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Effective TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation: Facilitator Led Training Guide


10. Course Activities


Activity 1:  Introduction

  • To set ground rules for course
  • To inform participants of what is expected of them
  • To create a comfortable learning atmosphere
Time Allotted: 10-15 minutes
Materials Needed Written ground-rules list for distribution
Procedure 1. Welcome the participants to the course and introduce yourself and co-facilitators.

2. Let the participants know that the purpose of this course is to build skills for effective TB interviewing.  Since they read the Effective TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation: Self-Study Modules prior to the course, they should have the basic foundation of communication and TB interviewing and be prepared to practice these skills.

3. Set ground rules for the course.  Read the following aloud. Participants should

  1. Make a commitment to the course, including participating fully in all activities, which are designed to help improve interviewing skills.
  2. Respect different experience and skill levels in each other.
  3. Encourage new and inexperienced interviewers.
  4. Keep information confidential.  That is, if a patient is discussed as an example, he or she should not be mentioned by name.  Additionally, classmates’ skills or concerns they may raise should not be discussed outside of the classroom.
  5. Be back on time after breaks and mealtime.
  6. Do not interrupt others. 
  7. Turn off pagers and cell phones or at least place them in vibrate mode during the course.  If one must respond to calls, do so outside of the room and during breaks only. 
4. Ask participants to add any additional rules.

5. Mention locations of certain important places, such as bathrooms, designated smoking areas, water fountains, pay phones, and restaurants and cafeterias. 

6. State that because course activities build on one another, it is important to not only fully participate, but to be present for the entire course from start to finish.  Since supervisors have designated this time for training, there should be no reason for a participant to leave the course early, unless, of course, an emergency arises.



Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
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