ERIC Number: ED414508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
A Descriptive Study of Mandatory Continuing Professional Education in an Emerging Field: A Prospectus on the Counseling Profession. Executive Summary.
Sattem, Linda Lee
A study analyzed the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements, practices, policies, evaluation measures, and perception of impact on practice and participants in the counseling profession. Research was conducted in 22 states with at least 5 years experience with their counselor licensing legislation requiring CPE. Other states were examined for comparisons. All participants provided written information, legislation, and forms and completed a questionnaire. The majority of states required CPE and found mandated CPE had a positive impact on the general public, legislators, and insurance companies. Annualized CPE hours required ranged from 10-25. The majority of states did not regulate or evaluate CPE providers. States were at the least sophisticated level of CPE evaluation, using paper and pencil tests that measured participant satisfaction and to a limited extent change in knowledge. The majority of states had CPE processes that were formal, large group, and lecture based. There was considerable interaction between states and between states and national organizations concerning CPE practices. Recommendations included the following: using a random audit of CPE compliance records; developing criteria for CPE activities; allowing for more small group and individualized learning; teaching adult learning theories and practices to CPE providers; and developing processes whereby counselors may assess their needs and develop learning plans. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Executive summary of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Cincinnati, OH, November 1997).