About The Colorado Professional Development Center
The Colorado Professional Development Center (CPDC) offers seminars, workshops, Certificate Training Programs, and supervision/consultation services for mental health counselors and others actively working to further the psychological development of individuals, couples and families. It also offers courses for the general public, such as writers seeking to self-publish and Mental Health First Aid Training.
All of CPDC’s professional programs are based on the psychological model of attunement and the growing acceptance of early bonding experiences as the foundation for adult psychological wellbeing. CPDC’s emphasis on attachment theory as the critical factor in the effective practice of psychotherapy makes its program offerings unique, particularly in supporting the ongoing professional development of mental health practitioners.
CPDC’s programs are highly experiential and stress the common elements of teaching, learning and counseling. They are constructivistic in nature, and recognize that participants are actively constructing personal meaning, beliefs and values during their learning/counseling experiences.
CPDC’s constructivistic learning environment is developmental, and designed to elicit personal transformation in the ways that participants construct knowledge and meaning for themselves. Participants increase their capacities for accommodating and accepting differences and novelty, and for empathy, compassion, multicultural awareness, and ethical relativity.
Constructivistic learning environments also recognize that meaningful knowledge occurs through a dialogue process in a community setting, and avoids ideological, economic, physical and institutional-based constraints within this dialogue. It celebrates differences and plurality of values and beliefs, and avoids value judgments.
The experiential component of CPDC’s professional programs asks participants to actively engage in self-development. This expands participants’ capacities for inner work practices that builds skills in self-reflection, self-correction, self-directedness, self-authorizing and self-authoring. The outcome is a person with a more complete personal identity who can function effectively in an attuned model of relationship-based psychotherapy.
CPDC’s programs for the general public are based on perceived needs in the community. Seminars and workshops are offered periodically to meet these perceived needs. Initially, these include a Writer’s Workshop for first time writers and those who wish to self-publish. In addition, the Directors will conduct occasional 8 hour workshops for the general public on Mental Health First Aid to give them the understandings and skills to effectively engage those they meet who seem to have mental health issues.