Online Courses for Direct Support & 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.
AWOL Behavior training consists of Absent-Without-Leave mitigation and prevention for Adult Residential Facility (ARF), Group Home (GH), and Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrator certification.
Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

AWOL Behavior

Two-hour course for ARF, Group Home, and RCFE recertification on AWOL behaviors and successful prevention and/or mitigation of their effects…Details & Approvals

1714 completions

Help ARF, GH, and RCFE residents deal with the physical environment. Get your Beat The Heat training prior to the arrival of hot weather.
Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

Beat the Heat: Tips for a Successful HOT Season

Two-hour course for ARF, Group Home, and RCFE administrator recertification on heat illness and heat stroke prevention during hot weather. U…Details & Approvals

842 completions

Part of ARF, GH, STRTP, and RCFE core continuing education, Food Service training (for food handling and food safety) must be completed prior to recertification.
Earn
3
CEUS

State Verified

Food Service Part One

Three-hour course for Community Care Facility (CCF) food-service personnel. Required for ARF, Group Home, STRTP and RCFE recertification. Th…Details & Approvals

1574 completions

Expand your knowledge base of best approved practices for food handling and food safety with our advanced Food Service certification course.
Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

Food Service Part Two

Two-hour course for Community Care Facility (CCF) food-service personnel. Required for ARF, Group Home, STRTP and RCFE recertification. Upon…Details & Approvals

1243 completions

Even with ice cream, the holiday season can be stressful. Get current and relevant information for helping persons with dementia, depression risk, and developmental disabilities during the holidays.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Holiday Blues - or Bliss: Providing Effective Holiday Support

Two-hour course on Holiday Blues & Bliss for those with dementia and depression risk. Required for RCFE, Group Home, and ARF recertifica…Details & Approvals

602 completions

Find answers to your regulation questions on end-of-life care and hospice waivers. Required core course for ARF and RCFE Administrator standard certification in California.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Hospice Waiver Regulations - Successful, Proactive Guidance Across the Continuum of Care

Laws & Regulations,

Course on hospice regulations in non-medical Community Care Facilities (CCF). Law topics required for RCFE/ARF administrator recertification…Details & Approvals

386 completions

Increase your knowledge standard on LGBT resident rights and support services with our special program for certified ARF, RCFE, GH, and STRTP Administrators.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

LGBT Diversity Special Topic

Cultural Competence,

Two-hour course on intake topics for LGBT residents. Required for ARF, RCFE, STRTP & Group Home recertification for certified administra…Details & Approvals

2053 completions

Take the leap with Meaningful Behavior Change, a course on Social Validity and Interventional Validity required for ARF, GH, and RCFE Administrator recertification.
Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

Meaningful Behavior Change

Two-hour course on social validity and intervention validity. Meets requirements for ARF, RCFE, and Group Home administrator recertification…Details & Approvals

969 completions

Helping residents plan and attend medical appointments is part of RCFE, ARF, and Group Home Administrator Certification.
Earn
3
CEUS

State Verified

Medical Appointments

Three-hour program on coordination of residents' medical care and appointments. Required for ARF, RCFE, and Group Home recertification. Resi…Details & Approvals

1262 completions

Learn how to assist residents with their Medication Management. Online section required for ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE Administrator recertification.
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3
CEUS

State Verified

Medication Dispensation Part One

This three-hour course is Part One of a medication series and focuses on the importance of medication dispensation, use of correct medicatio…Details & Approvals

2354 completions

Required for Group Home, ARF, and RCFE Administrator recertification, an advanced online training course on regulation around Medication Management, Documentation, and Discontinuation.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Medication Dispensation Part Two

Two-hour advanced class on medication dispensation, side effects, and documentation. Required for Group Home, RCFE, and ARF recertification.…Details & Approvals

1886 completions

ARF, RCFE, and Group Home Administrator certification program on pro re nata (PRN), or "as-needed," medications.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

PRN Medications

Two-hour class on as-needed pro re nata (PRN) medications. Required for ARF, Group Home & RCFE recertification for certified administrat…Details & Approvals

1615 completions

ARF, RCFE, STRTP, and Group Home Administrator certification course on Title 22 regulations for clearing criminal records.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Regulations Criminal Record Clearance

Laws & Regulations,

Two-hour class on Title 22 regulations for criminal record clearance. Law topics required for ARF, RCFE, STRTP & Group Home administrato…Details & Approvals

777 completions

A class on conveying Resting Bliss Face to engage with and excite residents in ongoing care situations. For RCFE, Group Home, and ARF administrator recertification.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Resting Bliss Face

Two-hour class on showing excitement & engagement with residents in ongoing care. For RCFE, Group Home & ARF administrator recertifi…Details & Approvals

1044 completions

It's alright to cry: Behavioral and Trauma-Informed Support course that meets requirements toward ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE Administrator recertification.
Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

Trauma-Informed Support

Two-hour program on behavioral and trauma-informed support. Meets requirements toward ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE recertification.Upon…Details & Approvals

1745 completions

Hands-on course about maintaining dignity and preserving rights for residents in behavioral support care. Required for ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE recertification.
Earn
1
CEU

State Verified

Dignity and Rights Across the Continuum of Care

One-hour class on residents' rights and dignity in behavioral support care. Required for ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE recertification. S…Details & Approvals

1763 completions

Recertification program for ARF, RCFE, and STRTP Administrators on reporting known or suspected incidents of abuse in Community Care Facilities (CCF), as required by California regulations.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Mandated and Incident Reporting

One-hour class on mandatory reporting of suspected abuse as required by California law. Hours toward ARF, STRTP, and RCFE recertification. M…Details & Approvals

2177 completions

Descriptive assessment procedures using Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC) analysis to identify and assess behavioral patterns. Meets requirements for ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE recertification.
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1
CEU

State Verified

ABC and Setting Event Recording

One-hour class on A-B-C (Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence) analysis. Meets requirements for ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE recertification.…Details & Approvals

1281 completions

Be there to hold their hands when they need it. Supplement Crisis Invention programs with our CE course on Crisis and Emergency Support for RCFE, STRTP, Group Home, and ARF Administrator recertification.
Earn
1
CEU

State Verified

Crisis and Emergency Support

One-hour class on Crisis & Emergency Support supplementing Crisis Intervention programs. For ARF, Group Home, STRTP & RCFE recertifi…Details & Approvals

1578 completions

Learn the basics of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and behavioral modification. This course is like an exam study guide for ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE Administrators.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Foundations of ABA: An Introduction to the Field

One-hour class on basic Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) & behavioral modification. Required for ARF, Group Home, STRTP & RCFE admini…Details & Approvals

1063 completions

Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for benefiting clients needing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Support. Required for ARF, STRTP, and RCFE recertification.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS-Friendly Behavioral Support

Two-hour course on Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for Trauma-Informed Support. Required for ARF, STRTP, and RCFE recertification.…Details & Approvals

2158 completions

For ARF, RCFE, STRTP, and Group Home Administrators, online section on Naturalistic Teaching (also known as Incidental Teaching) to complement Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT).
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1
CEU

State Verified

Naturalistic Teaching: Moments of Opportunity, Learning and Reinforcement

One-hour course on Naturalistic or Incidental Teaching. Meets continuing education requirements for ARF, RCFE, STRTP, and GH administrators.…Details & Approvals

1100 completions

Required for Group Home, ARF, RCFE, and STRTP Administrators, a course on observing, recording, and collecting Behavioral Data.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Preparation for Data Collection and Permanent Product Recording

One-hour course on Behavioral Monitoring, Data Collection & Permanent Product Recording. Required for GH, ARF, RCFE & STRTP administ…Details & Approvals

1215 completions

Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

Regulations in California Group Homes

Laws & Regulations,

This two-hour course is designed to offer participants a detailed discussion of each of the personal rights that apply to group homes in Com…Details & Approvals

1109 completions

Help clients avoid maladaptive behaviors with online training on proactive Antecedent-Based Interventions. Required for ARF, Group Home, RCFE, and STRTP recertification.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Antecedent-Based Interventions: Positive and Preventative Models

One-hour class on proactive antecedent-based interventions to avoid maladaptive behavior. Required for ARF, GH, RCFE & STRTP recertifica…Details & Approvals

1350 completions

ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE Administrators seeking recertification: Learn how to join together as a team to communicate effectively with all behavioral-support stakeholders in a resident's care.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Interacting with Stakeholders: Communication Essentials

One-hour class on effective communication and teamwork among stakeholders. Required for ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE recertification. Jo…Details & Approvals

1613 completions

See the importance of observation and measurement in modifying behavioral supports with this online section on Behavior Analytic Methods. Required for ARF, RCFE, STRTP, and Group Home Administrator recertification.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Observation and Measurement Essentials: Descriptions of Behavior and the Environment

One-hour course on Behavior Analytic Methods of observation and measurement. Required for ARF, RCFE, STRTP, and Group Home recertification.…Details & Approvals

1614 completions

Through a megaphone or using body language, communication matters! Online course on Verbal Behavior and Verbal Operants for RCFE, ARF, STRTP, and Group Home Administrators seeking recertification.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Verbal Behavior: An Introduction to Verbal Operants

One-hour course on Verbal Behavior and Operants (more than words!). Required for RCFE, ARF, STRTP, and GH recertification for administrators…Details & Approvals

1374 completions

Online course providing direction to ARF, Group Home, STRTP, and RCFE Administrators on the risks and benefits of prompts that guide clients toward new skills and greater independence.
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1
CEU

State Verified

Prompt and Prompt Fading

One-hour class on helping clients become more independent through prompting. Meets requirements for STRTP, RCFE, GH, and ARF recertification…Details & Approvals

1353 completions

Watch that piggy bank! Laws and regulations on Personal and Incidental (P&I) Money Management on behalf of clients. For RCFE, ARF, and STRTP Administrators working toward recertification.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Personal and Incidental Money Management Regulations

Two-hour course on regulations & best practices for Financial Management of a client's money. Required for RCFE, ARF & STRTP recerti…Details & Approvals

1191 completions

Don't gamble when an incident occurs! A class for ARF, STRTP, and RCFE Administrators on person-centered behavioral support and improvement after the occurrence of behavioral and medication-mediated incidents.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

After the Incident: Making Sense of What Went Wrong To Prevent Future Incidents

Two-hour course on best practices for learning from behavioral and medication-mediated incidents. For ARF, STRTP, and RCFE recertification.T…Details & Approvals

1041 completions

Home sweet home! A person-centered course on strategies for Behavioral Support during uncertainty. For ARF, STRTP, and RCFE Administrator recertification.
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1
CEU

State Verified

When Only Home Will Do

One-hour class on person-centered Behavioral Support Strategies during uncertain times. For Group Home, ARF, STRTP, and RCFE recertification…Details & Approvals

607 completions

Study California regulations on Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes (EBSH)
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4
CEUS

State Verified

EBSH Regulations: Understanding TITLE 17 Regulations in California Enhanced Behavioral Supports Homes

Four-hour basic course on Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes (EBSH). Note: Not approved continuing education for STRTP & RCFE administrat…Details & Approvals

580 completions

Open the window and give clients the support they need to return to community life in a group home or facility. For ARF, STRTP, Group Home, and RCFE Administrators seeking recertification.
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Getting Back to Basics: Graceful Steps Back Into a Community Life

Two-hour class on supporting clients returning to community life. Meets requirements for ARF, STRTP, Group Home, and RCFE recertification.Th…Details & Approvals

694 completions

Advanced class on Title 22 regulations for Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes (EBSH) in California
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4
CEUS

State Verified

EBSH Regulations Title 22

Laws & Regulations,

Four-hour program on Title 22 regulations in Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes (EBSH). Note: Not approved for RCFE or STRTP administrators.T…Details & Approvals

589 completions

Earn
1
CEU

State Verified

Data Collection, Storage and Transportation Requirements in Behavior Support Programs

This ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an opportunity to take into consideration applicable legal, regulatory, and workplace r…Details & Approvals

802 completions

Earn
1
CEU

State Verified

Stimulus Control: An Introduction to the Power of Associations

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an introduction to the power of associations, such as when objects, events or pe…Details & Approvals

708 completions

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1
CEU

State Verified

Stimulus Control: Transfer Procedures

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an introduction to the topi of transfer stimulus control. An understanding of st…Details & Approvals

694 completions

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1
CEU

Assisting with Functional Assessment Procedures: Assessing the “Why” of Behavior

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an in-depth discussion of functional behavioral analysis and its methods. Specif…Details & Approvals

674 completions

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2
CEUS

Contingencies of Reinforcement and Punishment

This 2-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer an introduction to the consequences that follow behavior — some of which contribute to a futu…Details & Approvals

577 completions

Earn
1
CEU

Discrete-Trial Teaching Procedures

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants a close examination of what discrete trial training is, how to implement it, and…Details & Approvals

575 completions

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1
CEU

Discrimination Training in Learning and Wellbeing

This one-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants a close look at the principles of discrimination, and application of discrimin…Details & Approvals

566 completions

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1
CEU

Entering Data and Updating Graphs

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants on overview of the collection of data and updating of graphs as it relates to ma…Details & Approvals

647 completions

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1
CEU

Evidence-Based Practice

 This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an introduction of and references for evidence-based practices. Such pract…Details & Approvals

596 completions

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1
CEU

Extinction Procedures: Removing Reinforcement for Previously-Reinforced Behaviors

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an in-depth look at a powerful behavioral principle—extinction. Extinction is si…Details & Approvals

600 completions

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2
CEUS

Function of Behavior: Understanding the WHY of Behavior

This 2-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an introduction to the use of functional behavioral assessment procedures as a b…Details & Approvals

658 completions

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2
CEUS

Generalization and Maintenance Procedures

This 2-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an overview of how to generalize skills, and also how to maintain them once they…Details & Approvals

560 completions

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1
CEU

Generating Objective Session Notes

What ARE behavioral session notes? This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants a tutorial to define session notes, learn wha…Details & Approvals

559 completions

Earn
3
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #1: ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITY

This 3-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

543 completions

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2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #10: THE RIGHT TO ACCESSIBILITY

This 2-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

276 completions

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2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #2: CHOICE OF SETTING

This 2-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

475 completions

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4
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #3: THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED WELL

This 4-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

507 completions

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3
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #4: THE RIGHT TO INDEPENDENCE

This 3-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

387 completions

Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #5: RIGHT TO CHOICE OF SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

This 2-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

395 completions

Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #6: RESIDENTIAL AGREEMENTS

This 2-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

274 completions

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2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #7: RIGHT TO PRIVACY

This 2-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

302 completions

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3
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #8: THE RIGHT TO SCHEDULE AND ACCESS TO FOOD

This 3-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

303 completions

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2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS Final Rule #9: THE RIGHT TO VISITORS

This 2-hour course is one in a series of courses, designed to offer participants an opportunity to take a deep dive into the HCBS Final Rule…Details & Approvals

290 completions

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2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS-Friendly Meetings

This 2-hour course provides those required to align with – or interested in – the HCBS Final Rule. The Final Rule took effect on March 17, 2…Details & Approvals

157 completions

Earn
2
CEUS

State Verified

HCBS-Friendly Rights, Consents and Grievance Communication

This 2-hour course provides those required to align with – or interested in – the HCBS Final Rule. The Final Rule took effect on March 17, 2…Details & Approvals

224 completions

Earn
1
CEU

Implementation of Discontinuous Measurement Procedures

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an opportunity to strengthen knowledge and application of the different types of…Details & Approvals

654 completions

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1
CEU

Implementing Continuous Measurement Procedures

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an opportunity to strengthen knowledge and application of the different types of…Details & Approvals

661 completions

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1
CEU

Implementing Differential Reinforcement Procedures

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants a brief examination of the six type of Differential Reinforcement Procedures. Wh…Details & Approvals

603 completions

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1
CEU

Individualized Assessment: Curriculum-Based, Developmental and Social Skills Assessment

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer an introduction to individualized assessment, with particular emphasis on curriculum-based as…Details & Approvals

612 completions

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2
CEUS

State Verified

Line-Of-Sight Supervision: I've Got My Eyes On You

This 2-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer support for the preventative and responsive changes to line-of-sight supervision that individ…Details & Approvals

588 completions

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2
CEUS

State Verified

Person-Centered Staffing: It's All About That Match

Join us for a 2-hour course that discusses reality-based staffing considerations, and how we can still find appropriate matches for individu…Details & Approvals

223 completions

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1
CEU

Preference Assessment: Finding Out What Is Important To An Individual

This one-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an introduction to methods of preference assessment, which is a behavior-analy…Details & Approvals

638 completions

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2
CEUS

Professional Behavior and Ethics: Role of the RBT

This 2-hour course is designed to offer participants an introduction to the process of becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and t…Details & Approvals

706 completions

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1
CEU

Shaping Behavior: The Magic of Successive Approximations

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an introduction to the behavior analytic topic of “shaping,” where we teach and…Details & Approvals

564 completions

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1
CEU

Skill Acquisition Session Preparation

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an introduction to teaching (i.e., skill acquisition) session (i.e., moments) fo…Details & Approvals

588 completions

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1
CEU

Task-Analyzed Chaining Procedures: An Introduction to Teaching Everyday Skills

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants a discussion about how to use everyday opportunities to help clients that we sup…Details & Approvals

570 completions

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1
CEU

Token Economy: Harnessing the Power of Conditioned Reinforcers

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants a building block towards the use of conditioned reinforcers, and the specific us…Details & Approvals

564 completions

It's alright to cry: Behavioral and Trauma-Informed Support
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2
CEUS

State Verified

Trauma-Informed Support in an HCBS World: Incorporating Person-Centered Approaches

Cultural Competence,

This 2-hour course provides those required to align with – or interested in – the HCBS Final Rule. The Final Rule took effect on March 17, 2…Details & Approvals

217 completions

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1
CEU

Written Behavior Reduction Plans: The Essential Components

This 1-hour ONLINE course is designed to offer participants an analysis of each of the components of a written behavior reduction program -…Details & Approvals

604 completions

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