Every year we hold an agency wide Therap training for our staff. This consists of six, roughly 12 hour, days of 1.5 hour class sessions. As you might expect by day three the instructors, myself and one other, are having nightmares about the sessions. We have been doing these trainings, whether its review or new material, for the last four years and have always had the staff logging on to Therap and following along. So, for the last three years we have had trainings where the staff stare at a computer screen while myself and the other instructor drone on and on. But not this year, this year we decided to shake things up a bit.
This year we decided not to use computers and we played Therap Jeopardy. Surprises came by the truck load. First The classes were far more engaged. Second the increased engagement fostered some absolutely fantastic discussions and Ah ha! moments. Now, Therap is a web based system, so having no computers was a concern, but in the end the result was the biggest surprise, and testament to its user friendless. Several of the questions asked staff to walk through this process or that process. My socks were blown off when staff verbally using the correct terms and everything were able to explain what we were asking. Not only that, but were able to add valuable insights from a Support Staff’s position that myself and the other instructor could not have given.
When a system works in such a way that it makes it possible to recall the process without actually looking at it speaks volumes. So, I guess in short what I am trying to say is this. For staff, that have already gone through some sort of introduction to Therap, don’t be afraid to go off grid every once and a while. It breaths new life into training and gives them a sense of pride that they really do know their stuff.