As anyone involved in the field can tell you, counseling continuing education is vital to grow a base of knowledge that can help patients and move you beyond the basics. Having a thriving and successful practice in any endeavor means learning on a continual basis. The entire industry grows as a result of having professionals who have moved beyond what they learned in their original schooling and have taken the opportunity to intensify their education with classes, workshops, and networking. Those states and private organizations that make no requirements of their counselors as it pertains to furthering their knowledge do not only their professionals a disservice, but their patients as well.In most states, counseling continuing education is more than a suggestion; it is a requirement. This is not true in all states, however. Even in some states where there are no requirements, private employers will place those requirements on their employees, knowing that it will help raise the standard of therapy provided at the institution. Of course, an unfortunate side effect can occur within those states and organizations that have credit requirements. Rather than use those minimum standards as just that, professionals simply get what they need to stay employed and nothing more. The best professionals in the field see those requirements for what they are-minimums-and move beyond them each and every year.Every therapy center depends on the knowledge and ability of their staff in order to build a reputation. And a reputation is all any such organization really has. Whether it is a government agency or a private institution, the goal should always be the provide the best care possible. This is an impossible goal to achieve if the staff is not immersing themselves in academics, learning the latest techniques and trends that are being developed around the country and throughout the world. Without this continual learning, the field grows stagnant and patients are no longer likely to make the kind of progress they should be making.The soft sciences are living fields of study. They cannot exist in a vacuum, only to be read about in stuffy textbooks. What you learned in college ten years ago may be largely obsolete in today’s practice. However, if you never take the time to further your studies, you’ll never know this. There are a number of ways to accomplish counseling classes. Ask your employer or seek out ways to do so, even if it means going well beyond the minimum standards.
Continuing education in today’s tight job market is necessary if you want to gain the competitive edge, increase your chances for a higher income, and to become an expert in your area of expertise.Here are the top five reasons why:1. Even if you have not had a chance to gain the experience, having a college degree or technical certification will speak volumes about your personal character, it will impress your employer, and certainly give you the competitive edge over your peers who have not taken the time to continue their education. In today’s highly competitive job market, what you bring today the table in the way of education, training and of course experience speaks volumes.2. A simple high school diploma in today’s job market is not enough, especially if you are plan to climb the corporate ladder of success, demand top dollar for your expertise and truly excel in the job market, this is one of the primary reasons why continuing education is a must. You must show your employer that you are ready, willing, and able to take the next step by continuing to advance your educational standing that you are willing to “bite the bullet” and not stop until you get a Degree, Masters Degree or technical certification.3. Once you have earned your degree, don’t stop, always look for an opportunity to take various certification and self improvement courses, it will make your resume stand out from the crowd and show your employer that you are always eager and ready to learn more. Employers will be more incline to send you to training courses when they see that you are investing in yourself.4. Become an expert in your field of study, you can do this through research, doing special projects and studies, writing magazines articles in your field of expertise, part-time teaching at junior colleges and universities, volunteering to share your expertise by teaching it to others. In other words, take advantage of any and every opportunity to hone your skills and stay up-to-date in the state of the art. This will show that you have the ability to study and work independently, that you can be trusted to work alone on special projects, that you will work well as part of a group, and that you have the ability to research as well as communicate with others.5. By continuing your higher education, you will also have many new transferable skills that will be useful in the modern workplace, no matter what you study. Today’s high tech market place will require that you stay up-to-par on the latest technological advancements. It’s not enough to think critically, you must be able to take the information and apply it to various work environments. Continuing your education is the catalyst to help you gain the critical thinking skills and technical savvy you need to exceed.Once you earn your degree, you will have a great sense of personal accomplishment, now you are able to further excel in your career or even change your career in pursuit of more lucrative job opportunities. It is now your chance to earn more money and finally get that “good paying” a job.