As the DSW, you play a crucial role on an individual’s treatment team when it comes to identifying challenging or aggressive behaviors. This module exposes DSWs to best practices for recognizing, de-escalating, and preventing challenging behavior. You will also learn strategies for determining why this type of behavior occurs and how to distinguish between when challenging behaviors are a form of communication versus a sign of a more serious mental or physical health condition. After clicking on Start module, scroll down and click on 'Enroll me' link.
Mental health and substance use disorders may be common in individuals you support, so it is crucial to be educated about these conditions. This module teaches DSWs to identify signs and symptoms of common disorders and provide quality care to individuals actively experiencing these issues. You will learn about the importance of your active participation as a member of the individual’s treatment team and how to respond to real-life scenarios you might face with these individuals..
Your role as a DSW might include caring for an individual with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This training is designed to help DSWs learn about how dementia affects thinking, communication, and behavior. You will learn strategies necessary for communicating with individuals, addressing challenging behavior, and keeping individuals safe in their homes. As a result of this training, you will be better equipped to protect those in your care from harm while promoting their overall quality of life.
Part of a DSWs role is being responsible for promoting the physical health and well being of those in your care. Therefore, you need to know about common infectious diseases, how they spread, and how to contain them. In this module, DSWs will learn to identify strategies regarding prevention and containment of these diseases. With this knowledge, you will be better equipped to protect both yourself and the individuals you support from potentially dangerous diseases
In order to effectively care for other people, you first have to remember to take care of yourself. This training teaches DSWs about the importance of self-care and techniques for maintaining your own well-being. You will learn about signs of physical, mental, and emotional stress and strategies for reducing these different forms of exhaustion. At the end of the training, you will be challenged to create a personal plan containing tangible steps you can take to better care for yourself.Start module