Provide your staff with an evidence-based workforce skills training that's been proven to reduce staff turnover by up to 40% in long-term care facilities.

What is Engage with® Skills Training Program

Our Eldercare Workforce Lacks Necessary Skills Training

The United States is facing a crisis: a rapidly aging population with mental and behavioral health needs that will require more human resources than are currently available. In addition, the existing and future workforce lacks access to the skills training necessary to work effectively with this expanding demographic. Experts maintain the U.S. must make significant changes and invest in the development of the older adult workforce in order to protect its economy. Engage with® Older Adults Skills Training is an important resource to prepare for the influx of this aging older adult population. The program provides critical training that will help employers retain their workforce while improving the skills of both professional and family caregivers.
Multi-colored circular shaped Training Schematic that shows how the Core Skills Training can stand alone and is also the foundation for the 5 available supplements.

Older Adults

Skills Training Module

The Engage with® Older Adults skills training module focuses on developing the skills necessary to work with, care for and/or support older adults during all phases of the aging process. The Older Adult module begins with the “Core Skills,” “What everyone needs to know.” It is a four-hour, stand-alone, skills-based training that provides a comprehensive foundation of skills that has immediate practical applications for its attendees. The Core Skills training provides an introduction to the Engage with® Older Adults approach and is required prior to attending any of the available supplements.

Following completion of the Core Skills training, there are five 2-hour supplements available which can be “mixed and matched” to meet your individual needs.


Responding to Mental Health Issues

Participants will develop and/or refine skills in the following areas:


Understanding Substance Use and Medication Misuse

Participants will develop and/or refine skills in the following areas:


Navigating Dementia & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Participants will develop and/or refine skills in the following areas:


Managing Aggression

Participants will develop and/or refine skills in the following areas:


Partnering In Care

Participants will develop and/or refine skills in the following areas:

Earn Continuing Education Credit for Completing this Program

Engage with® Skills Training Programs, #1809, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Engage with Skills Training Programs maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/04/2022 – 05/04/2023.

Social workers completing the Core Skills: What Everyone Needs to Know course receive 3.75 continuing education credits. Social Workers completing any supplement course (i.e. Responding to Mental Health Issues) receive 1.75 continuing education credits.

Skills Pyramid

All of the 30-plus skills in the full Engage with® Older Adults Skills Training Program fall into one or more of these five levels of the Skills Pyramid.

Teal Green Engage with Skills Training Pyramid with the words (from base to top): Observe, Communicate, Respond, Preserve, Reflect.

According to Senior Housing News:

According to Senior Housing News, the turnover rate for entry level and skilled staff in ALFs and LTCFs is double other comparable occupations – leading to increased costs and compromised care. One of the stated reasons for this is that staff are unprepared for the emotional intensiveness of interacting with Seniors on a daily basis and literally lack the skills needed to be confident, effective and content in their jobs. Engage with® Skills Training for Older Adults focuses on these exact deficiencies, and our research shows that the training works in reducing turnover and teaching these skills through a unique method that uses emotional response to deepen learning.

Take a Tour of our Virtual Training Center

The Engage with® older adult at home skills training program uses an innovative, simple to use interactive gamification approach. Take a tour by clicking the section to the left.

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