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Staff Trainings….UGH turning into WOOHOO

I have to say that when we first started Therap I wish we had given consideration to how much continuous training we would be doing. Unfortunately we jumped in as if competing for best cannon-ball in a national competition, so almost 2 years later we still have staff who are not trained appropriately.  All in all this causes an unwanted headache for many people within the organization.

So….. a year ago (1 year into Therap) we developed a Therap Committee…. thank goodness!!  There are approximately 10 staff that volunteered their time to assist.  What I enjoy most is having varying positions within the agency represented.  The difference between our DSPs, Leads, Directors and Executive positions is nice to have reflected in the committee.  It’s an opportunity to discuss the documentation that is taking place and how others view it, etc.  It has also started ‘Therap talk’ which was not occurring prior to developing this group.  What do we want Therap to do for us, how can we manipulate and use it differently to satisfy state requirements.  Of course always trying to move in a ‘paper-light’ direction.

And now…. another year later, we are finally developing a computer training lab.  When I say we are developing it, literally we started moving furniture out of the space this morning…… I don’t think Christmas will be as exciting as this lab is for me this year!!!  Wooohooooo….. I feel like I could shout it.  I believe this will make the biggest difference for us since starting with Therap.  This will give us an ultimate training tool to provide staff with up-to-date information in an all-inclusive learning environment.  How exciting is that!!?  So, at this point if you are reading my post and can take a moment to share any of your experiences or give me feedback on what may have or may not have worked for you… I would greatly appreciate it.

On that note… hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and doesn’t get injured during Black Friday shopping!!

Enjoy –

Kali

By |2014-11-26T16:15:51+00:00November 26th, 2014|Categories: Kali Rose's Posts|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Staff Trainings….UGH turning into WOOHOO

Surfing for Autism

The kids are back in school….whew!

This summer was great and wanted to share that I discovered a wonderful group called Surfers for Autism.  My daughter Jordyn, got to take part in the event at Pass-a-Grille in St. Petersburg, FL on July 12th.  It was an amazing day with amazing people.  Check them out here and if you are ever able to, volunteer at an event.  Truly a wonderful organization and we had an amazing time!  Till next year….

By |2016-11-03T10:15:11+00:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Kali Rose's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Surfing for Autism

First Conference as a Trainer….done!

YAY Tampa!!! Whew…. What a great time. This was my fourth Therap Conference and as a trainer it really is a different experience. Thanks to all of those who came and shared their stories, it really helps so many.

I do have to say that what I think I learned from this conference, more than anything else is the importance of that KEY word…. Implementation!! It was definitely the hot topic at this event. While listening to questions and discussions I found myself in a flashback to my first conference. Approximately 10 of my peers from UPARC and I went trotting down to West Palm Beach in the Fall of 2012. We had already decided on Therap and wanted to listen and learn. I think I had been in the demo account a handful of times but that was about it. I clearly remember sitting in several sessions thinking I was surrounded by people speaking a completely different language and almost feeling ‘out of my league’. People had their laptops, tablets, etc., and I was sitting with a notepad trying to figure out acronyms and unsure what to write down.

Flash forward 19 months and here I sit thrilled and overjoyed with Therap. Here at UPARC we really rolled out our implementation quite rapidly. LOL (then insert clearing of my throat and return to serious mode). Yes, there are still things that need to be changed, updated, re-trained….. BUT, I know we felt that way even before Therap.  It’s been a whirlwind but I can guarantee that no one here would want to take it away or do without. As we emphasized at the conference, everything is at your fingertips, in a moments notice and trees ARE being saved. Big hugs and high-fives here!

Therap for those who have never used it is a very large undertaking. TALK to other organizations that use it, join a conference and ask the questions! Get on here and email Certified Trainers and get their input. It really is the best place to learn.

Again, I want to thank those who came to the conference… I really learned so much. Thanks to those of you who sat in my session where I actually said ‘frontwards’ in my training HAHA. Also a big thanks to Kristen and Scott for putting up with the newbie!!

Looking forward to many many more!!!
Till next time Therap Nerds….

By |2016-11-03T10:15:12+00:00May 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |2 Comments