Q&A with the Training Department

Methodist Children’s Home is committed to offering a comprehensive training program for its staff. This program is designed to comply with state and agency requirements and provide opportunities for personal growth and professional development for each employee.

The Home’s training department on the Waco campus is one of the first departments that new hires come into contact with as they make the transition to MCH. This department is vitally important in helping new staff learn the Home’s core beliefs, philosophy of care, and mission.

We spoke with John Warren, training coordinator, and Stormy Cole, staff trainer, to learn more about their jobs.

Stormy and John - Training Department at Methodist Children's Home

Q: John, what is the importance of all the training that is offered?
A: Our staff needs to be prepared to meet licensing standards, have the skills needed to keep youth safe, build relationships and lead them toward independence.

Q: John, what is the scope of responsibilities for the training department?
A: Stormy and I are responsible for either directly training new hires and current staff or coordinating training provided by other individuals. This includes the Waco campus, Boys Ranch, Waxahachie campus and foster care offices. If employees are unable to come to the Waco campus for training, we often travel to their campus or provide training by streaming video. A few areas of training for new hires are: philosophy of care; services provided by MCH; applicable licensing standards; CPR\first aid; SAMA (Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression); defensive driving; building blocks for relationships; and fostering self-esteem. We also provide year-round training that is required for every employee to meet their annual training requirements. For professional staff, training opportunities are provided to help maintain their professional licenses.

Q: Stormy, what are some additional responsibilities for the training department?
A: The training department hosts the Willson–Johnson Lectures. We keep the training database current with documentation from all areas of the agency. We provide internships to local college students and supervise MCH student workers, allowing them to build resume’ and job experience.

Q: You both have been part of Methodist Children’s Home for awhile. What is the best part of your job? A: Stormy - I enjoy the relationships I have with the youth. I visit the school and eat lunch with our youth or go to a home unit for dinner on occasion. I use every opportunity when training new employees to share stories about my own experiences with our youth.
John - After completing seminary I knew that my calling was to work with at-risk youth, but not in a typical church setting. Methodist Children’s Home has given me this opportunity while still working in a Christian community.

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