Last-minute CPD ideas

That’s right, it’s that time of year again…and no we’re not referring to Mariah Carey defrosting, we mean it’s time to renew your SWE registration! But first, you need to make sure you’ve got enough CPD under your belt. In this blog, we explore some CPD ideas for those social workers who have left it until the eleventh hour (you’re busy people, it’s OK, we forgive you).

Why CPD matters in social work

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a pivotal component of a social worker’s career path. It’s the ongoing journey of acquiring new knowledge, fostering reflection, and nurturing personal growth, all aimed at maintaining and enhancing your skills. CPD isn’t just about professional development; it’s a necessity for sustaining your registration with Social Work England.

Adhering to Social Work England’s CPD standards is more than a box to tick; it’s a hallmark of responsible and proficient social work practice. To retain your registration, it’s essential to document at least two CPD activities, with one involving peer reflection. However, your CPD should be tailored to your unique needs, the dynamics of your practice, and the role you play.

Here are some CPD ideas to get you started: 

Case learning

One effective strategy for satisfying your CPD obligations is the review of a recent complex case that posed challenges. Reflect on the case, dissecting what unfolded positively and what could have been handled better. This introspection helps pinpoint areas for improvement, fostering a refined approach to your practice.

Self-directed learning

Engaging in self-directed learning empowers you to delve into topics or activities that genuinely pique your interest. Whether it’s delving into a thought-provoking journal article, tuning in to an enlightening podcast, or absorbing insights from a captivating TED Talk, self-directed learning not only broadens your knowledge but also keeps you invigorated and motivated in your social work sphere.

Feedback integration

Feedback, whether from individuals with lived experience in social work or your peers, is an invaluable source of learning and professional growth. Seek feedback proactively and incorporate it into a reflective piece. This exercise serves as a spotlight on areas where you can improve and highlights the strengths in your practice.

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carlette Isaac

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