The trials our elementary and secondary teachers are having are also evident in the professional continuing education arena. How do you teach remotely?
I must have 40 hours of continuing education of sufficient quality and relevance every two years to maintain my psychologist licensure. At least 3 hours must be in the areas of ethics or jurisprudence. 20 hours must be from live presentations. These hours can be in person, or in live presentations on the computer in which you can communicate with the presenters. The other 20 hours can be through giving presentations, writing chapters in books, reading books and taking tests on the material, or participating in non-interactive online training. All continuing education for this reporting period must be obtained by October 31.
This is my year to report my 40 hours. On October 1, I had a total of 20.5 hours. They were all live and in the area of jurisprudence. It wouldn’t look too good for the president of the psychologist licensing board to be short continuing education hours, so I had to hustle to find more training. I found 6 hours of online workshops through the American Psychological Association that I completed last week. I was also very happy to find a three day workshop which started yesterday, live and online and at no cost, for 10.5 hours concerning trauma focused therapy for youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The training was sponsored by a facility in Fargo. It was paid for by a Federal grant. The trainers were absolutely wonderful, all PhD’s and LCSW’s from places like John’s Hopkins. We had handouts we got ahead of time, and I curled up on the sofa and petted the cats while I learned from my work laptop. There were 50 participants from across ND, and we could all see each other and communicate via a chat function on the screen or via microphone. It was also nice that husband listened along and will participate with me in live advanced training on this topic in Fargo in December. He already had enough hours.
The technology challenges were huge, but the workshop went off as planned. It was so nice to have good teachers. While I would rather go somewhere and get live training, this was wonderful. I am excited for today and tomorrow. On Friday and Saturday, I will gain yet another 7 hours of continuing education in jurisprudence in an interactive workshop for psychology licensing board members. Dull, but I will have enough training hours.
What kind of a learner are you? Who was your best teacher? Who was your worst teacher?