PIERCARLO ABATE, Instructional Design
This training plan provides a combination of courses that develop specific roles and responsibilities in the Austin State Hospital Education and Rehabilitation Department. These are based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
BACKGROUND: The Education and Rehabilitation Department of the Austin State Hospital has approximately 40 staff. The job types include 1 director, 5 clinical supervisors, and 34 educational service provider staff with various areas of expertise such as music therapy, art therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy and general education.
THE ISSUE: Newly hired recreational therapists, music therapists and general educators did not have a professional development plan. Without it newly hired staff were not aware of the skills they should be developing for their new job role. This could translate into higher turnover and greater incidence of negative experiences with patients.
THE SOLUTION: A training plan that provides a professional development path for the first 6 months of employment in the Education and Rehabilitation Department for these staff.
I managed this project through three different steps.
The final deliverable includes a task analysis, descriptions of courses, and learning path based on the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
A stakeholder analysis provided a way for management to graphically understand the different forces involved in developing buy-in for the project.
A contract proposal was developed in order to clarify the scope of the project, time-line, and final deliverables.