Two I-TECH staff members, together with a local expert, recently provided a training of trainers workshop in Ukraine, part of wider scope of work I-TECH has undertaken at the invitation of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Recently, I-TECH’s Julie Stein, a training development specialist, and Liz Stevens, associate director of I-TECH’s Global Health Programs Division, returned from Kiev, Ukraine, where they conducted a week-long training of trainers (TOT) workshop.
The 16 TOT participants, all either clinicians or social workers, were invited by State Services on HIV/AIDS and Other Socially Dangerous Diseases, and Chas Zhittya Plus, (Time to Live Plus), and represented several regions and HIV care organizations.
On their return, Stein, who also conducted a smaller training during her visit, and Stevens spoke of the warmth and commitment of the participants, the beauty of the training location, and the intense experience of working through a translator (neither speaks Russian or Ukrainian).
Despite the language barrier, said Stein, “Liz and I, and the participants, had a fantastic time together. We also co-trained with Svetlana Antonyak, who is one of the leading doctors in the field of HIV in Ukraine.”
The training group brought a wide range of background knowledge to the sessions, and included both new trainers and people with over 10 years of experience. Because of this, said Stein, “the participants were able to share a lot of information with us and with each other.”
After the workshop, all of the participants expressed that they had either learned new skills, or standardized and improved the skills they were already using. “Most enjoyed working through the process of giving peer feedback,” added Stein, “which is a skill that all trainers have to work on continuously.”
In the future, I-TECH will continue its partnership with health leaders and health care workers in Ukraine. The training of trainers workshop is part of a larger scope of work that I-TECH is undertaking in the country, which also
draws on the evaluation expertise of I-TECH’s ClASS team; the TrainSMART record-keeping system; and technical assistance and clinical review to strengthen training curricula.