What is a Master Trainer?
A master trainer is responsible for teaching the Matter of Balance curriculum to coaches and providing them with guidance and support as they lead the Matter of Balance classes.
What qualities and experience are necessary to become a master trainer?
- Experience and interest in working with older adults
- Knowledge about the special needs of older adults.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience with group process and facilitation
- Comfort with teaching, leading group discussion and role play
- Willingness to learn about and support the principles and protocols of evidence-based programs
- Enthusiasm about being a member of a team
- Ability to use audiovisual equipment (TV/DVD, overhead projector)
- Ability to perform range-of-motion and low-level endurance exercises and to demonstrate A Matter of Balance exercises
- Ability to carry up to 20 pounds
- Life experience valued with an education or healthcare background a plus
How can I become a master trainer?
You must attend a two-day master trainer session offered by MaineHealth's Partnership for Healthy Aging to earn A Matter of Balance Master Trainer Certification. We recommend that two staff members from an organization be trained to assume responsibility for the program. All materials necessary to implement the Matter of Balance program in your community are provided at the training session.
Master Trainer Session Information - read more information about a Matter of Balance Model Master Trainer sessions.