Professional Development

Just as personal coping skills help us to deal with stress, so too does professional development. It is important to continue learning new professional skills. Not knowing what to do in a certain situation or feeling uncomfortable with a certain kind of client can definitely be a stress-inducing situation. By taking stock of how we spend our time as clinicians, we can begin to determine where it is that we could benefit from additional training. In addition to learning new skills (which can certainly alleviate some professional stress), professional development seminars and conferences provide us with valuable opportunities to network with other colleagues and to get away from the daily work environment for a period of time. Many professionals note how restorative a good professional conference can be. They return to work feeling energized and restored. This can be of great value to practicing clinicians at every level of experience.