We Need Continuing Education for Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Government Regulators

It is amazing how many rules and regulations are put forth by government bureaucrats and regulators demanding various professionals who hold licenses to go to ongoing education classes. Most of these classes are mundane, and more about demanding that the professionals submit to authority to maintain their licenses, than anything that will help the consuming public with important safeguards. In many regards as a business owner this totally irks me because we have bureaucrats in Washington DC, and at the state level making more and more rules and regulations each and every year.

It seems that they just can’t help themselves, and they assume that anyone that violates one of their rules or regulations is unethical, an evil doer, or trying to dodge their responsibility in protecting the public. That’s just not the case, often their rules and regulations don’t fit the circumstances, and the entrepreneur or business person is just trying to service their customers despite all the bureaucratic nonsense in the way.

I’ve come to the conclusion over the years, and I’ve even brought this up at our think tank, that politicians, bureaucrats, and government regulators need to have ongoing education for themselves. This is because many of them have never run a business, or participated in the free market system, therefore they don’t understand it.

Rather than the business community getting angry at all the nonsense, why not just make it mandatory that these people working in the government learn the ropes of the real world. What should we be teaching them? Well, here are three items below that might be a good start;

1. Free Markets
2. Constitutional Refreshers
3. The Inefficiencies of Government Bureaucracies

First of all, maybe they need some on-the-job training, and actually work in a business, and mirror as a temporary tagalong with an actual small business person to see how difficult it is to run their operation with all the nonsensical regulations that are put forth. Then I believe they need to read Milton Friedman’s “The Right to Choose” and DeLorenzo’s “How Capitalism Saved America,” and of course Ayn Rand’s classics.

Finally, I believe these bureaucrats and politicians need to take constitutional refresher courses so they don’t promote laws which impede our rights as citizens, business owners, or our right to free contract. You see, these folks need to understand that bureaucracies are by their very nature inefficient, and therefore every time the government does more, they create inefficiencies not efficiencies in free markets. Yes, we need ongoing education classes for politicians, for bureaucrats, and for government regulators. That’s only fair.

Living a Long and Healthy Life With Education For Seniors

Regardless of age, education is invaluable and is an unlimited resource. It engages the mind and gives us an opportunity to improve our knowledge and skills. Continuing education for one may be to take a class at a local recreation center, to enroll in college online, read or listen to an audio book or even attend a seminar or a conference. Engaging in an activity that is a new experience to you is one of the best ways to stimulate your mind and keep it feeling young. Activities like chess, crossword puzzles, or socializing in interesting situations are all good for the health of your mind.

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to the 2009 CERTIFIED SENIOR ADVISOR INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT to further my education. Here I was able to contribute, share and learn with more than 1000 attendees regarding Trends in Aging. The Summit included panelists with a broad base of experience from government agencies, universities, the private sector and even a strong and impassioned 98 year-old who spoke about “Living a Long and Healthy Life”. Other topics addressed the important issues of social and business ramifications of people living longer, long-term care, community-based services, personal well-being and working with seniors facing chronic illnesses.

This simple three-day educational summit expanded my knowledge base with unlimited resources and information to help empower seniors and raise awareness about the options available. I encourage you to add to your wealth of wisdom. Go out; utilize community resources, educate yourself and know what is available to you.

The Importance of Continuing Education for Psychologists

Continuing education for psychologists is available in many forms and its importance cannot be overstated. Not only is it necessary in many states to renew the license to practice, it is of paramount importance for any mental health professional to stay current on the latest methods and research in his or her chosen field. As with any science, psychology isn’t a static field. There are always new ideas being added and old ones being dismissed. It is a living, breathing body of knowledge and any therapist who ignores the new in favor of the old does so at not only their own peril, but that of their patients.

When it comes to state requirements for continuing education for psychologists, the differences are vast. It is important for any therapist to learn what the requirements are for their own license renewal and meet those requirements in ways that are acceptable. Some states may have specific subject areas they want their psychologists to become more familiar with. For instance, in Florida and some other states, the Department of Health demands that their licenses be updated with additional classes in domestic violence. Other states may have an emphasis on drug abuse or suicidal behavior.

In addition to various requirements, continuing education for psychologists takes a number of different forms. Online learning is more popular now than it ever has been in the past. Students can learn through e-courses, taking seminars from online video, and interact with others who are trying to assimilate the same material. Of course, not everyone is comfortable with online learning and there is still plenty of opportunity for those people to further their education as well. In person courses and seminars are held all the time in every state and there are DVDs and book-based courses for those who prefer working on their own.

The benefits of continuing education for psychologists, of course, goes beyond simply fulfilling requirements to renew a license. It is vital to the survival and growth of the field in general. You wouldn’t purchase a piece of technology from the mid-70s and call it state of the art. While technology grows at a rapid pace, so do the sciences. In order to make sure you are providing your patients with the very best care and treatment possible, you have to be up on your field. That means reading the journals, attending seminars, and networking with your fellow psychotherapists. A well connected and informed therapist is a successful one.