Valakupiai Rehabilitation Centre and Astangu continue developing competences on change management in social services sector

20. March 2015

Valakupiai Rehabilitation Centre (Lithuania) and Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre were participating in a training program for managers - Change Management in Social Services Sector, facilitated by Fred R. McFarlane, Ph.D., who is Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University.

During the 2 sessions the training program combined theoretical information with practical change initiatives proposed by the participants of the training. The first training session took place in October 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia, the second session was held in March 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

During the second session, the training participants gained knowledge about building and strengthening a culture of retention and engagement, discussed individual and organizational change and measureable outcomes, discovered the balance between leading and managing, change leadership and management, system-centric and person-centric models for policy and change initiatives as well as working on consistent messaging, communication throughout the organization and employee engagement, not to forget transforming and strengthening organizational performance within the work field.

After the training, the participants reflected that it had been a great pleasure learning with Ph.D. Fred R. McFarlane. "He was our guide in this road, always urging us to keep focus on own vision in engaging all employees in own mission. He was a great help since the beginning of this journey (rather than a project as we call it) and we all had a very good chance to learn from him and take what he had to offer."

Astangu and VRC are both concerned in providing high quality social services for people with disabilities. Mutual training during these two sessions helped develop a tight partnership and understanding as well as developing each other‘s strong sides and improving challenging issues. The participants have exchanged experiences which hopefully will help both Astangu and VRC to improve our services in the future.

This training was been implemented with the support from the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF). For more information about BAFF scholarships and speaker support, visit