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The following are a number of frequently asked questions about the Foundations In Leadership Practicum Series.
(Q) When are the programs offered?
(A) The programs are offered throughout the year, including the spring and summer months. We typically do not run programs over exams. Upcoming programs will always be posted on the website and on campus. Programs are scheduled based on students availability in our online system so be sure to submit an "Availability Timetable".
(Q) What will I learn in each level?
(A) The goals for each level can be accessed through the "What's In It For You?" under the Foundations In Leadership menu tab.
(Q) What does the Series cost?
(A) The Bronze level costs $45.00 and the subsequent levels cost $40.00 (the total series is $165.00). You may be eligible for a discount if you arrange for a group to take a level together (each person attending receives a $5.00 discount) or if you are already in an approved leadership role on campus (leaders get a $10.00 discount for each level they take). (Please note: As of September 1st, 2011 all coures levels will be $45.00)
(Q) Is it possible to complete the whole series in one academic year?
(A) Typically students take one or two levels a term depending on their determination so it is possible to fit them all in.
(Q) I'm an incoming student to Brock, can I start the series in the summer?
(A) Yes! If you are looking to get a head start on the series you can take the first level in the spring or summer as long as you have a Brock ID.
(Q) Who facilitates the sessions?
(A) In keeping with our philosophy that well trained and supervised peers are very capable of responsibly handling many tasks at the University, the program is peer driven. Depending on the number of participants in the level that is being offered, one or two Leadership Development Peer Assistants do the facilitation.
(Q) I had some communications training in the past, do I have to start at Bronze or can I skip it and start with Silver?
(A) At least for the time being we have no way to assess an individuals depth and breadth of past training so we do not allow someone to skip any of the levels. Many students report that while they have had some exposure to the skills in Bronze they did not get much practise with feedback. Almost all our Bronze participants say that they have not encountered the communications scales before. The series is really a 48 hour training program that has been broken down into more manageable time blocks. Skills learned in earlier levels are revisited and added to in later levels so the only way we can be sure that everyone is on the same page is to insist that all participants progress through the series. For the same reason you could not take Gold even if you were not planning to take anything else, you just would not have the same knowledge base as everyone else in your group. On the up side, those who have repeated a level, for instance if they had successfully taken Bronze on their own and then got it again as part of a student group training, report that it was a good opportunity to polish their skill and they got a deeper understanding of the content the second time around.
(Q) What happens if I miss two sessions because of illness or some other good reason?
(A) Anyone can have things come up that would cause them to miss one session and there is no penalty if that happens, however if you miss two sessions you have missed one third of the training in that level and will not be allowed to write the final quiz, which is necessary for you to successfully complete the level. The training has a large experiential component and getting only two thirds of it is not enough.
(Q) If I miss a session with my group can I make it up with another group?
(A) The training sessions are not like classes or even seminars. From the first to the last session the facilitators will be working to help promote a climate of trust where people can risk being themselves and offer constructive feedback, which is essential to skills development. Having different people pop in for even one session would effect the openness in the group so we do not allow people to join a group after the second session and only then if they plan to stay with the group they are joining.