The Faculty- In- Training (FIT) program is a learner-centered professional development program where experiential learning is coupled with guidance from a personal mentor. The FIT program builds on the skills developed in the Relationship-Centered Communication Facilitation (RCF) program and Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program (must have completed either prerequisite to be eligible to apply to the FIT program).
The FIT program is designed to help RCF and Train the Trainer graduates achieve both their own self-identified learning goals as well as competencies in the four core domains of small group facilitation, coaching, workshop content and development, and personal awareness. Participants develop interpersonal skills, including leadership, diversity, teamwork, and conflict engagement.
The success of the program resides in an abiding commitment to adhere to the basic principles of learning communities, including caring relationships, unconditional positive regard, trust, inclusivity, mutual support, teamwork, and attending to ‘caring presence’ in our work. Since its inception in 1988, over 100 people with varied backgrounds (MD, PhD, PA-C, MSW, PsyD, CNM, etc.) have completed this multi-year, learner-centered, self-paced, distance-learning program. For many it has been the most transformative educational experience of their lives. A qualitative analysis of FIT graduates from the ACH program found consistent increases in confidence and skill in the realms of communication, teaching, facilitation, relationships at work and home, and personal awareness (Chou et al, 2014).
To learn more about the program and FIT prerequisites, check out the website here: https://www.achonline.org/Programs/Faculty-in-Training-Program