Paranormal Investigators Professional Body?
I recently had a conversation with a friend about Professional Bodies and got to wondering whether there was one, or should be one associated with Paranormal Investigators. I took the following description of a Professional Body from Wikipedia and it has got me wondering whether it might be a good thing.
Baring in mind that Paranormal Investigating is not as such a profession (....or....given the rise of paranormal entertainment companies perhaps that could be contested):
Does anyone know of one currently operating?
Is it a good idea. Would one benefit paranormal research or indeed your group?
If there was one, how would you expect it to operate and what should it be involved in?
A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) is usually anon-profit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.
The roles of these professional associations have been variously defined: "A group of people in a learned occupation who are entrusted with maintaining control or oversight of the legitimate practice of the occupation;" also a body acting "to safeguard the public interest;" organizations which "represent the interest of the professional practitioners," and so "act to maintain their own privileged and powerful position as a controlling body."
Such bodies generally strive to achieve a balance between these two often conflicting mandates. Though professional bodies often act to protect the public by maintaining and enforcing standards of training and ethics in their profession, they often also act like a cartel or a labor union (trade union) for the members of the profession, though this description is commonly rejected by the body concerned.
Many professional bodies are involved in the development and monitoring of professional educational programs, and the updating of skills, and thus perform professional certification to indicate that a person possesses qualifications in the subject area. Sometimes membership of a professional body is synonymous with certification, though not always. Membership of a professional body, as a legal requirement, can in some professions form the primary formal basis for gaining entry to and setting up practice within the profession.