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Inspiring Your CPD - July 2017

19 07.17

Work-life balance

This month’s newsletter eases into the holiday season, encouraging you to think about well-being for clients and for yourself.

This newsletter too will take a break in August and return with new ideas in September.

Activities here are simply ideas and are not compulsory. You can choose to do some, all or none; it won’t affect your membership of the CDI whether you take up these ideas or not, although they do reflect good practice.

If you are on the Register then undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of your registration.

If you are a member then undertaking CPD helps you to adhere to the Continuous Professional Development principle in the CDI Code of Ethics.

Each month, we will suggest CPD activities which will allow you to explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Simply choose the items and activities that suit your role and your style.

All the resources mentioned, and many more, are also accessible with direct links from the CPD Resources area of the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD).

Resources related to work-life balance are in NOS:CD05 and 09. Remember too that the CDI’s Code of Ethics requires that ‘Members have a duty of care to themselves, both in terms of their personal integrity, personal safety and their capacity to practise in order to provide an effective service to clients.’


Work-life balance and mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has a useful webpage on work-life balance, with links to their downloadable series of ‘How To …’ booklets on subjects such as managing stress, overcoming fear, and others on the positive use of exercise and mindfulness


Balance or control?

In ‘Is it even possible to have a work-life balance?’ Laurie Cohen suggests the important concept is whether you can maintain adequate control, and how boundaries can be broken through events in either the home or work domain.

Some of that control is in our own hands, but how are we using it? A University of Kent video Flexible working – the way of the future? reports research showing that increased autonomy and apparent control over hours leads, paradoxically, to an expansion of hours worked.


It’s also a question of ‘good work’

Blustein’s Psychology of Working theory develops from an understanding of the role of work in psychological health and well-being. But not just any work. Increasing attention has been paid recently to the need for decent and meaningful work (15 articles in an online journal). This month, the Taylor Review addresses that topic in the UK context in the review of modern working practices and what can be done to make work into ‘Good Work’. Meanwhile CDI member Peter Robinson looked at career guidance, health and well-being in Career Matters January 2017 (all past issues are in the Members Area of the CDI website)


A social and economic question

If your own balance is enhanced by taking time to mull over the big questions, then you have the chance with a paper by T Warren entitled Work-life balance/imbalance, which questions ‘the dominance of the middle class and the neglect of the working class’ in this respect. The author urges us to attend to economic as well as temporal aspects, especially for those who have too few hours of work.


CDI events and webinars

By contrast, some people prefer to explore professional questions through interaction with others. In that case, head into the CDI website to look at future Training Events and Webinars for the autumn. And if you want a taster during the August lull in the CDI programme, remember that all past webinars are available as recordings. The wide range of titles includes information topics, skill development, and support such as managing stress.


Positive psychology and self-help

Drawing on positive psychology, Get happy: four well-being workouts suggests simple techniques which you could practise during the summer.


Finally, right back to the kitchen …. to wish you ‘the best summer ever’

We often look outside our own ranks to find wisdom elsewhere. But we have lots of talented and thoughtful members within the CDI, and we’re finishing this pre-holiday newsletter with words from one of them, Denise Taylor, a career coach who creates short videos called Kitchen Conversations. These may be targeted at her clients, but they are equally useful for us.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a LinkedIn group for all members, and groups that are relevant for each home nation and for the Community of Interest groups. Start (or contribute to) a discussion; keep contributing for several days.

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that reading, talking and reflecting all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in the My CPD section of your ‘My Portfolio’ record.


Useful Tips

Accessing the Members’ Area in order to record your CPD

To access this area click Login (at the top of the screen) and use your Members’ Area username (your email address) and password. Then click on Members’ Area, and choose Professional Register which includes the CPD Resources area and your personal CPD record. You can also access the Register directly by using the Professional Register link on the home page.

The site includes the facility to Request a new password. Remember that for the system to work well, you need to keep your details up to date and ensure that CDI emails are not directed to your spam box.

For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:



Dr Lyn Barham,
Project Associate (Research)

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