting time aside to further your knowledge of a given subject, you will be constantly adding to your own understanding of a concept. This is invaluable as you attempt to utilize and implement that information into your own unique brand of therapy. They say that no two therapists will give the exact same advice to a patient. This is true because we each bring our own set of sensibilities and experiences to every situation. But knowing what other therapists are doing will only strengthen your own practice.
Psychology continuing education is a requirement in many states, of course. And where it isn’t a requirement for continued licensure, it may be required by your particular employer. When it comes to obtaining CEUs, you need to make sure the institution providing the coursework is approved by the state and that the credits you earn will count towards your renewal. The bar for these CEUs is typically not very high. In many states, the requirement is only twenty coursework hours every two years. The bar associations understand that a psychologist is often a very busy individual and does not want to burden them with unrealistic levels of work. The state may also require a certain number of hours be towards a specific subject, such as ethics or drug abuse.
Today, you have a number of options when it comes to psychology continuing education. Online courses are available in nearly every subject and sub-subject you can imagine. DVD courses are available from the APA and other learning institutions. Seminars and weekend workshops are given around the country for those who prefer to learn while surrounded by other intellectuals. Find your preferred method of learning and amassing those credits will be that much easier.