Let’s face it, it is challenging to train students for the RA job mid-year. Time is tight and resources may be limited. You may also only have 1 or 2 staff members to train.
Need to get started? We recommend the following readings that are provided on the site for free. Use the readings alone, or better yet, supplement the readings with additional video training, and you’ll provide a well rounded foundation for your newly hired staff.
The 10 – 20 minute short videos, offered as part of The Video Staff Trainer Service, featuring Resident Assistants as actors, are informative and entertaining.
A subscription to The Video Staff Trainer Service is an affordable strategy for empowering mid-year hires with the information that will help them be effective in the position (see preview request links below).
A Value Added Bonus Idea! Use this plan next summer, and assign homework to your newly hired RAs.
The plan for mid-year training is outlined below. Go ahead…get started planning your strategies! Check out the readings and the videos via the links that follow…
Topic 1: Managing Your First Floor Meeting
Login Link for RA Coach and VST Subscribers: First Floor Meeting Video
Topic 2: Establishing Community
Reading: Shaping a Community
Log in Link for RA Coach and VST Subscribers: Establishing Community Video
Topic 3: Confrontation
Reading: Assertiveness and Confrontation
Login Link for RA Coach and VST Subscribers: Confrontation Video
Topic 4: Programming and Publicity
Reading: Why do RAs program?
Login Link for RA Coach and VST Subscribers: Programming and Publicity Video
Topic 5: Managing Roommate Conflicts
Reading: Resolving Roommate Conflicts
Login Link for RA Coach and VST Subscribers: Managing Roommate Conflicts Video
Topic 6: Ethics and the RA Job
Reading: Life in a Fishbowl
Login Link for RA Coach and VST Subscribers: Ethics and the RA Job
Additional Implementation Ideas:
A Refresher for All of Your Staff: After you new hires review the materials, spend time each week with your entire staff team processing a topic.
Supervisory One on One Meeting: Have your new staff review the materials presented and spend a few hours processing the content with individuals or as a group.
One on One-RA to RA Mentoring Relationships: Set up 1 on 1 mentoring relationships with new hires and your strongest returning RAs. Have the work together in the processing of the information presented in the readings and supplemental videos.