IdeaLearning Group is proud to have produced three very successful training programs for St. Mary Medical Center. Part of the St. Joseph Health System, St. Mary serves a diverse population in the High Desert region of California. It’s a caring, warm culture with expert staff dedicated to providing compassionate care using state-of-the-art equipment.
Our first project involved 120 senior-level staff members for an in-house leadership development program. We were invited to speak during the general session on the topic of intrinsic motivation. Our goal was to explore techniques for decision-making and to help staff identify new development opportunities. Session evaluations show consistently high ratings for the program. Participants indicated that they loved the opportunity to try hands-on activities, and they also reported taking ideas they learned from the session back to share with other department members.
For our second project, we developed a series of four breakout sessions on the topic of reverse brainstorming. The three-hour session offered plenty of opportunities for participants to work together in a safe training environment before implementing what they learned on the job. Participants reported high ratings for the session and described how they were able to use the techniques they learned during interactions with customers in their jobs after the training.
Our most recent project was inspired by Peter Block’s “Connection Before Content” model. The session followed a breakout format and focused on the importance of building small-group connections before collectively taking action in a community. Because of the custom nature of the content, St. Mary produced the toolkit while we worked on structuring the session content around the toolkit.
We really enjoyed the challenge of leading and developing a healthcare training program using our versatile instructional design and facilitation expertise. Working with excellent subject matter experts, we were able to produce a meaningful, dynamic learning experience for staff members and their teams to use for years to come.