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Approaches to Professional Development Planning
Beven, Peter
An invaluable practical resource for literature and other arts professionals involved in supporting professional development planning (PDP). The 30-page guide introduces a range of tried and tested helping strategies with practical suggestions for using them in a PDP context. Written by Peter Beven, an experienced trainer and lecturer in the field of advice guidance and counselling.

Professional Development Planning (PDP) is a supportive activity that aims to help individuals to make decisions about their professional life. At the heart of good practice for guides providing this service must be the notion that participants in the PDP process take an active part in making these decisions.

The challenge for the PDP guide is finding the best way to do this, given the rich variation in personalities, decision-making styles and readiness to embrace change that they are likely to encounter.

This practical and accessible 30-page guide provides an introduction to seven tried and tested approaches that can be used to support PDP: the Egan Skilled Helper model, solution focused approaches, neuro-linguistic programming, motivational interviewing, personal construct theory, narrative approaches and decision making. The origins and key features of each approach are described followed by exercises and other practical suggestions for using it within a PDP context. The authoritative listing of key texts and websites provides an invaluable starting-off point for those wishing to learn more about any of these approaches.

The author, Peter Beven, is an experienced trainer and lecturer in the Advice Guidance and Counselling area of work. He is currently Programme Leader for the Advice Guidance and Counselling route of the BA Joint Honours degree at Northumbria University, a Senior Associate of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Teaching Fellow of Northumbria University.

This guide has been co-commissioned by Northern Cultural Skills Partnership (www.ncsp.co.uk) and literaturetraining and is based on a NCSP short course programme which was delivered by Peter Beven in January - July 2008 to support people providing Professional Development Planning (PDP) and Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) in the cultural sector in the North East of England.
Approaches to Professional Development Planning is available to download here free in a pdf version. Printed copies are available price £3.00 (includes p&p) by sending a cheque payable to literaturetraining to: literaturetraining, PO Box 23595, Leith EH6 7YX.


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