Continuing Education Courses – CEUs

Caregiver Help’s video-based online continuing education courses incorporate humor and real-life caregiving stories into difficult topics such as caregiver anger, guilt, depression and grief. Professional caregivers can earn continuing education credits while watching entertaining and engaging videos on their computers or mobile devices.

Professional Mental Health CE Courses

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The following courses are offered online through Professional Development Resources

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA);and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Caregiver Help: Anger and Guilt

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CE Credit: 2 Hours

Approved for:

Psychology | Counseling | Social Work | Occupational Therapy | Marriage & Family Therapy | Nutrition & Dietetics
Learning Level: Introductory

Course Link:
https://www.pdresources.org/course/index/1/1201/Caregiver-Help-Anger-and-Guilt

Course Description:
The emotional stress of caring for persons who are aging, chronically ill or disabled can be debilitating for family members as well as professional caregivers. This course addresses the anger and guilt experienced by both types of caregivers and provides a three-step process that helps people develop an attitude of “creative indifference” toward the people, situations and events that cause them the greatest amount of emotional stress.

By gaining insights into how degenerative and progressive diseases affect the life of the family caregiver, the mental health professional will be in a better position to empathize and provide strategies for helping them manage the stress of caring for someone whose situation will never improve. The significance of honoring and supporting caregivers’ feelings and helping them understand the importance of self-care can not only improve their physical and emotional well-being, but can also have a huge impact on the quality of care they are able to provide to their care receiver. The course includes downloadable worksheets that professionals can use in their clinical practices.

Caregiver Help: Depression & Grief

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CE Credit: 2 Hours

Approved for:

Psychology | Counseling | Social Work | Occupational Therapy | Marriage & Family Therapy | Nutrition & Dietetics
Learning Level: Introductory

Course Link: https://www.pdresources.org/course/index/1/1218/Caregiver-Help-Depression-and-Grief

Course Description:
This course addresses caregiver depression and grief as well as the process of preparatory grief, which is an experience shared by families and professionals as they have to adapt and adjust to the ongoing losses and changes that occur when a person is suffering with a long-term progressive and degenerative disease. The course also explores the differences between reactionary depression and clinical depression and treatments for both. By gaining insights into the process of losing someone over an extended period of time, the mental health professional will be in a better position to understand the caregiver’s experience with depression and grief and provide both empathy and strategies for implementing a self-care plan. This course includes downloadable worksheets that can be used in the professional’s clinical practice.

Caregiver Help: Sex and Dementia

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CE Credit: 1 Hour

Approved for: Psychology | Counseling | Social Work | Occupational Therapy | Marriage & Family Therapy
Learning Level: Introductory

Course Link: https://www.pdresources.org/course/index/1/1228/Caregiver-Help-Sex-and-Dementia

Course Description:
This course explores how Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases impact the brain in ways that can cause some surprising, challenging and inappropriate behaviors. Some people with dementia may:

  • Develop a heightened interest in sex
  • Become addicted to pornography
  • Lose the ability to understand what kind of behavior is acceptable
  • Have a different perception of place and time and a different interpretation of reality from their caregivers
  • Get agitated and upset when their caregivers don’t communicate with them effectively
  • Behave in ways that are confusing and upsetting to family members and professional healthcare workers

It is important to recognize that surprising, uninhibited and inappropriate sexual behavior is not uncommon among stroke survivors, people who have Alzheimer’s and individuals who take Dopamine to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s.  This course provides insights into the impact those diseases can have on the brain along with strategies for coping with other dementia-related challenging behaviors.

Nurses and Long-Term Care Administrators

The following courses are offered online through CEUs-R-EZ

Alzheimer’s Survival Training

Contact Hours: 3.50

NAB Approved (#0562013-3.50-7284-dl)

Course Link: http://www.nurseslearning.com/ceus-r-ez/syllabus.cfm?coursekey=5894

Course Description:
As all nurses and long-term care managers understand, the success of a facility extends beyond attending to just the physical needs of the residents. It’s important to understand that anger, guilt, depression and grief are frequently part of the professional caregiver’s experience.

Memory care patients lose many skills, but they generally retain a keen sense of their caregiver’s mood. If the caregiver is agitated and upset, it is often reflected in a resident’s behavior.

Upon completion of this course, the student will have:

  • Understanding of how to recognize and cope with the emotional stress of caregiving
  • Increased knowledge of the similarities and the differences in emotional stress experienced by family and professional caregivers
  • Strategies that will help them assist family caregivers as they continue to support their loved ones in long-term care facilities

Washington State DSHS Training Program

The following is a live training course offered for long-term workers in the State of Washington

Caregiver Survival Training

Credit Hours: 4

Training Program Number: 0616

Call Elaine to book: 503-949-2464

Course Description:
Caregiver Survival Training is an interactive workshop, in which Elaine K Sanchez helps long-term care workers understand the similarities and differences between the emotional stress experienced by family caregiver and professional caregivers.

Attendees learn a three-step process to developing an attitude of “Creative Indifference” toward caregiver anger, guilt, depression and grief. They come away with strategies that help them manage the difficult emotions associated with caring for individuals who are aging, disabled or suffering with progressive and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.

Participants learn how to recognize and cope with compassion fatigue, how to deal with dementia-related challenging behaviors, including inappropriate sexual behavior, and they come away with a renewed awareness of the importance of caring for themselves while caring for others.

Elaine’s ability to incorporate humor and story-telling into difficult topics and illustrate coping strategies with engaging slides, make this program entertaining, as well as informative and educational.

To book Elaine for your next caregiver training event, call 503-949-2464 or email her at elaine@EKSanchez.com.