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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Back from Palo Alto and Stanford University!

My co-worker, Megan, and I recently returned from the beautiful campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where we trained onsite for the Stanford University Self-Management Programs T-Trainer Apprenticeship.

In case you’re not familiar with this curriculum, Dr. Kate Lorig, Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Professor of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine, developed a number of self-management programs for people with chronic health problems. All of these evidence-based programs help people gain self-confidence to better manage their health problems on a day-to-day basis.

Already being Master Trainers for these programs, Megan and I have trained many Program Leaders over the years. We had to apply to become T-Trainers and get accepted from Stanford. Imagine our excitement when we were selected to lead the November Master Training at Stanford! Our apprenticeship week on campus was under the supervision of Certifying T-Trainer Sonia Alvarez. The class of twenty-four students for the week came from a variety of professions all over the United States. We even had three people in our class who flew all the way from Taiwan.

The training week consisted of activities to help our group of twenty-four learn the program and effectively train others. The workshop activities we did were identical to the activities taught to people with chronic diseases. Trainees act like people in the community who have taken the class so they can experience it firsthand like a community member. There were two different opportunities to practice teach the program under our guidance.

It was a great learning experience and we are now T-Trainers. What this means is that we can conduct Master Trainings for other organizations. Those Master Trainers could train Program Leaders how to deliver the program correctly to their communities.

If you have any further questions about how we could work with your organization for this program or any other programs that PTI offers, please send me an email and I’d be happy to get back with you.

Have a wonderful holiday season.