What do we mean by CPD?
“Registered and student clinical members should regularly monitor and evaluate their clinical skills and actively extend their knowledge base and their own personal development through continuing professional development.”
The Society of Homeopaths’ Code of Ethics and Practice, Paragraph 17
CPD occurs every time we learn anything of relevance to our homeopathic work. For example, it happens when we see a patient, work on a case, make sense of the outcomes of our treatment in a follow up, reflect on what occurred in our interaction with a patient or participate in a proving. It happens when we consider how to manage and grow our practice, design our information leaflets or website, manage ourselves in relation to our practice or consider our effectiveness as a practitioner.
Learning with others, formally or informally, plays an important part in this process. This requires an investment of time but it doesn’t necessarily have to cost much. Whatever we do – participate in peer-group supervision, research a remedy for ourselves, take a regular yoga class or attend a seminar – the test for whether it counts as CPD lies in how useful and relevant it becomes to how we practise and whether it helps us improve our effectiveness as a practitioner.
What we learn in the context of clinical practice not only contributes to our own professional development, we may also be able to make a contribution to the profession as a whole when sharing our findings with a wider audience (e.g. in a Society publication or at a CPD day or even when participating in a peer group discussion).
The aim of the Society of Homeopath’s CPD Department is to foster a culture in which CPD is seen as an essential part of being a professional homeopath and to develop, facilitate and promote a wide range of opportunities to support members in their CPD.
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