Staff Training and Education
One of CHIRS' most valuable assets is its committed staff who provide the daily support to clients. In order to equip staff to work successfully alongside individuals living with the effects of brain injury, CHIRS offers a broad range of methodologies and treatment techniques.
At CHIRS, education is a collaborative effort that includes families, clients, frontline staff and the clinical team. Families and clients are actively involved in developing and participating in training courses to facilitate staff learning through the eyes of those most affected by the injury. CHIRS staff have the opportunity to contribute to training and education in many ways including suggesting topics and speakers, working on training committees, as well as actively participating in course evaluations. Many CHIRS staff have the opportunity to attend and present at a number of external conferences including annual Toronto ABI Network and Interurban Conferences. In addition to internal collaboration on education projects, one of the most exciting initiatives has been CHIRS' involvement on the Toronto ABI Network education committee working together with George Brown College to develop an ABI support worker post diploma program. CHIRS' ongoing commitment to this program includes financial sponsorship for a number of staff.