As APA's new associate executive director for continuing education and professional development, Greg J. Neimeyer, PhD, plans to make it easier for members to fit continuing education into their busy schedules by providing classes through podcasts and other multimedia opportunities.
Among the new CE offerings are Clinician's Corner, mini-workshops offered at APA headquarters every other month and digitally recorded so they are accessible to all members online. Neimeyer will also debut Portable Clinicals, a series of one- to two-hour clinically oriented podcasts.
Neimeyer knows continuing education as both a provider and a consumer. He's taken CE classes for more than 20 years as director of clinical training at the University of Florida and provided CE for 15 years as the president of Psychoeducational Resources, an APA-approved CE sponsor. In addition, he recently finished a three-year term on APA's Continuing Education Committee.
"All of those experiences have made this position feel like a hand in glove," says Neimeyer, who took the job last fall.
Neimeyer also plans to poll members regularly on what they want from CE. His first survey revealed that members want more training on ethics, psychopharmacology, assessment, trauma and violence.
While Neimeyer will expand offerings on those "hot topics," he also wants to continue to beef up the CE for smaller niche interests, too, such as neuroscience. "APA should be the place people look to for the biggest, best and the latest information around continuing education," says Neimeyer.