Interested in Becoming a Take Charge of Your Health Workshop Facilitator?
Watching someone experience a light bulb moment is very special.
Shirley- a long-time volunteer from Northern Illinois
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.
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.