Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rainbows Online Facilitator Training

I recently learned about a new training program through Rainbows, a nonprofit that works with children dealing with death of a loved one, divorce, family member deployment, incarcerated loved one, or another significant trauma. Rainbows began in 1983 in the Chicago area and has since grown to reach over 2 million participants in the United States and other countries around the world.

The Online Facilitator Training Program was designed to train social workers interested in working with grieving children and teens. It's a 5 hour program that can be completed at home or work. Users have 14 days to complete it so if you don't want to complete it all at once, you don't have to. The program has been designed to engage the user and offer a one-on-one learning experience, imparting the Rainbows philosophy and methodology. It also includes a closing examination of learning content. The $125 cost includes a free download of the Facilitator Listening Module. This is a great resource for anyone working with children and teens. I know I'm always looking for new activities and ideas to reach out to my clients.

Included in the training: extensive presentation on grief, instruction on active and attentive listening skills, evaluation of small group sessions and real-life scenarios (streaming video), training in specific areas of interest, interactive exercises and quizzes, and downloadable resources for continued support and training.

Stay tuned for this site's first guest post from Rainbows' founder and a social worker on the board...

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