Become a Master Caregiving Facilitator

Receive the insights which help you engage with family caregivers with empathy and understanding.
Gain the skills and tools you need to effectively lead a support group meeting for family caregivers and former family caregivers. You also will gain tools you can use as you communicate about caregiving issues.

We often hear, “I want to offer a caregiving support group but I’m so worried I don’t know enough to help family caregivers.” We believe that with the right training and insights, you’ll have what you need to be enough.

The Master Caregiving Facilitator™ training combines our Facilitator training with our two of our Caregiving Master Classes: The Caregiving and The Caregiving Fatigues. After this 10-hour training, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and tools to confidently lead a caregiving support group that will meet virtually or in-person. In addition, you’ll enhance your insights about the personal caregiving experience so that you can meet your support group members where they are.

Our Master Caregiving Facilitator™ training is perfect for those who want to add a caregiving support group in their workplace, for those who want to provide an excellent experience for support group members and for those committed to leading the best support group meeting possible.

Our live, interactive training happens virtually through Zoom which means you take the program from the comfort of your home or workplace. Check our Training Dates Calendar. If you prefer, you can watch an archive of our Master Classes and then join us for our live Facilitator training. (You must attend a live training for our Facilitator program.)

Through September 15, you can enroll for as little as $129, a savings of more than 70%. (We currently use a Name Your Price model which means you offer you a suggested price and you choose to pay any amount over our minimum suggested price of $129.) Scroll down to the widget, below, to enroll.

Questions? Connect with Denise by calling (773-343-6341) or sending her an email (denise @ careyearsacademy.com).

Our Program

Our training program includes 10 hours of training plus additional requirements you complete on your own.

Facilitator Training
During our four-hour virtual Facilitator training, you will:

  • learn the importance of the six caregiving stages as you develop your support group;
  • understand how to use our proprietary caregiving tools (our “Wheels”) in your groups;
  • learn the facilitation skills which will help you create effective conversations in your groups;
  • experience the technology (Zoom) you could use to hold a virtual support group;
  • practice the facilitation skills with fellow classmates.

In addition to our four-hour training, you will receive a 12-month curriculum you can use to hold monthly support group meetings. You can adjust the curriculum to best meet your group’s purpose.

Caregiving Master Class: The Caregiving Experience
During our two-hour Caregiving Master Class: The Caregiving Experience, we’ll take a closer look at The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey:

  • Hour One
    • The first three caregiving stages: The Expectant Caregiver, The Freshman Caregiver and the Entrenched Caregiver. We’ll also learn about the common stumbles in these stages and how to steady them.
  • Hour Two
    • The last three caregiving stages: The Pragmatic Caregiver, The Transitioning Caregiver and the Godspeed Caregiver. We’ll continue our discussion of the common stumbles and how to steady them.

Learn more about our Caregiving Master Class: The Caregiving Experience.

Caregiving Master Class: The Caregiving Fatigue
Caring for a family member is an exhausting, overwhelming experience. We often equate a caregiving experience with compassion fatigue. Certainly, family caregivers get tired of feeling compassion for themselves and their carees. They also experience fatigue as it relates to coping, supporting, deciding and adjusting. During this live one-hour presentation and discussion, you’ll identify which fatigue family caregivers may be experiencing and learn how you can help them feel better.

Learn more about our Caregiving Master Class: The Caregiving Fatigues.

Certification

You’ll become a Certified Caregiving Facilitator™ once you complete our four-hour training, pass an exam, host your own Facebook Live or Zoom meeting and spend two hours participating in a caregiving support group (online or in your community). You renew your certification every two years by paying a $29 fee, joining our four-hour training, passing an exam and hosting a support group within that two-year period.

You’ll also earn certificates for your Master Caregiving Classes after completing the classes and passing your exams.

We have learned that students do best if they immediately complete their certification requirements after attending a training. You have 90 days after your training date to complete your certification requirements. You’ll incur a late fee of $100 if you complete your certification 91 days or later after your training date. For example, let’s say you enroll in and pay for our CCF training on January 1. You choose to take a training on March 1. You have 90 days from March 1 to complete the certification requirements.

Training participants say:

“Thank you for such tremendous training and support.”

“The training was wonderful!”


Your Opportunities

As a Certified Caregiving Facilitator™, you can

  • organize and hold caregiving support groups at your house of worship or employer and in your community.
  • communicate more effectively with your family members about caregiving issues.
  • use our proprietary tools to deepen your conversations during your support group meetings and with your family members.
  • connect with other Facilitators to receive support and ideas.

Your trainer is Denise M. Brown, founder of The Caregiving Years Training Academy. Denise has been leading caregiving support groups, online and in the community, since 1996 and workshops in the workplace since 1999. She’ll share what she’s learned from facilitating effective conversations with individuals facing the most challenging times in their lives. Denise “is amazing at helping people and facilitating conversations,” says a workshop attendee.

Our training takes place virtually and at times in person. Enroll via the form at the bottom of the page and then join one of our upcoming training dates which you view on our Training Dates Calendar. To help you decide which program may be right for you, Denise recorded an overview and interactive discussion of our various training programs for family caregivers and former family caregivers. (Learn more about Denise’s perspective by watching our archive, How Will We Care?)

Our regular price for this course is $397. Through September 15, you can choose your price with a minimum price of $129.


CCF CEUs

CCM® Board Certified Case Managers
Our virtual Facilitator program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers for the Facilitator training only. The course is approved for 7 CE contact hour(s) when you virtually participate in our program. Activity Code: S00042459 Approval #: 200137372

Health, HR and Coaching Professionals
We’ve been approved to provide 10 continuing education hours for the following professionals who attend our Certified Caregiving Facilitator™ training program. Continuing education hours are provided by the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine in collaboration with the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois.

  • Certified Dementia Practitioner®
    We can provide 10 continuing education credits for Certified Dementia Practitioners® in all 50 states.
  • Certified Senior Advisor®
    We can provide 10 continuing education credits for Certified Senior Advisors® in all 50 states.
  • Nurses
    We can provide 10 continuing education credits for nurses in all 50 states.
  • SHRM Professional Development Credits
    This program is valid for 10 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM in all 50 states.
  • Professional Coaches
    Professional coaches can earn 10 hours for resource development in all 50 states.

We also can provide 10 CEUs for the following Illinois professions:

  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician
  • Psychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker

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