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date: 22 September 2019

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The contemporary commitment to competence in professional psychology occurs even as the field itself confronts considerable challenge and change. This chapter addresses key elements of those challenges and changes as they articulate with related developments in the field of continuing education and lifelong learning. Conceptual and empirical developments are forcing significant reconsideration and reformulation of the mechanisms of continuing professional development within and beyond professional psychology, and these are joined by renewed forces of accountability, increased specialization, and the profusion of new knowledge and emerging technologies. These and other developments are discussed in relation to 10 critical trends that currently confront the field of continuing professional development, each of which poses potential problems as well as prospects for the broader field of professional psychology and the probable future it faces.

Keywords: professional development, continuing education, lifelong learning

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