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Services

Consulting

Align goals, roles and systems to meet your mission

With the competing priorities and uphill battles that define the daily life of mission-based organizations, a well-informed external consultant can help align projects, people, and purpose. Whether short-term or long-term, focused on large-scale organizational change or specific projects— we design each consulting engagement to strategically address organizational challenges and opportunities, within your unique time and budget constraints. We’ve been consulting clients too, and judge our own success by whether you feel supported and energized by working with us!

Working with us, you can expect to:

  • Define the challenges at hand and co-create a transparent work plan

  • Gain fresh perspectives on organizational strengths and needs

  • Bring increased value to your efforts and increase your organization’s  capacity to advance social justice

Consulting engagements often combine multiple phases over time, and may include (but are not limited to) the following services:

  • Clinical and Consultative Supervision (individual and group)

  • Curriculum Development

  • Customized Training/Workshop Delivery

  • Leadership Program Development

  • Stakeholder Meeting Facilitation

  • Program Evaluation

  • Program Performance Management

  • Programmatic Policy Development

  • New Program Development

  • Project Management

  • Strategic Planning Facilitation

  • Team Retreats

Training

Shared learning experiences that engage employees and build community

We use the word “training” here because it’s commonly used to describe workplace learning experiences—but “group learning sessions” more accurately describes MindOpen’s interactive and collaborative approach.  Investing in time away from the daily work schedule is essential to keep the work fresh and make space for the innovation that is so needed in the fight for social justice, yet most professional development is never fully leveraged back in the workplace. Using field-tested techniques for full inclusion and engagement, MindOpen’s learning sessions are designed to “stick.”

Topics include (if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask):

Program Practice

  • Putting Trauma-informed Care into Practice

  • Managing Vicarious Trauma

  • Person-Centered Practice within Specific Service Systems (Criminal Legal, Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Education, Child Welfare, Workforce Development, etc.)

  • Group Facilitation

  • Destigmatizing Mental Health

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Child and Youth Development

  • Family and Caregiver Engagement 

Leadership & Management

  • Foundations of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with an Anti-Racist Lens

  • Understanding Organizational Culture & Change

  • Overcoming Implicit Bias in Hiring

  • Effective Supervision & Staff Development

  • Team Building 

  • Conflict Management

  • Communication Skills & Styles

  • Train-the-Trainer

Coaching

An objective, supportive, personalized relationship to bring a desired change into reality

MindOpen Learning Strategies focuses on skills-based Performance Coaching for employees, and flexible Career Coaching for individuals wishing to begin or strengthen their impact as social justice leaders. Both utilize evidence-based approaches and the highest ethical standards to help individuals gain perspective on their own strengths and weaknesses, adjust unproductive habits and get new skills into their muscles, and achieve the milestones that lead to success beyond expectations.

Performance Coaching focuses on particular practices and is often provided alongside or in follow-up to employee training.  This may include individualized reinforcement of information and techniques, discussion of specific cases, behavioral checklists and observation, and role play simulations.  For example, Managers may participate in an Effective Supervision training, and then have have access to a set number of individualized coaching sessions that focus on facilitating reflective case conversations with supervisees. Or, frontline staff may take core training in topics such as Motivational Interviewing or Harm Reduction, and then receive short-term coaching sessions to help them gain confidence in new techniques. External coaching can enhance the effectiveness of internal supervision, as employees may absorb feedback differently when given within a coaching vs. a supervisory context.

Career Coaching is generally a personal investment in becoming empowered for short-term career search and lifelong career development.  For both new and experienced social justice change agents, a job search can be empowering when we define success by what is in our control vs. what isn’t, when we get comfortable articulating our authentic personal, and when we continually build a “net” that “works” through genuine connections with colleagues.  Depending on needs and interests, this can include assessment of talents and attributes, professional networking and building social capital, tapping the hidden job market, thriving through uncertainty, personal branding and social media, practical guidance and editing for resumes and cover letters, interview preparation, and salary negotiation strategy. MindOpen Learning Strategies has a special interest in supporting the leadership journeys of first generation college students and emerging leaders of color, and can partner with higher education programs to design customized packages.