How to Become a Facilitator

To provide the Living Well With a Disability or the Working Well With a Disability Workshops, an organization obtains a one year program license for either or both programs, agreeing to the licensing terms of providing the program and using RTC:Rural materials to conduct consumer workshops.  With a license, the organization can then have employees participate in facilitator training sessions provided by RTC:Rural.

Both the Living Well and Working Well facilitator training takes place through distance-based learning. The Living Well with a Disability Facilitator Training is offered through a specialized website in which trainees complete a self-guided training. This is a new training platform recently developed by RTC:Rural. Living Well trainees can access all training materials through the specialized training website.

The Working Well with a Disability training includes a one-week online classroom session and one live webinar at the end of the week.This training is not part of the new Living Well specialized training website. Working Well trainees receive a hard copy Facilitator Guide, which is available in a variety of accessible formats including standard print, audio, large print and Braille. The Guide includes the same content found in the participant workbook as well as specific tips and guidelines for facilitators. 

In both programs’ trainings, individuals learn to facilitate the workshop material by going through the curriculum as if they were participating in a consumer workshop themselves.  During the course of the training, trainees watch videos, learn facilitation tips, and complete exercises.  In the Working Well training, participants are also required to engage in online discussion forums and attend the live webinar session. 

 

Cost

The cost for the Living Well with a Disability Program license which provides access to the facilitator training website is $300. (US) and provides training for up to 15 individuals. Organizations purchase the license and receive individual facilitator login access to the training website for organization employees. More detailed instructions are available on the Living Well training website. 

The license fee for the Working Well with a Disability Program is currently no cost to organizations. The online Working Well Facilitator training is $130. (US) per person, and is payable when participants register.  The fee includes a facilitator manual in a format of your choice.  It also includes access to the online classroom and daily interaction with the training facilitator, access to captioned training videos and live captioned webinars. Training announcements for Working Well are sent through a training listserve. You can email livingwell@ruralinstitute.umt.edu to sign up to the listserve and to find out when you can pre-register for a Working Well training.

In-person trainings are also available but vary in cost based on location, group size and training needs.  If you are interested in an in-person facilitator training, please email us for an estimate.

For details and general information about training opportunities for both programs, please send us an email: livingwell@ruralinstitute.umt.edu.

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