Continuing Education Plan Copy

At the end of the module, your assignment will be to develop your own EPI Continuing Education Pan identifying a learning goal that you aim to achieve within the next 12 months. A template is provided for you on the assignment page.

You are welcome to identify any learning goal as long as it would have some direct relevance to the care you provide to early psychosis clients and their families.

Step 1 – Identify Learning Goal

As a first step, take some time thinking about the range of topics covered in this training program and from your own clinical experience. Reflect on your own knowledge and skill set -in what areas do you have the most confidence and what areas could be strengthened? How would strengthening those areas potentially impact your own clinical work in the area of early psychosis?

From this self-reflection exercise, identify one learning goal that would be achievable within the next 12-months.

A few examples of learning goals of individuals who have previously gone through this training program include:

  • To become skilled at motivational interviewing
  • To learn more about the association between cannabis and psychosis
  • To become skilled at organizing and running a parent psychoeducational group
  • To better understand the relationship between trauma and psychosis

Pick a goal that is of interest to you and that you could realistically accomplish within 12-months.

Step 2 – Select Learning Activities

After you have selected your goal, you will then need to identify the activities you need to engage in to accomplish your goal. Most learning goals require a combination of different activities.

A few examples of learning activities include:

  • Reading journal articles or a book
  • Discussing with a colleague who has knowledge/skill in that area
  • Shadowing of a peer
  • Watching video tapes
  • Reviewing treatment manuals
  • Supervision
  • Attending an educational workshop or presentation
  • Attending an IEPA Conference (held bi-annually)

Pick the activities that you think would most help you with your own learning goal. Try to be as specific as possible in identifying the activities (i.e., identify the name of the book you will read).

Step 3 – Specify Time Frame and Needed Resources

Put a loose schedule into your plan. When do you think you will be able to have each of these activities completed? Indicate some dates that seem reasonable and realistic at this time. You can always change them later on but having a date written down can give you a target to work towards.

Also, think about the resources and supports you will need for each of the activities. Will you need to enlist the help of another person (e.g., a colleague) or will you need some financial resources (e.g., to buy a video, go to a conference). If you are unable to get commitments then you will need to revise your education plan accordingly.

Step 4 – Track Barriers and Challenges and Modify your Plan

You may encounter barriers and challenges that you didn’t anticipate. A colleague who agreed to mentor you goes on leave; a workshop is cancelled; etc. Track what these barriers are and modify your plan as need be.

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