Trip Start Aug 08, 2009
41Trip End Aug 30, 2009
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I managed to talk about the CSI learning programme and briefly explain an overview of the CSM programme before I ran out of time. What I would say is that if you are thinking of presenting and have only considered booking a half hour slot that you should really consider making this an hour. My time went so very quickly that I wanted to say so much more and did not have the opportunity. I would not now consider only doing such a short presentation in the future, as people are so interested at an education conference in what we are doing and know so very little that they want more time.
I swapped many business cards with individuals at the end of my presentation and when I came out there were two people there waiting to talk to me at length and many more waiting to swap more business cards
One was a guy from Illinois who had written down for me how his state had put quality standards into place for their CSI's and how their competency is tested whch was realy helpful. He has agreed to me contacting him once I am back in the UK to send me over some more details. This appears to be a really good example of how some states are moving forward ahead of the changes that the NAS publication will no doubt bring.
The other was Haydn Baldwin who I am sure CSI's reading this blog will have heard of. We sat down for quite some time to talk in further detail about competency and its importance to practitioners. Clearly he is passionate about this subject and has extensive experience in relation to CSI's all over the states of America. He operates a consultancy business now and is currently working in Jamaica. He too feels that standards are necessary but is more aware than myself of the issues being faced and questions whether a national framework could be put in place here.
The NAS publication is to be reviewed in a lecture on friday of the conference by board members and delegates and I am looking forward to seeing what implications this may have and the discussion around this.
I made contact with a board member from the Missouri Division almost as soon as I got to conference. She is 2nd vice President of the MDIAI and a board member of the IAI. She has been exceptionally helpful to me in respect of making contacts and meeting the right people. She is going to arrange for me to attend as many evening functions as she can and I will be there as her guest which means I will have the opportunity to network on a wider scale than I had imagined.
She has also recommended that I attend certain lectures which will again, make sure there are plenty of CSI's in these. I have been very fortunate indeed to bump into such a good contact and wonderful person so quickly.
There is also a large vendors area at the conference which I shall have to go and see later this week to see the similarities and differences in products and services available over here.
Overall I am pleased with today. I am making good progress and my lecture was well attended.
I couldn't ask for more really.