Leader Training

Who can lead BCBH SD workshops?
Once certified as a leader for BCBH, anyone with a desire to help people better manage their chronic conditions and lead healthier lives can lead a workshop. No healthcare or teaching experience is required. In fact, many leaders have a chronic disease themselves and have attended BCBH SD Workshops as a participant.

Why become a leader?

  • To teach people skills that can make a difference in how they live their lives
  • To work with other facilitators in your community
  • To learn proven methods to apply to other areas of your practice/life
  • To improve leadership, teaching, and group facilitation skills

LAY LEADER TRAINING

Here’s what’s involved in training:

  • To become a Lay Leader you will attend a 4 day training session and agree to a minimum two-year commitment.
  • You’ll receive a leader manual and complete training activities identical to those taught to workshop attendees.
  • You’ll learn how to implement and administrate the program and complete a set of practice teaching assignments.
  • All materials, handouts, supplies, and lunch/refreshments for the 4 days of training will be provided.
  • Lay Leaders often register in pairs since all workshops are co-facilitated by 2 leaders. It is best to have 2–3 trainees for a smaller community or town.
  • Download the position description for additional information.

Post-training requirements:

  • As a Lay Leader, you must co-lead a workshop within 6 months of completing leader training and commit to facilitate a minimum of one full workshop each year.
  • You must attend refresher sessions periodically to maintain certification.

Applying as a Volunteer or Sponsored Leader:
If applying to attend the training as…

    • Sponsored by your employer/organization, your sponsoring employer/organization will need to sign the BCBH Memorandum of Agreement* (MOA).
    • a Volunteer, not sponsored by an employer or organization, we ask that you complete the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Volunteer Work Agreement* and agree to a background check* by SDSU.

*These documents will be sent to you after you have been interviewed and selected.

What does it cost?
Sponsored Leaders: $250 Registration fee
Volunteer Leaders: FREE Registration. Contact Us for information about:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Reimbursement for travel. (Mileage and per diem meal rates based on SD state rate guidelines.)

Are Lay Leaders paid?
Lay Leaders may be provided mileage and meals per diem based on state rate for facilitating workshops.

LAY LEADER CROSS TRAINING

Pre-qualification: you must be an active, certified BCBH SD Lay Leader, or are attending a new 4-day Lay Leader Training prior to the cross-training.

Here’s what’s involved in training:

  • To become cross-trained in another program, you will attend a 1 day training session and agree to a minimum two-year commitment.
  • You’ll receive a leader’s manual (i.e. cross-trained programs of diabetes self-management, chronic pain self-management).
  • All materials, handouts, supplies, and lunch/refreshments for the training will be provided.
  • You’ll learn how to implement and administrate the program and complete a set of practice teaching assignments.
  • Lay Leaders often register in pairs, since all workshops are co-facilitated by 2 leaders. It is best to have 2–3 trainees for a smaller community or town.
  • Download the position description for additional information.

Post-training requirements:

  • Lay Leaders must co-lead a workshop within 6 months of completing leader training and commit to facilitate a minimum of one full workshop each year in every program they are certified in.
  • You must attend refresher sessions periodically to maintain certification.

Applying as a Volunteer or Sponsored Leader:
If applying to attend the training as…

    • Sponsored by your employer/organization, your sponsoring employer/organization will need to sign the BCBH Memorandum of Agreement* (MOA).
    • a Volunteer, not sponsored by an employer or organization, we ask that you complete the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Volunteer Work Agreement* and agree to a background check* by SDSU.

*These documents will be sent to you after you have been interviewed and selected.

What does it cost?
Sponsored Leaders: $250 Registration fee
Volunteer Leaders: FREE Registration. Contact Us for information about:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Reimbursement for travel. (Mileage and per diem meal rates based on SD state rate guidelines.)

MASTER TRAINER TRAINING

Master Trainers can both conduct Lay Leader training and co-lead workshops. They are individuals who have experience living with and managing their own chronic health conditions or those of family or friends.

Master Trainer Certification is available through the Self-Management Resource Center’s in-person training program.

For additional information, download the Master Trainer Position Description, and visit the Self-Management Resource Center.