Specialized Mental Health Treatment Training – 7 Preparation Strategies Before You Decide To Attend Training
These seven strategies enhance your training experience and allow you to gain the most benefit from specialized mental health treatment training.
o Strategy 1: Identify why you chose to attend the training
o Strategy 2: What do you want to take away from the training
o Strategy 3: What questions do you have you want the trainer to address
o Strategy 4: How do you plan to implement the training content into your private practice
o Strategy 5: What client niche is your focus to deepen your level of knowledge, skills, and effective approaches
o Strategy 6: What skills will you enhance by attending the training
o Strategy 7: What treatment approaches will you improve by attending the training
o Strategy 1: Identify why you chose to attend the training.
When you know your purpose in attending the training, you are prepared to listen with discernment. You know what your expectations are from reviewing the training description and objectives. You begin to formulate your response to the trainer’s first question-what do you want to take away from the training.
o Strategy 2: What do you want to take away from the training?
After you use strategy 1, you are ready to respond to the trainer’s request for what you consider the most valuable material you can receive in the presentation. You help the trainer know where to emphasize their focus in the training. The training is more meaningful to you.
o Strategy 3: What questions do you have you want the trainer to address?
You invested in building your private practice by taking the training. Meet as many of your expectations as possible. Be prepared before the training with your questions based on your interest in the trainer’s topic. When the opportunity arises during the presentation or on breaks to ask your key questions, make sure you take advantage of the time available.
o Strategy 4: How do you plan to implement the training content into your private practice?
Just listening and making notes without a practical plan to put the material into action is a waste of your time and investment. Keep in mind your reason for attending the training. You want to improve or expand your private practice. Consider how you can implement the material learned in the training as soon as possible into your practice. Then, review your notes one week after the training to see if you followed your implementation plan.
o Strategy 5: What client niche is your focus to deepen your level of knowledge, skills, and effective approaches?
You decided to take the training because it would help you with one of your practice niches. Make sure you are clear how the training will help you accomplish your goal. Are you looking for increased knowledge, skills, or effective approaches, or all three? Be prepared to let the trainer know your focus. Otherwise, you will get only what the trainer prepared without benefit of their experience.
o Strategy 6: What skills will you enhance by attending the training?
Your skills build your confidence and competence to work with clients in your practice niche. Where are your skills weak or non-existent to work with your client niche? Be clear about what you need to improve yourself and thereby strengthen your practice.
o Strategy 7: What treatment approaches will you improve by attending the training?
You chose the particular training you are attending. Ask yourself what can help you work more competently with your clients. What approaches does the trainer identify as effective with your client niche? How does the trainer demonstrate those approaches during the training? What do you take away from the training to implement immediately into your practice? Practice the approaches in the training or in role plays with colleagues after the training. Your clients benefit from this integration process. Your practice grows exponentially.
You create a win-win situation with preparation prior to attending training. This gives you the edge when it comes to effective integration of specialized mental health treatment training. Your clients benefit from your quality approach to training. You benefit your practice by building confidence and competence.
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