What is Tele-Training?

Many organizations are doing an increasing amount of teaching, consulting and coaching on what used to be called “conference calls”. The newer technology is referred to as a “Bridge” (no connection with Bridge Communications). Small bridges allow up to 30 people at a time, while larger bridges can handle up to 150 — and the newest equipment can handle over 2000!

While still new for many people, tele-training is rapidly becoming quite common. Many people use Bridges to run groups for their clients, to do in-service training, offer workshops, and consult with referral sources and experts. The uses are limited only by your imagination.

The system requires only a standard telephone, no internet connections are involved. It is fully inter-active, so you can ask questions, make comments, and participate in the class like any other classroom.

The advantages are nice:

  1. You can participate from home, work, even a pay phone
  2. No commuting time or costs
  3. Total privacy– attend class and soak in your bathtub at the same time
  4. The costs are minimal. You pay only two fees:
    – the tuition for the class
    – the standard long distance charge you would pay for any other call to a friend or family member, usually about 10 cents/minute, or $6-7 for a one-hour class.
  5. The participant pays no “sur-charge” or extra fee for using the bridge

You simply call the bridge number (a standard telephone number) at the assigned time. Bridges require at least two people calling simultaneously to “open” and answer your call, so if you’re a bit early, you’ll hear the phone ringing on the other end. If that happens, just wait a moment for someone else to join you, or if you’re a bit early, hang up and call back 30-60 seconds later. Usually, the class leader will be on the bridge and will welcome people as they arrive (you’ll hear a momentary click each time a new person joins the bridge). Within a couple minutes — just like waiting for everyone to arrive and find their seat in a traditional classroom — the class will quiet down and the leader will begin the presentation. Relax, listen, ask any questions, and enjoy the learning.  It really is that easy!

Tele-Class Program Outline:


The The program consists of three-1 1/2 hr. tele-training calls.  Participants receive an assessment tool, resource materials and guidelines for exercises that are discussed during the calls.

Call 1: How Diversity Affects You- An open and “real” look at race and diversity in society today and how that relates to you and your community.

Call 2: Getting to the details – Role playing exercises give true perspective into everyday situations. Participants discover multiple ways to handle new experiences they will encounter as a multiracial family.

Call 3: The Adoptee’s Perspective – A thorough look at experiences among transracial adoptees are discussed as adult transracial adoptees provide personal stories and enlightening insight.

*Other classes can be done through tele-training upon request. They will consist of 2-5 calls.  The program consists of three-1 1/2 hr. tele-training calls.  Participants receive an assessment tool, resource materials and guidelines for exercises that are discussed during the calls one week prior to the first call.

Why Tele-Training?

One of the primary concerns for families adopting transracially is their community’s diversity and where they will live.  For many families relocation is not possible.  Fortunately, with technology there are new ways to tap into resources necessary to address diversity issues. Tele-training provides sessions to families who live in areas where in-person training, support groups and interaction with other cultures and multiracial families are rare or unavailable.

How Does Tele-Training Work?

Participants receive materials via mail including tele-training etiquette prior to training.

A bridge phone line is reserved for the group and participants call at a scheduled time.  (participants are responsible for call charges)

Exercises and discussions are facilitated providing an opportunity for all participants to interact.