Online Courses for Direct Support and Caregiving Staff

A direct support staff (sometimes referred to as a Direct Support Professional or DSP in California) is a person who provides caregiving, respite and/or behavioral support services to an individual across home, community and other placements in the continuum of care. This para-professional is at the core of a support team and is often unintentionally left out of professional development opportunities in agencies outside of their own. For persons in direct and caregiving roles, Essential CEU Institute courses provide the unique opportunity to benefit from the same content as licensed and certified professionals. Although direct support staff don’t typically require “official” certificates with fancy codes on them, they experience the immediate positive impact of implementing what they have learned in our courses. With that said,direct support staff do LOVE our beautiful direct support level certificates and find that the certificates receive high praise and attention during audits of staff training records.

Essential CEU Institute, LLC is a DSS-approved provider for continuing education in CA (ARF provider 2000551 735-2; RCFE provider 2000551 740-2; GH provider 2000 730-2).

For rules governing continuing education credit, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.

Regulations Criminal Record Clearance
Earn 2 CEU's
Sep 15, 2017 - 08:57PM This two-hour course will enable participants to: - Identify the specific Title 22 regulations that govern criminal record clearances and exemptions - Discuss the reasons for the criminal reco...
Meaningful Behavior Change
Earn 2 CEU's
Sep 10, 2017 - 02:25AM This two-hour course will enable participants to: Define social validity Identify the three components of social validity – social significance of the goals we write, the social appropriateness of the intervent...
First Aid
Earn 0 CEU's
Apr 26, 2017 - 04:55PM Welcome to our only "visual only" course. This means that you will be guided through visual tutorials but will not hear an audio accompaniment. This course is intended for direct support professionals...
Food Service Part One
Earn 3 CEU's
Jan 3, 2017 - 05:15AM This three-hour course is designed for persons who work in Community Care Facilities (CCFs) in California. There is a specific orientation to the general and facility type-specific requirements surrou...
Food Service Part Two
Earn 2 CEU's
Jan 3, 2017 - 05:15AM This two-hour course is designed for persons who work in Community Care Facilities (CCFs) in California. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: Identify rights and cons...
Resting Bliss Face
Earn 2 CEU's
Jan 2, 2017 - 07:19PM This two-hour course is designed for persons who work in all ranks and roles of care. Individuals who require ongoing care – particularly those in out-of-home placements due to behavioral and/or skill support n...
Medication Dispensation Part One
Earn 3 CEU's
Jan 1, 2017 - 01:55PM This three-hour course is Part One of a medication series and focuses on the importance of medication dispensation, use of correct medication terminology (e.g., administration, self-administ...
Medication Dispensation Part Two
Earn 2 CEU's
Jan 1, 2017 - 01:55PM This two-hour course is Part Two of a medication series and focuses on required documentation of medication dispensation and side effects. In addition, Part Two offers discussion on disconti...
Holiday Blues - or Bliss: Providing Effective Holiday Support
Earn 2 CEU's
Dec 9, 2016 - 06:33PM This two-hour course focuses on the impact of holidays on individuals and industries, as well as the identification of sources of holiday blues – and bliss. The discussion includes persons with dementia, with...
Medical Appointments
Earn 3 CEU's
Oct 26, 2016 - 06:19PM The focus of this three-hour course is on successful planning for, coordination of and attendance at resident medical appointments. Resident medical care is a critical area of service provision and is often dif...
AWOL Behavior
Earn 2 CEU's
Oct 26, 2016 - 06:19PM The focus of this two-hour course is on AWOL behaviors and successful prevention and/or mitigation of their effects. This course meets requirements towards the ARF, Group Home and RCFE recertification proc...
PRN Medications
Earn 2 CEU's
Oct 26, 2016 - 06:19PM This two-hour course focuses on methods of implementing PRN medication planning, dispensation and documentation that meet regulatory and agency requirements. This course meets requirements towards the ARF,...
LGBT Diversity Special Topic
Earn 2 CEU's
Oct 6, 2016 - 08:07PM The focus of this two-hour course is on topics related to placement and intake considerations for prospective LGBT residents. This includes a discussion on LGBT terminology, identification of preferred pronoun,...

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