The Advocacy Alliance Online Course Catalog

NOTE:  The Alliance comprises Eastern PA HCQU, Northeastern PA HCQU, & South Central PA HCQU

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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HOURS

 Advocacy This training provides an overview of Advocacy by definition, form and application. This training features: Self-advocacy by definition, movement, and position statement; Lobbying by definition, movement, and position statement; How advocacy and lobbying efforts benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. (Basic)  1
Aging & Developmental Disabilities This training provides an overview of normal aging and the special considerations and recommendations for caregivers. This training features: Normal aging as a process; Special needs of aging individuals with developmental disabilities; Special considerations and recommendations for caregivers. (Basic) 1
Alzheimer’s Disease This training provides an overview of Alzheimer’s disease. This training features: The relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) & Dementia; The progression of AD, including the characteristics of each stage of the disease; The impact of AD experienced byby individuals with developmental disabilities; How to meet the nutritional, emotional, and personal care needs of the individual with AD; Effective strategies for communicating with individuals with AD. (Intermediate) 1
American Red Cross Quick Reference Guide for 911 Emergency Situations This training identifies emergency situations as outlined by the American Red Cross that are considered potentially  life threatening. This training features:  The importance of a caregiver taking three emergency action steps such as checking the scene, calling 911, and providing care; The caregiver role with access to 911;   Performance action steps for caregivers; Recognition of life threatening illnesses/injuries. (Basic) 1
 Anaphylaxis This training discusses causes, risk factors, symptoms, prevention and treatment strategies of Anaphylaxis.  This training features: Anaphylaxis by definition and symptoms; Causes and risk factors; Diagnostic testing;   Prevention and treatment strategies. (Basic) 1
Anorexia Nervosa This training provides an overview of an eating disorder.  This training features: Anorexia Nervosa by definition; Causes, symptoms, and complications; Treatment options and support strategies for implementation. (Basic) 1
Asthma Basics This training provides an overview of a respiratory illness.  This training features: The physiology of the lungs and how Asthma alters pulmonary function; Types of Asthma; Signs and symptoms of Asthma; Different treatments for Asthma; Preventative plan for managing Asthma. Basic  1
Augmentative & Alternative Communication This training provides participants with an overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Communication disorders will be identified.  This training features:  The need for ACC; Types of ACC, aided and unaided;  Evaluations for ACC by team members; ACC resources by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology. Basic 1
Autism This training provides participants with an overview of Autism.  Symptoms of Autism will be identified and strategies for the caregiver will be explored.  This training features:  An introduction to Autism;  Symptoms and characteristics;  The causes, theories, and treatment options. (Basic) 1
Bed Bugs This training provides participants with an overview of Bed Bugs.  This training features:  Definition and identification of Bed Bugs;  Review of the historical perspective;  Discussion of the life cycle of Bed Bugs;  Identification of hiding spots and and signs of infestation; Prevention and treatment. Basic 1
Behavioral De-escalation  This training discusses Behavioral De-escalation and factors contributing to challenging behaviors. This training features:  Stages of crisis;  The process of assessment in Behavioral De-escalation;  Appropriate interventions for each stage of crisis. (Intermediate)  1
Bereavement  This training introduces participants to Bereavement and the grief process.  This training features: The stages of accepting death; How to “break the bad news”; Ideas that can be used to assist adults with developmental disabilities experiencing the grief process. (Basic) 1
Bipolar Disorder This training provides participants with an overview of Bipolar Disorder.  This training features: Depressive and manic symptoms; Types of Bipolar Disorders; Co-morbid conditions of the Bipolar Disorder; Medication/therapy treatment options; Manifestation of Bipolar Disorder in women, children/adolescents and older adults; Bipolar Disorder in an individuals with developmental disabilities. (Basic)  1
Body Mechanics & Transfer Activities This training emphasizes the importance of  understanding lifting techniques and how the body performs functions of lifting.  This training features: Basic anatomy of the spine and back; Consequences of poor Body Mechanics; Risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries; Principles of good Body Mechanics; Safe handling (lifts and transfers) of individuals. (Basic) 1
Borderline Personality Disorder This training provides participants with an overview of Personality Disorders and specifics on Borderline Personality Disorder.  This training features: A general overview of Personality Disorders; Facts related to Borderline Personality Disorder;  Causes, symptoms, treatment options; Best practices features and research. (Basic)  1
Bulimia This training provides information on an eating disorder known as Bulimia.  Other eating disorders are also discussed.  This training features: Criteria for the diagnosis of Bulimia; Causes and complications of Bulimia; Evaluations important in Bulimia; Treatment of Bulimia. (Basic)  1
Cardiovascular System: Functions, Diseases and Treatments This training provides an overview of cardiovascular disease (CVD).  This training features: CVD by definition; Causes and types of CVD; Effects of CVD and risk factors; Warning signs of CVD. (Basic) 1
Caregiver Sensitivity This training discusses sensitivity as it pertains to caregivers working with individuals with developmental disabilities. This training feature: Types of abuse; Dynamics of an abusive relationship; Barriers to break free from abuse; The caregiver’s role in detecting and reporting abuse. (Basic) 1
Celiac Disease This training provides an overview of Celiac Disease and related complications.  This training features: Gluten and casein by definition; Risk factors, especially in people with Down Syndrome or Autism; Symptoms, complications, screening and diagnostic limitations. (Basic) 1
Cerebral Palsy This training provides a general overview of Cerebral Palsy.  This training features: Cerebral Palsy by definition; Causes associated with the diagnosis; Types of Cerebral Palsy; Health complications of Cerebral Palsy. Basic  1
Cholesterol This training provides an overview of Cholesterol.  This training features: Cholesterol by definition and the relationship to Cardiovascular Disease;  Causes of elevated Cholesterol; Treatment and preventative measures. Basic  1
Communicable Diseases & Preventable Immunizations This training provides a general overview of Communicable Diseases.  This training features: The role of vaccines in the prevention of diseases; The recommended adult immunization schedule; An overview of Communicable Diseases. (Basic)  1
Communicating with the Non-verbal Individual This training provides a general overview of Communicating with the Nonverbal Individual.  This training features: Effective interpersonal communication;  Challenges experienced with nonverbal communication;  Strategies to support individuals who are nonverbal. (Basic)  1
Compromised Skin Integrity This training provides a general overview on the importance of Compromised Skin Integrity.  This training features: The role of the skin as an organ; Interventions that reduce the threat to Compromised Skin Integrity; The stages of skin breakdown; Barriers to healing; Risk factors for altered skin integrity. (Basic)  1
Cultural Diversity This training provides an overview of culture, cultural diversity, and cultural competence.  This training features: The value of cultural competency;  Biases that may be a barrier to increase cultural competence.  (Basic) 1
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) This training offers an overview of Deep Vein Thrombosis.  Pulmonary Embolus is also discussed.  This training features: A definition of DVT; Risk factors for and symptoms of DVT; Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of DVT. (Basic) 1
Dementia This training offers an overview of Dementia, treatment options, and support strategies.  This training features: Dementia by definition and common causes; Observable signs of Dementia; How to develop a care plan to provide care for individuals with Dementia; Ways to adapt the environment to assure safety; Differentiating between Alzheimer’s and Dementia. (Basic)  1
Depression This training creates an awareness of Depression and how the disorder may present in individuals with developmental disabilities.  This training features: Symptoms of Depression and treatment options; Medications used to treat Depression; Medications interactions and side effects. (Intermediate) 1
Developmental Disabilities This training provides a comprehensive overview of Developmental Disabilities.  This training features: Five types of Developmental Disabilities; The four levels of mental retardation; Person first and the disability second language; Prevalence and causes of intellectual and developmental disabilities; Diagnostic classifications and meanings related to the disabilities; Physiological and cognitive differences in individuals with intellectual disabilities. (Basic)  1
Diabetes This training provides an overview of Diabetes, including long-term management strategies.  This training features: Anatomy and physiology of Diabetes; Risk factors, signs, and symptoms of Diabetes; Comparison of hypoglycemia with hyperglycemia; treatment and long-term management of Diabetes; Complications of Diabetes. (Basic) 1
Down Syndrome This training provides an overview of Down Syndrome and ways to support individuals with Downs Syndrome. This training features: Down Syndrome by definition; Causes, risk factors, and complications; Management strategies and ways to support individuals with Down Syndrome. (Basic) 1
Dysphagia This training provides an overview of Dysphasia and ways to support individuals with this swallowing disorder.  This training features: The swallowing process and phases;  Causes of Dysphagia; Symptoms and complications of Dysphagia; Diet, environmental dangers, screening tools; The role of specialists and importance of special examinations Safe swallowing methods. (Intermediate) 1
Effective Communication This training discusses the elements of Effective Communication.  This training features: Effective listening by definition; Comprehensive preparation for health care appointments; Effective Communication with health care providers. (Intermediate) 1
Epilepsy and Seizures This training provides an overview of Seizures and Epilepsy.  This training features: Epilepsy and Seizures by definition; The Seizure Disease process; Characteristics of several different types of Seizures; First aid protocols for Seizure activity; Emergency management protocols and procedures. (Basic) 1
Essential Tremor This training provides an overview of Essential Tremor (ET).  This training features: Essential tremor by definition; The diagnosis and types of tremor; Symptoms and causes of ET; Available medical treatment  for ET. (Basic) 1
Fall Prevention This training provides an overview on Slips, Trips, and Falls specific to individuals with developmental disabilities and conditions that contribute to their increased risk of falls.  This training features: Fall risk factors and assessments; Causes of falls and effective ways to prevent falls; The potential complications of a fall; The types of interventions and appropriate documentation if falls occur. (Basic) 1
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) This training offers an overview of GERD and care of an individual with this disorder. This training features: The normal structure of the gastrointestional system; GERD by definition; A summary of the different causes of GERD; Current treatments for GERD.(Basic) 1
Gastrointestinal Disorders This training provides an overview of three common Gastrointestinal Disorders.  This training features: Basic anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract; Signs, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications and prevention of Gastrointestinal Disorders; Prevention of traveler’s diarrhea. (Basic)
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Guidelines For Emergency Room Visits or Hospitalizations This training describes best practices for individuals who have mental retardation when an emergency room visit      and/or hospitalization is necessary.  This program also describes the use of two forms, “Emergency Room/Hospital   Admittance Form” and “Decision Making Tool for Accepting an Individual When Discharged From An Emergency Room or Hospital”.  This training features: Preparation and admission practices; Treatment practices; Discharge preparation and follow up. (Basic) 1
Head Lice – 1.0 hr. This training provides a general overview of Head Lice.  This training features: Signs and symptoms of Head Lice; Treatment measures to prevent the spread of Head Lice. (Basic) 1
Healthy Nutrition and Weight Management This training discusses the importance of Healthy Nutrition and Weight Management in disease prevention.  This   training features: Components of Healthy Nutrition; MyPyramid@, Steps To A Healthy You; Healthy food choices; Weight management. (Basic) 1
Heart Disease This training provides an overview of Heart Disease for men and women.  This training features: Heart Disease by definition; Common forms of heart disease; Heart facts, risk factors, and signs and symptoms; Treatment and/or management strategies. Basic 1
High Blood Pressure or Hypertension This training provides an overview of High Blood Pressure or Hypertension. This training features: High Blood Pressure or Hypertension by definition; Risk factors and treatments for High Blood Pressure; Ways to help individuals reduce their Blood Pressure. (Basic) 1
Impulse Control Disorders (ICD) This training provides an overview of Impulse Control Disorders. This training features: A definition, characteristics, possible causes, and categories of ICD; ICD characteristics and treatment; Kleptomania, Pyromania, Pathological Gambling, and Trichotillomania characteristics and treatment; ICD not otherwise specified. (Basic) 1
Intermittent Explosive Disorder This training discusses an overview of the psychiatric diagnosis of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (I.E.D.).  This training features: Intermittent Explosive Disorder by definition; Behavioral manifestations of aggression; Treatment options. (Basic) 1
Interpretation of Blood Work This training provides an understanding of why certain blood tests are performed and how often an individual should have blood levels drawn.  This training features: White and red blood cells by definition; Hemoglobin, hematocrit, and platelets discussion; Various chemistry screens. (Basic) 1
Lyme Disease This training provides a basic overview of Lyme Disease.  This training features:  Lyme Disease by definition; Symptoms, causes, and risk factors; Diagnostic and screening tests; Treatment options and prevention strategies. (Basic) 1
Medical Errors: What You Don’t Know This training offers an overview of Medical Errors, one of the Nations’s leading causes of death and injury. The training explains how Medical Errors are resulting from problems created by today’s complex health care system.  This training features: Medical errors by definition; Medication errors, hospitalizations errors and surgical errors; Best practices to identify, analyze, minimize effects, and sustain interest in medical errors. (Basic) 1
Medication Errors This training for direct care staff complements ODP’s recently revised medication administration program. This training features: Medication Error by definition; Importance of “standardization of medication administration”; Basic principles of medication administration; Importance of observation, documentation, and reporting medication side effects and errors; Common elements that lead to medication errors; Staff interventions that may help to reduce Medication Errors. (Basic) 1
MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus This training provides an overview of MRSA, a strand of bacterium for which common antibiotics are ineffectual.  This training features: Evolution of MRSA into the community; Colonisation versus infection; Universal Precautions; Preventative measures and screening. (Basic) 1
Non-Emergency Situations, Reportable This training provides an overview of Reportable Non-Emergency Situations.  This training features: Composition and control of the body’s systems; Signs and symptoms of non-emergency situations by body system; Reporting of non-emergency situations by body system. (Basic) 1
Obesity This training discusses the causes, health risks, co-morbidities, and current treatment options for Obesity in adults. The role of prevention is also discussed.  This training features: Obesity  by definition; Common classifications of Obesity and means of determining Obesity; Causes of Obesity in adulthood; Co-morbidities associated with Obesity; Current treatment/management options for Obesity. (Basic) 1
Observing, Reporting, and Documentation This training discusses an overview of Observing, Reporting, and Documenting behaviors of individuals withchallenging behaviors.  This training features:  How to objectively report an observation; What physical and mental health issues need to be reported; How to support and individual through observing, reporting, and documenting challenging behaviors. (Basic) 1
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) This training provides an overview of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  This training features: OCD by definition; Signs, symptoms, causes, risk factors, and complications; Treatment and/or management strategies; Ways to support individuals with OCD. (Intermediate)
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Oral Care For Individuals With A Developmental Disability This training outlines the principles of Oral Hygiene.  This training features: Strategies for preparing for a successful oral care visit; Challenges faced by individuals during oral care visits and corresponding strategies for care. (Basic) 1
Oral Hygiene This training provides information on the importance of oral hygiene, challenges, complications, and factors involved in oral hygiene access/ a virtual tour is included.  This training features: The importance of good oral hygiene; Types and nature of dental diseases; The consequences of poor oral health; How oral health related to overall health. (Basic) 1
Osteoporosis This training discusses an overview of Osteoporosis and the impact of positive lifestyle changes.  This training features:  Osteoporosis and Osteopenia by definition; Risk factors related to Osteoporosis; Interventions and lifestyles changes that may help prevent Osteoporosis; Treatments for Osteoporosis; Factors that increase the risk of Osteoporosis in individuals with developmental disabilities. (Basic) 1
Pain Management This training provides an overview of Pain Management.  This training features: Pain Management by definition; Types of pain; Pain symptoms assessment especially for individuals with cognitive impairments and/or limited verbal abilities; General Pain Management options; Differentiating between pain facts and pain myths. (Intermediate) 1
Pancreatitis This training provides an overview of acute and chronic Pancreatitis.  This training features: Anatomy and physiology of the pancreas; Risk factors, prevention, causes, treatment, and complications; Ways to support an individual with Pancreatitis. (Intermediate) 1
Pandemic Influenza and Emergency Preparedness This training discusses a history of Pandemic Influenza, characteristics, challenges, and employer operational guidelines during a pandemic. Levels of emergency preparedness are included.  This training features: A definition of Seasonal, Avian, and Pandemic Influenza; History of Pandemic Influenza; Characteristics and challenges of a Pandemic; How to maintain employer operations during a Pandemic; How to assess levels of Emergency Preparedness. (Basic) 1
Parkinson’s Disease This training provides an overview of Parkinson’s Disease, and explores the means to promote safety. This training features: Basic knowledge of the physiological causes of Parkinson’s Disease; Primary and secondary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease; Ways to assist individuals with Parkinson’s Disease in activities of daily living; Ways to promote a safe and healthy environment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. (Basic) 1
PICA This training provides an overview of PICA, an eating disorder characterized by eating non-food items. This training features: PICA by definition; The different theories of what causes PICA; Warning signs of and medical harm from PICA ; What can be done to manage and control PICA. (Basic) 1
Pneumonia Overview This training provides a general overview of Pneumonia.  This training features: Development of Pneumonia; Prevention of an individual from developing Pneumonia; Signs and symptoms of Pneumonia; Risk factors for developing Pneumonia; Treatment of Pneumonia. (Basic) 1
Pneumonia Types and Treatment This training provides information on the types of Pneumonia and the various treatments and best practices available.  This training features: Signs and symptoms of the various types of Pneumonia; Signs and symptoms of Pneumonia in individuals with mental retardation; Strategies for treatment and prevention of Pneumonia. (Basic) 1
Positive Behaviors Supports and Behavior Intervention Plans This training provides an overview of positive behavior supports and behavior intervention plans.  This training features: Challenging behaviors by definition; Essential components of positive behavior supports; The Functional Behavioral Assessment as a key component of the Behavioral Intervention Support Plan. (Basic) 1
Professionalism:  Beliefs, Attitudes and Behaviors This training addresses the importance of Professionalism and how it is (or is not) reflected in one’s beliefs, attitudes and observed behaviors.  This training features: Professionalism by definition; Key elements of Professionalism; Guidelines for Professional Conduct by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). (Basic) 1
Psychotropic Drugs an Overview This training provides an overview of the medication category of Psychotropic Medications.  This training features: Frequently prescribed Psychotropic Medications; The purpose for prescribing Psychotropic Medications; Common side effects of of Psychotropic Medications; The importance of therapeutic blood level monitoring; Medications requiring therapeutic blood level monitoring. (Basic) 1
Relationships and Boundaries This training focuses on Relationships and Boundaries of relationships.  This training features: Relationships and Boundaries by definition; The importance of healthy relationships to a person’s quality of life; Healthy and unhealthy relationships in regard to an individual’s boundaries; Use of assertiveness training to change boundaries in a relationship. (Intermediate) 1
Respiratory Complications This training provides an overview of common respiratory illness and diseases.  This training features: A summary of the anatomy of the respiratory system; Signs and symptoms of respiratory diseases; Treatments for common respiratory diseases; The seriousness of respiratory illnesses and complications; Preventative measures and their benefits. (Basic) 1
Retts Syndrome This training provides an overview of Retts Syndrome, a neurological disorder resulting in mental retardation and   developmental degeneration.  This training features: Diagnostic and supportive criteria for Retts Syndrome; Long term care for persons with Retts Syndrome; Common complications of Retts Syndrome. (Basic) 1
Sexuality and Sexual Expressions in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities This training provides a general overview on the goals and benefits of Sexuality Education.  This training features: Physical Sex, Emotional Issues, and Sexual Expression; Rights and Health Benefits of Sexual Expression; Sexual Pharmacology; A Sexuality Curriculum for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. (Basic) 1
Stress Management This training discusses an overview of Stress Management including ways to cope with or manage Stress.  This training features: Stress Management by definition; Acute versus chronic Stress; Psychological effects of Stress; Physical effects of Stress on major body systems; Coping strategies. (Basic) 1
Summer Safety This training provides an overview of issues surrounding Summer Safety.  This training features: Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke by definition; Risk factors for heat related illness; Medications affecting heat regulation; Prevention strategies;Drug-induced photosensitivity; Skin cancers; Allergic reactions to stinging insects; Anaphylaxis. (Basic)
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The Urinary System and Catheter Care This training provides information on the Urinary System and Catheter Care.  This training features: How the Urinary System works; What can go wrong with the urinary tract; What is urinary incontinence and retention. (Basic) 1
Tube Feedings This training provides an overview of Tube Feedings.  This training features: Purpose of Tube Feedings; Short term and long term Tube Feedings; Processes related to conditions requiring Tube Feeding ; Complications of Tube Feedings. (Basic) 1
Tuberculosis This training provides an overview of Tuberculosis.  This training features: Ways to prevent contracting Tuberculosis; Common symptoms of Tuberculosis; Treatment of Tuberculosis.( Basic) 1
Understanding Brain Injury This training provides an overview of Understanding Brain injuries.  This training features: Symptoms of a possible Brain Injury; Major causes of Brain Injury; Ways to prevent traumatic Brain Injury. (Basic) 1
Universal Precautions This training provides an overview of Universal Precautions.  This training features: Routes of transmission by infected agents; Elements required for the spread of infection; Protective barriers to prevent transmission of infected agents. (Intermediate) 1