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!!