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Compliance Training in Healthcare: Q&A With CJ Wolf

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The ATD Talent Development and Training in Healthcare Handbook (ATD Press, November 2021) addresses the many opportunities and challenges TD professionals face in the growing and rapidly changing healthcare space. Effective talent development is the thread that weaves through an entire healthcare organization to ensure it is up to standard with the latest practices in treating patients while providing a safe and engaging environment for staff. TD professionals have the unique role of tying together organizational and employee advancement in healthcare systems—and likewise, this handbook dives into areas for both business and professional evolution.

Written by 25 fellow healthcare practitioners with extensive experience in the field—from nurses, physicians, and administrators to instructional designers, chief learning officers, technology experts, and leaders across the industry, it covers six key themes across 26 chapters:

  • Learning and Development Basics
  • Organization Development
  • Employee Development
  • Business Acumen for the Health System
  • Digital Transformation and Literacy
  • Patient-Centric Care

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CJ Wolf, a private compliance consultant and faculty member at Brigham Young University, Idaho, is the author of the chapter focused on compliance training in ATD Talent Development and Training in Healthcare Handbook. In this spotlight Q&A, learn more about Wolf and his contribution to the book.

How have your experiences in compliance training shaped the best practices you shared?

Before I knew there was a name for adult learning theory— andragogy—I discovered some of the best practices through trial and error as I would try to develop compliance training. I learned about educational psychology and the scientific study of these principles as I completed a master’s degree in education.


How do you foresee advancement of talent development within this area? For example, do you see this area flourishing for employee or organization development?

Effective compliance programs recognize training as a key component. I foresee compliance professionals seeking out formal training in becoming better trainers and educators. Principles of good education can be taught, learned, and practiced!


What is something unexpected you learned while working on this book?

I was impressed with the amount of formal review through various stages of book development. There is a lot going on other than just authors writing their content.

Is there something professional or personal you are proud of accomplishing in the past year?

In July 2021, I was on the cover and highlighted in an interview for the Health Care Compliance Association’s monthly publication, Compliance Today magazine.

What is a fun fact about yourself or one sentence of advice you’d like to share?

Joseph Joubert said, “To teach is to learn twice.” Anyone who has prepared to teach a concept or class knows this to be true!

About the Author

Niranjani Chidamber Papavaritis is the Head of Content for ATD's healthcare and government industry verticals, and the Manager for ATD's global conferences and strategy. In her role, she is responsible for content and product development, partnering with SMEs and executives to create a suite of training resources through blogs, magazine articles, webinars, books, and events. Prior to working at ATD, Niranjani served as a business development advisor at Optum (under UnitedHealth Group). Her specialities include healthcare management, organizational development, business development, and content strategy. Niranjani received a degree in political science and information systems from UMBC, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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