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Become a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator

The need is great for services and programs to help those individuals who care for a family member or friend (family caregivers).

Companies from established multinationals to startups, mass-market firms to niche players, are recognizing a caregiving market  opportunity that’s expected to reach $72  billion in 2020 alone. The cumulative total for 2016-2020 is expected to be $279 billion, with $60 billion of this being caregiver out-of-pocket spending. ~ AARP Caregiving Innovation Frontiers (CIF) study

The need is greater for professionals who get it like you.

When you complement your personal caregiving experience with our Certified Caregiving Consultant™ training program, you have the opportunity to be part of the solution that helps family caregivers. You have the knowledge base about caregiving resources and solutions. Our training program offers the insights about the caregiving experience and teaches the communication techniques which enhance your connections with family caregivers. We teach you how to be effective when you consult with clients who may be experiencing the worst times of their lives.

With our CCC training program, you transform a personal caregiving experience into a profession. As a Certified Caregiving Consultant™, you share your wisdom, lessons learned and resources to help those who care for a family member or friend. You also charge individuals and organizations for your services.

You also can watch our video during which Denise gives an overview of our training programs.

Denise created the CCC program from her own experiences serving family caregivers since 1990. In 2004, Denise decided she needed to invest in professional training to ensure family caregivers and former family caregivers receive the best support possible. She scraped together $5,000 to enroll in a life coach training program. (The coach training program now costs about $10,000.)

In 2016, she created a training program that gives you what she knows works but at a much lower price point.

Family caregivers are searching for help. They do want to connect with another who's had a similar experience and who has completed professional training. Meaning, they look for letters after a name. Our CCC letters mean an individual has committed to professional development and excellence in service to those who care and cared for a family member.

Scroll down for a comparison of our training programs to help you choose the program right for you. Payment plans available.

Enroll in your training package.

Course Testimonials

"The CCC training program provides an incredibly practical and usable framework to help family caregivers move through the stages of caregiving. Both the content and our presenter, Denise Brown, far exceeded my expectations." --Dannelle LeBlanc, Certified Senior Advisor, Senior Move Manager and President, Caregiver Transitions


"The CCC training will allow me to better help my clients in the home health industry by also being able to focus and understand the family caregiver's needs." --Lisa M. Edwards, Assisting Hands Home Care of Plainfield


"The CCC program enhanced my skills big time and increased my knowledge of the variety of challenges family caregivers are facing. The Caregiving Years provides me with the framework I was looking for." --Saskia Jennings, Creating Being Well Caregiver Coaching and Strategies


"I am so thankful that I found you and your program! It is exactly what I needed to give me that push of confidence moving forward in my business. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your guidance and your support!" --Brenda Nesbitt, Coaching for Caregivers Canada

Many of our CCCs joined a special reception the evening before our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference began.

Your Knowledge Base + Our Process + Our Tools = Success for You and Your Client
During our course, we'll teach you the process we know works with stressed-out and overwhelmed family caregivers.

In addition, you receive access to our unique and innovative tools and assessments. You'll receive training on how to use the tools, like the My Life Right-Now Wheel, to engage more effectively with your clients. You'll also receive training on how to turn our tools into packages you market to your clients.

Tools include various wheels (see examples below) which become visual prompts to help your clients focus on what they need and want. We also have a Caregiving Personality Assessment to uncover your client's strengths and a Peace and Comfort at End of Life assessment to help your clients create just the right environment during their caree's last weeks.

As a consultant, you also can join our Caregiving Story Project and lead Care and Share™ moveable support group meetings. With our Story Project and Care and Share™, you have two programs that help you immediately connect with family caregivers and prospective clients.

Already work with family caregivers in a home health, hospital, long-term facility or social service agency? Join our program to enhance your skills and understanding of the caregiving experience. We’ve been approved to provide 22 continuing education hours for graduates of our Certified Caregiving Consultant™ training program. (See more about CEUs, below.)

A Head Start on Your Success

Our Certified Caregiving Consultants™ and Certified Caregiving Educators™ have launched successful initiatives after completing our training, including:

~ Fifteen CCCs and CCEs participated in our more recent conference, our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference, in November 2018.


~ Collaborating with each other to create a speakers bureau in their communities. Beth Suereth and Trudy Madden, both based in New Jersey, now bring their message to their communities. Dannelle LeBlanc and Debbie Howard will host our first regional conference in Wimberley, Tex., on April 5, 6 and 7, 2019.


~ Securing paid training opporutnities within their communities. Immediately after completing our CCC and CCE training, Dannelle LeBlanc submitted a proposal with her local Area Agency on Aging to deliver caregiving workshops. She used the information learned during our training to create a winning proposal. She will begin her work as a paid presenter in 2019.


~ Gael Chiarella Alba is launching a Family Caregiver Program for her spiritual community.


~ Working with family caregivers as their paid consultants, offering guidance and support. Toni Gitles recently secured another client because of her page on CareGiving.com. (CCCs have the option of having a free page on CareGiving.com.)


~ Jeff Peterson will co-host a monthly chat with Denise on owning a small business and a caregiving experience.


~ Launching their own podcast like Elizabeth Miller did.


~ Providing CEU workshops and facilitating support groups. After CCC training, Mike Cooper began facilitating a support group of wives of Parkinson’s husbands. Six weeks after completing requirments for his CCE, Mike conducted the first of a monthly Continuing Education Workshop Series where 12 participants earned CEUs. Both programs are designed to increase awareness of his and his wife’s business, Naperville Senior Center, Adult Day Services, which providing peace of mind to caregivers and a fun, very active and safe center for their family members.

Why Become a CCC?

An investment in our training program is an investment in your career or business. Many of our Certified Caregiving Consultants™ bill about $40 per 30-minute consulting sessions which means you earn back your investment by billing 25 hours of your consulting time with clients. In addition, we work to create opportunities for you, like presenting at our National Caregiving Conference and joining our podcasts and video chats. You may have gone through a caregiving experience alone. With our training program and community of consultants, you've got our support.

You can purchase a seat by selecting your option, below. To learn more about our CCC and CCE programs and opportunities, including how to qualify for a scholarship, please watch this webinar with Denise, who developed and leads the program. During the webinar, Denise will share the requirements to take the program, what you’ll gain as a result of training program and how you can market your expertise as a Certified Caregiving Consultant™ in your community.

Questions about whether or program is the right fit for you? Feel free to Call Denise at 773-343-6341 or send her an email (denise @ caregiving.com). She's happy to connect to talk through the program and whether it's right for you. In addition, feel free to reach out to Denise if you'd like to take our training but don't see training dates that fit your schedule. (Our training dates are listed below.)

"The interactive components like the chat rooms, the worksheets, and just the delivery of the program are fantastic!
The course requires thought and reflection during the modules but also afterward."
~ a CCC student

With our CCC training, you receive:

  • guidance so you can create a Simple Caregiving Solution, which becomes your offering to family caregivers. You leave our program with a certification and a ready-to-go product or service you can begin offering to family caregivers.
  • training on how to create an effective profile and blog on CareGiving.com, which can help you get clients.
  • an intimate, effective classroom experience because we limit the number of students per class. You practice your skills with us so that you feel confident using your skills with your clients.
  • immediate access to our nine modules.
  • our CCC Manual. The manual walks you through the six stages of caregiving. It includes suggested questions to ask family caregivers in each stage of the experience and offers referrals you can make to help family caregivers in each stage of the experience.
  • PDFs of Denise's books -- The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey and After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again.
  • Our research which offers insights into the lives of family caregivers including:
    • our 2017 Annual Family Caregiver Survey Results,
    • our ongoing Family Caregiver Stress Survey Results and
    • our 2019 Working Family Caregiver Survey Results.
    • Use our research to develop your specialty and demonstrate the need for your services.
  • 30-minute sessions with our seven CCC Skills Consultants. Our Skills Consultants are Certified Caregiving Consultants who help you practice listening, questioning and validating -- the core skills of our program. We also have consultants who will help you use our caregiving tools and assessments with your clients, help you with your networking skills, and welcome you into our program.
  • opportunities to practice and gain skills beyond certification by joining our monthly CCC/CCE virtual meetings.
  • a community of others passionate about helping family caregivers and committed to your success.

Payment Plans:

  • CCC Program: Pay $682 each month for three months
  • CCC & CCE Programs: $599.25 each month for four months
  • CCF, CCC & CCE Programs: $649.25 each month for four months
  • SAGE Giving: $739.40 each month for five months

Choose the CCC training package, below, that best meets your needs. Our three options take you through the program week by week or move you more quickly through the program (our fast track option). Get more support and training by enrolling in our Educator and SAGE Giving program.

Ready to go? Enroll.

Option 1: Virtual Nine-Week Training Course

You’ll receive a course directory with links to modules, watching one module a week for nine weeks. You'll also join a 60-minute weekly video chat with Denise to discuss each module. Each class is limited to 6 students.

Check back for dates of our next nine-week session.

Your cost: $1,997

Option 2: Fast Track Virtual Training Course

Want to fast-track our certification process? Then join us for our one-day virtual training course.

After enrolling in our course, you’ll receive access to our modules that you watch prior to joining a one-day training of your choice. During our one-day class, we’ll review material covered in the modules while you demonstrate knowledge of the skills and tools. You’ll also tell a four-minute caregiving story, either yours and another’s (like a colleague or friend). Each class is limited to 6 students.

Our available dates include:

  • Wednesday, July 17 (Trainer: Denise Brown, begins at 9 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. CT, 6 a.m. PT)
  • Friday, August 9 (Trainer: Denise Brown, begins at 9 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. CT, 6 a.m. PT)

Your cost: $1,997

Option 3: Fast Track In-Person Training Course

Want to fast-track our certification process? Then join us for our one-day in-person training course.

After enrolling in our course, you’ll receive access to our modules that you watch prior to our one-day training. During our one-day class, we’ll review material covered in the modules while you demonstrate knowledge of the skills and tools. You’ll also tell a four-minute caregiving story, either yours and another’s (like a colleague or friend). Each class is limited to 6 students.

The following in-person training dates are available:

  • September 19, 9 a.m., Springpoint at Home, 2650 US-130, Cranbury, N.J. 08512
  • November 7 or November 10, 9 a.m., Chicago Marriott O'Hare, 8535 W. Higgins, Chicago. (These trainings will take place during our Fourth Annual National Caregiving Conference.)

Your cost: $1,997

Want to hold an in-person training at your workplace? Call Denise at 773-343-6341 for details.

You also can view our calendar of upcoming CCC, CCE, CCF and CCS training dates.

CCF

$299 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Facilitator
  • Four-hour virtual training
  • Understand how to use our proprietary caregiving tools in your groups
  • Organize and host caregiving support groups
  • Improve communication within your family about caregiving issues

CCC

$1,997 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Consultant
  • Charge individuals and organizations for your services
  • Your training material includes our research of family caregivers, caregiving stress and working family caregivers
  • Use our proprietary tools
  • Five video tutorials to help you use our tools
  • Monthy calls with fellow graduates to practice and enhance your skills and use of our tools
  • 8 module program
  • Bonus 9th module to help you market your business
  • 4, 30-Minute Sessions with our Advisors
  • In Chicago, Other Locations As Available and Virtual

CCC & CCE

$2,297 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator
  • Charge individuals and organizations for your services
  • Your training material includes our research of family caregivers, caregiving stress and working family caregivers
  • Access for six months to our recorded sessions from NCC17 and NCC18
  • A proven presentation program that family caregivers love
  • Monthy calls with fellow graduates to practice and enhance your skills
  • Use our proprietary tools
  • Five tutorials to help you use our tools
  • 8 module CCC program
  • Bonus 9th module to help you market your business
  • 4, 30-Minute Sessions with our Advisors
  • 4-class CCE program
  • In Chicago, Other Locations As Available and Virtual
  • Save when you enroll in both programs at the same time

CCF, CCC & CCE

$2,497 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Facilitator, Consultant and Educator
  • Charge individuals and organizations for your services
  • Your training material includes our research of family caregivers, caregiving stress and working family caregivers
  • Access for 12 months to our recorded sessions from NCC17 and NCC18
  • A proven presentation program that family caregivers love
  • Monthy calls with fellow graduates to practice and enhance your skills
  • Use our proprietary tools
  • Five tutorials to help you use our tools
  • 8 module CCC program
  • Bonus 9th module to help you market your business
  • 4, 30-Minute Sessions with our Advisors
  • 4-class CCE program
  • In Chicago, Other Locations As Available and Virtual
  • Save when you enroll in both programs at the same time
  • Four-hour virtual CCF training
  • Understand how to use our proprietary caregiving tools in your groups
  • Organize and host caregiving support groups
  • Improve communication within your family about caregiving issues

CCC CEUs

CCM® Board Certified Case Managers
Our virtual program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 22 CE contact hour(s) when you virtually participate in our program via our weekly or full-day option.  Activity Code: S00036867 Approval #: 190001388

Health, HR and Coaching Professionals
We’ve been approved to provide 22 continuing education hours for the following professionals who attend our Certified Caregiving Consultant™ training program. Continuing education hours are provided by the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine in collaboration with the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois.

  • Certified Dementia Practitioner®
    We can provide continuing education credits for Certified Dementia Practitioners® in all 50 states.
  • Certified Senior Advisor®
    We can provide continuing education credits for Certified Senior Advisors® in all 50 states.
  • Nurses
    We can provide continuing education credits for nurses in all 50 states.
  • SHRM Professional Development Credits
    This program is valid for 22 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM in all 50 states.
  • Professional Coaches
    Professional coaches can earn 22 hours for resource development in all 50 states.

We also can provide CEUs for the following Illinois professions:

  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician
  • Psychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker

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Certified Caregiving Educator™
As a Certified Educator, you can present The Caregiving Years presentation program through virtual presentations and in the community. The Caregiving Years presentation gives you a marketing tool and competitive advantage. Most important, family caregivers find tremendous value in a concept that provides comforting insights. We’ll arm you with presentation skills and a turn-key presentation program. We’ll help you develop a marketing plan to present The Caregiving Years in your community, at local employers and at your house of worship.

Our next virtual training dates with your trainer, Toni Gitles, include:

  • Saturday July 27, start time is 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT, 6 a.m. PT)
  • Thursday August 1, start time is 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT, 7 a.m. PT)
  • Tuesday August 13, start time is 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. PT)
  • Saturday August 24, start time is 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT, 6 a.m. PT)
  • Tuesday September 10, start time is 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT, 7 a.m. PT)

Your cost when you enroll in both the CCC and CCE training program: $2,297. Enroll and use coupon code LAUNCH to save 15% on your training costs when you pay in full.

SAGE Giving, a business development program
Would you like to make the most of your Certified Caregiving Consultant™, and Certified Caregiving Educator™ and Certified Caregiving Facilitator™ training programs? Join our SAGE Giving, our 90-day business development program. Our 90-day business development program gives you:

  • CCC, CCE and CCF designations;
  • Your marketing plan, which includes the messaging you need to reach your potential clients
  • Turn-key presentations to educate and support family caregivers and health care professionals
  • Access to Denise for ideas, support and insights throughout the program when you're stuck
  • Three one-hour coaching calls with Denise
  • A USB drive that contains the NCC17 and NCC18 session recordings, the best market research you can buy
  • A competitive edge with our proprietary tools and assessments
  • Effective time management skills so you can focus and produce
  • A community of fellow entrepreneurs who understand the challenges and will celebrate your successes
  • Payment plan available
  • Virtual training happens out of the comfort and convenience of your home

Your cost: $3,497. Enroll.

CareGiving.com Partner program
Join our team of Certified Caregiving Consultants™ who have become CCC and CCE trainers. You can lead CCC and CCE training courses in your community, online or take it one the road.

We’re looking for partners who are:

  • self-starters
  • committed to our community of CCCs, CCEs and CCFs
  • passionate about our program and making a difference in the lives of family caregivers
  • organized
  • creative
  • natural leaders who can engage an audience
  • comfortable delivering and receiving feedback

As a trainer, you earn income from every student who enrolls in your CCC and CCE training programs.

You renew annually for a cost of $1,000 to remain a trainer.

Your cost: $6,997. Enroll.

Meet a Trainer: Denise M. Brown

Denise M. Brown launched CareGiving.com in 1996. CareGiving.com was the first website to add online caregiving support groups, daily caregiving chats and blogs written by family caregivers. Through its blogs posts, podcasts and video chats, CareGiving.com holds one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories.

Next Avenue named Denise a 2017 Influencer in Aging, one of “50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.”

Denise launched the Caregiving Consultant Training™ program in 2016 to create opportunities for former family caregivers to share their wisdom, knowledge basis and encouragement with current family caregivers.

Read more about Denise.

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Our CCC Training Program Agenda

Our nine modules provide an overview of the caregiving experience and insights in our core skills (questioning, listening and validating) and tools (our wheels).

  • Module 1 through Module 6: The Caregiving Years
    We’ll delve deep into The Caregiving Years concept so you have an indepth understanding of the family caregiver experience and a perspective that best helps you help family caregivers.
  • Module 7 and Class 8: Working Well with Family Caregivers
    You’ll encounter individuals who may feel sad, bitter, resentful and angry. You’ll learn techniques and gain skills to ensure your connections with family caregivers are both successful and powerful.
  • Module 9: Tools and Assessments
    Denise will show you how to use our tools and assessments so that you and your clients engage more deeply and effectively.

Our live discussions, which take place either every week or during a full day together, provide opportunities for you to practice your skills and talk through caregiving issues. We'll discuss:

  • Our pledges, goals and beliefs as well as universal caregiving emotions.
  • The importance of letting go as we work with our clients and the value of our three core skills: listening, questioning and validating.
  • How we work effectively with family caregivers.
  • Compassion fatigue as it relates to family caregivers.
  • Hope and preparing for the future.
  • The six stages of caregiving. How does the staging help us in our work?
  • Getting stuck and resistance.
  • Denial and fear.
  • The use of the tools and assessment.

CCC Certification

Once you’ve completed our program, you become certified after you:

  • Pass an exam;
  • Participate in 30-minute calls with our four CCC Skills Consultants;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the three skills we learn;
  • Participate in at least three chats on CareGiving.com;
  • Tell a four-minute caregiving story, either yours and another’s (like a colleague or friend) during our training

CCC Qualifications

To be qualified to take our training program, you must:

  • Have a personal or professional caregiving experience, whether currently or in your past;
  • Be compassionate, open-minded and curious;
  • Have peace about your own caregiving experience. When you have a peace, you can release your story so you can be fully engaged in your client's.

CCC Renewal

You re-certify every two years when you meet the following criteria:

  • Pay a renewal fee of $249
  • 8 CEUs
  • Participate in a webinar
  • Pass an exam
  • Help Denise or a CCC Advisor with a pressing problem

Enroll.


Additional Training

Certified Caregiving Presenter™
You also can enroll in our Certified Caregiving Presenter™ training program, which trains you to deliver webinars and online courses to family caregivers and those who work with family caregivers. You can offer your webinars and courses for free or charge a fee.

Opportunities

We do our best to create opportunities for our Certified Caregiving Consultants™ and Certified Caregiving Educators™, including opportunities to present at our National Caregiving Conference. We also create products, services and events to create awareness of our CCCs like Consulting for Good and Caring Kits.

CCF

$299 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Facilitator
  • Four-hour virtual training
  • Understand how to use our proprietary caregiving tools in your groups
  • Organize and host caregiving support groups
  • Improve communication within your family about caregiving issues

CCC

$1,997 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Consultant
  • Charge individuals and organizations for your services
  • Your training material includes our research of family caregivers, caregiving stress and working family caregivers
  • Use our proprietary tools
  • Five video tutorials to help you use our tools
  • Monthy calls with fellow graduates to practice and enhance your skills and use of our tools
  • 8 module program
  • Bonus 9th module to help you market your business
  • 4, 30-Minute Sessions with our Advisors
  • In Chicago, Other Locations As Available and Virtual

CCC & CCE

$2,297 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator
  • Charge individuals and organizations for your services
  • Your training material includes our research of family caregivers, caregiving stress and working family caregivers
  • Access for six months to our recorded sessions from NCC17 and NCC18
  • A proven presentation program that family caregivers love
  • Monthy calls with fellow graduates to practice and enhance your skills
  • Use our proprietary tools
  • Five tutorials to help you use our tools
  • 8 module CCC program
  • Bonus 9th module to help you market your business
  • 4, 30-Minute Sessions with our Advisors
  • 4-class CCE program
  • In Chicago, Other Locations As Available and Virtual
  • Save when you enroll in both programs at the same time

CCF, CCC & CCE

$2,497 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Facilitator, Consultant and Educator
  • Charge individuals and organizations for your services
  • Your training material includes our research of family caregivers, caregiving stress and working family caregivers
  • Access for 12 months to our recorded sessions from NCC17 and NCC18
  • A proven presentation program that family caregivers love
  • Monthy calls with fellow graduates to practice and enhance your skills
  • Use our proprietary tools
  • Five tutorials to help you use our tools
  • 8 module CCC program
  • Bonus 9th module to help you market your business
  • 4, 30-Minute Sessions with our Advisors
  • 4-class CCE program
  • In Chicago, Other Locations As Available and Virtual
  • Save when you enroll in both programs at the same time
  • Four-hour virtual CCF training
  • Understand how to use our proprietary caregiving tools in your groups
  • Organize and host caregiving support groups
  • Improve communication within your family about caregiving issues

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