Flexible training programs help participants build skills to solve problems in a variety of contexts. Programs that enable trainers to adapt materials create an additional type of useful flexibility. This case study explores how a program was designed to help natural resource managers address challenges and conflicts across the southeastern United States. Changing Roles: Wildland-Urban Interface Professional Development Program gives trainers maximum flexibility in creating a locally relevant program and also engages participants in addressing important challenges. The evaluation suggests this design was successful and is helping participants overcome the helplessness that comes with not knowing how to solve problems.
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Monroe, M. C., & McDonell, L. (2012). Flexible Training Program Builds Capacity for Diverse Challenges. The Journal of Extension, 50(5), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.05.04