Forming and Developing Your Professional Identity: Easy as PI

Heather Honoré Goltz, Matthew Lee Smith

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Health education and promotion specialists and professional organizations have worked hard to successfully establish and maintain the status of health education/promotion (HE/P) as a unique and essential profession and to solidify practitioners’ sense of professional identity. A professional identity is critical to a person’s sense of self: It is about connecting with roles, responsibilities, values, and ethical standards unique to a specific profession. Professional identity is a complex issue in the HE/P profession; the distinction between personal and professional identities has been debated repeatedly over the years (e.g., should HE/P professionals be role models for clients?). The purpose of this Tool is to explain the concept of professional identity; provide new, emerging, and experienced HE/P with a greater understanding of what it means to have a professional identity; present processes and benchmarks of professional identity development; and offer specific tips and strategies for developing and enhancing an HE/P professional identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-789
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 13 2014


  • career development/professional preparation
  • health education
  • health promotion
  • workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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