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November 30, 2016

Facilitator training

Open Letter to the Class of 2016

What’s in it for Me?

If you work to build and support families through your profession, volunteerism, or faith organization, you already understand how important facilitation skills are to reach the people you are trying to serve.  But, how often do you stop to think what building a stronger skill-set could do for you personally?

The HEARTS for Families™ Facilitator Training Model teaches participants program philosophy, concepts and constructs; curriculum components and activities; facilitation and coordination skills and information for program success; along with hands-on application and quality assurance to insure fidelity and confidence of program delivery; as well as competence of facilitator and program coordinator for ensuring program participants experience the best possible outcomes.  Those who pursue certification by HEARTS for Families as a facilitator exit the Model fully equipped for success.

So, what are the PERSONAL benefits of going through the HEARTS for Families™ certification process, besides a sheet of paper to hang on your wall?  

*  Becoming a trained facilitator in Nurturing Parenting Programs® or Nurturing God’s Way: Parenting Program for Christian Families® gives you the opportunity to explore your own beliefs and attitudes toward parenting approaches, and offers you a chance to strengthen your own family bonds. 

*   Many participants experience Nurturing God's Way™ Facilitator training as a spiritual retreat, learning more about the biblical support for parenting practices and sharing their faith perspective with others in the class.  They often return to their agency or church excited to expand their ministry to serve families in their local communities and abroad.

*   A benefit for all certified facilitators is that the credential is theirs to market, regardless of who paid for their training.  This allows individuals who work in high-burnout jobs (DFCS case managers, for example) to protect their health and to continue to serve families while they step away from a high intensity work environment.  Delivering prevention programs in the community is equally as important as providing intervention services, as it builds behavior that keeps families from becoming part the child welfare system.  This is particularly satisfying for facilitators who may have spent years attempting to heal broken parents and children.  Individuals who have a combination of experience in treatment and prevention make particularly good providers of program for agencies such as Juvenile Court, Department of Juvenile Justice, CASA, and school systems.  These agencies often apply for grant funding to provide programs to their client families and seek outside contractors to deliver the service.

Regardless of the background that puts you in the position to support families, you must remember to nurture yourself in order to continue to be effective.  The best way to do this is to engage in personal and spiritual development activities, and to not be afraid to ask, “What’s in it for me?” and “Can you help me?” from time to time.

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