What is an individual learning plan?
An individual learning plan, which a practitioner develops in conversation with his or her supervisor, documents the competencies the individual wants to develop, how he or she will develop them and how the to measure his or her progress. Learning plans should be developed and attainable within the specified contract term.
Why are learning plans important? What’s in it for me?
Rather than completing a list of required trainings, a learning plan ensures a conversation between a practitioner and supervisor that focuses on what is important to that individual. By identifying the strengths you want to build on, you take ownership of your professional development and become more engaged in your learning. You may opt to attend a training and then develop a plan to help you transfer learning into action. Or you may choose to shadow a peer. The choices are endless!
In addition to your own growth and marketability, the parallel process occurs; your clients, program, agency and funders benefit from your increased competencies and engagement. It’s a win-win for everyone!
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