About Caring for Yourself as Caregiver training

Direct support work is the cornerstone of disability services and support. Direct support workers play a critical role in supporting individuals to lead quality, self-directed lives in the community. Direct support work is challenging work. It’s not only important to provide individuals high quality supports, it’s also important to care for yourself. Stress and burnout are chronic issues in our industry. Join one of the upcoming sessions to learn more about how to support choice and self-direction for individuals, and how to practice good self-care that promotes wellness.


What times are the trainings available?

Training sessions for 2021-2022 will include both in-person and online session.  See below for a list of locations and times.  The training last for four hours. 

How do I sign up to attend?

To register, email admin@minnesotadswtraining.com

Are there limits to how many people can attend a training session?

Yes, each session is open to 25 attendees. Registration is first come first serve. Trainings will be canceled if there are fewer than 5 registrants.

Can anyone attend these trainings?

These sessions are available to anyone who supports a person participating in PCA Choice, Consumer Directed Community Supports or the Consumer Support Grant. The sessions are not available for workers in traditional PCA. If you are unsure which program the person you work with participates in, please ask your provider agency or financial management service (FMS) provider.

Does attending one of these sessions count towards the $500 training stipend offered by DHS?

Yes, attendance in a session can be applied towards the $500 stipend available to workers in PCA Choice, CDCS and CSG. However, the University of Minnesota does not issue this stipend. For more information about the stipend visit: https://mn.gov/dhs/partners-and-providers/news-initiatives-reports-workgroups/long-term-services-and-supports/pca-enhanced-rate/qualifying.jsp

Do I get a certificate of attendance?

Yes, attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for their records.

Will I need to do anything after the training?

Attendees will be asked to conduct a follow up evaluation 4 weeks after a training session to ask about how you are using information you learned. This follow up evaluation is optional and not required. If you complete a follow up evaluation you will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card. One $100 gift card will be awarded for each session.

Are there interpreters at the training?

ASL interpreters can be arranged if requested. CART is available for online sessions.  If you require any disability related accommodations to attend a session you will be able provide those requests when you register.

What if I can’t be there when the training starts, can I come late.

No, all attendees must be prepared to start when the session begins. Please give your self time to log-in if attending a Zoom class or to deal with weather or traffic delays if you are attending an in-person session.

Who is conducting the training sessions?

Training sessions are coordinated and conducted by staff at the U of M’s Institute on Community Integration

Training Times

A reminder email  will be sent out to participants 5 days before the training.  The emails will include a Zoom link to the online sessions or the exact location of the in-person sessions. Trainings will be canceled if there are fewer than 5 registrants.

To register, email admin@minnesotadswtraining.com

2021-2022 Dates

Exact locations will be updated as soon as possible.

January 19, 9-1 - Zoom

February 16, 9-1 - North metro

March 16, 9-1 - South Metro

March 19, 9-1 - Zoom

April 20, 9-1 - West Metro

May 11, 9-1 - Minneapolis

May 18, 10-2 - Duluth

June 8, 9-1 - St Paul

June 15, 10-2 - Rochester

Special Topics

Caregiver Wellness: Regaining Your Energy, Optimism and Hope

This 2-hr class focusing on caregivers.  Class topics include the body's stress response, mindfulness and other simple actions that can help manage stress.

February 23, 9-11, Minneapolis

April 28, 10-12, Zoom