SIDS Program Manual Trainer's Guide SIDS & Infant Death Program Manual and Trainer's Guide

Appendix C

Getting Started

After the training room is set up, you are ready to welcome participants to the training. As participants enter the training room, welcome them, ask them to sign in and give them name tags and any training materials or handouts for note taking. Remind them of the starting time and start the training as close to the scheduled time as possible to signal respect for participants’ time.

Help Participants Know What to Expect

Emotional safety is essential to creating a positive learning environment. For participants to feel comfortable in a new training situation they need to know what to expect from the training and what is expected of them as participants. The trainer should review:

  • The goals and objectives of the training.
  • An overview of the agenda including:
    • Stop and start times.
    • Times for breaks and meals (if appropriate).
    • The trainer’s role. For example, as a facilitator rather than a speaker or presenter.
    • The participants’ roles. For example, as active contributors to the group discussions and activities. The trainer should emphasize that the participants have a lot of wisdom to share with the group and that everyone will be greatly enriched if people participate fully in the training activities.
    • Where they can take care of their basic needs such as the location of restrooms, telephones and places to obtain food and drink.