NDC launches professional training programme

The National Drug Council has launched a three-month pilot project training programme for professionals looking to improve their skills and career performance.

The course, called LifeLine Training, is being conducted in partnership with lifestyle coach Kevin Pidwerbeski of Caribbean Executive Coaching.

Pidwerbeski, creator of the training programme, explains that LifeLine is not only designed to enhance an individual’s professional life but personal life as well.

‘It’s meant to improve the quality of your life in every aspect,’ he said.

‘Whether you are new in your career or a seasoned professional and just want to get more out of your vocation and personal life, the training is designed to significantly increase competency, create clearer goals, fine-tune your skills and help you to identify your unique gifts.’

He added the training is geared for people from all professions and walks of life.

‘It’s suitable for clergy, lay persons, front-line caregivers in the health industry, counselors, crisis workers, case managers, human resource professionals, educators, project managers, law-enforcement officers – everyone can benefit.’

Catherine Chesnut, CEO of the National Drug Council, said the training is timely given new issues many people are contending with following hurricane Ivan.

‘We see this as a way of helping a broad cross-section of professionals in our community to improve their communication skills, increase their sensitivity to self and others and to strengthen their commitment to professional and personal ethics, as well as learning new skills and tools to create a safer environment.’

The course has attracted the support of the Ministry of Health, which has indicated that it will promote the training in its information sessions as a means for caregivers to achieve emotional wellness.

In addition, the Institute for Training and Leadership Development (ITLD) is offering Lifeline course participants’ academic credits towards a degree at the Institute.

Training modules are offered in an intensive four-week module format. Participants will meet once a week for 90 minutes to 120 minute sessions. Modules may be taken out of sequence, but where an advanced module is offered, the basic module must first be taken.

Four new modules will be offered each month, beginning 7 March. Each module is offered at a cost of CI$135. The course schedule is as follows:

Module one: Developing your personal and professional ethical code: Monday nights starting March 7.

Module two: A new way to listen: Tuesday nights starting March 8.

Module three: Creating a safe place: Thursday nights starting March 10.

Module four: Self management: Saturday mornings starting March 12.

April’s sessions will include: Creating clear and specific goals for career formation; Identifying and articulating core values; Moving outside your comfort zone; and Leadership.

Individual and group registrations are offered. Companies also have the option of bringing the training course to staff during the daytime.

For further information and registration, contact the NDC at 949-9000 or Caribbean Executive Coaching at 947-6472 or 525-3846.

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