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Pilot Training

IO4 is the piloting phase of training development. Each country referred to a Piloting Guide to construct and implement a national plan and held three rounds of pilot activity.

The language of Art can help health workers to re-motivate themselves in their life and in their work. This can also help to improve the therapeutic relationship with people in recovery.

According to the Piloting Guidelines (to the left, and available for download and comments here), training workshops in three rounds are being organized according to organizational models of learning: using workshops and cascade training and a methodical approach based on experiential learning.  The multiple rounds allow for our active learning and development of tools for future training.

A Peer Learning Group (PLG) plays a key role in the good implementation of the training process in every national training plan. It is a mixed working group consisting of one health worker, one recoverist (person in recovery) and one or more artists, in order to create a shared vision for interdisciplinary learning.

During the workshops with the artist, the PLG will be always present and can facilitate the transfer and exchange of experiences and the reflections or suggestions that emerge during training activities, also in view of possible visible outcomes (video, book) and strategic communication of the project. Furthermore, the PLG can give support and coaching and can build links with subsequent training phases. It is an efficient tool for supervision and formative assessment concerning the established learning objectives.

These piloting guidelines complements the training framework IO3 (also available for comments and inputs, here); the two documents are strongly connected to each other. The IO4 guidelines should be used with the IO3 Training Framework.

These guidelines are flexible because every national training plan needs to be adapted and developed according to local contexts and needs. Local training courses can be modified to meet local needs, taking into account different cultures, languages, artist's practice, resources and backgrounds, as well as the national and international review of occupational health and non-health professions legislation.

Our project developed National Training Plans for each country. Access them here:

Learn more about our Pilot Training , and see photos and feedback from our activities, at the pages being developed by our partners by country: