1. The agency encourages
and supports employee participation in professional development activities such
as seminars and workshops. Employees interested in this company benefit must
discuss the activity with their immediate supervisor to obtain initial
2. Before using external
professional development funds, providers must have completed of all of their
Phase One and Two Pre-Service Training and orientation requirements and Phase
Three topics specifically related to the performance of their duties and as
dictated by the agency's licensing and funding sources.
3. If attendance at an
external professional development and/or training activity would significantly
enhance a provider's professional skills and ability to perform the duties of
his/her position and/or to meet licensing requirements, an exception to the
above listed requirements may be made at the discretion of the team, Executive
Director and/or their designee(s).
4. The Supervisor, in
consultation with the Program Director, will base request approvals upon
several factors including, but not limited to: team/area and agency budgets;
past frequency of participation in external meetings; need of the provider to
attend; the professional benefit to the provider, the provider's team, and the
agency; the relationship between the provider's mandatory training requirements
for his/her position held and the provider's professional-development
5. The Program Director is
responsible for final decisions regarding the allocation of team professional
development and training resources.
6. Once the team
approves a request for external professional development, the employee will
submit an agency voucher, signed by the supervisor, along with any related
documentation concerning the workshop or seminar, and any related but necessary
travel costs associated including any related e-mail correspondence indicating
the request, need for the professional development and related travel
costs. Enrolling the employee in the workshop or seminar will
be done by the employee, once it has been approved.
7. Following the
completion of the workshop or seminar, the employee is required to forward the
certificate of completion issued by the seminar provider to the Training
Coordinator to ensure the employee's training record is complete.
Additionally, a copy of same will be forwarded to Human Resources by the
Training Coordinator for record keeping in the employee's personnel file.