Hello Blog friends and fellow Certified Trainers! I think I have put off writing this first blog for long enough! First order of business is to thank Allison for the opportunity to be a part of the Therap Certified Trainers group. It is a privilege to work with all of you across the country and I look forward to getting to know each of you and sharing our many Therap successes, hurdles, and personal stories.
A little background…Our agency, Independent Options, Inc., came on board with Therap in July of 2012. Since then we have relentlessly implemented module after module without looking back (okay, well maybe once or twice…just to ask, “can I really get rid of this paper document?”). In the short time we have been on the system we have faced our share of struggles and challenges with transition…as evidenced by my long list of “My Issues,” some of which may have little to do with the program itself but rather my own challenges to push past the inevitable road blocks when learning something new. But as whole we have found ourselves very pleased with what Therap is producing and the affect it is having on our agency as we push ourselves to reclaim our desk space from the paper and to improve standards.
So this week’s scheduled mountains to climb included TMS and implementing the MAR’s in two more of our adult day programs. Tackling TMS would mean I would spend an entire day working side-by-side with my husband, our Director of Training, and all his paper calendars and day planners of training dates. Yikes! While a glass of wine was much needed after that day, I am happy to report Jason is well on his way to owning the TMS system. Getting him to toss the day planner…now that is another challenge for another year perhaps.
Today we also can kiss goodbye our paper MAR’s at two more of our day programs, thanks to our amazing lead nurse, Sue B, and the Program Directors, Lisa and Theresa. It wasn’t easy and there was a bit of anxiety but I am so happy to report that at the end of the day today medications were passed in our three adult behavior modification day programs with ease.
It just seems right to with this first blog thank the amazing team at IO who are such a joy to work with on this project we call Therap. From our fearless leader, Dennis, to the Direct Support Staff in our 16 facilities now using Therap, you all make this huge undertaking a pleasure for me and so much darn fun!
I <3 Team IO!