Training to Lead IPE

Oct 1, 2018

UW hosts National T3 Program to train teams to lead IPE & IPCP.

The UW hosted its sixth Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Team Development Program workshop August 13–16, 2018 in the UW the Health Sciences Library Trail Room on the Seattle campus. Four teams (14 individuals) participated from six academic institutions across the U.S.: AHEC Scholars Team comprised of faculty from Whatcom Community College, Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington; Boise State University; the University of Vermont; and Cleveland State University.

The T3 program is a nationally organized, two-part team development program for health professional faculty, clinicians and staff working with interprofessional (IP) and collaborative practice (IPCP) initiatives who want to enhance their leadership skills and capabilities to lead IP efforts in their organizations. Team members develop professional leadership skills and strengthen team dynamics to increase project success. Over 75 teams from 55+ institutions have attended the program in the three years since its inception, creating an alumni network of over 320 T3 attendees nationally.

Interprofessional teams of at least three members attend a 3.5-day, in-person training at one of three national sites—University of Washington, University of Virginia and University of Missouri—followed by two, one-hour webinars and on-demand coaching calls during project implementation. Program content aligns with eight program objectives involving IP Curricular Design; Evaluation and Assessment; IP Leadership; Team Dynamics and Culture; Creating Innovative IPE; Program Implementation and Sustainability; Communication, Team Function and Patient Safety; and Developing an IP Peer Network of IP Champions.

The T3 Program at the University of Washington utilizes Liberating Structures, a series of interactive approaches to facilitate breakdown of hierarchy and increase engagement from all participants. These activities offer participants a chance to explore unconventional ways of discovering new ideas, sharing information, addressing challenges, understanding different perspectives and developing possible solutions. Each day, teams have dedicated team time to work on their projects

Funding for the T3 Program is provided in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Registration and CE credit are coordinated by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. This national training program is co-led by UW School of Nursing Professor, Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN and Les Hall, MD of the University of South Carolina.

For more information about upcoming national T3 Program trainings and registration, please visit and follow us on social media @T3Programs.

For more information about Liberating Structures, please visit