IL Pathways to Health
 

Become a Workshop Facilitator

 
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Interested in Becoming a Take Charge of Your Health Workshop Facilitator?

 
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Watching someone experience a light bulb moment is very special.

Shirley- a long-time volunteer from Northern Illinois

The Take Charge of Your Health program umbrella consists of the Chronic and Diabetes Self-Management evidence-based programs originally developed at Stanford University, and now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC).

Workshop Facilitators often comment on the joy that it brings them to see participants realize that they can manage their own ongoing health conditions. 

Workshops are led by a team of two trained facilitators. Facilitators come from a variety of backgrounds and it is not necessary to have a job in the health professions to qualify as a workshop facilitator. Learning from the other people in the workshop is a crucial piece of the process. Therefore, in each two-person team, at least one facilitator should have experience with an on-going health condition. This increases the two-way connection between facilitators and participants, and encourages everyone to share experiences and solutions.

All facilitators must:

  • Complete four full days of training.

  • Complete one workshop within six months of finishing the training.

  • Have an agreement with a licensed organization they will work under while conducting workshops.

 

Take Charge of Your Health: A Volunteer’s Story

Hear from long-time volunteer- Valerie!

 
 

AgeOptions Take Charge of Your Health Facilitator Training June 2019

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How will I be assigned a workshop?

Unless you request otherwise, you will be identified by your program coordinator or an AgeOptions staff member as a candidate to lead workshops closest to your geographical region and based on your stated availability.

How will I know when workshop opportunities are available?

Unless you are already scheduled for, or are in the midst of leading a workshop, your program coordinator or an AgeOptions staff member will always inform you when host sites in your area are in need of facilitators.

What materials will I need to conduct a workshop?

Copies of the most recent edition of the "Living a Healthy Life" and "Relaxation for Mind and Body" CD for each participant will be provided to you for use during the workshop by either your program coordinator or an AgeOptions staff member. All workshop facilitators are provided instruction on how to arrange for materials during the 4-day facilitator training.

I only want to volunteer in areas near where I live, is this okay?

Yes. Opening up your geographical availability will likely improve your odds of receiving workshop facilitator opportunities more frequently. However, we recognize that not all facilitators have the ability to travel far outside of their area.

 

 

Interested in Becoming a Matter of Balance Coach?

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It is so gratifying to see how participants in A Matter of Balance learn from one another, become more aware, stronger, and more confident.

Mike O’Donnell, Matter of Balance Master Trainer, Bloomington, IL

 

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning, evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.

To ensure program effectiveness and fidelity Maine Health has set the following expectations for professionals and lay leaders who serve as Coaches to lead a Matter of Balance classes:  

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills,

  • Enthusiasm,

  • Dependability

  • Willingness to lead a small group

  • Interest in working with older adults

  • Life experiences valued, with education or health care experience a plus

  • Ability to perform range of motion and low-level endurance exercises

  • Ability to carry up to 20 lbs

Workshops are led by a team of two trained coaches.  Coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and it is not necessary to have a job in the health professions to qualify as a workshop facilitator. Learning from the other people in the workshop is a crucial piece of the process. Therefore, in each two-person team, at least one coach should have experience with falls. This increases the two-way connection between coaches and participants, and encourages everyone to share experiences and solutions.

All coaches must:

  • Complete 8 hours of training.

  • Complete two workshops within 12 months of finishing the training.

  • Have an agreement with a licensed organization with a Master Trainer they will work under while conducting workshops.

  • Complete 2.5 hours of update training annually.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How will I be assigned a workshop?

Unless you request otherwise, you will be identified by your Master Trainer to lead workshops closest to your geographical region and based on your stated availability.

How will I know when workshop opportunities are available?

Unless you are already scheduled for, or are in the midst of leading a workshop, your Master Trainer will always inform you when host sites in your area are in need of coaches.

What materials will I need to conduct a workshop?

Workshop materials will be provided at a training and participant work books need to be provided by your organization. Your Master Trainer, the person who will be working with you to complete workshop, will have more information about this.

I only want to volunteer in areas near where I live, is this okay?

Yes. Opening up your geographical availability will likely improve your odds of receiving workshop facilitator opportunities more frequently. However, we recognize that not all facilitators have the ability to travel far outside of their area.

How can I apply to be a Matter of Balance Coach?

When you're ready, complete the Matter of Balance coach application and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.