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(p. 95) Continuing Education Requirements Are Unnecessary and Are Not Relevant to My Professional Competence 

(p. 95) Continuing Education Requirements Are Unnecessary and Are Not Relevant to My Professional Competence
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(p. 95) Continuing Education Requirements Are Unnecessary and Are Not Relevant to My Professional Competence
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Jeffrey E. Barnett

, and Jeffrey Zimmerman

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0018
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date: 22 May 2019

Even the best trained and most highly skilled mental health clinicians must take active steps to maintain, update, and expand their knowledge and skills. Failure to do so on an ongoing basis places one’s professional competence at risk. This chapter explains the fragile nature of competence and the steps to take to help ensure the maintenance of ongoing clinical effectiveness. Enhancing one’s competence to add new skills and to expand one’s clinical practice into new areas also is addressed. Continuing requirements for license renewal are described and placed within the broader context of each mental health practitioner’s overarching ethical obligation to provide the highest quality professional services possible. Specific recommendations for achieving this goal are provided in the hope that mental health clinicians will incorporate them into their ongoing professional activities.

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