continuing education

  1. What is Cultural Competence?

    Cultural competence refers to the ability of an individual or organization to understand, appreciate, and effectively work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives. This includes knowledge and awareness of different cultures, as well as the ability to interact with people in a way that is sensitive and appropriate to their cultural context. Cultural competency is important in a variety of fields, including healthcare, education, business, and more, as it helps to foster positive and effective communication, reduce cultural misunderstandings, and promote equality and inclusiveness.


    How Do I Develop Cultural Competence?

    Here are some steps to develop cultural competency:

    1. Seek out education and training: Learn about different cultures, their values, beliefs, and practices. Take courses, read books, attend workshops, and engage in cross-cultural conversations.
    2. Develop self-awareness: Reflect on your own cultural background, values, and biases. This will help you understand how your own cultural lens influences your perceptions and interactions with others.
    3. Engage in active listening: Pay attention to the perspectives, experiences, and needs of people from different cultures. Avoid assumptions and stereotypes, and ask questions to clarify your understanding.
    4. Be respectful and open-minded: Approach people from different cultures with respect and a willingness to learn. Avoid imposing your own cultural norms and values on others.
    5. Be flexible and adaptable: Be open to new ways of thinking, behaving, and communicating. Be willing to adjust your behavior and communication style based on the context and the people you are interacting with.
    6. Seek feedback: Ask for feedback from people from different cultures to learn about how you can improve your cultural competency. This will help you better understand the
  2. What Are CEs?

    CEs stands for Continuing Education or Continuing Education Units and some professions including psychologists, therapists, counselors, and more are required to complete a certain number of CEs to maintain their license.

    Continuing education requirements serve several purposes:

    • Updating skills and knowledge: As the field of work evolves, continuing education helps professionals keep up-to-date with the latest developments and advancements in their area of expertise.
    • Career advancement: Completing continuing education requirements can demonstrate to employers that you are committed to your professional development and growth, making you a competitive candidate for promotions or new job opportunities.
    • Maintaining licensure/certification: In many professions, completing continuing education is a requirement to renew a license or certification, allowing you to legally practice in your field.
      Personal growth and satisfaction: Engaging in ongoing learning can stimulate personal and professional growth and provide a sense of accomplishment.

    In short, continuing education helps professionals stay relevant, competitive, and satisfied in their careers.  You can find library of hundreds of board-approved CE courses at AATBS right now.

  3. Continuing Education: Live Online Vs Self-Paced

    What is a CE?

    CE stands for Continuing Education or Continuing Education Units.  A CE course is a type of educational course or program designed for professionals or individuals who want to continue learning and updating their knowledge and skills in their respective fields. CE courses are typically shorter in duration than traditional academic programs and are offered by professional associations, trade organizations, and other educational institutions. These courses often focus on a specific topic or skill related to a particular profession or industry.

    CE courses are often mandatory for professionals in certain fields to maintain their licenses or certifications, and they can also help individuals stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in their industry. Those in many professions are required to complete a number of CEs to maintain their license such as: counselors, therapists, social workers, BCBAs, psychologists and more. 

    Are CEs Required?

    Many state or provincial boards have requirements regarding how many CEUs are needed, how often these courses must be completed, and the format required among other requirements. In order for an indidvidual to maintain their license, they must obtain CEUs during each renewal period. In some industries, CE courses may not be required, but they may be strongly recommended or beneficial for professional development and career advancement. 

    Does the Format of a CE Course Matter?

    Many CE courses are offered in multiple formats, the most popular of which are usually live or self-paced. Live continuing education (CE) courses are delivered in real-time, typically through webinars, conference sessions, or in-person classes. These courses have set schedules and deadlines, and learners must attend at the specified time.

  4. You Are Licensed! Now… How Do You Keep It?
    You Are Licensed! Now… How Do You Keep It?

    You have worked so hard to make sure you can obtain all the hours you need and pass all the exams required. You have studied countless hours. You can basically even recite the ethics code from memory. You have finally earned that licensed. But, you are not out of the woods yet. You now have to maintain that license. We wanted to give you an idea of what you will need to do to ensure that you keep that license.