What does it mean to be a professional?
For many of you sharing your knowledge and skills with others isn’t something new, it is likely that you’ve enjoyed sharing with others for many years. So, what does it mean now to be working in a professional capacity? How is this different from sharing information with family and friends?
Working in the human service space in a professional capacity brings with it a range of expectations and conditions. For some this is a comfortable distinction, one that provides boundaries for the professional and the client, one that set minimum standards for knowledge and competence. However, for others the distinction between personal and professional, or more specifically between client and clinician, can seem elitist or even cold when we’d prefer a friendly connection with the people we are working with.
READ “The Context for Professional Education and Development”
Eraut, M. (1994). Developing Professional Knowledge And Competence (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203486016