They say that communication is a two-way street. There are always two or more people involved in an interaction. So when communication breaks down, maybe both people need to make changes so that communication can be better? That is essentially what communication partner training is all about. In this article, I’ll explain what it is, why we do it, and tips you can start implementing right now.
What is communication partner training?
Communication partner training is an intervention that involves a client AND a significant other. This other person is called the communication partner. They might be a spouse, sibling, child, or friend (anyone that the client talks to regularly).
How does communication partner training work?
First, we choose a communication partner to be involved in the training.
Next, we set goals. We will record a conversation between the client and their communication partner, to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
Then, we do the communication partner training. This can be done individually or in a group. The communication partner learns to use positive communication supports. By changing their communication, they can reveal the communication competence of the client. How fantastic is that.