12. UPDATING THE LEARNING PLAN
In this section reference will be made to:
1. The Learning Plan
2. The Rubrics
3. The Rating Forms
Upon successful completion of a Learning objective, it is important to acknowledge the work of the counselor and the improvement in performance. This can be done by a simple "way to go" comment or perhaps something more tangible by taking the counselor for coffee or lunch.
Once the learning objectives are completed, it is time to develop the next goals for the Learning Plan. Often this is simply a revisiting of the Rating Forms completed earlier. This can serve as a guide to future Learning Plan development.
Learning Plans should be ongoing so that when one set of goals are completed, another set of goals is developed. By using the electronic version of the one-page Learning Plan, the clinical supervisor can continue the form in a Word document so that the historical data of previous learning plans is preserved. Copies should also be made for the Clinical Supervision File and each counselor should have a copy of his/her plan.
STEPS in Updating the Learning Plan:
The supervisor and counselor should meet to discuss the performance improvement or lack thereof.
If progress has not been achieved, the activities should be reviewed and revised to assure success.
If progress has been achieved in the counselor's performance, the supervisor and counselor should agree upon the next goal (s) for the learning plan.
Reference should be made to the rating forms completed at an earlier stage with the counselor so that new goals can be established for continuing performance improvement.
Reference should be made to the rubrics to determine if the counselor can complete tasks in the next level of performance. This evaluation could initiate the next set of learning objectives.