Trauma: Continuing Education For Psychotherapists
When it comes to psychologists and psychiatrists, few things are as important as keeping up with advancements in the field of trauma. Continuing education means seeking out the latest available literature, taking classes, and learning at the feet of those at the head of the research. As with any science, psychotherapy is a growing field. New knowledge becomes part of the tapestry every day and those professionals who fail to keep up with that knowledge do so at their own peril, and the peril of their patients.
With issues such as trauma, continuing education can help mental health professionals find new and more effective ways to treat their patients. While it is important that any psychotherapist finds his own philosophy and his own methodology when it comes to both treatment and research, it shouldn’t be done at the exclusion of an open mind. Science loses its power when it is not continually built upon, with new ideas and contested old ideas paving the pathway to the future. For instance, a doctor can have a Freudian approach to his practice, but that shouldn’t mean sticking strictly to the teachings of Dr. Freud exclusively.
There are a number of ways a mental health professional can continue to learn following their primary education. Classes are given in every state and district, encouraging any professional to not only expand their knowledge for their own sake, but for the sake of getting re-licensed according to the laws of their area. For those workers for whom attending classes is a hardship, there are a number of online learning programs available, many of them offering the same opportunities when it comes to getting credit for a licensing program. Some people learn better this way, with the opportunity to read the material at their own pace and at a time that is convenient to them.
There are also sites online that host lectures and post the latest writings from some of the masters in the field of psychotherapy, letting doctors and other mental health professionals listen in on new and advanced concepts. There are sometimes online communities built around these sites, which can provide an even greater opportunity to learn and share new information with other professionals. A wise man once said, “The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.” To ward off this untimely death, find as many sources of information as you can and drink deeply from each of them.