Introduction and Overview
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Professional development in psychology is heavily emphasized but not standardized. In this publication, authors review the importance of focusing on personal as well as professional development in an effort to minimize long-term consequences, such as ethical and legal issues, and maximize the early career professional’s potential. The general orientation of this publication stems from prevention to hopefully avoid those aforementioned career consequences. Also, authors identify a concept called “simple exposure”; authors recommend increasing exposure to a variety of areas of psychology in order to increase opportunities. It is this focus on prevention, a strong foundation, as well as the “simple exposure” that serves as the vehicle for this publication. This chapter includes a review of the orientation of this publication, open-mindedness in psychology, and the importance of developing a niche. The chapter concludes with a review of the remaining chapters in this publication. Although this publication is geared for the early career psychologist, it is appropriate for all early career professionals in the behavioral sciences and as well as professionals in the medical field.