Traditionally, universities separate education (the teaching of university students) and professional development (inservice training of professionals in the field). Because this is all education or training, these two concepts are described together here. Presentations for the purpose of providing information, raising awareness, and inspiring people are described on the Service page.
Inculcation into Existing Coursework
The EIEIO will ensure that courses covering 0-5 special education and general education, taught in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities (SPEMA) include components of the Routines-Based Model for Early Intervention 0-5 (i.e., family-centered practices and functionality). It will take the lead in strengthening the 0-5 content in the SPEMA graduate education, especially the 0-3 content. For example, the syllabus for SPE 374, Working with Families of Children with Disabilities is based on the RBM approach, using Working With Families of Young Children With Special Needs (McWilliam, 2010) as the textbook.
The EIEIO will be the home for the continuation of McWilliam’s international internships, lasting 1 month, 3 months, or longer. Students will receive a document, certifying how much training they have received and the content. The purpose of these internships is to (a) prepare leaders in the RBM for implementation in their home countries, (b) conduct research with the students taking the lead, and (c) to learn from them about contextual issues related to the need for the model and implementation barriers and enhancers.
The EIEIO hosts two annual week-long institutes, leading to certification by the EIEIO. McWilliam has conducted the Routines-Based Interview Institute since 2008 and there are now over 100 certified trainers on the RBI. During this institute, coaches train the participants during actual interviews with real parents. Training includes the ecomap and writing (a) child-level participation-based goals and (b) family-level goals. The other institute is the Routines-Based Home-Visiting Institute, which McWilliam has run since 2015. During 2016 and 2017, the institute was conducted in partnership with Child Development Services of Maine—the state’s Part C and 619 program—and in fact takes place in Portland, ME. REACH, the local early intervention site, provides the coaches.
Bootcamps are like the above institutes but on site, in the country, state, or program implementing the practices. McWilliam or another seasoned trainer runs the bootcamp along with local or imported certified trainers. These have been held in New Zealand, Melbourne (Australia), Singapore, Taiwan, Spain, Portugal, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Maine, Tennessee, Ontario (Canada), among other places. Some states are now able to run their own bootcamps without McWilliam’s involvement.
Performance Checklist Training
All training consists of observation and feedback, and, in the EIEIO, we use performance checklists.