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. 

July 24, 2019 CEU
Beyond the Office: Transference and Countertransference in Day to Day Life

Hilton Fairlawn
3180 W. Market St., Fairlawn
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click Here to register ($75 & lunch included)

Speaker: Martha (Marty) D. Laska, MAED, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, CHT
6 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity); LPC/LPCC

This presentation will focus on providing the clinician a deeper understanding of the impact of transference and countertransference both within sessions with clients and in day to day life.   Most clinicians have been trained to be alert for transference, both positive and negative, in relation to the therapist on the part of our clients within session. We are also cautioned to address our own counter transference in our relationships with clients and patients.  In this training participants will review these basic definitions, extrapolating to interactions with coworkers (including supervisors and support staff), day to day interactions out of the workplace and our home life. Much of the time we think of “being triggered” (more common, nonclinical term) as having an intense dramatic reaction when a person, place or situation brings forward an unconscious memory. While this is true, it is also true our day to day reactions are colored more frequently by these memories than we may realize. This can both negatively and positively impact our opinions and professional judgments. Presentation will use some lecture, handouts, role play and group discussion to increase professional and personal understanding of transference and countertransference.​​
  • The participant will be able to describe more fully the definition and impact of transference/countertransference in both professional and personal life
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of methods of recognizing their own patterns of transference/countertransference, including but not limited to physical reactions
  • Participants will become for familiar with effective interactions with other professionals
  • Role play and discussion will assist the participants in effectively identifying and appropriately responding to countertransference in their patient interactions
  • Participants will become more attuned to their own needs for assistance with countertransference.  Participants will utilize role play and discussion in order to effectively identify the point at which they need to seek assistance
  • Participants will increase in awareness of the possibility of colleagues and coworkers emotional reactions in order to respond in a more objective fashion, thus improving professional interactions in the workplace and improving client services

July 29, 2019
August 13, 2019 Workshops
Social Security: With You Through Life's Journey

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Check-in and lunch provided from 11:30-noon

Click Here to register ($15 & lunch included)

Speaker: Robert Fenn, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Two dates to choose from!  Please join us for this lunch and learn event.  Robert Fenn will show you everything you wanted to know (and more) about Social Security; the difference between SSD and SSI, who is eligible and when, and what those benefits include.

August 19, 2019 CEU
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity Training: Nepali and Bhutanese Populations

Guy's Party Center
500 Waterloo Rd., Akron
9:00 am - 11:00 am (check-in and breakfast provided from 8:30 - 9:00 am)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (check in and lunch provided from 12:30 - 1:00 pm)

Click Here to register ($15; breakfast or lunch included)

Susan Berg Herman, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects, Asian Services in Action
Thunda Choonukoonphong, MBA, Program Coordinator Asian Services in Action
William E. Coleman, Ph.D, M.A, B.A, Founder, Coleman Cultural Engagement Foundation
Ama K. Kamar, Program Assistant, Asian Services in Action

2 CEUs pending: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity)

This presentation is about equipping social service professionals and service providers with knowledge and skills in working with Nepali-speaking clients in their home.  In addition, providing participants with the ability to recognize their own sense of culture and how it impacts their interactions with other cultures.
  • Participants will have a better understanding of their own culture in relation to others
  • Participants will learn specific ways of conducting themselves in order to effectively engage with the Nepali-speaking population and acquire a basic understanding of the cultural norms associated with this community.

August 22, 2019
Caregiver Connection: Cultivating Caregiving

Embassy Suites Akron Canton
7883 Freedom Ave. NW, Canton
9:15 am - 3:00 pm (check-in and breakfast provided from 8:30 - 9:00 am)

$25 for Professionals needing Continuing Education (CLICK HERE to register)

FREE for Non-Professionals (CLICK HERE to register)

1 CEU: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity), LPC/LPCC

Direction Home has once again paired with The Oak Clinic to bring you our annual Caregiver Connection event.  This year's theme is Cultivating Caregiving and packed with valuable information.  Please see the detailed schedule of events below.
8:30-9:00 AM: Registration
9:15 – 10:15 AM: Navigating the Legal Landscape when Health Declines
Sam Butcher is an experienced elder law attorney with his own growing and expanding law firm.  He is understanding and compassionate.  He takes time with his clients to ensure they feel comfortable and understand this complex area of law.  Sam is so dedicated to his clients that each receives his personal cell phone number.  Sam can help you and your family prevent mistakes and preserve assets.
10:15 AM—11:30 AM: Tootsie Tea (make & take)
We will make a pampering foot soak for you to take home and enjoy
11:30 AM—12:15 PM: Lunch
12:15 PM—1:15 PM: Who Ruffles Your Feathers? (1.0 CEU: LSW/LISW/SWA; Nurses (Via reciprocity with the SW board); LPC/LPCC
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.  Marcella brings years of ongoing professional education in human and organizational development to her workshops.  She is a very energetic and dynamic speaker. 
1:15 PM—2:45 PM: String Art (make & take)
Strung by Shawna will be there and show us how to make an adorable string art project you won't want to miss!
2:45 PM-3:00 PM: Gift Basket Giveaway
All attendees will receive the book: Speak a Powerful Magic: Ten Years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project.

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