10 students

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 Consent

The content of this training is organized in 6 lessons.  We will start with learning about what you already know (Lesson 1), then we will focus on taking care of your feelings first (Lesson 2 and Lesson 3).  Lesson 4 and Lesson 5 will focus on taking care of your care recipients’ feelings.  We will then conclude by seeing what you have learned (Lesson 6).

This training course is 2 hours long.  You can work through this training at a pace that makes sense to you.  The course does not need to be completed in one sitting, but you will be required to complete the sessions in order.  Each session of the training will take betweeen 15 – 35 minutes to complete and have activities and videos for you to complete along the way.  Please be sure to complete each task to maximize your learning.  In addition, we strongly encourage you to listen to the audio as you complete this course, as pacing of the content is based on listening to the narrator’s script.

In order to understand if the course helps increase your ability to recognize emotions and confidence in your caregiving abilities, we would like to ask you a few questions prior to starting.  We will ask you the same questions once you complete the course.  We will also ask you some questions that will allow us to report on the characteristics of the individuals who have completed the course, such as age, gender, and position.  It will take you about 10-15 minutes to complete the pre-test and another 10-15 minutes to complete the post-test.  Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

The questions on the pre- and post-test are voluntary and you can skip any question you do not want to answer.

Your information will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team.  When we download the pre- and post-test data from the website, we will remove any information, such as your name or email address that could identify you.  Data will be saved on a secured server.

Your participation will help us learn if the training we have developed is beneficial to individuals who provide care to others.

You can contact the Principal Investigator of the Study, Dr. Katy Abbott, at (513) 529-0869 or abbottkm@miamioh.edu. If you have any questions or concerns about the rights of research subjects or the voluntariness of participation, you may contact the Research Ethics and Integrity Office at Miami University at either (513) 529-3600 or humansubjects@miamioh.edu.

Course enrollment

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By selecting “Enroll”, I agree to participate in this course and to complete a pre- and post-test assessment.  My username will be available to the course designers for assessment purposes.  All data will be linked by my username.  After the designers link my pre-and post-assessment answers, all identifying information will be removed.  Note, at this time, if you do not agree to enroll in the course, the content is not available.


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.