Become a Master Caregiving Facilitator

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Receive the insights from our Master Caregiving Facilitator training which help you engage with family caregivers and former family caregivers with empathy and understanding. Gain the skills and tools you need to effectively lead meaningful conversations about caregiving, loss and grieving.

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 is a 20-hour program that includes:

  • Caregiving Facilitator training: 10 hours
      • Master Class: The Six Caregiving Stages, an on-demand class
      • Master Class: The Caregiving Fatigues, an on-demand class
      • Four hours of live, virtual Caregiving Facilitator training
      • Two hours you spend in caregiving support groups (online or in your community)
      • Host one live meeting on FB Live, TikTok, Instagram Live or Zoom.
  • Grief Facilitator training: 10 hours
      • Grieving After Caregiving, an on-demand class
      • The Art of Listening, an on-demand class
      • Four hours of live, virtual Grief Facilitator training
      • Two hours you spend in grief support groups (online or in your community)
      • Host one live meeting on FB Live, TikTok, Instagram Live or Zoom.

After this 20-hour training, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and tools to confidently lead caregiving and grief support groups that will meet virtually or in-person. In addition, you’ll enhance your insights about the personal caregiving and after-caregiving experiences 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 and grief support groups 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 training includes both archived videos you watch and a live, virtual training you attend. Check our Training Dates Calendar.

The price for this course is $547. (You save $151 when you purchase both courses.)

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

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Master Caregiving Facilitator Training Program Overview

Our training program combines two programs to create 20 hours of training.

Caregiving Facilitator Training

The portion of the training that focuses on facilitating caregiving support groups include:

  • Master Class: The Six Caregiving Stages, an on-demand class
  • Master Class: The Caregiving Fatigues, an on-demand class
  • Our Caregiving Wheels which you can use during your group meetings
  • A 12-month agenda to take you through a year of monthly meetings
  • Four hours of live, virtual Caregiving Facilitator training.

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

  • learn the importance of the six caregiving stages as you develop your support group;
  • develop guidelines for your group so your meetings focus on meaningful conversations;
  • gain skills to manage the 9 challenging behaviors which may appear during your meetings;
  • understand how to use our proprietary caregiving tools (our “Wheels”) in your groups;
  • learn the facilitation skills which will help you lead effective discussions in your groups;
  • practice the facilitation skills with fellow classmates.

Choose to join our live, virtual training on second Thursday at 11 a.m. ET or the third Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.

Your training material includes 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.

Grief Facilitator Training

Our Grief Facilitator training program provides you with the skills and tools you need to effectively lead a grief support group meeting.

During our training, we offer guidance for groups that will meet virtually or in-person. You also will gain tools you can use as you communicate with individuals who grieve.

Our course includes:

  • Grieving After Caregiving, a one-hour archived class
  • The Art of Listening, a one-hour archived class
  • Our Caregiving Wheels which you can use during your group meetings
  • Live training during which you learn how to facilitate a compassionate discussion, engage in meaningful conversations about grief and practice your facilitation skills.

During our live training, we:

  • discuss how relationships impact our grief
  • consider the grieving timeline
  • develop guidelines for your group so your meetings focus on meaningful conversations;
  • gain skills to manage the 8 challenging behaviors which may appear during your meetings;
  • understand how to use our proprietary caregiving tools (our “Wheels”) in your groups;
  • learn the facilitation skills which will help you lead effective discussions in your groups;
  • practice the facilitation skills with fellow classmates.

Choose to attend your live training on the second Friday at 9 a.m. ET or on the second Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.

Certification Requirements

You'll become a Master Caregiving Facilitator™ after you:

  • complete our four-hour live Caregiving and Grief Facilitator training classes.
  • pass two exams.
  • Watch the Master Class: Grieving After Caregiving and complete your exam.
  • Watch the Master Class: The Art of Listening and complete your exam.
  • Watch the Master Class: The Six Caregiving Stages and complete the exam.
  • Watch the Master Class: The Caregiving Fatigues and complete the exam.
  • Join grief support groups (online or in your community) for two hours.
  • Join caregiving support groups (online or in your community) for two hours.
  • Host two live meetings on FB Live, TikTok, Instagram Live or Zoom.

You renew your certification every two years by paying a $49 fee, 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.

Testimonials

Training participants say:

"Thank you for such tremendous training and support."

"The training was wonderful!"

Your Opportunities

As a Master Caregiving Facilitator™, you can

  • organize and hold caregiving and grief support groups at your house of worship or employer and in your community.
  • communicate more effectively with your family members about caregiving issues and the grieving experience.
  • 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.

CEUs

We've been approved to provide Continuing Education Units for the following professionals.

Health and Coaching Professionals
We’ve been approved to provide 20 continuing education hours for the following professionals who attend our Master Caregiving Facilitator™ training program. Continuing education hours are provided by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois.

  • Certified Dementia Practitioner®
    We can provide 20 continuing education credits for Certified Dementia Practitioners® in all 50 states.
  • Certified Senior Advisor®
    We can provide 20 continuing education credits for Certified Senior Advisors® in all 50 states.
  • Nurses
    We can provide 20 continuing education credits for nurses in all 50 states.
  • Professional Coaches
    Professional coaches can earn 10 hours for resource development in all 50 states.

We also can provide 20 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

We also are approved to provide CEUs for health care professionals throughout the United States. You can check the map created by our CEU provider, Continuing Education Institute of Illinois, to see if we can provide CEUs for your profession in your state. (Scroll down the page to see the map.) Don't see your profession on the map? Send Denise an email and she'll check with our CEU provider about offering CEUs to you.


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