The career development sector is continually evolving in line with changes in society, technology and the needs of clients. Maintaining and developing the skills and knowledge to practise effectively in any part of the sector is a cornerstone of professional practice. Yet in straitened times, the funding and time to undertake Continuous Professional Development can be difficult to find. This unique handbook contextualises CPD for the sector, examines why it is important and to whom, offers practical insights on practitioner research and reflective practice and then provides a wealth of information on the many ways in which CPD can be undertaken by both those who are employed and self-employed. With many practical activities, reflection points and case studies throughout, readers will be able to identify their own needs and develop CPD solutions that will support them in developing skills and knowledge to further enhance their own practice. For practitioners who want to own and direct their professional development, this is a must-read guide.
Siobhan Neary is Acting Head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby, UK. She has a background in the guidance sector which encompasses more than twenty years working as a practitioner, trainer, manager and lecturer. Claire Johnson is the Professional Development Manager at the Career Development Institute, UK. Claire is responsible for all matters relating to the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, professional development, National Occupational Standards: Career Development, the Career Progression Pathway and the CPD Resources Area.
Figures & Tables About the authors Acknowledgements Foreword Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Continuous professional development in the career development sector Chapter 3. Being a professional in the career development sector Chapter 4. Reflecting on practice Chapter 5. Becoming a practitioner researcher Chapter 6. CPD for self-employed practitioners Chapter 7. The internet, social media and international CPD opportunities Chapter 8. National Occupational Standards and competence frameworks Chapter 9. A-Z and developing your own career Chapter 10. Moving on - what you are going to do next! Appendix 1 - Practitioner researcher project pro forma Appendix 2 - CPD action plan Index Further reflection pages