AACE - American Association for Caregiver Education - Listening to Caregivers, Understanding their needs, Providing Solutions

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Training & Certification

Caregiver Training & CertificationAACE offers a comprehensive approach for training industry professionals and those disciplines wishing to add to their non-clinical family caregiving expertise.

From beginners to seasoned professionals, AACE's Family Caregiving Master Planning Program® provides unique foundational perspectives for individual, family, and/or group support.

AACE provides those trained with unique support, educational and interactive resources to further their ability to consult across a wider spectrum of family caregiver circumstances.

Core Program components are described below.


Basic Training for the Professional Family Caregiver Facilitator

  • A 40-hour basic program providing family caregivers facilitation training and is a perfect introductory course for people wishing to pursue a career in the vast family caregiver market place

  • A comprehensive understanding of the basics of non-clinical family caregiving across the life-span and spectrum of need, age, roles, and circumstances

  • Incorporates active listening and role play emphasizing age and role-related differences between family caregivers

  • Awareness orientation regarding the lack of a formal long-term care system and the myths and stereotypes of what truly exists

  • Synergistic overview of legal, financial, social issues, basic gerontology, distinctions between aging and illness, and mediation skills for dysfunctional family dynamics


Family Caregiving Master Planning for the Professional

  • An 80-hour intensive mastery program of in-depth instruction covers a spectrum of family caregiver issues in the context of needs of family caregivers of various ages and in a variety of settings

  • Enhances family caregiver support skills for clinical and other professionals who have never had formal training in non-clinical family caregiving

  • Learn the proprietary AACE Collaborative Narrative Process® method for assessing family caregivers in the context of their unique situations to develop an individualized caregiver plan for composing, critiquing, and working with family caregivers

  • Role play and case study, eldercare mediation, and intensive caregiver support group facilitation

  • Includes AACE's newly published Family Caregiving Master Planning Workbook for the Professional and for advanced study AACE's Mastering Effective Family Caregiver Support – A Train The Trainer Program.


Mastering Effective Family Caregiver Support – A Train the Trainer Program

  • Provides an opportunity to become a Certified Caregiver Educator

  • A full semester program intensive, offering a wide range of practical skills critical to professionals who wish to provide guidance and support for family caregiver professionals

  • Structured to develop greater expertise in starting and facilitating successful family caregiver support groups tailored to address the needs of a range of caregiving situations

Curriculum includes

  • Advanced case-based learning scenarios, active listening, role play, and interactive dialogue,

  • one-on-one family caregiver interactions leading to family caregiver plan development,

  • introduction to and usage of custom-designed interactive family caregiver support software,

  • a five-step program leading to complete understanding of the system and the ability to oversee a group of trained family support group professionals to operate a "virtual" call center capability using phone, internet, twitter, text and other web-based applications.

  • Practicum


Sample page from AACE Family Caregiver Questionnaire©AACE Collaborative Narrative®

Using the AACE Family Caregiver Questionnaire©, the family caregiver takes a period of one to three weeks to assemble all of the information, documentation regarding the person they are caring for as well as themselves.

An AACE-trained Family Caregiver Professional reviews the information in the Questionnaire and outlines critical issues identified in the information gathering process. The family caregiver and professional schedule a private session during which the professional guides the family caregiver in creating, in the caregiver’s own words, his or her unique caregiver story at a literacy level the caregiver can understand and use. The professional asks question to help clarify issues for both the caregiver and the professional. Developing this unique collaborative narrative takes more than one session.

Once the narrative is completed, the professional uses the narrative as a basis for further analysis that frames major issues and then prioritizes approaches to resolving those issues over a period of 90 days (a reasonable period considering the changing nature of caregiving). The priorities are clustered into what steps must occur within 30, 60, and 90-days. In this way, the caregiver is led to create a master plan for family caregiving.

American Association for Caregiver Education (AACE)

The American Association for Caregiver Education (AACE) is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization.

The American Association for Caregiver Education, Inc.
4800 Lyons Technology Parkway, Suite 4
Coconut Creek, Florida 33073-4358

E-mail: AACE@caregiverEd.org

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