The Boston University Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) has developed several online courses for professional staff working within the PA Area Agencies on Aging. These courses include:
- Pennsylvania Core Training (REQUIRED ONLINE COURSE)
- Pennsylvania State Assessor Training (REQUIRED ONLINE COURSE)
- A Foundation in Ethics, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
- Legal Principles & Decision Making in Practice
In addition to the two required online courses, PA workers now have the opportunity to enroll in two additional online courses. Each self-paced online course will take 2 to 5 hours to complete and learners will have access to each online course for 1 year from enrollment. To learn more about the available online courses, please visit the Pennsylvania Training Portal.
Registration and Enrollment
To access these online courses, please see your supervisor. You will need to register with the Boston University CADER to create an account and enroll in a program. Account registration is automatic; however there is a 10 minute delay between enrollment and accessing online courses. Instructions for registering and enrolling in the Pennsylvania Online Training Program are available on the Pennsylvania Training Portal.
Please remember to enter the Pennsylvania discount code to override payment. Ask your supervisor or check the Pennsylvania Enrollment Guide for the code!
The Pennsylvania Homecare Association has a free video series available on a variety of topics. These online trainings are available for Pennsylvania’s Direct Care workers or anyone seeking information for relevant topics within the long term care field. An index of courses can be found by clicking the link below.
The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) hosts an online video library which are “designed to inform citizens about the latest treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). These videos are important assets for TBI patients and discharge planners, with information on all aspects of TBI.” [biapa.org]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has produced this course to help illustrate the vital role of the case manager in meeting federal HCBS waiver assurances. The link below takes you to that course. You will note that this training is being made available to states and organizations to use on a voluntary basis.
PCMI has a series of eLearning modules designed for those working in human services. They include clinically oriented courses likeDocumentation and Case Recording, supervisory offerings, and more generic programs such as Human Diversity and Cultural Competence. All completed courses award the learner a certificate of completion. Additionally, members of PCMI’s Care Management Accreditation Program (CMAP) can earn credits toward their certification process with these courses.
The training “provides an overview of military culture to include organizational structure, rank, branches of service, core values, and demographics as well as similarities and differences between the Active and Reserve components. It is intended to assist civilian mental health providers in better understanding, communicating and effectively interacting with Service members and their families.” There is no cost for this 2-hour online training.
This training was created to benefit the Allegheny County Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery (JDTR) project. Please distribute or share with your colleagues or stakeholders that work with Veterans and would be interested in such a training. CEU’s are available through WPIC’s Office of Education and Regional Programming (OERP). Please contact Joanne Slappo at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
NASUAD Launches On-Line Training to Strengthen the Aging Network
The National Association of States United for Aging and Disibilities (NASUAD) has released an on-line learning curriculum designed to enhance the abilities of individuals and state agencies across the country who work in the development of long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems. Developed with 7 distinct modules, the course offers a variety of training opportunities and resources to build the knowledge and expertise of persons who perform in the aging network. To learn more about the course, you can access www.nasuad.org. This curriculum is a free service provided by NASUAD through a special project supported by the Administration on Aging.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second-most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for 10 to 20 percent of all mesothelioma cases. About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually in the United States and approximately 300 to 600 of these are peritoneal mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure is its primary cause and most cases take more than two decades to develop once asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested.
Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, 75% of the people who are diagnosed with the disease are seniors. The Mesothelioma Center works with those who are diagnosed and their families to help find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.