CLEAR News - Spring 2006


By Linda Waters
April 2006

Welcome to spring and nicer weather for us all. CLEAR was very busy this past winter preparing for a full round of spring and summer activities. Some of the highlights included:

A Webinar series that kicked off with a well-received presentation in April on Fraudulent Credentials and False Information. This series is an excellent investment. A $35 per-site registration fee for each offering permits any number of people in a single location to access a presentation using PowerPoint and a speaker phone. My sincere thanks to Janet Carson and Jim Guffey for serving as the inaugural presenters for this new offering.  We had 58 sites with almost 500 people participating at this dynamic session. We will soon publish a schedule of upcoming programs, so please mark your calendars and plan on joining our experts for these informative Webinars.

Publication of two new Resource Briefs: To Translate, or Not Translate: That Is the Question by Norman R. Hertz and Building the Future: A Toolkit for Thinking About the Future (Updated) by Steve Boruchowitz. Both are available as .pdf files in the members-only section of the Web site. 

Program preparation for Expect the Unexpected: Are We Clearly Prepared?, CLEAR’s 26th annual conference scheduled for September 14-16 in Alexandria Virginia. Please check our website for an online flyer with details for a full week of training, networking and education. We’re fortunate to have three fantastic host agencies for this conference: the Virginia Departments of Criminal Justice Services, Health Professions, and Professional and Occupational Regulation. Plan now to join your colleagues for this important meeting. 

The National Certified Investigator/Inspector Training (NCIT) program is enjoying its busiest year ever. CLEAR was invited to Winnipeg for the first time this winter and we’re going back again next month! In the midst of all this, the Senior NCIT Instructors will take time to hold a curriculum meeting in Lexington, Kentucky this June.

The Board of Directors is also busy, meeting monthly by teleconference and planning to meet in Lexington immediately following the NCIT instructor meeting. If there’s anything you’d like the board to discuss, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Last, and very important, I’d like to welcome Peter Gardner, the Executive Director of the Dental Practice Board of Victoria, and CLEAR’s first member board from Australia. I look forward to further collaboration with the Australasian regulatory community.

Thanks to all for your continuing support and participation.