CPD Program Description

MANDATORY CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

DESCRIPTION AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE COLLEGE’S CPD PROGRAM

This program affords members the opportunity to fulfill the mandatory requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) set out below through a combination of professional activities along with participation in both formal and informal continuing education workshops and seminars. The CPD program is to be used in conjunction with the self- assessment which members are already required to conduct every two years, such that the CPD activities will directly address those areas identified for development in members’ CPD plans as well as capture additional professional development activities undertaken over the course of the two year reporting cycle.

Most practitioners currently acquire more than the number of credits required by the CPD program and the program is not meant to discourage this.

EXPECTATIONS

  1. Continuing Professional Development shall be undertaken in activities related to: professional development; knowledge and skills in a member’s area(s) of practice; and legislation, professional standards and ethics.
  2. Continuing Professional Development shall be tracked on a two-year cycle.
  3. Continuing Professional Development shall be undertaken from a combination of activities in Category A – Professional Activities and Category B – Continuing Education Activities. [See attached Chart] Any single activity may be used to fulfill only one of the minimum Continuing Professional Development requirements in either Category A or Category B and only to the maximums noted, per two-year cycle.
  4. A member shall obtain at least 50 credits of Continuing Professional Development every two years. In many cases, credits are equivalent to hours however there are some categories of Continuing Professional Development that are not “hourly”.
  5. In accumulating the required 50 credits of Continuing Professional Development every two years a member shall undertake a minimum of 10 credits from Category A – Professional Activities and a minimum of 10 credits from Category B – Continuing Education Activities. (See attached chart.)
  6. To ensure maintenance of knowledge related to jurisprudence, a minimum of 10 credits of Continuing Professional Development activities undertaken shall pertain to legislation, professional standards and ethics related to the profession. These may be from either Category A or Category B or a combination of these.
  7. At the end of each two-year cycle, the member shall attest to the completion of the required Continuing Professional Development in a manner required by the Committee.  The member shall provide the Committee with documentation of the Continuing Professional Development undertaken and/or other related documentation, as the Committee may require and in the form required by the Committee.

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHART

Members are required to obtain a minimum of 50 CPD credits every two years. At least 10 credits must be obtained from each of sections A and B. At least 10 out of the total of 50 credits must be related to the ethical practice of psychology and these can be earned within section A and/or B. An electronic version of this chart, allowing for easy tracking of CPD credits is available from the College.

The requirements set out below refer to the minimum number of credits members are required to obtain over a two-year cycle. It is believed that most members will likely exceed these requirements. Maximums noted below refer only to the maximum number of credits one may use from each section to satisfy the overall requirements of the program.

SECTION A – PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
(MINIMUM 10 CREDITS/ MAXIMUM 40 CREDITS)

A1
Professional Consultation /Interaction
1 hour = 1 credit to maximum of 20, with no more than 10 credits for any one type of activity
Examples:
• Colloquia, attending invited speaker sessions, professional development meetings
• Case conferences
• Grand Rounds
• Journal discussions with professional peers
• Interactive professional list serve participation
• Providing or receiving supervision or peer consultation
• Being Peer Reviewed (either having been required or voluntarily)
• Mentorship or shadowing
• Other similar activities that would lead to impact on your professional practice with clients
• May involve interaction either face to face or mediated by technology
• May be interdisciplinary
A2
Teaching
10 credits per semester course to a maximum of 20
Examples:
• Teaching a university or community college course
• May include teaching a practicum course or supervising student research
A3
Delivering Workshops, Conferences and Presentations
1 hour = 1 credit to a maximum of 10
Examples:
• Developing, teaching and/or presenting workshops, seminars or other courses
• Other similar activities
A4
Writing, Reviewing, Editing
Maximum of 20 Credits
A4a
Professional Scientific Paper
1 publication = 10 credits to a maximum of 20
Examples:
• Professional or scientific paper
• Book, chapter, journal, relevant to psychology
• Other similar activities
A4b
Other Writing, Including Writing for and Consulting with Media, Editing and Reviewing
1 hour = 1 credit, to a maximum of 10
Examples:
• Professional e‐ writing, (blogs, website posts)
• Popular media
• Other similar activities, excluding reports and documentation prepared in the course of providing care to clients
A5
Formal Research
1 hour = 1 credit , to a maximum of 10
Designing, implementing, collecting and analyzing research data
A6
College/Association Involvement
Maximum of 15 credits
A6a
Serving on College Council or Committee or Psychological Association Board or Committee
5 credits per membership on Council, Board or Committee to a maximum of 15
A6b
Serving as oral examiner or Quality Assurance Committee Peer Reviewer
1 hour = 1 credit to a maximum of 10
A6c
Participation in College Consultations
1 credit per consultation to a maximum of 5
A7
Practice Outcome Monitoring
1 hour = 1 credit, to a maximum of 10
Assessing individual or group client outcomes using questionnaires or other formal outcome measures
A8
General Attendance at Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Conventions
1/2 day = 1 credit, to a maximum of 5
Reflects attendance at conferences in which there is live interaction with other participants
May be counted in addition to those credits associated with the educational content acquired at events reported in B1 and B2, below

SECTION B – CONTINUING EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
(MINIMUM 10 CREDITS/ MAXIMUM 40 CREDITS)

B1
Approved Continuing Education where Formal CE Credits are Provided
1 hour = 1 credit, to a maximum of 20
Examples:
• Professionally relevant workshops, seminars, sessions
• May be undertaken in person or via technology
Any structured CE program relevant to the practice of psychology would be acceptable; CPO does not pre‐approve or endorse any specific CE programs; generally, appropriate CPD activities will have a structured agenda, learning objectives, attendance (either on‐site or on line) and a specified number of required hours of attendance. Members are expected to use their own judgment in determining the appropriateness of specific CE crediting organizations
B2——-
Programs/Courses/Workshops where Formal CE Credits are not Provided
1 hour =1 credit to a maximum of 20
Examples:
• Professionally relevant programs, workshops or courses offered at an educational institution or professional or scientific meeting
• May be undertaken in person or via technology  
B3
Self Directed Learning
1 hour = 1 credit, to a maximum of 10
Examples:
• Reading professional literature (journals, books, College e‐ Bulletins, manuals for new tests, therapy tools, etc.,)
• Viewing archived webinars/podcasts related to professional activities
• Other similar activities

Reference:
ASPPB Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development, as revised (2014), retrieved from:
https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.asppb.net/resource/resmgr/guidelines/revised_guidelines_for_cpd_2.pdf