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Reflection is at the heart of true continuing professional development

By Paul Matthews, Founder, People Alchemy

21 May 2015

The acronym 'CPD' rolls easily off the tongue, but too often we forget what it really means. CPD has become, for many, a chore that has to be done, a box that has to be ticked. With the upcoming changes to continuing professional development for solicitors in England and Wales, perhaps we should be looking at it anew.

Assuming you want to get better at what you do, activities that improve your knowledge and skills seem like obvious choices. But, lawyers are time poor and the urgencies of work and lives conspire to derail attempts to do formal training and education. This is where an understanding of reflection and its role within the learning process can help a lot. Reflection, when used consciously as a tool, can greatly enhance the learning that is available from your normal day-to-day activities. It takes less time than you might think and counts as CPD under the new regime.

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