The Evaluaton of Training for Employed Staff in Vocation Rehabilitation Facilities
London, Barbara J. Bontrager
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The Problem. The evaluation of a multiple facility training packaqe to teach behavior modification skills for staff in vocational rehabilitation settings. A time-efficient, cost-effective training package is important when training groups in wide geographical areas. A package consisting of instruction, written manual with knowledge testing, role playing with performance feedback, and checkout delivery system should increase trainer performance. Procedure. A multiple baseline across experimental groups design was used to evaluate trainer performance during videotaped sessions, using a checklist rating form. The rating form identified training techniques addressed in an instructional package. Findings. The training package was not effective in increasing Trainer Preparation behaviors. Subjects that made gains across conditions failed to maintain those levels of responding. The training package was effective in teaching Gaining Attention and Cueing and Graduated Guidance behaviors for some subjects. Prompting behaviors were variable across the experimental groups. Conclusion. The training package produced gains in performance for some subjects and training behaviors. Personal data suggests that increases in trainer behaviors subsequent to training may be a function of education and/or experience in the field. Recommendations. Clarification of the effects of the training package by further defining tasks trained and selection of clients for training would allow further investigation into methods of increasing those training effects. These methods might involve multi-media approaches addressing individuals with specific educational/experience levels.