Fall Training Schedule

The Regional Training Office at MU is please to announce our upcoming Fall Schedule for Coach and Leader Training Workshops.


A Matter of Balance Coach Workshop: September 13, 2018

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) Leader Workshop: September 14, 2018


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Program Training Information

The Regional Training Office

The Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Regional Training Office (RTO) was created in August 2016 in an effort to provide ongoing training and support for leaders of evidence-based falls prevention programs across northern Virginia. With funds received from an Administration for Community Living grant, the RTO periodically hosts training workshops for A Matter of Balance, Stay Active and Independent for Life, and provides vouchers for an online Otago training.  


The RTO intends to be a “one-stop-shop" for organizations and individuals interested in delivering an evidence-based falls prevention programs.  To accomplish this, the RTO aims to serves as a resource for trained leaders in the area by providing assistance in a number of ways including: mentorship, annual update workshops, refresher courses, master trainer visits, and support with participant recruitment and publicity of your programs.   


 

In an effort to encourage the beginning stages of this project, for a limited time the RTO is able to support the costs by providing equipment and printed materials for organizations who are ready to implement a program.    


The RTO also serves as a repository for trained leaders in the region. Organizations who wish to implement a program can contact the RTO and we can help assist the organization with finding a leader for the program.  

  

The RTO is housed within the Malek School of Health Professions at Marymount University. Dr. Jennifer Tripken  is the RTO Director.   

About the RTO

Mission

The Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Regional Training Office (RTO) at Marymount University seeks to improve the lives of older adults by preparing and supporting individuals to be excellent leaders and coaches of evidence based falls prevention programs. Through ongoing training and support, the RTO can ensure that there is an adequate workforce capacity to ensure the availability of evidence-based falls prevention programs that reduce the falls risk and improve quality of life for older adults in northern Virginia.    

Goals

  • To offer workshops to train leaders of evidence-based falls prevention programs
  • To serve as a resource and establish a system of support for trained leaders in the region
  • To ensure excellence in trainers by managing quality assurance and fidelity to the programs.
  • To increase quality of life for older adults living in Northern Virginia by increasing the availability of evidence-based falls prevention programs proven to reduce falls risk.

RTO Achievements

Read about the achievements of the Regional Training Office and the dissemination of evidence-based falls prevention programs from August 2016 - December 2017. 

A Matter Of Balance Coach Training

What is the A Matter Balance Program Coach Training Like?
The A Matter of Balance Coach Training is completed during one 8- hour workshop. This training will instruct and certify coaches in leading the “A Matter of Balance” program at their organization or within their communities. Coaches will learn to conduct eight, 2-hour sessions designed to emphasize practical coping strategies for reducing the fear of falling in participants. Attendees will be ready to establish and lead a MOB class upon successful completion of the training. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn and practice the light exercises that are a component of the A Matter of Balance program.      

Who Can Attend this Training?
The A Matter of Balance Coach Training workshop is intended for individuals who plan to lead A Matter of Balance class at their organization or in their community. It is open to all who have a desire to work with older adults and improve their lives through reducing falls risk, including organization staff and volunteers.

Where Does the A Matter Balance Coach Training Workshop Take Place?
A Matter of Balance Coach Training takes place at a variety of locations in the region. Previous A Matter of Balance Coach Training workshops have been held at the Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads. The A Matter of Balance Training workshop can be held almost anywhere, given an adequate amount of space. Contact the RTO for information about hosting a Coach Training workshop.

What is Included in this Training?
A Matter of Balance Coach Training workshops are eight hours in length. Each participant will receive a training manual binder and a flash-drive full of useful A Matter of Balance material. Upon completion of the training, A Matter of Balance coaches will benefit from having access to Master Trainers who can answer questions and provide guidance. Additionally, A Matter of Balance coaches will become part of our RTO support network and will benefit from the many resources offered such as refresher courses, annual training updates and professional networking.

When is the Next A Matter of Balance Coach Training?
A Matter of Balance Coach Training workshops are scheduled periodically throughout the year. However, if an organization has at least 6 individuals interested in being trained, the RTO may be able to host a special training for the organization.  Contact us for more info/setting up a training


How Do I Apply to Become A Matter of Balance Coach?

The following is a schedule of upcoming A Matter of Balance Coach Training Sessions:

September 13, 2018

January 10, 2019


Click on the Apply button below to register for these training. Spaces are limited.


A Matter of Balance Coach Resources

Click here for the A Matter of Balance Coach information page.


Apply to become a matter of balance coach

SAIL Program Leader Training

 What is the SAIL Program Leader Training Like?
The SAIL Program Leader Training workshop is completed in one 5-hour workshop. The training workshop provides an overview of the SAIL Program and prepares participants to deliver a SAIL Program in their organization or community. Additionally, participants of the training workshop will have the opportunity to participate in a live demonstration of the SAIL fitness class and learn to complete “fitness check evaluations” that coincide with the SAIL class. Upon completing the workshop, participants will be part of the regional database of SAIL leaders and receive updates on SAIL resources and training booster sessions.    

SAIL Program Leader Training Learning Outcomes   
At the conclusion of the SAIL Program Leader Training, participants will be able to: 

  1. Discuss the effects of aging on the body and the benefits of exercise for older adults. 
  2. Discuss key factors in older adults that increase their risk for falling. 
  3. Discuss the impact of falls in older adults and the need for evidence-based falls reduction programs. 
  4. Discuss motivational factors and barriers to exercise in older adults. 
  5. Understand the development of the SAIL program. 
  6. List the components of the SAIL class and state the mandatory exercises for each component. 
  7. List the three SAIL fitness checks. 
  8. 8. Discuss the administrative and logistical aspects of establishing a SAIL program.  

Who Can Attend the SAIL Leader Training Workshop?
The SAIL Program Leader training is intended for individuals who plan to deliver a SAIL program at their organization or in their community. It is open to all who have a passion for exercise and desire to work with older adults, including organization staff and volunteers. Although it is not necessary, fitness and exercise experience is helpful. 


Where do SAIL Leader Training workshops take place?
SAIL Program Leader Training workshops take place at a variety of locations in the region. Previous SAIL trainings have been held at the Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads and at Service Source in Oakton. The SAIL Program Leader Training workshop can be held almost anywhere, given an adequate amount of space.  Contact the RTO for information about hosting a SAIL Leader Training workshop.

What is Included in this Training?
SAIL Leader Training workshops are five hours in length. Each participant will receive a spiral bound training manual, a flash-drive full of useful SAIL material, and a copy of the SAIL Fitness class DVD.  Upon completion of the training, leaders will benefit from having access to SAIL Master Trainers who are able to answer questions and provide guidance. Additionally, SAIL leaders will be a part of our RTO support network and will benefit from the many resources offered such as refresher courses, annual training updates, and professional networking.

When is the Next SAIL Leader Training Workshop?
SAIL Leader Training workshops are scheduled periodically throughout the year. The next SAIL Leader Training workshop is scheduled for September 14, 2018. However, if an organization has at least 10 individuals interested in being trained, the RTO may be able to host a special training for the organization.  


 

How Do I Apply to Become a SAIL Leader?

Complete the SAIL Leader Training Application.  Our training coordinator will contact you about upcoming training opportunities.  


 

SAIL Leader Resources

Click here for the SAIL Leader information page.

apply to become a SAIL leader

Upcoming SAIL Leader Trainings

March 15, 2018

When: 8am- 1pm

Where: Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, Alexandria, VA

Price: $40

Otago Online Training

What is the OTAGO Exercise Program Training Like?
The Otago Exercise Program is an online course that aims to train physical therapists to integrate the Otago Exercise Program as part of their practice. The course is approximately 3 hours and can be started and stopped at the user’s convenience. The training is intended to be used in combination with the Otago Exercise Program Manual that is available as an attachment in the course.  The Otago Exercise Program: Falls Prevention Training course is hosted by the Carolina Geriatric Education Center.    

What are the Course Objectives of the Otago Exercise Program online Course?
Upon successful completion of the Otago Exercise Program online course, participants will be able to:
1. Examine the role of evidence-based health promotion programs in clinical falls risk management
2. Review the rationale behind Otago
3. Describe the differences between Otago, other evidence-based falls prevention programs, and standard PT practice.
4. Demonstrate how to integrate Otago into your practice.

Who Can Complete this Training?
The Otago Exercise Program Training course is specifically designed for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who are looking to implement OTAGO as a part of their practice. However it is open to anyone interested in learning about the Otago Program and assisting older adults through the program including, but not limited to nurses, occupational therapists, administrators and aides.    

How Much Does the Otago Training Course Cost?
The online training course for OTAGO costs $35. However, for a limited time, the RTO is able to provide a $35 voucher to cover the cost of the training for those who qualify.

Can I Earn Contact Hours for this Course?
Completers of the Otago online training course earn 3 contact hours of continuing education. 

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