Training Dates: January 9 & 10, 2018 9am-5pm Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
Overview: Becoming a REST Respite Trainer The REST program provides the skills and tools needed to provide quality respite. The Special Needs Advisory Coalition of Palm Beach County is offering a unique educational program to help create a network of individuals who are trained in providing quality, compassionate respite care.
A professionally designed ‘Train-the-Trainer’ course will be offered to provide respite education to those who will then go out and train others to be REST Companions™, also known as respite care workers or providers.
The ‘Train-the-Trainer’ course is an intensive, interactive two-day program which provides new trainers with materials they need to conduct their own trainings. Representatives from senior services and healthcare organizations, Area Agencies on Aging, faith-based organizations, adult daycare, or other social service organizations are eligible to receive this training and then share this information among their own communities.
Who should apply to become a REST trainer? A REST Respite Trainer is required to serve as a presenter, a facilitator, and most importantly an ambassador of the REST Program. There are several key components that make a trainer successful. It is required that a trainer candidate:
Has general knowledge of respite care and developmental/intellectual disabilities
Has experience teaching groups of adults
Has experience facilitating groups
While the trainer training reinforces some of the skills and knowledge areas above, it is not designed as a substitute for prior knowledge and experience.
It is highly recommended that trainer candidates demonstrate appropriate external support with tasks related to the program. For example, many successful trainers garner support from their employer organization or a partner community organization in order to accomplish the following tasks that are required of trainers:
Planning (e.g., creating business plans, forming community partnerships, outreach)
Setting a course schedule
Setting and collecting course fees
Marketing and media outreach
Event planning (e.g., catering, logistics)
Seeking grants sources of fiscal support
Collecting and entering course evaluations and incorporating feedback
Trainer Training and Certification The REST Train-the-Trainer training is held over two days and is taught by a Master REST Trainer.
Pricing The standard tuition fee of $595 which is inclusive of the two days of instruction, meals and snacks during the training, instruction materials. Trainer candidates will be responsible for travel, hotel and any miscellaneous expenses during the two days of training. Payment must be made at least 30 days prior to the start of the trainer training. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the standard tuition fee. If selected, upon acceptance Applicant is expected to pay a security deposit of $50. Scholarship security deposits will be forfeited if for any reason recipient does not complete the two day Train-the Trainer course. Scholarship security deposit will be refunded upon successful completion of the two day Train-the Trainer course.
Training Structure Master REST Trainers guide candidates through the two day training with an emphasis on coaching and preparing candidates to be ambassadors of respite care.
Cancellation Policy Individuals who are accepted into the trainer training will be required to submit their tuition payment no later than 30 days prior to the start date of their training. Should the trainer candidate need to cancel his/her attendance, they must submit a request in writing no more than 30 days prior to the training start date. A service fee of $75 will be deducted from all cancellation requests received by that date. Registrants who do not cancel by this date and do not attend the training will be responsible for the full tuition and registration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the training.
REST Trainer Commitments When an individual becomes a REST Trainer, she or he is committing to teach the full 8-hour course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Trainers are responsible for almost all components of their trainings, including:
Recruiting participants and securing a training location
Collecting course fees
Ordering manuals for all participants
Preparing course materials
Compiling local resources
Providing participant evaluations to the Special Needs Advisory Coalition of Palm Beach County
Trainers are expected to:
Teach their first course within six months of becoming trained