The process of becoming an instructor for Personal Development Community Organization, inc. is extremely demanding.
In the words of Bill Reidler, my instructor and trainer along with Kath Kvols, becoming an instructor is designed to test the Instructor Candidate’s commitment and strengthen their character at every opportunity. Our instructors are trained to take an exceptional amount of responsibility. Just as I was at Global Relationship Centers, Inc. in Austin, Texas back in 1989.
Increasing Relationship Skills
The first responsibility an instructor responds to is helping a potential student recognize the value they would gain if they increased their relationship skills, and then assisting them in developing the courage to take the step of enrolling. Too many times people pass up valuable knowledge either because they did not have the courage to participate in a new experience or because they intended to participate but postponed taking action. They know how difficult it is to solve human relationship problems without all the available knowledge, and are dedicated to making sure a potential student is not living their life at a disadvantage because he or she is not aware of what it is that they do not know.
Next they are trained to take responsibility for all three steps of transferring the knowledge. They take the responsibility of presenting the information to the students: they make sure the students hear and understand the information, and they work with the students on a plan to apply the information in their life situations.
To be able to take full responsibility for all three of these steps, our instructors must be trained to do much more than just be an entertaining presenter, because that would only be taking responsibility for delivering the information. They are also trained to recognize indicators that assure that the information presented has been heard and understood. Our Instructors are also prepared to deliver information experientially so that their students have an experience of how to apply it in their life circumstances. Without having the instructor take full responsibility for the implementation of the new skills, their students would just add the training to their already too long list of “great ideas that I have not yet gotten around to using.”
Getting Students Involved in Follow-up Programs
Another responsibility a PDCO Instructor assumes is making sure their students get involved in the follow-up programs such as assisting, attending graduation, attending follow-up dinners and call out parties needed to help them maintain what they learned. Another way to maintain what is learned is by attending women’s groups and men’s group sponsored by the therapists on staff or independently organized. If you did not know to refuel the gasoline tank in your new automobile, then buying it would only be a great investment until you ran out of gas.
As you can well imagine, training an instructor to take on this much responsibility is no easy task–for those teaching the Instructor Candidate or the Instructor Candidate. We all like to think of ourselves as very responsible people; however, being able to live that responsibility is a challenge. If you are thinking of building a career as an instructor for Personal Development Community Organization, I must caution you: many people start the training and only the most diligent become instructors.
Here is a brief description of the curriculum for Instructor Candidates.
TLC is based on the theories of Dr. Alfred Adler. Adler believed that the individual is indivisible and whole. He felt that most of who we are is based on life decisions made as young children and those decisions become almost an unconscious part of our adult personality and core belief system. Some of these decisions and behaviors, made in our formative years, may not serve us well as adults, often creating self-imposed barriers.
TLC is an enriching, experiential weekend workshop which opens the door, empowering you to see yourself in control of your life with the ability to change your own self-defeating perceptions. The course allows you to look at your major life decisions, whom you truly are, and your relationships with others, giving you the tools and skills to make new decisions that will help you live the life that you desire.
Each Instructor Candidate will be the “third” instructor for a full year teaching eight TLC courses, coaching an advanced course and attending the Leadership Training course which takes place over six months with five sessions taught by top instructors in the industry. Personal Development Community Organization takes pride in the professionalism of its instructors and quality of the products offered by PDCO and taught by these instructors.