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. 

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, Nurses (reciprocity), 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
Working Together: Improving Patient Outcomes as a Healthcare Team

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, Nurses (reciprocity), Pharmacists
The Summa Health System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Summa Health System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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, Nurses (via reciprocity with the SW board)
  • Physician and Pharmacy CEUs are pending
  • 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 16, 2019
Roses Run Conference - 10th Anniversary

Roses Run Country Club
2636 N. River Road, Stow
8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 am - 5:00 pm: CEU Programs and Prizes

Click Here for details and to register (FREE and breakfast & lunch included)

6 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity)

Join us for the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Roses Run Conference!  As always, there will be wonderful CEU programs throughout the day and prize giveaways.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 10, 2019.  See you there!

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

Click Here to register

3.75 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity)

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

June 10, 2019 CEU
Humor as a Stress Buster

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click Here to register ($75 & lunch included)

Speaker: Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
6 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

Healthcare professionals often experience stress related to the seriousness of the work they perform on a daily basis.  A positive mindset and humor in conjunction with some simple meditative activities are important tools for lightening up your days. When patient's and care partner's stress levels are also elevated, it is helpful to incorporate these strategies to bring some balance to the situation.  Learn ways to reduce the negative effects of stress, boost your immune system, increase your attention, concentration and memory skills, improve communication and build relationships.
  • Explain the impact of stress on many aspects of a person's life including memory
  • Discuss the benefits of a positive attitude and ways to help the client shift perspective, optimizing outcomes
  • List ways to help the client/patient incorporate simple meditative and mindfulness activities 
  • Discuss the benefits of incorporating humor and a positive attitude in everyday life.
  • List uplifting strategies to reduce the negative impact of stress both inter-professionally and between professional and client

June 12, 2019 CEU
Who Ruffles Your Feathers?

Holiday Inn Belden Village
4520 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click Here to register ($75 & lunch included)

Speaker: Marcella Balin, RN, BSN
6 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

Do you ever wonder if your spouse or one of your co-workers is from another planet?  How irritated do you get when that client shows up 30 minutes early for an appointment one more time?  Do you get frustrated that a task you find so difficult a co-worker or family member finds so easy?  The knowledge we have about the brain, and its natural tendency towards having a "dominance" suggests that by understanding these intricacies we each can assume a new perspective on the work we do, the people we serve and the elements that create stress in our lives.
  • Identify basic characteristics described in the four-quadrant brain model.
  • Discuss this relationship to one's own and others' ability to accomplish certain tasks.
  • Relate different thinking patterns to incidents of personal and/or professional frustrations.
  • Correlate various quadrant characteristics with the creative problem solving process.


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