T3 Program at the UW

Jun 29, 2018

National program trains teams to lead IPE & IPCP.

The University of Washington hosted a national Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Team Development Program (T3 Program) May 7–10, 2018 at the UW Medicine South Lake Union campus. The T3 Program is an immersive leadership-training program for teams wanting to learn how to design and implement effective interprofessional education and collaborative practice projects at their institutions. Team members develop professional leadership skills and strengthen team dynamics to increase project success. The program includes three elements: pre-work, a 3.5-day in-person program, and coaching with IPE experts during project implementation.
Eight teams (32 participants) participated from five universities across the U.S.: the University of Michigan, University of North Texas, Shepherd University, University of Cincinnati, and National University. Each team was comprised of at least 3 members from two or more different health professions or related fields. Each team participating in the program was in the beginning stage of developing a new interprofessional education (IPE) or collaborative practice (IPCP) program at their institution. The T3 Program’s curriculum takes teams through stages of project planning and implementation while developing team building and communication skills through a variety of hands-on learning activities. Over the next year, T3 Program coaches will work with teams as they continue develop and implement their programs.
The T3 Program utilizes Liberating Structures, a series of interactive approaches to facilitate breakdown of hierarchy and increase engagement from all participants. These activities offered participants a chance to explore unconventional ways of discovering new ideas, sharing information, addressing problems, understanding different perspectives and developing possible solutions. Each day, teams had time to work on their projects and left ready to train others in IPE and IPCP. Facilitators included UW and University of Missouri IPE faculty, UW staff, UWMC clinicians, and patient advocates.
The T3 Program is funded in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and is hosted in collaboration with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. This national training program is co-led by UW School of Nursing faculty member, Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN and Les Hall, MD of the University of South Carolina (previously at the University of Missouri). Since 2015, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has partnered with the University of Washington, University of Virginia and University of Missouri (the three national T3 Program training sites) to train over 300 participants and over 75 interprofessional teams from around the country. 
For more information about upcoming national T3 Program trainings and registration, please visit https://nexusipe.org/T3 and follow us on social media @T3Programs.
For more information about Liberating Structures, please visit http://www.liberatingstructures.com/.