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28 Pa. Code § 704.11. Staff development program.

§ 704.11. Staff development program.

 (a)  Components. The project director shall develop a comprehensive staff development program for agency personnel including policies and procedures for the program indicating who is responsible and the time frames for completion of the following components:

   (1)  An assessment of staff training needs.

   (2)  An overall plan for addressing these needs.

   (3)  A mechanism to collect feedback on completed training.

   (4)  An annual evaluation of the overall training plan.

 (b)  Individual training plan.

   (1)  A written individual training plan for each employe, appropriate to that employe’s skill level, shall be developed annually with input from both the employe and the supervisor.

   (2)  This plan shall be based upon an employe’s previous education, experience, current job functions and job performance.

   (3)  Each individual employe shall complete the minimum training hours as listed in subsections (d)—(g). The subject areas in subsections (d)—(g), with the exception of subsection (g), are suggested training areas. They are not mandates. Subject selections shall be based upon needs delineated in the individual’s training plan.

 (c)  General training requirements.

   (1)  Staff persons and volunteers shall receive a minimum of 6 hours of HIV/AIDS and at least 4 hours of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and other health related topics training using a Department approved curriculum. Counselors and counselor assistants shall complete the training within the first year of employment. All other staff shall complete the training within the first 2 years of employment.

   (2)  CPR certification and first aid training shall be provided to a sufficient number of staff persons, so that at least one person trained in these skills is onsite during the project’s hours of operation.

   (3)  At least one-half of all training in this section shall be provided by trainers not directly employed by the project unless the project employs staff persons specifically to provide training for its organization and staff.

   (4)  An individual who holds more than one position in a facility shall meet the training requirement hours set forth for the individual’s primary position. Subject areas shall be selected according to the individual’s training plan. Primary position is defined as that position for which an individual was hired.

 (d)  Training requirements for project directors and facility directors.

   (1)  Subject areas for training shall be selected according to the training plan for each individual.

   (2)  A project director and facility director shall complete at least 12 clock hours of training annually in areas such as:

     (i)   Fiscal policy.

     (ii)   Administration.

     (iii)   Program planning.

     (iv)   Quality assurance.

     (v)   Grantsmanship.

     (vi)   Program licensure.

     (vii)   Personnel management.

     (viii)   Confidentiality.

     (ix)   Ethics.

     (x)   Substance abuse trends.

     (xi)   Developmental psychology.

     (xii)   Interaction of addiction and mental illness.

     (xiii)   Cultural awareness.

     (xiv)   Sexual harassment.

     (xv)   Relapse prevention.

     (xvi)   Disease of addiction.

     (xvii)   Principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

 (e)  Training requirements for clinical supervisors.

   (1)  Subject areas for training shall be selected according to the training plan for each individual.

   (2)  Each clinical supervisor shall complete at least 12 clock hours of training annually in areas such as:

     (i)   Supervision and evaluation.

     (ii)   Counseling techniques.

     (iii)   Substance abuse trends and treatment methodologies in the field of addiction.

     (iv)   Confidentiality.

     (v)   Codependency/Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) issues.

     (vi)   Ethics.

     (vii)   Interaction of addiction and mental illness.

     (viii)   Cultural awareness.

     (ix)   Sexual harassment.

     (x)   Developmental psychology.

     (xi)   Relapse prevention.

     (xii)   Disease of addiction.

     (xiii)   Principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

 (f)  Training requirements for counselors.

   (1)  Subject areas for training shall be selected according to the training plan for each individual.

   (2)  Each counselor shall complete at least 25 clock hours of training annually in areas such as:

     (i)   Client recordkeeping.

     (ii)   Confidentiality.

     (iii)   Pharmacology.

     (iv)   Treatment planning.

     (v)   Counseling techniques.

     (vi)   Drug and alcohol assessment.

     (vii)   Codependency.

     (viii)   Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) issues.

     (ix)   Disease of addiction.

     (x)   Aftercare planning.

     (xi)   Principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

     (xii)   Ethics.

     (xiii)   Substance abuse trends.

     (xiv)   Interaction of addiction and mental illness.

     (xv)   Cultural awareness.

     (xvi)   Sexual harassment.

     (xvii)   Developmental psychology.

     (xviii)   Relapse prevention.

   (3)  If a counselor has been designated as lead counselor supervising other counselors, the training shall include courses appropriate to the functions of this position and a Department approved core curriculum or comparable training in supervision.

 (g)  Training requirements for counselor assistants.

   (1)  Each counselor assistant shall complete at least 40 clock hours of training the first year and 30 clock hours annually thereafter in areas such as:

     (i)   Pharmacology.

     (ii)   Confidentiality.

     (iii)   Client recordkeeping.

     (iv)   Drug and alcohol assessment.

     (v)   Basic counseling.

     (vi)   Treatment planning.

     (vii)   The disease of addiction.

     (viii)   Principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

     (ix)   Ethics.

     (x)   Substance abuse trends.

     (xi)   Interaction of addiction and mental illness.

     (xii)   Cultural awareness.

     (xiii)   Sexual harassment.

     (xiv)   Developmental psychology.

     (xv)   Relapse prevention.

 (h)  Training hours. Training hours are not cumulative from one personnel classification to another.

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  704.4 (relating to compliance with staff qualifications); 28 Pa. Code §  704.6 (relating to qualifications for the position of clinical supervisor); and 28 Pa. Code §  704.8 (relating to qualifications for the position of counselor assistant).



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