At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all orientations and voluntary trainings were put on hold and the Training Fund temporarily closed its doors in March 2020. When the Training Fund reopened in August 2020, full priority was given to the Mandatory PCA New Hire Orientations.
As of September 6, 2022, the Voluntary Training Program resumed. Below is a listing of our current courses.
Care for the Caregiver Series
(virtual, 2-hour sessions)
2 x Month
Trained by Transformative Leadership Strategies
Navigating Change & Building Resilience through Self-Care, 1 session monthly
Participants will explore ways to practice self-care during times of change and learn strategies for creating habits of resilience. Building mental and emotional reserves of energy to utilize during times of transition will also be discussed.
Finding Calm in the Chaos: Decreasing Stress through Mindfulness, 1 session monthly
Participants will explore the connection between how worry creates a feeling of anxiety in the body and how to begin to shift negative thinking patterns through mindful attention and intention. They will also practice various centering and breathing exercises to deepen their awareness of how to create a sense of calm and peacefulness in their body, mind and heart. No prior experience in mindfulness practice is required.
Best Practice in Dementia Care
(virtual, 4-hour sessions)
1 x Month
Trained by The Alzheimer's Association - CT Chapter
The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter presents "Best Practices in Dementia Care" a 4-hour training detailing how to care for those with dementia.
(in-person, 3-hour sessions)
Trained by Capital Community College, Hartford
This hands-on course will teach the best practices of caregiving in a home setting. Skills will include bed baths, bedmaking safe transfers, fall preventions and others.
American Heart Association’s CPR & Basic Life Support
(self-guided online course & in-person exam; sessions available by individual appointment)
Trained by CODE ONE
This hands-on course will teach the American Heart Association’s curriculum for CPR and BLS for healthcare workers.
Borrow My Glasses Courses
(virtual, 2-hour sessions)
1-2 x Month
Trained by Borrow My Glasses
Home Design Decisions that Improve Life for People with Dementia, 1 session monthly in most months
Life can be easier or harder for people with dementia and for their caregivers based on the way space is set up inside and outside of the home. Join us for a photographic home tour sharing simple ideas to make the physical environment easier to navigate for people with Alzheimer's disease.
Successful Communication Given Alzheimer’s Logic, 1 session monthly in most months
Changes in communication patterns can frustrate both individuals with Alzheimer's and the people around them. However, there's often more logic than it would first appear. This workshop is set in habilitation model of dementia care. It will help you crack the code in early to mid-stages of the illness, so you can continue to connect in meaningful and enriching ways.