CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Cognitive complexity is the ability to take in and incorporate diverse perspectives, and such abilities have been positively correlated with beneficial influences on counseling skills such as empathy and clinical interventions. This brief intermediate continuing education course, developed using information from The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, provides a systematic and critical review of the cognitive complexity literature and discusses future implications of cultivating cognitive complexity in the counseling profession.
CE Course Objectives
1. Define the term cognitive complexity and explore how it can positively influence counseling skills.
2. Analyze cognitive complexity literature within the counseling field and counselor education, including how to cultivate these abilities.
3. Identify specific clinical skills that are demonstrated by counselors who exhibiit cognitive complexity.
4. Describe the cognitive-developmental theoretical frameworks that enable individuals to move across rigid stages of cognitive development into more flexible, integrative thinking.
5. Discuss how problem-based learning can be utilized to foster cognitive complexity in counselor training programs.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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