Home / Education & Events / Continuing Education Education | Advocacy | Continuing Education | Health Wealth | Medicare Education Continuing Education Programs Direction Home Akron Canton offers a diverse library of continuing education programs for healthcare professionals to fulfill their continuing education requirements. Each program is open to the public, regardless of licensure. Topics and speakers are specially chosen based on trending issues among 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 varies with each program. Please click on the program titles below for more information. Upcoming Events All events require advanced registration! Functional Communication Assessment for Healthcare Professionals May 25th, 2017 9:00am - 12:15pm Registration begins at 8:30 am Speaker: Kathryn Kilpatrick (click here for more information) Purpose: 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 challenges and make appropriate recommendations. Click here to register! Creating an Environment that Focuses on Geriatric Life Enhancement May 25th, 2017 1:15 pm - 4:30 pm Speaker: Kathryn Kilpatrick Purpose: 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. Click here to register! The Hartville Kitchen 1015 Edison St. NW Hartville | OH | 44632 Cost: $45 for one session, $75 for both, lunch offered with purchase of All Day ticket Approved for Counseling, Social Work, and BELTSS CEUs Click here to register! Discussing Advance Directives Introduction to Pain Management Artificial Nutrition and Hydration for the Hospice Patient June 30th, 2017 9:00 am - 12:15 pm Registration begins at 8:30 am CEUs:Pending approval: 3 CEUs for LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, PCs, PCCs, and RNs (reciprocity) Discussing Advance Directives - 9:00 am - 10:00 am Discussing Advance Directives can be a difficult conversation; families' emotions run high. During this session, you will learn how to use your knowledge to present end-of-life considerations in a compassionate manner during any stage of health or illness. Introduction to Pain Management - 10:00 am - 11:00 am In light of the current opioid epidemic, pain management can often be a misunderstood topic. This session will describe the 4 dimensions of "total pain", identify the goals of pain management, and learn how to identify the barriers to effective pain management and methods to overcome them. Artificial Nutrition and Hydration for the Hospice Patient - 11:15 am - 12:15 pm The decision regarding providing artificial nutrition and hydration is never an easy one for family members to make. This session will share what weighs on the minds of family members and caregivers and help professionals guide patients and their families through making these decisions. You will also review some ethical concerns regarding nutrition and hydration in the hospice patient. About the Presenters: Stephanie Spicer, MSN, RN, CNP, ACHPNgraduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with her BSN in 1992. She then furthered her education at Kent State University, graduating in 1998 with a Master of Science in Nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner degrees. Currently she is with Mercy Medical Center in Canton as an NP in Palliative Medicine and Hospice. She also has experience with Great Lakes Caring Hospice & Palliative Care, Stafford Services, and the Cleveland Clinic. She is certified with Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Care Provider, American Heart Association as a BLS provider. Debbie Jackson, RNis a Registered Nurse graduating from Toledo Hospital of Nursing and began her nursing career at a large hospital in Columbus on the hematology/oncology unit for 12 years before transitioning to hospice nursing 18 years ago. She began her hospice career as an RN Case Manager at a large hospice system in Dayton and worked her way up to Team Manager. Debbie then spent four years as a Clinical Director at a Dayton area hospice. During her tenure she was award the national Hospice Leadership Award. Debbie then became General Manager at a Fairborn area hospice for three years with the Dayton and Cincinnati programs under her leadership. In November 2015, Debbie joined Alternate Solutions Health Network (ASHN) as Director of Hospice. In February ASHN became a partner with Mercy Hospice where Debbie leads the hospice and palliative care. The Hartville Kitchen 1015 Edison St., N.W. Hartville, Ohio Cost: $45 Click here to register! Health & Mental Health Impacts of Sleep Deficiency CEUs: 6 CEUs for LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (reciprocity), PCs, and PCCs Juuly 18th, 2017 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Registration begins at 8:30 am Sleep is a hot topic lately, and for good reason. Over 60 studies have found correlations between chronic insufficient sleep with suicide; and countless studies have linked poor sleep with diabetes, substance abuse, anxiety, risk-taking, immune dysfunction, lower emotional intelligence, and more. There is much that social service professionals can do to screen and educate clients in order to help improve outcomes. This course will explore sleep needs by age, the effects of chronic deficient sleep, the most common barriers to healthy sleep, and ways to support sleep including an introduction to CBTi - cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. About the Presenter: Stacy Simera is an independent social worker, a certified Substance Abuse Professional, and is certified in mediation. Stacy provides psychotherapy to children and adults, teaches at the college level, and facilitates psycho-educational programming at a multiple sclerosis clinic. Stacy also serves as chair of the sleep committee for the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership, serves on the Executive Staff of the national non-profit, Start School Later, and has been nationally and internationally recognized for her advocacy for sleep in documentaries, journals, and in the general press. Stacy was named 2014 Ohio Social Worker of the Year and was subsequently honored by the Ohio Senate. The Hartville Kitchen 1015 Edison St., N.W. Hartville, Ohio Cost: $75 for the All-day session, including lunch Click here to register! Please contact Lori Smith with any questions about CEUs or Direction Home Akron Canton's education programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-899-5255.