Changes to professional development
From 2017 the British Psychological Society’s Professional Development Centre (PDC) will be organising its professional development activities and workshops in line with key policy themes, work streams and emergent areas in psychology. There will be a number of core workshops running, for example Supervision Skills, Expert Witness and Working Successfully in Private Practice, which the centre will be looking to add to throughout the year.
Working collaboratively with Policy, Boards and Committees across the BPS, the centre will be creating a more strategically focused central professional development offering that will be relevant to the progress of psychology, the BPS and its members. There will be periodic announcements and calls for proposals in a number of different areas, with deadlines for these, enabling collaborative working with other areas of the BPS and the ability to plan activity around other events, activities, documents and launches.
Thomas Elton, Professional Development Centre Manager, said: ‘This approach will allow the PDC to be more flexible and responsive to key policy areas and react more readily to emergent themes. As a result the Professional Development Centre hopes to better align with the interests and needs of members. The team are leading a number of exciting projects over the next few years to progress the area of professional development within the BPS. As part of this we will be looking at how to engage further with members to provide a more varied range of opportunities to engage in professional development provided by the BPS, using technology and a variety of modes of delivery in the learning environment.’
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