Becoming a Leader

What is the role of a Leader?
Anyone interested in becoming a Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) workshop leader must attend and successfully complete a two-day Leader Training course generally provided by two certified Master Trainers.  The primary role of the Leader is to facilitate the workshop sessions.  Other roles related to the workshop include recruiting participants, arranging, reserving and setting up the room and equipment, and preparing materials needed for the sessions.  Some of these responsibilites may be shared by the sponsoring organization or other partner organization.

 

Thinking about becoming a Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop leader or just want to know more about the program?  Watch this short video.

 

Why should you consider becoming a Leader?
As a Leader, you will have the satisfaction of discovering the contents of the program, learning the key elements of caregiver support, and learning group leadership and facilitation skills that you can also use in other areas of your life. Most importantly, you will help family caregivers who are struggling with the challenges of caregiving gain important knowledge and skills to improve their situation.

 

Leader Training Opportunities:
Interested in becoming a Powerful Tools for Caregivers leader?  Check out our current Leader Trainings and see our Powerful Tools for Caregivers leader application

 

Interested individuals must attend all of BOTH DAYS. Space is limited.Those applying for Leader training must first view the approximately 20-minute webinar on the specific program for which they are applying. This webinar will provide you with important background information on the program, its purpose, structure, evidence-base, Leader qualifications and characteristics, support for Leaders, and how to apply for Leader training. Note that the application will ask you the date you watched the webinar. It is also advisable for a representative from your sponsoring organization to view the webinar as well.  In addition the PT4C Planning Guide is a great source of information on planning your PTC program.

 

PTC Expands to Include Caregivers of Children with Special Needs.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers has served caregivers of adults with chronic conditions since 1998. After seven successful pilot classes for caregivers of children with special health and behavioral needs (including minors and adult children), PTC is pleased to be expanding the population of caregivers served to include this group of caregivers. Please note that separate scripts are used for these distinct caregiving populations. The program’s self-care emphasis remains the same.  The examples and scenarios within the tools and a new DVD tailor the classes to the specific caregiver population. Research from these pilots indicates similar evidence-based outcomes to the original program for caregivers of adults with chronic conditions. 

 

As of January 2017, all PTC class leader trainings in Wisconsin have integrated the content from both the classes for caregivers of adults with chronic conditions and the curriculum tailored for caregivers of children with special health and behavioral needs.  Newly trained PTC Class Leaders will be able to conduct either or both of the scripts for these two, distinct caregiver populations, as they so choose.  None of the essential tools for caregiver self-care have changed. The examples and scenarios within the tools and a new DVD have been tailored to address the specific needs of this caregiver population.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Master Trainers

If you are already an experienced PTC Workshop Leader and are interested in becoming a PTC Master Trainer you must: 

 

  • Have completed a minimum of three PTC 6-week class series
  • Plan to conduct a PTC Class Leader training within 6 months following the master training
  • Have a trained PTC Master Trainer with whom to work
  • Obtain written support from a sponsor organization willing to assist you in coordinating a PTC Class Leader training
  • Complete a 90-minute teleconference Master training
  • Pay the $250.00 Master Trainer training fee (an invoice will be sent following the training)
  • Notify the national office of all PTC Class leader trainings
  • Agree to the terms outlined in the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Master Trainer Certification form

Contact WIHA to let them know you're interested! We're here to support your next step! michelle.comeau@wihealthyaging.org