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Instructions for writing the Professional Development Plan (PDP) The PDP should address three questions: o Where have you been in your life personally and professionally that has brought you to this point? o Where are you now in your personal and professional life that makes getting an advanced degree important? o Where do you want to go professionally and how will you be tailoring your Walden experience to meet those objectives A good PDP contains all three components. The good PDP is also explicit in its detail about what you plan to do at Walden to meet your personal and professional goals. Use the writing skills you learn in this course to make a sharp PDP that is something you can be proud of and is something that you can refer to when you want to check your progress or re-evaluate your goals. If you have any questions about the PDP, ask the instructor rather than the Academic Advisor. The PDP is not typically within the area of expertise for the advisor. An example of a PDP is attached in the following page. 1
Professional Development Plan November 12, 2003 Part One: Description of Personal and Professional Goals I am currently enrolled as a student in the Clinical Psychology Ph. D. program. I reside in Eagan, Minnesota and am employed as a Program Manager at a group home company for adults with disabilities in New Hope, Minnesota. I have worked with people with disabilities since 1991 and am interested in receiving my Ph. D. so that I can continue this career path with a slightly different direction. When I began my academic career I was drawn to special education because I wanted to work closely with people with disabilities. As I continued my education, and also began working in the public school system, I realized that I did not want to teach but still want to work with people with disabilities. I enjoy working in group home settings because I am able to interact with people and assist them with their life decisions and how to manage their disabilities. I believe that there are not enough psychologists and psychiatrists practicing who are willing or able to effectively work with clients with developmental disabilities. At the completion of my Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, I would like to become licensed in order to practice psychology in Minnesota and provide services to people with disabilities. I feel that with my educational background and experience that I could do this effectively. I am interested in providing lifelong services to people with disabilities and their families. This would include: counseling new parents whose child has a disability; educating families about the options that are available to their child; assisting with adolescents and young adults with disabilities the transition from school to adult life; counseling adults; and also working with group home staff. In regards to working with 2
adults with disabilities, I have worked in the group home system of Minnesota since 1991. During this time, I have observed many needs that are currently not being addressed.

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