PUTTING THE SCIENCE OF GOAL ACHIEVEMENT INTO PRACTICE: A Self-Directed Course for Frontline Staff
WHY WE CREATED THIS COURSE
We all have goals that are near and dear to our hearts. Fortunately, neurological and behavioral science and psychology have taught us a lot about how to more effectively set – and pursue – those goals – and how poverty and oppression can impede our progress. This course aims to demystify the research and to provide frontline staff with the tools to help guide the individuals they work with on a path to realize the goals they set for themselves. Our hope is that, by the end of the course, staff are refreshed by a new approach to goal achievement – and are more confident in how to coach participants to set and pursue their goals.
WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR
This course is for frontline staff of human service programs, especially workforce programs, throughout the country. It’s a good fit for staff who are new to the science of goal achievement – and those deeply familiar with it. We built this course especially for staff working one-on-one with participants, but it is also relevant for those who facilitate goal achievement in groups.
Throughout this course, staff actively explore and experiment. By the end (if we've done our job well), graduates will:
Recognize the important difference between “goal setting” and goal achievement
Useexecutive skill strengths & strategies to support goal achievement (in themselves + others)
Guide participants (without directing them) to effectively set and pursue their goals
Adaptmaterials that support goal achievement for use in your setting
Advocate for ways to support participants’ success through science-informed changes to your policy and program
A WORD ABOUT OUR LEARNING APPROACH
This course was built on proven principles of adult learning. One critical feature of adult learning is connection. Connection is essential for deep, impactful learning. As you go through this course, notice how you are asked to connect personally with the content. For example, in module one you’ll use a research-based tool to reflect on your own mindset, in module two you’ll use the goal achievement framework on one of your own goals, in module three you’ll assess your own executive skill strengths and struggles. Please don’t jump over these parts! Applying the research to yourself before thinking about how it applies to program participants is critical for your learning. And, it makes it much more interesting!