Train The Trainer – Advanced Diploma in Facilitation for HAT

What makes HAT unique is our commitment to leave a legacy with individuals and organisations via our “Train the Trainer” model. Following completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health Action Training it is possible for learners to embark on a further two 35 hour courses “Health Action Training: Issues in Health Communication” plus “Teaching and Assessment for Health Action Training”. Upon successful completion of all 3 courses the candidate will be a fully qualified Health Action(HAT) Trainer and achieve an Advanced Diploma in Facilitation for HAT. This will enable them to teach The Graduate Certificate in HAT.

Train the Trainer

To become a Health Action Trainer and be able to deliver The Graduate Certificate in Health Action Training, it is required that three courses are completed.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Health Action Training
  • Health Action Training: Issues in Health Communication
  • Teaching and Assessment for Health Action Training

Information on the Graduate Certificate is available here

Health Action Training: Issues in Health Communication (Train the trainer – Course 2)

Interpersonal communication or lack of it, remains one of the most central issues of modern healthcare. Irrespective of the environment, mode of delivery or client group the expectation is that communication in healthcare must be a positive human to human experience. Central to the values of all professionals and organisations involved in healthcare is the need to convey compassion, respect and dignity in the treatment of human beings, normally referred to as person-centred care.

This 35-hr course builds on the Graduate Certificate in Health Action Training (HAT) providing a more in-depth analysis of the theoretical underpinnings of HAT alongside other models and frameworks. Being a HAT Trainer requires in-depth knowledge of the context and complexity of issues that exist in health communication. This is a necessary starting point for design of effective role plays and simulation of real life experiences for future learners.

This course addresses key issues in Health Communication internationally, nationally and in your own practice.

Key Areas:

You will cover the following key areas in this course, all of which will be referenced to your field of practice.

  • Principles and practice of effective communication with emphasis on HAT principles and practices.
  • Communication issues in complex and rapidly changing care environments.
  • Communication and ethical issues.
  • Self-awareness and leadership for effective communication.
  • Authentic simulations and challenging role-plays.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

    • Challenge existing communication practices and frameworks to trigger the development of a new personal framework for practice.
    • Critique the skills needed for assessing and responding to the needs of patients, clients and families in complex and unpredictable situations, building rapport and managing expectations within challenging and difficult interactions.
    • Reflect critically on the communication and related ethical issues that arise in professional practice, appraising the role of cultural, societal and organisational communication in promoting person-centred care.
    • Critically evaluate the importance of self-awareness, self-agency and political awareness to maximise the substantial influence effective communication training can have on the quality of modern healthcare.

Facilitate learning and teaching in practice by planning, designing and presenting an authentic role play and assessment criteria.

Teaching and Assessment for Health Action Training (Train the Trainer – Course 3)

This 35 hour course builds on the learnings from The Graduate Certificate in Health Action Training (module 1) and Health Action Training: Issues in Health Communication (module 2) to complete the process of becoming a Health Action Trainer and enabling the candidate to be able to deliver The Graduate Certificate in Health Action Training.

The course includes experiential workshops, group work and the study of contemporary theory and practice of the arts in educational settings. Students will learn how to facilitate creative groups in contexts where the aim is education and/or personal growth and development associated with Health Action Training.

Key Areas

This course will focus on these inter-related areas of activity:

  • Key principles of workshop planning, organisation and delivery
  •  Understanding the dynamics, principles and values of working creatively with groups
  •  Practical experience and confidence as a teacher of Health Action Training, applying a range of educational drama approaches to facilitate learning and adapt to the needs of learners
  •  Understanding of the key principles of person-centred and critically reflective teaching
  • Understanding the key processes and principles of assessment and evaluation

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a variety of (HAT) workshop methodologies in teaching and assessment and explain the contexts within which they may be appropriately used.
  • Identify the principles which underpin safe and effective workshop practice, and trace these to their sources.
  • Facilitate a HAT workshop with peers within an educational context.
  • With reference to appropriate learning theories reflect on and critically evaluate one’s own delivery of HAT workshop practice.