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Continuing Professional Development



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We all recognise how important it is for us, as practitioners, to keep abreast of developments within our profession and to continue to upgrade our skills. There are a range of professional development opportunities available to us.

 Defining Continuing Professional Development is useful in terms of what we may hope to expect from this activity.  The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines ‘continuing’ to include:  constant, enduring and uninterrupted; ‘professional ‘ to include:  relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill and ‘development’ as the act or process of growing or causing something to grow or become larger or more advanced. 

From an adult guidance perspective, we may draw from these definitions that CPD may include short or long term programmes, which may be accredited or non-accredited.  Programmes may be designed to bring new learning or share practice.  At the heart of CPD is a sense in which both the theory and practice of adult guidance may be enriched and advanced as a result of learning through continuing professional development.  

NCGE provides continuing professional development (CPD) and support to guidance counsellors, working in an adult guidance context and adult guidance information officers.  This relates specifically to the guidance programme which is delivered nationally to the 39 Adult Educational Guidance Services.  NCGE also co-ordinates and hosts the Academia programme.   This European programme provides opportunities for guidance counsellors to visit Guidance Centres throughout a number of countries in Europe.

ETBs/WIT, as employers of adult guidance staff provides a range of CPD opportunities to reflect local needs.  A local Adult Guidance Service induction programme is essential for all new staff so that they are familiar with the Service and the work of their education provider.  It also provides new staff with the basic information they require, in order to join an Adult Guidance Service team confidently and effectively.