Continuing Education Programs

If you’re a healthcare professional looking to fulfill your continuing education units (CEUs), Direction Home Akron Canton is here to help. We offer a diverse library of CEU programs with a 95.1 percent satisfaction rating. All of our courses are open to the public, regardless of licensure, and based on trending issues in the healthcare profession. Direction Home Akron Canton is an approved provider for*:

  • Licensed Social Workers (LSW)
  • Licensed Independent Social Workers (LISW)
  • Social Work Assistants (SWA)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrators (LNHA) 

Costs, times, CEU eligibility and location vary with each program, and all of our courses require advance registration. Take a look at our upcoming programs listed below!

*Nurses may attend programs approved through the Counseling, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapy (CSWMFT) board and receive CEUs.  Please refer to the Nursing Continuing Education for Renewal Ohio Revised Code for details. 

November 22, 2019 CEUs
Functional Communication Assessment for Healthcare Professionals
Creating an Environment that Focuses on Geriatric Life Enhancements

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville
$45.00 morning OR afternoon sessions
$75.00 BOTH sessions (lunch included 12:10-1:10 pm)

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Functional Communication Assessment for Healthcare Professionals

9:00 am - 12:10 pm
3 CEU: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board)

When an older adult has difficulties in the ability to communicate effectively, there is an impact not only on that person’s safety and connection with others but their overall quality of life.

When you know how to evaluate a person’s comprehension skills, you can modify your presentation of verbal and written information accordingly. When you know how to assess a person’s expressive skills, verbally and in a written format, it is possible to maximize their communication potential based on their strengths.

This information will add to the ability of health care professionals to maximize their interactions when there are communication deficits through all the continuums of care. In addition, the suggestions provided can be included in caregiver support groups and in staff education programs.

Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of meeting a person at their current level of communicative functioning
  • Demonstrate how to assess a person's level of receptive language skills: listening and reading         
  • Demonstrate how to assess a person's level of expressive skills: verbal expression and writing
  • List strategies to enhance interactions and modify activities utilizing a person's interest and strengths

Creating an Environment that Focuses on Geriatric Life Enhancement

1:10 pm - 4:20 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board)

Changes in memory beyond normal aging coupled with hearing loss and decreased activity participation can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. When effective strategies are provided for communication and memory challenges along with activity modification, there are opportunities for enhancing the daily interactions of the older adult with families, friends and care partners.

Objectives:

  • Explain the change in memory from normal aging and beyond
  • Discuss the impact of hearing loss on activity participation
  • List strategies to enhance communication when hearing and memory are concerns
  • Explain strategies for those with changes in speech and language capabilities
  • List the goals and benefits of life enhancement
  • Discuss ways to increase activity engagement at the different levels of functioning

About the Speaker: Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A.

Kathryn received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, with 35 years in the area of home health care.

She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges.

Her websites, Communication Connection and Memory Fitness Matters have an abundance of resources including her eldercare and memory fitness blogs, interviews and podcasts, and sample pages of all her products

Currently she is focusing on her geriatric life enhancement consulting practice as well as her brain health/memory fitness and Lifelong Learning programs.

December 6, 2019 CEUs
Ethics of Cultural Competency
Understanding Grief and Guilt

Guy's Party Center
500 Waterloo Rd., Akron
$45.00 morning OR afternoon sessions
$75.00 BOTH sessions (lunch included 12:10-12:55 pm)

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Ethics of Cultural Competency

9:00 am - 12:10 pm
3 Ethics CEU: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), LNHA

The NASW has a Code of Ethics which mandates that practitioners are competent with regards to cultural diversity.  This applies to practitioners in every population (mental health, children, chemical dependency, etc). Most are working with ever increasingly diverse people, both clients and colleagues.  This course sets participants on the path to engage in the continual exploration of knowledge, skills and values that will help assume quality of care for persons of all cultures.  It will explore the ethics of building a culturally competent practice in the clinical setting.

Objectives:

  • Define culture, and give examples of at least five different cultures
  • Review the Code of Ethics and describe the ETHNIC model of assessment and practice
  • List communication patterns of at least 5 different culture patterns

Understanding Grief and Guilt

12:55 pm - 4:05 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), LNHA

Grief is something that 100% of the population experiences.  This program will focus on the defining mourning, grief, bereavement and complicated grief as well as discuss the difference between complicated and normal grief.  It will also look at the factors that make our grief unique from one another.

Objectives:

  • Define mourning, grief, bereavement and complicated grief, including the DSM criteria
  • List the tasks of grief and factors that make grief unique
  • Describe clinical interventions to use with the bereaved

About the Speaker: Julia Ellefritt, LISW-S

Julia is an experienced health care Social Worker currently working for Case Western Reserve University as an instructor for the undergraduate Death, Dying, and Loss course.  She is also the Clinical and Program Director for Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Center.   Julia has presented over 550 Continuing Education workshops over the past 10 years and has several publications to her name.​​​

December 17, 2019 CEU
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Guy's Party Center
500 Waterloo Rd., Akron
$75.00 all-day session (lunch included - 12:15-12:45 pm)

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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
6 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board)

The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services tool upends the substance and addictions treatment models traditionally used.  The evidence based SBIRT tool will explain the current approach to substance services and outlines changes to the model achieved through applying a public health approach.  This program will introduce you to the SBIRT principles and screening tool administration, review motivational interviewing and how it relates to SBIRT, and show you how to use the Brief Negotiated Interview Model.

Objectives:

  • Participants will understand appropriate Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment services for substance abuse and addiction.  Articulate the need for SBIRT and identify SBIRT as a behavior change initiative through a public health approach to address substance use problems.
  • Participants will learn how ambivalence impacts change and identify and effectively use the foundational skills of Motivational Interviewing; open ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries.  Describe and embody the 4 elements of the spirit of MI: partnership, acceptance, compassion, and evocation, and understand implementation of MI skills that can be used to reinforce and enhance change talk.
  • Participants will be able to effectively use the Brief Negotiated Interviewing Model to conduct Brief Interventions and identify patients/clients in need of brief intervention based on responses to screening tools.  Participants will practice techniques that work to eliminate discord and resistance to behavior change using the evidence based SBIRT model.​

About the Speaker: Jessica W. Bader, LSW

Mrs. Jessica W. Bader is the Quality Improvement Team Lead with Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities. 

Jessica is a certified Ombudsman with the Ohio Department of Aging and is a social worker licensed by the state of Ohio since 2011.  Jessica began her undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and received her bachelor's degree, graduating Suma Cum Laude from the University of Akron.  Jessica has been trained in LEAN Six Sigma, is Yellow Belt certified, and recently graduated from the Kandel Leadership Academy in May 2017.

Over her professional career, Jessica has worked with populations across the age and ability spectrum.  Along with her family, Mrs. Bader has provided care to over 144 children in her home as a respite house parent providing care and treatment to youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral issues who have experienced ongoing crisis in the home of origin.  Jessica served as a protective case manager with Summit County Children Services until 2012 when she shifted her focus to advocating for individuals in the long term care setting.  Through the last decade of practice, she has recognized that many individuals are impacted by mental health and substance use and abuse concerns.  Jessica has partnered with the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board to deliver SBIRT Training to professionals who interact with this client/patient base.

January 14, 2020 CEUs
Using Film to Explore the Evolution of the DSM from Madness to the Current DSM-5 and the Impact Mental Health Issues have on Families
Dominoes and the Slippery Slope: Ethical Dilemmas as Revealed in The Emperor's Club

Hilton Fairlawn
3180 W. Market St., Akron
$45.00 morning OR afternoon sessions
$75.00 BOTH sessions (lunch included 12:15-1:15 pm)

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Using Film to Explore the Evolution of the DSM from Madness to the Current DSM-5 and the Impact Mental Health Issues have on Families

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), pending LNHA

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) has gone through numerous changes since its inception in 1952.  This workshop will use case examples in both film and TV as well as Hollywood actors, diving into various diagnoses.  We will discuss the current criteria in the DSM-5 for several mental health issues, along with reviewing statistics, risk levels, and treatment methods.  Finally, we will talk about the impact mental health problems have on the entire family, specifically the growing number of grandparents caring for their grandchildren.

Objectives:

  • Outline and discuss the history of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual and how it evolved from diagnosing "madness" to current health issues (DSM-5, Kaplan & Sadock, 2018, Munson 2001, Benjamin 2007, and Eghigian, 2010). View early Hollywood film's depiction of mental illness and madness.  Discuss the focus of the DSM-5 for earlier diagnosis' and providing services to clients to they can function better socially.  
  • Participants will understand the DSM-5 criteria for Conduct disorder, Depression and Suicide, and Bipolar.  Participants will learn about the statistics, risk levels, and treatment methods related to these mental health problems using Hollywood film case examples of the DSM-5 disorders.
  • Participants will learn how mental heal issues can impact the entire family using a case example (Zachary James Proper) illustrating a risk to grandparents who are caring for grandchildren who have mental health issues.  Participants will learn some of the problematic behaviors children may display and how that could put grandparents at risk for harm.

Dominoes and the Slippery Slope: Ethical Dilemmas as Revealed in The Emperor's Club

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
3 Ethics CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), pending LNHA

During this workshop, the participants will explore the ethical dilemmas presented in the film, The Emperor's Club and other Hollywood films.  In these films, case examples will be presented that will illustrate appropriate and inappropriate ethical decision-making.  The theoretical concept of the slippery slope and the domino effect will be discussed as they relate to these ethical dilemmas encountered by the characters.  Further discussion and exploration will occur as to how these characters decision-making skills can be related to counseling and social work practice.

Objectives:

  • Identify ethical decision-making skills that assist with ethical dilemmas 
  • Explore how the slippery slope and the dominoes theory affects ethical decision-making 
  • Identify ethical dilemmas in the film, The Emperor's Club, and other Hollywood films, and discuss how those decisions had a dominions effect on other decisions 
  • Identify how those inappropriate and appropriate decisions in The Emperor's Club and other film characters can be applied to the fields of counseling and social work 

About the Speaker: Linda M. Davis, Ph.D., LPC, LSW

Dr. Davis worked for Summit County Children Services for 30 years. During that time, she worked as an Intake worker, a Night Intake supervisor, a Crisis Intake Hotline Supervisor, an Educational Resources Supervisor, Visitation Supervisor, and a Quality Improvement Manager. Dr. Davis, having successfully completing a two year Ohio Child Welfare Training, the Trainer Certificate Program, works as an independent trainer and consultant. Her areas of expertise currently include mental health counseling, visitation, attachment theory, child development, research, supervision, foster care, and assessment. Dr. Davis teaches seminars at the Cleveland State and has taught at The University of Akron teaching classes on the Psychology of Learning, Child Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies, and Research. In the past, she has worked as a child therapist.

January 16, 2020 CEU
Healthcare Challenges for the LGBTQ Community

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville
$45.00 morning session (breakfast included - 8:30-9:00 am)

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9:00 am - 12:15 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), pending LNHA

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) older adults are particularly vulnerable to poor health outcomes and are less likely to seek healthcare due to fear of discrimination. Despite elevated risk LGBTQ older adults are often ignored within geriatrics as there is little evidence to inform care, and they typically have not been comfortable discussing their orientation. To adequately care for LGBTQ patients geriatric healthcare practitioners should recognize the effects of bias, appreciate the importance of terminology, understand diversity within the LGBTQ community, advocate for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in admission assessments, share best practices, and advocate for increased visibility. Caring for this population may be challenging, as it will require us to expand our knowledge of LGBTQ health, explore our own biases, and challenge institutional norms. However, through coordinated efforts healthcare workers can work toward improving care for LGBTQ older adults.

Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand the specific challenges facing this special population and how they impact the physical, mental, and emotional health of the LGBTQ population
  • Attendees will learn interventions for assisting the LGBTQ population to obtain necessary healthcare and diminish the biases and challenges they may face that impact their care
  • Attendees will gain knowledge of existing policies, and be able to develop policies and procedures that are specific to the​ geriatric LGBTQ population, and how to intervene on their behalf

About the Speaker: Jean Wendland Porter

With more than 40 years clinical and managerial experience in a variety of settings, Jean directs and coordinates therapy operations, therapy personnel, recruiting, policy development, training, legal compliance and reimbursement from all insurers and all aspects of rehabilitative care. Jean is also skilled in consulting with other entities on optimizing the care, rehabilitation and reimbursement for a variety of patients in a host of different settings.

Jean's history includes Regional Director of Operations for large and small corporations, both national and local. She has directed therapy staff and operations in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics and industrial rehabilitation as a Transitional Work Developer, Aquatics, Home Health Agencies and Acute Care. She has been with Diversified Health Partners since 2012.

With the ability and acumen to monitor Quality Assurance, MDS, Length of Stay and Functional Outcomes, the outcomes for the patients who are treated under the auspices of Diversified Health Partners have improved by better than 60%, case mix scores improved by 30%, and Part B claims were successfully defended and paid. As outcomes are the priority for patients, our Satisfaction Surveys have never been better. Jean has successfully implemented new technologies in the buildings in which she consults, including VitalStim and pressure mapping, as a means of providing optimized care for residents in the facilities, minimizing acquired pressure sores and maximizing quality of life.

​As a member of the volunteer board for Cuyahoga Community College's Center for Applied Gerontology, as well as other non-profit boards in the civic arena, Jean has provided education for a variety of healthcare workers, as well as lay people in the community. She has participated as a member of the Speaker's Bureau for support groups, religious organizations, local bar associations and healthcare professional organizations.

January 24, 2020 CEUs
Suspecting Domestic Violence
Clarifying Sexual Harassment, Reporting, and Due Process

Guy's Party Center
500 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron
$45.00 morning OR afternoon sessions
$75.00 BOTH sessions (lunch included 12:15-1:15 pm)

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Suspecting Domestic Violence

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), pending LNHA

It happens all too often; this insidious act called domestic violence (DV).  It takes on many faces and has many levels and affects all types of people.  When we suspect DV is happening to those under our care, we want to most effectively intervene.  What does that look like?  In this workshop, participants will consider some DV facts and statistics and define what DV is.  They will explore what to do if the clinician suspects domestic violence, how to talk with the individual, and how to offer resources to help the individual.

Objectives:

  • Consider some DV facts and examine national statistics of DV. Define what DV is in its various forms and levels. Consider the Cycle of Abuse. 
  • Explore what to do if you suspect domestic violence. Learn what the symptoms of abuse are and how to start the dialogue.
  • Discuss how to talk with the individual, and how to offer resources to help the individual. Learn of specific steps to interact with a potential victim, and types of Validity Questions to get accurate information. Consider what not to do, and issues like having a Safety Plan & where to get help.

Clarifying Sexual Harassment, Reporting, and Due Process

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), pending LNHA

We’ve all heard and seen an explosion of Sexual Assault and Harassment allegations and charges. From politicians, to Film moguls, to CEO’s to News anchors, to sports figures…it’s all nauseating! The bringing it into the light is LONG overdue! The hashtag #METOO movement has left us feeling a variety of emotions. Victims fear retaliation if they speak up. Perpetrators fear being exposed and spurned. Another frequent emotion ​many experience is confusion about what we can believe. And people might also wonder what the minimum is to be accused of having “crossed the line”. In this seminar, participants will examine the legal definitions of sexual harassment and assault. They will discuss best practices for proper reporting of violations, and they will learn about the need for “due process” against allegations.

Objectives:

  • Examine the legal definitions of sexual harassment and assault. Discuss various national data about the prevalence of sexual harrassment, and the barriers that hinder reporting by victims you may serve. Learn about the psychology of sexual harassment in business.
  • Discuss best practices for proper reporting of violations for both healthcare workers and their clients. Assess the efficacy of the #MeToo movement, the value of victim empowerment, and consider the notion of "WE Too!" in the quest to stop workplace sexual harassment.
  • Learn about the need for promoting “due process” against allegations for victims. Learn what to do if your clients are either a victim, a bystander or a perpetrator. Understand what the Court System procedures are, as well as penalties in OH.

About the Speaker: Thomas O'Reilly, MS, PCC

Thomas is the Owner and President of A Better Way, LLC. He is semi-retired as a Counselor, Speaker/Trainer and Mediator, and works at Lakeshore Health and Wellness, LLC. He trains on over 80 topics pertaining to both Corporate and Healthcare concerns throughout the US and internationally. He provides Drug-Free Safety (DFSP) Training to companies who seek to have or currently have a Drug-Free Workplace Program for their employees. His 22 years of Counseling practice included work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, geriatrics, those experiencing loss, and a wide array of emotional and personal issues, as well as spiritual concerns. He worked as a Substance Abuse Therapist for over 10 years, both in residential and outpatient settings.  He worked part-time as a Clinical Screener providing Psychiatric Emergency Services to severely mentally disturbed patients. He has 12 years of experience in mediation. He holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Akron. He is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor. He is a past member of the Ohio Counseling Association, and past member of Toastmasters, International. He is passionate about the Buckeyes, golf and fighting Human Trafficking in the world.​

January 30, 2020 CEUs
Epidemiology of Grief and its Impact Upon Quality of Life
Incidence of Trauma and Provision of Care

Embassy Suites Akron Canton
7883 Freedom Ave. NW, Canton
$45.00 morning OR afternoon sessions
$75.00 BOTH sessions (lunch included 12:15-1:15 pm)

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Epidemiology of Grief and its Impact Upon Quality of Life

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), pending LNHA

From the epidemiology of chronic disease to the associated trajectories of functional loss in aging, grief can be inappropriately pathologized, ignored, or simply neglected; despite strong evidence that managing grief is critical in the continuum of care.  Fortunately, however, the dawn of compassionate communities, death cafes, and "the dinner party" continues to provide opportunities for the reversal of the medicalization of death and the prevention, advancement, and advocacy of grief as a public health issue.​

Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to summarize the epidemiology of grief and its impact upon quality of life
  • Attendees will be able to justify the assessment of grief within their professional practice
  • Attendees will be able to describe the importance of prevention, advancement, and advocacy of grief as a mental health priority​

Incidence of Trauma and Provision of Care

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC/LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board), pending LNHA

National data identifies a significant proportion of people exposed to trauma. These traumatic experiences, if left unaddressed, can lead to pathological outcomes requiring clinical care. Educating on the incidence of trauma and the provision of competent trauma care is instrumental in significantly reducing socioecological and cultural factors that not only influence the impact of trauma, but also help to alleviate trauma-related stress reactions and associated symptoms.

Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to descrbe the DSM-5 definition of trauma and its development pathways 
  • Attendees will be able to evaluate the significance of their own experience(s) with trauma and its influence upon their professional practice
  • Attendees will be able to interpret concrete ways to improve the provision of care in those affected by trauma

About the Speaker: Rachael D. Nolan, Ph.D., MPH, CPH

Ms. Rachael Nolan is a Graduate student of the Kent State University's College of Public Health. Her academic concentration centers on social behavioral sciences, health disparities, and geriatrics.  Her professional background includes promotion of disability awareness, sexual health, minority, and LGBT issues. She served several years on the board for the former Akron Pride Center (APC), and facilitated both the APC Youth group and New Pride group which catered to young and/or new individuals "coming out" within the Akron/Canton area. Her passions include advocacy for equal rights, anti-discrimination laws, and improving the health and wellness of an aging, minority population.  Ms. Nolan recently earned her doctoral degree in the field Public Health, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Public Health Sciences Division.


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