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Become a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator

Our Certified Caregiving Consultant™ 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.

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.

"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

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

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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

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.

We’ve been approved to provide 22 continuing education hours for graduates of our Certified Caregiving Consultant™ training program. (See more about CEUs, below.)

Why Become a CCC?

With each CCC training option, 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.
  • 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 2017 Working Family Caregiver Survey Results.
    • Use our research to develop your offerings to family caregivers in your community.
  • 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.

Choose the CCC training package that best meets your needs. Our three options, below, take you through the program week by week or move you more quickly through the program (our fast track option). An investment in our training program is an investment in your career.

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.)

Choose the CCC training package 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). You can enroll, below, and at the bottom of this page.

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 our next nine-week training date.

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 virutal 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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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.

When you deliver The Caregiving Years five times within your first year as a CCE and you can add additional presentations to your offering including Building H.O.P.E., a resiliency training program, and The Manager’s Toolbox for Managing a Complex Workplace.

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.

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

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.

CCF

$299 Renew every two years
  • Become a Certified Caregiving Facilitator
  • Four-hour virutal 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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