COMPARING TELECONFERENCE AND LIVE TRAINING
Imagine that there are two bowls on a table in front of you. In one bowl are perfect slices of apple and the other contains segments of an orange: each is a fruit and yes, they are different, yet, each can be delicious in its own way and perhaps, given the choice, you would choose one before the other. This is exactly different from the similarities of these two types of training: firstly, the bowls are equally accessible and secondly, did I mention the bacon?
Note to self: remove tongue from cheek.
Whether you are a medical professional, care giver, or live with a chronic condition, either class will enhance how you relate within the scope of your practice and perhaps shift your perspective of the possibility of relief. Both programs will have impacts beyond your scope of practice and influence how you communicate within yourself and with others.
The core material is the same for both classes: Targeting Pain – A Practitioners Guide to Relief is the main resource as well as additional articles and assignments for the students. Just as each client is unique, each class develops in its own way as we share our experience, learn approaches and explore the relationships of living with chronic conditions.
The two-day intensive class is just that: intense. Clearly, the class comes together at a meeting place and we cover a lot of information in a short time, practicing with each other and discussing new perspectives of how we assist individuals, while experiencing the roles of observer, practitioner and client. Then we part ways and look to apply what we have learned.
Because when we begin working with 'Real People,' there may be questions, I set up a group email with each class and also have a follow-up conference call or two as needed, usually a week or two after the class. In addition, there is homework and practice to be done by each student in their own time. I also remain available for personal email communication as time differences and schedules permit.
If you have attended a two-day intensive and want to join a tele-class, I will offer a major discount with agreement that you attend and participate through the entire program. This is the best of both worlds.
The tele-class is exactly different in that we each call in from wherever we are and cover what we can in the time available. I usually schedule these classes (five classes, usually once a week,) for one and a half hours and allow the discussion to run long if needed, up to two hours. Then participants have a week to go forth and practice what we covered. There is also homework and when possible, I assign 'Study Partners' for keeping each other on track through the week. This also fosters a network among students for continued exchange of ideas and referrals.
The beginning of each class centers on your experience with clients and homework. This feedback loop is always amazing and often amusing. We then discuss new material and share insights. Again, there is homework and working with clients or, in the case of those who live with chronic conditions, self work. For that matter, much of the homework is self work.