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. 

May 31, 2019
Improving Care through Interprofessional Education

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA)
1700 East 13th St., Suite 114
Large Group Instruction Room (LGI)
Cleveland, OH
8:00 am - 10:30 am (Check in and breakfast at 7:30)
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (Check in and lunch at 11:30)

Click Here to register (FREE!)

CEUs available to: LSW/LISW/SWA; Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board); Physicians, Pharmacists
Detailed CEU information below

In case you missed the Stark County session, we are holding another training in the Cleveland area.  Interprofessional care is essential to quality care of older adults. Often times, older adults face multiple complex problems that require assessment and intervention from various healthcare professionals. By learning how to incorporate perspectives across multiple health and social service disciplines, we enhance problem solving to develop a comprehensive and integrated care plan, inclusive of the older adults, their caregivers, their values and goals. Healthcare professionals will be encouraged and supported by the input and collaboration from other professionals. This session will focus on a real life example of an older adult who has suffered from an opioid overdose.
  • Describe the prevalence of opioid misuse in older adults and understand both the pharmacological and social causes of misuse
  • Discuss types of opioid misuse most often seen in older adults (over-use due to inadequate pain control, addiction, diversion/depression
  • Discuss the challenges of caring for someone with dementia, how clinicians and social service providers can help guide caregivers, and find resources to help
  • Explain biosocial factors contributing to opioid misuse
  • Design an interprofessional care plan using pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and social service methods to decrease need for opioids in older adults
  • Discuss hazard of opioid withdrawal in older adults
  • Formulate a medical/behavior plan to safely wean an older adult off opioids
  • Develop awareness and appreciation for the roles team members play to create a more complete picture of the clinical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects impacting patient care
CEU Information: 
  • This program is approved for 2.0 continuing education units for LSWs, LISWs, SWA, Nurses (via reciprocity with the SW board).
  • The Summa Health System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Summa Health System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 2 CEUs approved for Pharmacists
  • FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - The Ohio Board of Nursing will accept sessions approved for Social Workers for Continuing Nurse Education. Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.
  • To comply with the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board: Late Arrivals will NOT be admitted.


Project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28707 entitled Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Support provided by Members of GWEP grant:
Area Agency on Aging
Cleveland State University
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Summa Health
The University of Akron College of Health Professions

June 10, 2019 CEU
Humor as a Stress Buster

Hartville Kitchen
1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click Here to register ($75 & lunch included)

Speaker: Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
6 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

Healthcare professionals often experience stress related to the seriousness of the work they perform on a daily basis.  A positive mindset and humor in conjunction with some simple meditative activities are important tools for lightening up your days. When patient's and care partner's stress levels are also elevated, it is helpful to incorporate these strategies to bring some balance to the situation.  Learn ways to reduce the negative effects of stress, boost your immune system, increase your attention, concentration and memory skills, improve communication and build relationships.
  • Explain the impact of stress on many aspects of a person's life including memory
  • Discuss the benefits of a positive attitude and ways to help the client shift perspective, optimizing outcomes
  • List ways to help the client/patient incorporate simple meditative and mindfulness activities 
  • Discuss the benefits of incorporating humor and a positive attitude in everyday life.
  • List uplifting strategies to reduce the negative impact of stress both inter-professionally and between professional and client

June 12, 2019 CEU
Who Ruffles Your Feathers?

Holiday Inn Belden Village
4520 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click Here to register ($75 & lunch included)

Speaker: Marcella Balin, RN, BSN
6 CEUs: LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, Nurses (reciprocity), LPC, LPCC, LNHA (BELTSS)

Do you ever wonder if your spouse or one of your co-workers is from another planet?  How irritated do you get when that client shows up 30 minutes early for an appointment one more time?  Do you get frustrated that a task you find so difficult a co-worker or family member finds so easy?  The knowledge we have about the brain, and its natural tendency towards having a "dominance" suggests that by understanding these intricacies we each can assume a new perspective on the work we do, the people we serve and the elements that create stress in our lives.
  • Identify basic characteristics described in the four-quadrant brain model.
  • Discuss this relationship to one's own and others' ability to accomplish certain tasks.
  • Relate different thinking patterns to incidents of personal and/or professional frustrations.
  • Correlate various quadrant characteristics with the creative problem solving process.

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