The Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) Trainig Program has four major components that are supported by an exciting new web platform for ongoing professional networking:
During the period of prerequisite learning, a series of comprehensive, independent study modules will be completed between the time of acceptance into the program and arrival at the on-site location for direct learning. Participants are required to demonstrate mastery of module content and successfully complete all required elements of the advance learning activities before arriving for the on-site component of the program.
Twelve days of on-site learning will take place at one of four regional sites: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana or California. Discussions, guided observation and case study review will facilitate learning in the following areas:
The PPCI mentoring component will meet the individual participant's goals and expectations. Each professional will be matched with a discipline-specific mentor. Together the participant and mentor will develop unique projects intended to assist the participant in achieving professional growth and development. Projects will be completed within a specified timeframe once the participant returns to the workplace. Projects may include enhancement of (re)habilitation or teaching skills through real-time supervision or assisting local professionals in developing new knowledge and skills through the development of presentations, hosting a workshop or organizing a conference.
Once yearly, participants from all PPCI sites will attend an extended weekend session for a capstone experience. This final requirement will provide an opportunity to extend networking through reporting on individual projects and sharing results of the personal and professional strategic plans for change.