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Professional Development Courses!   Saturdays in Spring & Fall 2017

Work toward a PSW Enhanced Care Certificate, specifically designed for Personal Support Workers. Take up to 2 years to complete. Taught by Registered Nurses and qualified PSW instructors at St. Louis.

All Certified PSW, DSW, CSW, ECE and EA’s with completed Police Records Checks (Working with the Vulnerable Sector) are WELCOMED!

  • Working with Acquired Brain Injury (2-parts: Apr 22, May 6)
  • Understanding Neuromuscular Conditions (May 13)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (2-parts: Oct 14 & 28)
  • Diabetes and Wound Care (Nov 4)

Acquired Brain Injury can happen at any age, under a variety of circumstances and can result in mild to complex outcomes. This 2 part course will give the Personal Support Worker an introduction to what an Acquired Brain Injury is and the impact it has on a person’s life.  At the end of this course, the PSW will gain:

  • knowledge of the structure and function of the brain.
  • an introduction to the complex nature of a brain injury and how a brain injury effects someone physiologically, as well as psychologically
  • practical strategies that will enable PSW’s to care for someone with a brain injury including working with difficult behaviours, language, cognitive and emotional impairments.
  • better understanding and rich discussion of the role of the PSW, as a member of the team responsible for the recovery and well-being of the person with the acquired brain injury.

**Upon successful completion of this course, the PSW will receive a certificate of course completion.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Part 1

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Part 2


In today’s ever changing world, the PSW has taken on the responsibility of caring for individuals who are more complex in nature. Neuromuscular conditions encompass many different problems that affect the muscles and/or their direct nervous system.  These individuals require a caregiver who is knowledgeable and understands the observations and interventions that are needed in order to provide holistic care.

This one day course will allow the Personal Support Worker to

  • enhance their comprehension of these neuromuscular conditions with a focus on ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Lou Gehrig’s Disease), MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and MD (Muscular Dystrophy).
  • explore each of these conditions, their progression, the treatment options and interventions they will assist their client with to provide that care.

**Upon successful completion of this course, the PSW will receive a certificate of course completion.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


This is a Two-Part Module

Parkinson’s Disease, like many movement disorders, involves increased risks as a person ages and the disease progresses. This two-part educational program designed and taught by the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario will support the Personal Support Worker’s professional development and the supportive role they have.  Upon completion of this course, the PSW will have a thorough understanding of Parkinson’s Disease, the impact it has on a person’s daily life and how to better work with someone with Parkinson’s.  The following areas are discussed in detail:

  • What is Parkinson’s?
  • Medications,
  • Fluctuations, Freezing and Falling,
  • Communication,
  • Nutrition and Elimination,
  • Coping with Cognitive and Emotional Changes,
  • Sleep and Fatigue,
  • The Importance of Exercise, and Activities of Daily Living,
  • Palliative Care and Parkinson’s.

**Upon completion the PSW will receive a certificate of course completion from the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017 –  Part 1

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Part 2


As diabetes is an emerging epidemic, it is essential that Personal Support Workers have a more in depth knowledge of the diabetic client.  As one of the frontline members of the healthcare team, the PSW who takes this one day course, designed specifically for the PSW, will

  • enhance their knowledge when caring for their diabetic client.
  • gain the strategies to enable them to more readily identify and intervene at an early stage.
  • explore the epidemiology of both Type I and Type II diabetes
  • the importance of observing and recognizing proper glycemic control in order to prevent or delay long-term complications such as diabetic ulcers.
  • enhance skills required to identify and care for the diabetic client in a holistic manner.

**Upon successful completion of this course, the PSW will receive a certificate of course completion.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


COST: Each Saturday session is $125.

Note: Some sessions are two-parts, however you may choose to take ONE or BOTH parts at the same time or at a later date.  If you sign up for both Parts I & II, you must pay for both sessions.

Part I: $125 + Part II: $125 = $250


Payment to be made in-person during office hours, Monday to Friday 8am-4pm, St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St., Kitchener

Fore More Information:

Contact or 519-745-1201