Knowledge is dynamic and fluid. If it were fixed, then we could learn something “once and for all” and never have to be trained again. But we are constantly learning new information and skills, innovative practices, and ways of framing the issues our clients face. We invest significant dollars each year so that we present the public we serve with a well-prepared staff.
As technology develops, we are able to get more training at a significantly reduced cost. Now with training available through webinars and other online options, our budget can be stretched further. However, we still encourage staff to travel because there is great value in rubbing shoulders with others working on the same issues.
This year we expect to spend about $1,500 per staff person for training. It is important that we get something useful from expenditures of this size, and I believe we do.
What are we getting this year? Here is a very partial list of trainings our staff attended in 2011 to gain new expertise:
- Domestic Violence and Disability
- Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
- Understanding Drug Dependence
- Drug Endangered Children
- Mental Health First Aid
- Engaging Volunteers
- Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies
- Homeless Prevention for Survivors of Domestic Violence
- Children Exposed to Violence
- Transitional Housing
- Supporting Military Youth Families in Your Community
- Trauma Informed Care
- Dual Relationships
- Financial Wellness
The training is diverse and interesting. With it, staff can confidently serve individuals and communities with assistance and information that is up-to-date and complete.
How can we share this knowledge with you or someone you care about? Can we answer your questions, provide information, give a presentation, help you organize an event, or assist you with personal advocacy?
Helping is our mission, and we are well-trained to do so.
-David Runyon, Executive Director