ADRC Person-Centered Counseling Certificate

The need to provide person centered and coordinated services to older adults and persons with disabilities has led to the creation of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) across the United States.  A well-trained workforce is essential to the mission of ADRCs as they assist consumers in accessing long‐term care services and supports. This comprehensive, skill-based online training program is designed to enable those working in ADRCs gain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of this changing system of service.

Training Program Cost: $325.00

Number of CEUs: 21

CADER Online Learning Programs

Core Issues in Aging and Disability

This two-part course provides information that will help you understand how disability and age can affect a person’s quality of life. You will be interacting with a wide range of people who need services to help them maintain independence in the community. The consumers with whom you work may include younger people with disabilities and older adults who may have chronic medical conditions, psychosocial issues and functional limitations, as well as interacting with their families, friends, and extended network of care and support. It is important to develop competencies that reflect your understanding of the goals of long-term service and support programs, and the communities they serve. Among those competencies are the values, knowledge, and skills required to work with older adults and adults living with disabilities.

Assessment with Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

With this course you will learn how to determine the long-term living needs of older people and other adults of any age who have functional disabilities and want to live in the community, either at home or in some other residential setting. More and more states are now developing community-based support programs aimed at this diverse population. The course looks at assessment as a process where practitioners work in partnership with consumers to understand what is required to meet his or her goals for independent living. It includes information on the physical, mental, emotional, familial, and social conditions that might be acting as barriers to realizing those hopes and goals and how to work to address those barriers to create a person centered plan.

A Guide to the Aging and Disability Networks

This course is intended to acquaint workers with the variety of services available to older adults and people with disabilities through programs funded and supported by federal and state governments and administered by state and local agencies. By the conclusion of this course, you should be able to help the people who come to you for assistance, determine what they are eligible for that meets their particular needs, and to navigate the aging and disability networks.

Mental Health Training in Options Counseling

This course is designed to help options counselors provide information and resources to consumers who can then make choices about services that support a self-defined quality of life. Options counselors are not expected or trained to diagnose or assess individuals with mental health issues. However, it is important for options counselors to understand mental health issues in a historical context, be familiar with language used to describe psychiatric issues, know the various perspectives on mental health, and recognize self-determination as a human right. In addition, it is important for options counselors to learn about what it means to be trauma sensitive, as well as how to ask questions, listen, and respond to consumers in an authentic way unique to each individual. In this course options counselors will learn how personal bias and self-reflection impacts communication with consumers and the necessity of cultural inclusion.

Understanding Consumer Control, Person-Centered Planning, and Self-Direction

This course is designed to help workers more fully understand the definition and meaning of person- centered planning, consumer control, consumer choice, and consumer direction and the practice of this approach and philosophy. This course will also review historical developments of consumer control, legal mandates and provide scenarios throughout.

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