A consumer-designed model of continuing education for administrators

  • Wade H. Silverman
  • Robert J. Rydman


Mental health administrators can design for them-selves a training experience which is both interesting and educational. Futhermore, such a consumer designed curriculum and format can be generalized to a broader representation of mental health administrators, evidenced by the satisfaction ratings given to the second conference. Conference participants were drawn from thirty agencies and several disciplines. Ratings were not related to years of experience nor to judged similarity in ideological orientation between the respondent and other conference participants.

It is interesting to note that in terms of training needs, the planning participants identified more strongly with their administrative roles than with mental health per se. Only two of the eight topics chosen related directly to mental health. Thus the training model and program content may have broader application to administrators in other health related fields.

In conclusion the consumer designed model for continuing education for administrators is a concept worthy of further pursuit. Administrators are willing to design and attend such programs. They rate these experiences as satisfying, relevant, and contributing to their knowledge of the field. Administrators are also willing to support the model through registration fees, by recruiting trainees, and as consultants to future training efforts.

As a further step in generalizing the consumer designed model, the Continuing Education Program is now evaluating its use in improving service systems. Mental health centers have become the consumers who design training programs tailored to their individual needs. Training intervention is then employed in order to make their specified changes in service delivery.


Mental Health Community Mental Health Mental Health Center Conference Participant Ideological Orientation 
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© Association of Mental Health Administrators 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wade H. Silverman
    • 1
  • Robert J. Rydman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Illinois School of Public HealthChicago

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