Course Overview

The way we respond emotionally to others can impact how we provide care.  This course is designed to increase your awareness of your own emotions and help you identify emotions in others.  Strategies are then provided for how to manage those emotions – yours and your care recipients’.  While the course is relevant to any person who is a caregiver, it specifically focuses on the context of providing care to an individual with dementia. 

Course Duration

This course is approximately 2 hours long.  It is broken out into 6 lessons (each 15-30 minutes) which can be completed at your own pace.  The course does not need to be completed in one sitting.

Curriculum

The course is broken out into 6 lessons with the following objectives:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the course and course pre-test

Objectives: To learn how to navigate the course and to assess what you know prior to completing the training

Lesson 2: Taking care of your feelings first – Processing your emotions

Objectives: To learn what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is, learn how to increase your Emotional Intelligence (EQ), learn how to identify your own feelings in response to an event, and learn how to identify a feeling a person is displaying based on body posture

Lesson 3: Taking care of your feelings first – Managing your emotions

Objectives: To learn how to replace a negative feeling with a positive feeling (manage your emotions)

Lesson 4: Taking care of recipients’ feelings – Processing their emotions

Objectives: To increase skills in recognizing emotions in others and increase skills in handling emotions in others through active listening

Lesson 5: Taking care of recipients’ feelings – Managing their emotions

Objectives: To learn how to use positive communication to handle emotions in others

Lesson 6: Conclusion to the course and course post-test

Objectives: To assess what you have learned upon completing the training

Instructor Information

This course was developed by a team of gerontologists who specialize in person-centered care principles.

Katherine M. Abbott, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and Research Fellow in the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  She teaches graduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods and Organizations and the Aging Enterprise. Her research and teaching focus on preference-based person-centered care and the social networks and health of older adults receiving long-term services and supports. She is the co-founder of Preference Based Living, whose mission is to conduct studies that build understanding of individual preferences and test innovative methods to honor preferences for people receiving long-term services and supports.  Dr. Abbott’s research focuses on social integration, social networks, and health, along with preference-based person-centered care for older adults receiving long-term services and supports.

Kimberly Van Haitsma, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care at The Pennsylvania State University and a Senior Research Scientist at the Polisher Research Institute of the Madlyn Abramson Center for Jewish Life. She is the co-founder of Preference Based Living along with Dr. Abbott. Dr. Van Haitsma’s research focuses on understanding the impact of contextual issues on quality of life and care delivery.

Allison R. Heid, Ph.D., has her doctoral training in Human Development and Family Studies with specializations in Adult Development and Aging and Intervention Science.  She currently works as an Independent Research Consultant contributing to course development materials, evaluating service programs for individuals with dementia and their care partners, and supporting research project management tasks and manuscript development.  She also teaches as an adjunct faculty member, specializing in courses on Adult Development and Aging.  Dr. Heid’s research focuses on issues surrounding ethical care decision-making, person-centered care processes, and successful aging.

Alex Heppner, B.S., has her training in Social Work and currently serves as a Scripps Gerontology Center Research Assistant at Miami University. Her primary role is managing Dr. Abbott’s grant-funded project that provides education and resources to Ohio nursing home providers.

Instructor

Katherine M. Abbott, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and Research Fellow in the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She teaches graduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods and Organizations and the Aging Enterprise. Her research and teaching focus on preference-based person-centered care and the social networks and health of older adults receiving long-term services and supports. She is the co-founder of Preference Based Living, whose mission is to conduct studies that build understanding of individual preferences and test innovative methods to honor preferences for people receiving long-term services and supports. Dr. Abbott's research focuses on social integration, social networks, and health, along with preference-based person-centered care for older adults receiving long-term services and supports.