I often see discussions about therapists who aren’t happy with needing to meet a minimum requirement of education every year for their associations or insurance. They tend to feel that it’s forced upon them. That they should be able to choose as much or as little education as they like as they continue on their career, and to some extent I can agree with them. Maybe some minimum CEU/CPD requirements can seem a little high, but in the grand scheme of thing, these organizations (more often than not) don’t have a financial gain in you participating in these courses.
What they do have, is an investment in the profession.
An investment to ensure that the therapists who represent them are highly skilled, and highly educated and are devoted to doing good for the profession as a whole.
I’ve been personally working on a lot of self development lately. After all, how can I offer you the best advice, guidance, course offerings if I am not actively working on my own education?
Whilst reading The Miracle Morning, the author Hal made the following statement and I feel it sums up the continued education need for our profession perfectly:
“If you wanted to master Karate, you wouldn’t learn the techniques once and then think, “I got this.” No, you’d learn the techniques, practice them, then go back to your sensei and learn them again, and repeat the process hundreds of times in order to master a single technique.”
The one thing I would say that differs in my belief from the above statement is that you don’t have to have ONE sensei. In fact I highly encourage seeking out as many teachers, schools, training systems as you can that interest you in your particular niche. There are bound to be at least one course out there that covers it.
When you find it, simply follow the idea above.
Once you’ve learned and practised from the first class, try the next, and the next.
The biggest difference in massage education between institutes and instructors is the knowledge and spirit that each instructor brings on the day of the class.
Some instructors you will automatically click with, and every word they share, and every technique they demonstrate will feel like you’ve had this amazing breakthrough.
Some instructors, on a personality basis you may not quite jive with, that’s ok too. But maybe they have been in the industry a very long time, and they have a different spin on the technique you are learning. They may use their body in a slightly different way when performing a technique that is perfect to help you with your body mechanics.
Or it could be you don’t necessarily agree with the philosophy behind a certain practice, but there is merit in the technique, and experiencing the class helps highlight positive changes you can make in your own practice.
So don’t look at having to attend continued education courses as a chore. Embrace the experience. Look at it as an investment not only in your practice and as a way to boost your income, but look at it as an investment in yourself.
Take notes on not only what you learn, but how you feel about the course.
You’ll be amazed at what you learn about yourself on the way.