Frequently Asked Questions
What is Deliberate Practice?
Deliberate Practice is a concept from the work of psychologist K. Anders Ericsson. It refers to a way of improving performance through focused practice of specific skills with ongoing feedback. Ericsson's research shows that this type of practice is the most effective way to improve any skill. It's how experts become experts.
Our approach to Continuing Education at PracticeGround is based on Deliberate Practice. Our trainings focus on principles of effective therapy, but as importantly they provide practice exercises so that you sharpen clinical skills not just academic understanding. You can practice these exercises alone, with your local colleagues, or with groups of other PracticeGround clinicians in the Community or in a live course.
What is the time commitment involved when I join the PracticeGround Community?
It's completely up to you. You set the pace to meet your needs and schedule. Probably most useful is to schedule a regular weekly period for professional development of about 15-30 minutes. The Learning Community's purpose is to create a structure that supports your own learning goals, not prescribe them.
How do online instructor-led courses work and what software/hardware do I need to join?
For online webinars, you will meet with an instructor and your classmates in a virtual classroom. You will be able to see and hear the instructor and view the lesson slides. You will also see a chat stream of comments and questions from other classmates. Many courses include live discussion with the instructor and role play with give feedback in small groups.
For longer courses, meetings take place in the same virtual classroom and you will be helped in designing some form of deliberate practice homework to work on between sessions. Between each class meeting, you may participate in email and web-based discussions, sharing of learning materials, and optional small group meetings to support specific interests.
The online classroom should can be accessed through Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome browsers, as well as an Android or iPhone app. For the audio portion, you can access that directly through your computer speakers or via phone.
What hardware/software do I need for on-demand courses?
For our On Demand courses, you will need a computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet) with internet access and a web browser (preferably Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). You will also need a way to view PDF handouts (e.g. Adobe Reader or Mac Preview). Please note that most On Demand courses are not accessible on a smartphone due to screen size limitations.
I am having technical difficulties (e.g. I can't download a course, my organization is blocking access to the site, etc.). Can you help me?
If you are having trouble accessing a course, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to trouble-shoot the issues with you. Please provide details about the problems you are experiencing, the location from which you are connecting, the type of connection, as well as the type of system (PC or Mac) and the browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc) you are using, that will help us offer some suggestions.
I'm not a psychologist. Can I get CE credit as a social worker, mental health counselor, etc?
We currently offer CE credits only under our American Psychological Association (APA) sponsor status. However, many licensure boards will accept a certain amount of "other" credits toward their requirements, so please check with your particular board to see if that is the case.