Extension News

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader Certification Training Set

3/24/2006

MARION, Iowa -- A class leader training for certification to teach the Powerful Tools for Caregivers curriculum will be offered in Marion May 2–4.

 

“This highly effective educational series helps family caregivers of older adults build the skills they need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others,” said Colleen Jolly, a family life state specialist with Iowa State University Extension.

 

Class leaders are certified through a two and one-half day training that prepares them to successfully teach the series with another certified partner, Jolly said. The training program includes all materials necessary for teaching, “The Caregiver Helpbook,” a one-time licensing fee and intensive, experiential training led by master trainers.

 

ISU Extension sponsors the team of master trainers in Iowa. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a Mather LifeWays program. Thirty-four Iowa class leaders currently are certified and offer the caregiver series in cooperation with local churches, area agencies on aging, hospitals, housing facilities and other organizations.

 

“Potential class leaders could be professionals or volunteers from healthcare, social service or faith-based organizations. They should have excellent communication and organizational skills and a genuine interest in the wellbeing of family caregivers,” Jolly said.

 

Class leaders are encouraged to enroll as local teams of two, but also may team with a previously trained class leader to conduct community classes. Registration fees for class-leader training are $500 per person. Pre-registration is required by April 21.

 

The training will be in ISU Extension’s Linn County office in Marion. The training will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 and 3, and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 4.

 

For more information, call (515) 294-4824, or visit the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Web site (http://www.extension.iastate.edu/aging/tools/).

 

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Contacts :

Colleen Jolly, Human Development & Family Studies, (515) 294-4824, cjolly@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu