ERIC Number: ED164908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Sanctioning and Credentialing Continuing Education in Mental Health.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Drawing from a study on mental health delivery systems, this report focuses on issues related to credentialing the mental health continuing education activities of individual workers and the programs themselves. The first of seven sections reviews the current status of sanctioning and credentialing in mental health continuing education by various disciplines, mental health agencies, and training institutions. Section 2 defines certain terms; for instance, continuing education is defined as any systematic learning experience to improve, modify, or update knowledge, skills, or values in professional or occupational practice. The third section suggests steps for providing more sanction and support for continuing education. Section 4 discusses accreditation of continuing education programs and the certification of continuing education hours. In section 5 seven issues, including complexity of the system, continuing education versus competency, and funding, are raised. Several approaches to credentialing, adopted by societies, agencies, and states, are described in section 6. The final section identifies twelve basic issues and proposes strategies to meet each issue. For example, the first issue involves linking sanctioned activities into a comprehensive continuing education system for delivery of mental health/human services. (Documents on the following aspects of continuing education in mental health are also available: state level programs for preparing and using mental health manpower in state agencies [CE 019 192], financing [CE 019 196], and needs, assessment, and evaluation [CE 019 197].) (CSS)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Education, Certification, Continuing Education Units, Credentials, Delivery Systems, Employment Qualifications, Institutional Role, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interstate Programs, Job Skills, Lifelong Learning, Mental Health Programs, Program Development, Programing Problems, Recognition (Achievement), Sanctions, Staff Development, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: For related documents see CE 019 192 and CE 019 196-197