Magazine article Policy & Practice

300 Attend NSDTA Parley in Minneapolis

Magazine article Policy & Practice

300 Attend NSDTA Parley in Minneapolis

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Almost 300 human service trainers and training managers gathered in Minneapolis in September for the National Staff Development and Training Association's (NSDTA) 2006 Professional Development Institute. "This institute was a very successful event," said Mary Urzi, president of NSDTA. "We saw many new faces. The enthusiasm trainers have for sharing best practices is always contagious. Everyone in this field wants to constantly improve, and the institute is the one time of the year when we can focus all our energy on our own learning."

In recent years, increasingly complex social problems co-existing with increased funding challenges have elevated the need for a well-trained human service workforce. Changes have also occurred within the field of staff development and training in general, moving from a narrow perspective of training to broader concepts of human performance improvement and human resource development. NSDTA supported this expanded role with new developments and strategies to promote the development of human service training and development (HSTD) professionals.

Some of these developments and activities include conducting the annual Professional Development Institute and co-sponsoring the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium, the development of a competency model that includes competencies addressing nine HSTD roles, the founding of the NSDTA journal Training and Development in Human Services, and the development of a Code of Ethics for Training and Development Professionals in Human Services and supplementary materials to support implementation of the code. …

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