Partners For Recovery Leadership Institutes Prepare Future Leaders In The Addiction Treatment Field
In collaboration with the national network of Addiction Technology Transfer Centers, Partners for Recovery is sponsoring regional Leadership Institutes across the country. The Leadership Institutes are part of the overall strategy of Partners for Recovery to develop leadership within the addiction treatment field.
As many of the current leaders in the addiction field near retirement, there is a need to transition leadership to the "next generation" while also developing leadership at all levels within organizations. PFR's support of the Leadership Institutes came out of the documented need for such training. Visit the Archive section of the PFR Resources page for documents on leadership development and the need for workforce training.
The Southern Coast ATTC piloted the first Leadership Institute in October 2003. The Graduate School, USDA (GS/USDA) is responsible for the pre-assessment of participants (called "protégés") and a five day immersion training. Based on the tremendous success of the pilot, the five-day training is currently being hosted by regional ATTCs across the country with rave reviews from participants.
In-Depth Training Course. The full Leadership Institute involves several components, including: 1) independent pre-course assignments; 2) a 360-degree assessment of each participant's job strengths; 3) five intense days of training; and 4) a six-month follow-up program during which time protégés work with mentors and complete a specific project based on their leadership goals. At the end of the course, participants reconvene, present their projects, and formally graduate from the Leadership Institute.
Training Objectives. The overall goals of the Leadership Institute are to develop a cadre of leaders able to:
- Enhance cultural appropriateness;
- Develop and disseminate tools;
- Build a better workforce;
- Advance knowledge adoption;
- Provide ongoing assessment and improvement; and
- Forge partnerships (SCATTC Strategic Plan, 2004).
The Leadership Institute achieves this by motivating participants to:
- Explore and enhance interpersonal skills through personal assessments and dialogue and through personal and professional partnerships and coalitions;
- Explore and enhance team skills; and
- Explore and enhance organization development skills.
With up to 20 individuals participating in each of the Leadership Institutes, the field is beginning to create an identified pool of emerging leaders whose talents and influence will help shape the addiction treatment field in the coming years.