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)
  • Professional Clinical Counselors (PCC)
  • Professional Counselors (PC)
  • Nursing Home Administrators (BELTSS)

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!

March 14, 2019
CARE Coalition NEO Conference

John S. Knight Center
77 E. Mill St., Akron
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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4 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity)

Join us for the second annual CARE Coalition NEO 2019 Conference. Our keynote speakers include Dr. Eric Coleman, Founder and Director of the Care Transitions Institute (coming back for the 2nd year!), and Bill Benjamin, and international expert on Emotional Intelligence and Partner at the Institute for Health and Human Development. Dr. Ann DiFrangia, Medical Director at the Chemical Dependency and Addiction Cleveland Clinic Akron General Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center will present Fostering Emotional Intelligence in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic, and true to the spirit of the CARE Coalition, there will be an expert panel discussion to wrap up the day. You are not going to want to miss this conference!

March 27, 2019 CEU
Social Determinants of Health

Cambria Hotel Akron-Canton Airport
1787 Thorn Dr., Uniontown
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Click Here to register ($10 & lunch included)

Speaker: Bryan Petkoff, Mom's Meals NourishCare
1 CEU: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), CM

Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. We know that taking care of ourselves by eating well and staying active, not smoking, getting the recommended immunizations and screening tests, and seeing a doctor when we are sick all influence our health. Our health is also determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be.


  • Review present day Social Determinants of Health
  • Define food security and the nutritional correlation to SDOH
  • Understand the relationship between health disparities and food insecurity
  • Review the impacts to the US healthcare system
  • Outline various solutions available in the current marketplace

April 5, 2019 CEU
The Power of the Pen: An experiential narrative gerontology workshop

Hilton Fairlawn
3180 W. Market St., Akron
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click Here to register ($75 & lunch included)

Speaker: Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.
6 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

Narrative gerontology, a sub-field of aging studies meaning “life as story,” deepens our understanding of how individuals change internally in late life in psychological and spiritual ways. Guided autobiography, life review, legacy writing and reflective writing en plein air are examples of narrative gerontology interventions. This experiential writing workshop will provide research evidence for the psychological and health benefits of reflective writing as well as examples of application in therapeutic or community-based settings. Participants will do “close reading” of a patient’s writing and through several writing prompts, experience narrative gerontology first hand.
Therapeutic narrative gerontology techniques have been used increasingly in the fields of medicine, palliative care, social work, and psychology. This experiential workshop will demonstrate reflective writing techniques that can be added to the therapist’s toolbox.


  • Describe the research evidence for the physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits of reflective writing
  • Evaluate principles and structure of guided autobiography
  • Identify how narrative techniques are used in healthcare in the disciplines of social work, medicine, and psychology
  • Analyze the principles and structure of deep reading of a patient’s narrative
  • Utilize reflective writing techniques as tools in counseling, psychotherapy or use in long-term care settings for cognitive stimulation​

April 8, 2019 CEUs
Clinical Supervision
Chronic Pain and Addiction

Holiday Inn Belden Village
4520 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton
Maple Room (3rd Floor)

Click Here to register for the morning or afternoon ($45 each) or both sessions ($75 and lunch provided)

Speaker: Jennifer Haywood, LISW-S, LICDC-CS

Clinical Supervision

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
3 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

This 3 hour presentation will review the types of supervision, the stages of supervision and some of the pitfalls that can occur when someone is becoming a supervisor. The transition from worker to supervisor will also be covered as well as supervision theories. Ways to improve the administrative, educative, and supportive roles will be discussed and demonstrated. Strengths that a healthcare provider/social service worker should possess if doing supervision will also be reviewed.
  • Participants will learn the roles and the requirements under each role
  • Participants will learn the weight and importance of each role and how to manage them all
  • Details on how to transition will be learned by the participant
  • Strengths to develop as a supervision will also be learned

Chronic Pain and Addiction

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
3 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

Participants will learn about how chronic pain can lead to addiction, the differences between someone with chronic pain who is addicted and the person with chronic pain who is "only" physiologically tolerant.  The DSM IV TR to DSM 5 transition will be discussed as the section on substance has changed to accommodate chronic pain folks.  Ways to assess and treat these issues will also be reviewed.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of what leads a chronic pain client to overuse
  • participants will gain an understanding of the differences between the chronic pain addict and the person with a tolerance to medication
  • Participants will review assessment and treatment options available

April 16, 2019 CEUs
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What it is and How to Treat it
Resilience Treatment for Trauma Exposed Adults

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville

Click Here to register for the morning or afternoon ($45 each) or both sessions ($75 and lunch provided)

Speaker: Elissa J. Berman, MA Ed, LPCC-S

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What it is and How to Treat it

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
3 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

We are learning more about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and how to help our clients cope with it every day. We also know PTSD affects very often affects the person's entire family in ways they never imagined. This 3-hour session will look at how to recognize PTSD versus acute stress disorder, how it impacts the family as a unit, and various treatment methods available.
  • ​Define the characteristics of post-traumatic stress disorder in clients
  • Describe the differences between acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in clients
  • Identify and describe the three main groups of problems that occur with PTSD (intrusive, avoidance and arousal symptoms)
  • Describe how PTSD impacts family life
  • Identify and describe commons modes of treatment that include education, providing coping strategies, psychotherapy and medication​

Resilience Treatment for Trauma Exposed Adults

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
3 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

Resiliency is a quality everyone can benefit from, and is a very important skill to foster in someone dealing with PTSD.  Helping someone develop these skills often involves the person's family, and they may also need to build techniques as well.  Elissa Berman will walk us through the psychosocial factors that are associated with resilience for PTSD and everyday stress.  We will also look at the keys to resilience and practice suing the tools we can use in helping clients become more resilient.
  • ​Identify the importance of resilience when clients face post-traumatic stress
  • Describe the 6 psychosocial factors associated with resilience for PTSD and everyday stress: active coping styles, regular physical exercise, a positive outlook, a moral compass, social support, and cognitive flexibility
  • Identify 10 keys to resilience and practice using the tools that can be implemented with clients
  • Describe 7 characteristics that can make a client a resilient person
  • Explore resources that will assist a clinician in working with clients facing post-traumatic stress

April 22, 2019
A Matter of Balance Coach Training

Holiday Inn Belden Village
4520 Everhard Rd NW, Canton
8:30 am-4:30 pm

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Many older adults are afraid of falling, leading them to be less active, both physically and socially.  A Matter of Balance is an award winning evidence-based program helping those with a fear of falling increase their strength, balance, and flexibility, allowing them to live more independently.  Attend this FREE coach training, and lead Matter of Balance workshops throughout your community.  See you there!

May 7, 2019 CNE
Nursing Law and Rules in Practice

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Click Here to register ($15 & light breakfast included)

Speaker: Barbara Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, FABC
1.0 Contact hours for nurses

This presentation on law and rules - practice will review the differences between RN and LPN scope of practice, as well as standards of competent practice. It will include a discussion of the differences between OBN and ONA, standards promoting patient safety, and similarities and differences in RN and LPN role.
The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

May 10, 2019 CEU
Conflict Management: Skills for Navigating Differences in Patient Care Settings & Beyond

Raintree Golf and Event Center
4350 Mayfair Rd., Uniontown
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Click Here to register ($45 & breakfast included)

Speaker: Andrea (Andie) Peck
3 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, pending LNHA (BELTSS)

Conflict is inevitable-- at work, at home, and in many of our relationships. But conflict is not the problem; it’s how we manage it that matters. In patient care settings, emotions can be heightened leading to conflictual encounters for patients, caregivers, or providers. This program addresses conflict causes, types, and styles. Participants learn about conflict’s potential drawbacks and benefits. They will assess the effectiveness of their own conflict style, learn about different conflict approaches, and recognize the potential value of skillfully navigating our differences.
  • Assess your personal conflict style as a healthcare professional/social service provider, identifying patterns, approaches, past successes and challenges
  • Define conflict; identify and experience different types of conflict and what causes them, and review how different methods of conflict resolution can affect the relationship with the client/patient
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of various conflict management tools when working with the patient or client and their family
  • Identify and experience various conflict management skills. Understand the client's method of dealing with conflict and know when to tailor your techniques to work with the client and their family to optimize outcomes

May 14, 2019 CEU
Improving Care through Interprofessional Education

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville
8:00 - 10:30 am (breakfast provided)
12:00 - 2:30 pm (lunch provided)

Click Here to register (FREE)

Diane K. Brown, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CCRN
Brandi L. Chrzanowski, MBA, LSW
Jennifer C. Drost, DO, MPH
Susan M. Fosnight, RPh, BCGP, BCPS
Rikki Ann Patton, Ph.D., IMFT-S
2.0 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity)

Attend this FREE training to learn about the TeamSTEPPS communication tool and teamwork system designed for healthcare professionals as well as other valuable information for those working with the older population. For your convenience, there are two (identical) sessions to choose from. Both will be comprised of a 1-hour didactic training followed by a simulated team care planning session.

Interprofessional care is essential to quality care of older adults. Often times, older adults face multiple complex problems that require assessment and intervention from various healthcare professionals. By learning how to incorporate perspectives across multiple health and social service disciplines, we enhance problem solving to develop a comprehensive and integrated care plan, inclusive of the older adult, their caregivers, their values and goals. Healthcare professionals will be encouraged and supported by the input and collaboration from other professionals. This session will focus on a real life example of an older adult who has suffered from an opioid overdose.


  • Describe the prevalence of opioid misuse in older adults and understand both the pharmacological and social causes of misuse
  • Discuss types of opioid misuse most often seen in older adults (over-use due to inadequate pain control, addiction, diversion/depression)
  • Discuss the challenges of caring for someone with dementia, how clinicians and social service providers can help guide caregivers, and find resources to help
  • Explain biosocial factors contributing to opioid misuse
  • Design an interprofessional care plan using pharmacological , non-pharmacological, and social service methods to decrease need for opioids in older adults
  • Discuss hazard of opioid withdrawal in older adults
  • Formulate a medical/behavioral plan to safely wean an older adult off opioids
  • Develop awareness and appreciation for the roles team members play to create a more complete picture of the clinical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects impacting patient care

For your convenience, there are two available sessions to choose from.
Morning Session (breakfast provided)

  • 7:30-8:00 am:  Check-in and breakfast served
  • 8:00-10:30 am:  Training

Afternoon session (lunch provided)

  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm:  Check-in and lunch provided
  • 12:00-2:30 pm:  training

CEU Information:

  • This program is approved for 2.0 continuing education units for LSWs, LISWs, SWA, RNs (via reciprocity with the SW board)
  • FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  The Ohio Board of Nursing will accept sessions approved for Social Workers for Continuing Nurse Education.  Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.  To comply with the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board: late arrivals will NOT be admitted.

May 17, 2019
Senior Summit

St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd., Fairlawn
7:45-8:30 am:  check-in and breakfast buffet
8:30 am-4:30 pm:  conference

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Sponsorship Opportunities available!

We invite professionals and those who work or care for seniors in Summit County to come together for the second annual Senior Summit. This conference will provide CEU/CLE-level sessions held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St George Fellowship Centre. The Senior Summit 2019 agenda features an in-depth look at area services to seniors and takes a deep dive into the subject of Advance Directives and End-of-Life care.  Sessions will provide each attendee with a toolkit of resources to use in their work to better support clients, patients, and communities as well as self-care for caregivers. 
All sessions have been approved by Summit County Probate Court for all attorney and non-attorney guardian training as required under the Supreme Court of Ohio Rules of Superintendence 66.01 through 66.09.
The morning will examine Getting Wiser a collaborative tool to provide services for seniors county-wide who are not adequately served by other public and private systems. This includes hands-on demonstrations with a goal of better outcomes for care and services. In addition, the myths, legends, and developments in long-term care, social security, and Medicare/Medicaid will be discussed. 
AARP Ohio will provide AARP Policy Institute speaker John Mastrojohn III who will discuss national trends in hospice and palliative care. Mastrojohn is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
The afternoon sessions will feature analysis of the differences between hospice and palliative care and the important part they play in end-of-life services and caregiving. Discussion will focus on the impact on caregivers and the challenges they face. Dr. Steven, “Skip,” Radwany, MD, Specializing in Geriatric and Internal Medicine and Jeannine Marks, Executive Director of Stewart’s Caring Place Cancer Wellness Center, will share personal journeys as well as their professional experience.
David Hassler of the nationally renowned Wick Poetry Center of Kent State University will teach caregivers innovative and proven methods for helping clients or family members find comfort during their end-of-life journeys. This will give guardians, social workers and care-team members’ self-care skills to identify and prevent compassion fatigue and burnout.
“With examples from the Wick Poetry Center’s new book, Speak a Powerful Magic: Ten Years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project, we will teach participants expressive writing methods for their professional and personal lives and explore the healing power of poetry.
For more information or questions regarding the Senior Summit please contact Lisa Mansfield Community Outreach Specialist at (330) 643-7346 or


Contact Lori Smith at or 330.899.5255 with any questions you may have regarding CEU programs.