Training

We help supervisors, service-team members, program managers, and administrators integrate new knowledge and skills into practice by offering a menu of training opportunities, all of which are designed to emphasize social interaction and experiential learning. We provide training in a variety of venues, including the following:

  • Onsite (at organizations)
  • In community locations
  • Teleconferences
  • Video conferences
Consult our online events calendar by clicking the link in the thin gray navigation bar above.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

We emphasize that changes in service-team behavior occur when organizations support training with ongoing quality in-house supervision. Therefore, our training events are designed to promote professional development and workforce development. They are designed with the following principles in mind:

  • Training for training’s sake is not likely to promote long-term change in service-provider behavior or consumer outcomes.
  • Training must be followed by observation and feedback, coaching, and ongoing supervision.
  • Supervisors are the key to sustaining any new practice because they promote and support experiential learning among staff members in the work environment.
  • Supervisors need ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Successful training occurs within an organizational context that supports supervisors and direct-service providers during the process of mastering and sustaining the new practice.
  • Sustaining effective practice requires organizational planning, evaluation, and commitment to ongoing quality supervision.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Our events utilize case vignettes, group interaction, exercises, and examples specific to the unique practice settings of participants. We emphasize that skill development is accomplished through practice and effective supervision in the work environment. Our trainers use a variety of teaching methods that promote experiential learning. Methods include the following:

  • Live and recorded interactions
  • Role play
  • Team meetings
  • Supervision sessions
  • In-vivo/ community-based practice
Consultants participate in treatment-team meetings and, when possible, accompany supervisors and team members during outreach activities in the community to demonstrate principles and practices of service models.

RELATED RESOURCES

James E. Zull (2002). The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Dean L. Fixsen, Sandra F. Naoom, Karen A. Blase, Robert M. Friedman, and Frances Wallace (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Tampa: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, The National Implementation Research Network (FMHI Publication #231).