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Inspiring Your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - March 2023

24 03.23

Welcome to the CPD Newsletter for March 2023

CPD is important. It is central to our commitment to serve our clients well. CPD activity meets one of the principles of the CDI Code of Ethics for all CDI members. If you are also on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals there is a 25 hours per year requirement for undertaking and writing a short reflective report in your CPD Record.

Each monthly CPD newsletter focuses on a topic, and provides some suggestions for CPD activities, with links so that you can access or book the activity quickly.

This month: Practitioner Research

A quotation: ‘Research is formalised curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.’ Career development practitioners are, at their essence, research practitioners too. Each engagement with a new client is an investigation into their current state, their history, their possible routes forwards, and the myriad hindrances and helps to their progression. After all, it is #SoMuchMoreThanTalkingAboutJobs! So as a profession we are well suited to taking the next step into more extended or formalised research. It is an important


Practitioner Research – an introduction

The National Guidance Research Forum (NGRF) website is no longer updated. However it was created as a resource specific to the career development community, so still offers a starting point for practitioners thinking about undertaking research for the first time. The site says ‘the essential point to grasp about approaching research in an informed manner is that it means that practitioners, managers and researchers alike are better equipped to produce reports, evaluations, enquiries and studies that are built on foundations of rock rather than sand’. The article progresses to a concise description of research stages and key terminology. 

Why research is important – a book chapter

This chapter (McLeod, 2013) is addressed to counsellors and psychotherapists, but you can mentally substitute Career Development Professional as you read it, and it is fully applicable. It offers a comprehensive overview of the research process in the arena of human sciences.



For other insights and information on this topic please see the full CPD Newsletter in the members’ only CPD Resources section.