A Volunteer Training Program in a Child and Family Clinic,
IRELAND ARMY HOSPITAL FORT KNOX KY
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Ireland Army Hospital has a client population of 110,000 Military and civilian professionals in this geographic area are unable to effectively meet the demands for psychodiagnostic and family services. Therefore, the following training program was devised to develop a pool of volunteers with professional skills to help more effectively meet the demands for services. The training program assumes that volunteers 1 are interested in Psychology, 2 willing to work, and 3 have a keen appreciation for the need for confidentiality. All requisite skills will be taught in the program. The basic training sequence see Appendix 1 was constructed to reflect a hierarchy of professional diagnostic and intervention skills in psychology and family guidance. It is a competency based program in which advancement to a higher level is dependent upon mastery of the next lower skill level and the individuals interest. After a trainee has mastered a skill area, he may choose to 1 remain at the mastered skill level in the hierarchy, 2 receive advanced training and continue to work at the mastered skill level, or 3 receive advanced training and serve as a trainer at the mastered skill level. Although the final determination of skill competency will be made by the Chief of Psychology Service, other qualified personnel generally perform the training to the point of skill certification.