Continuing Education Programs

If you’re a healthcare professional looking to fulfill your continuing education units (CEUs), Direction Home Akron Canton is here to help. We offer a diverse library of CEU programs with a 95.1 percent satisfaction rating. All of our courses are open to the public, regardless of licensure, and based on trending issues in the healthcare profession. Direction Home Akron Canton is an approved provider for*:

  • Licensed Social Workers (LSW)
  • Licensed Independent Social Workers (LISW)
  • Social Work Assistants (SWA)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrators (LNHA) 

Costs, times, CEU eligibility and location vary with each program, and all of our courses require advance registration. Take a look at our upcoming programs listed below!

*Nurses may attend programs approved through the Counseling, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapy (CSWMFT) board and receive CEUs.  Please refer to the Nursing Continuing Education for Renewal Ohio Revised Code for details. 

September 18, 2019 CEUs
Forgiveness: The Missing Peace (9:00 am-12:15 pm)
Shame and Guilt (1:15 pm-4:30 pm)

Cambria Suites Akron Canton
1787 Thorn Dr, Uniontown
$45.00 morning OR afternoon session; $75.00 all-day (lunch included for all-day participants)

CLICK HERE to register for morning, afternoon, or all-day sessions

Forgiveness: The Missing Peace

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC;LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board)

Somehow this sums it all up.  And yet – who among us can claim to not have some of those index cards in a box somewhere  Forgiveness is a subject that has been important to the health and well being of humans since recorded history.  There are many perspectives that forgiveness can be explored from, and this workshop will seek to highlight the power of forgiveness and provide suggestions that can be implemented that will assist professionals and clients to experience the benefits of this journey.  The wisdom and practical guidance that the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous has gleaned will offer a unique and practical beacon for continued exploration.


  • Define forgiveness - what it is and is not
  • Relate the benefits and therapeutic value of forgiveness in their professional and personal lives
  • Identify the harmful and life damaging effects of resentment and anger
  • Identify strategies and techniques for assisting self and others in practicing forgiveness, including the 12 Step approach to enable release from resentments

Shame and Guilt

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
3 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; LPC;LPCC; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT Board)

Shame and Guilt are two different ways in which human beings feel bad. Most of us usually suffer from both.  Because shame and guilt are healed differently, they must be recognized and dealt with very differently.  Although the therapies in which professionals are trained are well designed to heal guilt, professional education does not transmit the skills required for the identification and healing of shame. Participants will be deepened by the insights they gain into their own background and development.  Addiction and alcoholism are related to these phenomena and understanding can aid in detection and intervention of those who are affected. The practice of working through grief and loss is inextricably tied to these phenomena and the professional will be supported by this understanding.


  • Distinguish between shame and guilt in the human condition
  • List specific qualities of shame that enable its identification
  • Describe modalities for dealing with the phenomenon of shame
About the Speaker:​  Marcella Balin, RN, BSN

Marcella Balin is a well-known and highly regarded educator and presenter. She is an independent nurse entrepreneur and lecturer with thirty-eight years of experience.  She began her nursing career in Brooklyn, NY and spent a decade moving into the field of education. She parlayed years of widely varied teaching experience into a career of independent teaching and presenting.  Her BSN is from Wright State University in Dayton, and she brings years of ongoing professional education in human and organizational development to her workshops.  She is a very energetic and dynamic speaker.

October 10, 2019 CEUs
2019 Direction Home Fall Conference

Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls
1989 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44221

8:00-8:30 am: Continental breakfast and networking
8:30 am - 4:30 pm: Conference
4.5 CEUs: LSW/LISW/SWA; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)

Join us at the 2019 Fall Conference to share knowledge and information with health care professionals, caregivers, older adults, care managers, and public policy influencers. This year's conference features nationally recognized speakers as well as local experts. It is a day of networking, knowledge sharing, education, and inspiration. Proceeds will benefit the Care Coordination Program that assists those older adults  who do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to pay for services on their own.

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CLICK HERE for sponsorship opportunities

8:30-9:00:       Introduction: The State of the Regional Aging Network
9:00-10:00:     Trends in Aging and Long-term Services & Supports
10:00-10:15:   Break
10:15-11:15:   Working to Bridge the Gap Between Community-Based Organizations
                       and Managed Care Organizations: Aligning Efforts for Mutual Advantage
11:15-12:00:   Tradeshow
12:00-1:00      Lunch provided
1:00-2:30        Panel:  The Intersection of Healthcare and LTSS
2:30-3:30        The New Long-term Care Landscape: Assisting Older Adults and People
                       with Disabilities through Revitalized Long-term Services and Supports
3:30-4:30        Medicaring Communities: Medicare, End of Life Planning, and LTSS
4:30                Closing

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Contact Lori Smith at or 330.899.5255 with any questions you may have regarding CEU programs.