KYC’s Program Training Committee: Providing Learning Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals
As the needs of our communities continue to evolve, KYC prioritizes ongoing education and training opportunities for our team. Our Program Training Committee helps our team gain understanding of diverse methodologies, new research, and thoughtful considerations that can help our clients achieve their goals.
About the Program Training Committee
KYC’s staff-led Program Training Committee selects many of the clinical training opportunities that KYC makes available to staff throughout the year. Team members from across our program areas meet monthly to coordinate training events. They also offer an annual survey of program staff to gauge interest areas for further education, using these identified topics for trainings planned the following year. Their goal is to provide relevant and interesting continuing education opportunities for the team to expand their knowledge and help KYC better serve our communities. Additionally, the Committee provides an excellent opportunity for team members to connect with one another and build strong interpersonal relationships across teams and take leadership roles in the agency’s training initiatives.
After a topic is chosen, the Committee identifies knowledgeable speakers with expertise on the subject to facilitate the training. The Committee also partners with both CHBA (Community Behavioral Healthcare Association) and IAODAPCA (Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association) to certify that the training events are qualified as Continuing Education Units (CEUs), supporting therapists, clinicians, and social workers in maintaining their licensures. These training opportunities are offered at no cost to KYC team members, creating free and convenient opportunities to earn licensure credit while directly supporting clients. Training events are frequently available for external providers to attend as well, and create a natural opportunity to build relationships with external agencies and community resources.
Recent topics of training events include “Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring”, which addressed the personal stress that care providers can take on as they treat clients who are facing complex challenges, and “Focusing on Emotions: Transdiagnostic Approach to Treating Complex Eating Disorders”, a workshop that highlighted ways to identify underlying eating disorders that present as other diagnoses. As additional training opportunities are confirmed, information for how mental health professionals can attend will be available on our Events page.
Empowering Team Members and Encouraging Professional Growth
KYC’s employee committees like this one allow our team members to grow and build lasting connections outside of their regular job duties. We’re proud to support our team members who take these steps to provide opportunities for themselves, our teams, and other mental health professionals to better serve our communities together.
KYC team members who are interested in joining the Program Training Committee can click here to connect.
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