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Self-conception is a central notion in transformative professional development (TPD). TPD is an emerging approach to improving the personal and professional lives of practitioners in the serving professions, such as health care workers and teachers. Unlike traditional professional development, where experts impart the technical knowledge necessary to be successful in one's field, TPD assumes participants already possess the knowledge they need. The assumption underlying this approach is that self-knowledge, which one may have lost sight of in the busy-ness and stress of life, is the cornerstone of personal and professional success.