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Families as Allies Conducts First Virtual Leadership Training

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Last week we piloted our first virtual leadership training with a group of parents who had previously completed the training in person. We asked them to participate in the pilot to ensure that the quality and integrity of the training were translated to the online platform, and to give us feedback on making the online training experience equal to the in-person experience. The COVID-19 crisis and shelter in place proclamations became an opportunity for us to pilot this leadership training online.

We have been conducting the “Serving on Groups” leadership training over the past few years throughout the state. It prepares families and parents to serve on and be a part of decision-making committees so that systems and policies are made better.

Participant Betty Turner shared this about her virtual leadership training experience. “The training was great, Henry was a great presenter, time of the training could have been done maybe an hour earlier, due to those using their lunch break. The training was very convenient. Training could be 4 days a week 1 hour 15 minutes a day. Overall it was great.”

And Keishawna Smith, another participant in the online training, said that she really liked the presentation and that she found that the Zoom software was easy to use. “I like the breakout session feature (where participants can be paired off or split up into smaller groups) and also how convenient everything was.”

Families as Allies recently received a post-training analysis report for previous trainings from the National Center for Family Professional Partnership. The report showed that the participants in those trainings said they exhibited gains in their understanding of leadership concepts, in their understanding of high functioning groups, and that over 90% of the participants reported they were improved or greatly improved in their communications and leadership skills after completing the training.

The funding for this training was made available by CHAMP (Child Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry) at UMMC, and is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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