The IETP recognizes the need for flexible professional development options in a field that is characterized by employment variety as extensive as the global diversity that it embraces.
IETP curriculum is built upon a foundation of skills and knowledge that are necessary to perform competently as an international educator. Training is activity-based, and participants gain experience that they are able to apply immediately upon their return to the workplace.
The following are current IETP training options:
IETP Certificate for International Education Professionals
The IETP and Queen's Faculty of Education are partnering to offer a combination of face-to-face and online courses that make up the Certificate for International Education Professionals program.
The CIS is a great option for those who want to deepen their intercultural competence; courses are offered face-to-face at the 2012 IETP Summer Institute - Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication (June 11-12; pre-requisite for all CIS electives) and Exchanging Knowledge Across Cultures (June 14-15; CIS elective)
Also note: CIS Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication is also prerequisite for a relatively new UBC offering – Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers – which will be offered at next year's (2013) IETP Summer Institute
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualifying Seminar (June 10-13) will be offered at the Summer Institute again this year. The IDI is a tool that is used to measure the intercultural competence of a group or an individual, and is extremely useful for anyone who coaches or trains in the area of intercultural development at his or her institution. A number of folks associated with the IETP are Qualified IDI Administrators, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the tool or its use.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA (June 14-15) will be offered again at the 2012 Summer Institute. MHFA is to mental health what general first aid training is to physical health. The purpose of MHFA is to teach participants how best to assist someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
WES offers its Practical Skills in International Credential Evaluation for Undergraduate Admissions (June 14-15) each June at the Summer Institute; this is often the only Canadian offering of this specific course and fills up quickly. Register soon to avoid disappointment.
Socio-cultural Competency Training (SCT) for Facilitators
Socio-cultural Competency Training (SCT) (June 10-12) uses an experiential learning model to guide learners (usually newcomers to the culture) in acquiring micro-communication skills that are useful in their professional and personal lives. This evidence-based communication skills training approach examines the impact of values and interests on the way people interact with each other in specific contexts. The IETP Summer Institute is the central Canadian location for SCT Training for Facilitators.