Course Descriptions

SafeCare BC’s mission is to empower those working in the continuing care sector to create safer, healthier workplaces. That is why we are committed to providing our members with cost-effective training across the province.

You can read about our course offerings below.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches Basics

Are you caring for someone living with dementia? Do you lead a multidisciplinary team who support those living with dementia? Do you want to better understand the challenges of Alzheimer’s and how it can affect a someoneDo you want to learn ways you can better care for someone with the disease? 

Advanced Gerontological Education’s Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) workshop, delivered by SafeCare BC, is designed for all point-of-care staff across the healthcare sector. The session is evidence-based, interactive, and practical. This one-day course will give you: 

  • An introduction to dementia and person-centred care 
  • An overview of the relationship between the disease process and a person’s behavioral response 
  •  The tools necessary to apply emotional, environmental, and interpersonal communication strategies to prevent and diffuse responsive behaviors 
  • Suitable and respectful protective techniques to use in situations of risk 

The curriculum is delivered by GPA certified coaches who have up to date credentials to maintain this certification. 

“There was so much that I didn’t know about dementia and how it affects people,” said John Smith, RN at ABC Care Home. “By better understanding the disease, I am now able to provide better care for people struggling with dementia.” 

GPA is designed for staff and students of all disciplines working with seniors. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Potential or current job role includes interaction with persons with dementia, or proof of registration for course completion in a healthrelated field 
  • 18 years of age or older  

To learn how you can better understand the effects of dementia to improve the quality of care you provide, then register for the Gentle Persuasive Approaches workshop today! 

Annual Renewal 

GPA-Recharged (GPA-R) is recommended to be completed annually 

Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum

Are you a care worker that faces the risk of violence during your work day? Do you have the tools and training needed to de-escalate unpredictable and potentially dangerous situations? 

Injuries arising from acts of violence or aggression are one of the leading injurytypes among continuing care workers. These types of situations can often be avoided or managed by using current and leading-practice violence prevention skills and techniques. 

Taking a violence prevention workshop will help make you and your workplace safer! 

Led by an expert health care facilitator, the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum, delivered by SafeCare BC, will teach you how to prevent and de-escalate potentially violent situations in the workplace and how you can protect yourself in the event of a behavioural crisis.  

This session builds on concepts covered in the e-learning modules, providing you with the opportunity to practice and apply your knowledge in various scenarios that have been customized for the continuing care sector. 

Please note: the e-learning modules are prerequisites for this course and must be completed prior to taking part in this in-class component of the course. 

Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum Facilitator

Are you already familiar with violence prevention techniques, but want to share your knowledge and expertise with others at your workplace? Are you looking to train your staff in a cost-effective and efficient manner? 

Injuries arising from acts of violence or aggression are one of the leading causes of injury among continuing care workers. These types of situations can often be avoided or managed by using the most current violence prevention skills and techniques. 

Overview 

SafeCare BC’s Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum Facilitator workshop is designed to provide comprehensive training on leading violence prevention practices and coaching principlesAs a peer facilitator, you will have the knowledge to teach your co-workers the violence prevention curriculum. 

This four-day workshop is comprised of both classroom and simulation components. 

Benefits 

ORGANIZATION NAME will benefit from investing having a member of your staff trained as a Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum, including: 

  • Conduct in-house training without having to pay for external trainers 
  • Timely access to training that meets your organization’s scheduling needs 
  • Efficient use of resources 
  • Empowering for staff 
  • Reduce the impact of aggression-related injuries including costs associated with injury, re-training, and employee shortages 

Creating Connections: Working with People with Dementia

Are you a care worker caring for someone with dementia? Are you unsure of how to approach challenging situations common to people with Alzheimer’s Disease? Do you want to provide the best care and quality of life for someone living with dementia? Do you have staff working with people with dementia? 

SafeCare BC’s Creating Connections: Working with People with Dementia workshop was developed in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC and focuses on person-centred careThis session will provide you with: 

  • A better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia 
  • Tips for communication with people with dementia 
  • Knowledge of how to be creative in dealing with some of the behaviours common among people with dementia 

This one-day course will give you the tools to feel safe as a caregiver and gain confidence in providing the best care possible Through interactive discussion and video, participants will learn how dementia impacts people physically, mentally and socially. 

LPN Safety Leadership Education

Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who is passionate about health and safety? Do you wish to take on a leadership role at your place of work? Do you want to promote the development of a culture of workplace health and safety? Do you have LPNs in your organization that can help elevate your health and safety programs? 

SafeCare BC’s LPN Safety Leadership program provides education for the formal and informal leadership responsibilities of the LPN role and promotes the LPN’s development of a culture of workplace health and safety. This curriculum was designed to address known knowledge gaps pertaining to the LPN role in workplace health and safety.

Please note that this workshop can be used towards maintenance of Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) credits.

 This is a blended delivery course consisting of two parts:

  • Participants must complete four online modules prior to attending the in-person workshop. The prerequisite requires a 4-hour time commitment and should be completed over the course of several days to accommodate rich dialogue in online discussion boards.
  • Participants attend an in-person four-hour workshop that focuses on participatory and collaborative elements of the content.

The benefits of taking the LPN Leadership workshop include:

  • Delivering practical, hands-on tools to use in the context of the LPN as safety leaders in the continuing care sector.
  • Providing clarity in the LPN role within the workplace.
  • Explaining the health and safety role and responsibilities of LPNs working in a supervisory capacity.
  • Providing support in making the transition from front-line care providers to leaders/managers.
  • Enabling LPNs to connect with others in their peer group.
  • Using current and leading practices in adult learning principles with a focus on interaction and participant engagement to support participant growth.

RN Safety Leadership Education

Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) who is passionate about health and safety? Do you have RNs or RPNs in your organization who could help elevate your health and safety programs?

SafeCare BC’s RN Leadership program provides education for the formal and informal leadership responsibilities of the RN role and promotes the RN’s development of a culture of workplace health and safety. This curriculum was designed to address known knowledge gaps pertaining to the RN role in workplace health and safety.

Please note that this workshop can be used towards maintenance of Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) credits.

This is a blended delivery course consisting of three parts:

  • Participants must complete four online modules prior to attending the in-person workshop. The prerequisite requires a 4-hour time commitment and should be completed over the course of several days to accommodate rich dialogue in online discussion boards.
  • Following the online modules, participants attend a four-hour in-person workshop that focuses on participatory and collaborative elements of the content.
  • Following the in-person workshop, participants complete a take-home assignment where they implement the Plan-Do-Study-Act framework in their workplace.

 

The benefits of taking the RN Leadership workshop include:

  • Delivering practical, hands-on tools to use in the context of the RN as safety leaders in the continuing care sector.
  • Providing clarity in the RN role within the workplace.
  • Explaining the health and safety role and responsibilities of RNs working in a supervisor capacity.
  • Providing support in making the transition from front-line care providers to leaders/managers.
  • Enabling RNs to connect with others in their peer group.
  • Using current and leading practices in adult learning principles with a focus on interaction and participant engagement to support participant growth.

Health and Safety Program Audit Training

Do you know how well your health and safety program is working? Do you know if the things you’re focused on in your program are having a positive impact? Do you know if your health and safety program is compliant with WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety regulations? 

 

With input from occupational health and safety experts and WorkSafeBC, SafeCare BC’s Health and Safety Program Audit Tool is designed to assist you in evaluating your health and safety program. This two-day course will provide you with the tools, training and support to give you an assessment of your organization’s occupational health and safety policies, procedures and practices. You will: 

 

  • Gain access to SafeCare BC’s custom Health and Safety Program Audit Tool, designed specifically for the continuing care sector 
  • Receive training and one-on-one support on how to use the tool 
  • Conduct a comprehensive analysis of your organization’s health and safety program 
  • Obtain a clear picture of how your organization’s health and safety program is performing 
  • Develop a concrete action plan to address areas of opportunity within your organization’s health and safety program 
  • Enhance the effectiveness of your organization’s health and safety program 

 

We want to help you make your organization a safer place to work. 

Safe Client Handling

Are you a home care or community health support worker, but don’t know the safest practices when it comes to handling your clients? Are you aware of the most current safe handling methods? Do you have the proper knowledge and tools to keep yourself safe and free from injury while caring for your clients? Do you want your staff to have the most current practices related to safe client handling? 

Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading type of injury for home care and community health support workers. These types of injuries are frequently caused by overexertion, whether that be from sustained or awkward posture, pushing and/or pulling of equipment, or during client care. 

We can help reduce your risk of injury while at work! 

SafeCare BC’s Safe Client Handling course was specifically designed for home care and community health support workers and will provide participants with the leading practices to prevent injuries from overexertion when working in the home care environment. 

Those who would benefit most from the Safe Client Handling program are: 

  • Home care and community health support workers who provide direct care to clients 
  • Supervisors who work with those providing direct client care and who would like to understand what safe work practices look like and how to implement them at their place of work. 
  • Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee members who want to learn more about current and leading practices in safe handling 

Safe Client Handling Peer Facilitator Training

Are you already familiar with Safe Client Handling techniques, but want to share your knowledge and expertise with others at your workplace? Are you looking to train your staff in a cost-effective and efficient manner? 

Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading type of injury for home care and community health support workers. These types of injuries are frequently caused by overexertion, whether that be from sustained or awkward posture, pushing and/or pulling of equipment, or during client care. 

Organizations can help keep their staff and residents safe by having peer facilitators who are trained to provide the latest safe resident handling education to your staff. 

SafeCare BC’s Safe Client Handling Peer Facilitator Training workshop will give participants a comprehensive overview of the leading safe handling practices and techniques. In this two-day session, peer facilitators will also learn coaching principles, which will give them the tools and knowledge to successfully teach others on safe handling and musculoskeletal injury prevention. 

Benefits 

Having in-house training experts in invaluable. There are several benefits to investing in your staff to be trained as Safe Client Handling Peer Facilitators, including: 

  • In-house training without having to pay for external trainers 
  • Timely access to training that meets your organization’s scheduling needs 
  • Efficient use of resources 
  • Empowering for staff 
  • Develop a robust training program for new and current staff 
  • Tailor the training to short sessions, or the on-the-spot instruction 
  • Reduce the impact of MSI-related injuries including costs associated with injury, re-training, and employee shortages 

Safe Resident Handling

Are you a long- term care worker, but don’t know the safest practices when it comes to handling your residents? Are you aware of the most current safe handling methods? Do you have the proper knowledge and tools to keep yourself safe and free from injury while caring for your clients? Do you want your staff to have the most current practices related to safe resident handling? 

Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading type of injury for long-term care workers. These types of injuries are frequently caused by overexertion, whether that be from sustained or awkward posture, pushing and/or pulling of equipment, or during resident care. 

We can help reduce your risk of injury while at work! 

SafeCare BC’s Safe Resident Handling course was specifically designed for long term care workers and will provide participants with the leading practices to prevent injuries from overexertion when working in long term care. 

Those who would benefit most from the Safe Resident Handling program are: 

  • Long- term care providers who provide direct care to residents, 
  • Supervisors who work with those providing direct resident care and who would like to understand what safe work practices look like, 
  • Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee members who want to learn more about current and leading practices in safe handling 

If you want to stay safe at work and prevent common injuries, register for the Safe Resident Handling course today! 

Safe Resident Handling Peer Facilitator Training

Are you already familiar with Safe Resident Handling techniques, but want to share your knowledge and expertise with others at your workplace? Are you looking to train your staff in a cost-effective and efficient manner? 

Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading type of injury for long-term care workers. These types of injuries are frequently caused by overexertion, whether that be from sustained or awkward posture, pushing and/or pulling of equipment, or during resident care. 

Organizations can help keep their staff and residents safe by having peer facilitators who are trained to provide the latest safe resident handling education to your staff. 

SafeCare BC’s Safe Resident Handling Peer Facilitator Training workshop will give participants a comprehensive overview of the leading safe handling practices and techniques. In this two-day session, peer facilitators will also learn coaching principles, which will give them the tools and knowledge to successfully teach others on safe handling and musculoskeletal injury prevention. 

Benefits 

Having in-house training experts in invaluable. There are several benefits to investing in your staff to be trained as Safe Resident Handling Peer Facilitators, including: 

  • In-house training without having to pay for external trainers 
  • Timely access to training that meets your organization’s scheduling needs 
  • Efficient use of resources 
  • Empowering for staff 
  • Develop a robust training program for new and current staff 
  • Tailor the training to short sessions, or the on-the-spot instruction 
  • Reduce the impact of MSI-related injuries including costs associated with injury, re-training, and employee shortages 

Occupational Health and Safety Workshop: Part 1

This introductory or ‘fundamentals’ Occupational Health and Safety course will introduce new committee members to the basic principles of workplace health and safety.

This course also serves as a great ‘Back to Basics’ course for those OH&S Committee members who desire refresher training.

In this course participants will:

  •  Learn the legal responsibilities, duties and functions of the Joint OH&S Committee and Worker Representatives
  • Learn about health and safety legislation (Provincial & Federal), workplace parties’ rights & responsibilities including the Right to Refuse unsafe work.
  • Indicate key elements of having an effective committee and the process of evaluation.
  • Identify the legal requirements of workplace Inspections and Investigations.
  • Understand how to conduct effective workplace inspections. Learn about the principles of workplace assessment and control strategies.

Note: This course meets the (Provincial) mandatory minimum training requirements effective April 2017 for new joint committee members

OHSR 3.27 Minimum training requirements for new joint committee members or worker health and safety representatives

(2) The employer must ensure that each member of the employer’s joint committees who was selected on or after June 1, 2017, to be a member receives, as soon as practicable but no more than 6 months after becoming a member, a total of at least 8 hours of instruction and training, as set out in subsection (4).

(6) Subsection (2) does not apply in respect of a person who is a member of a joint committee if (a) 2 years or less before becoming a member of the joint committee, the person was a member of that joint committee or a different joint committee, and (b) the person received at least 8 hours of instruction and training on the topics described in subsection (4).

(10) For greater certainty, the instruction and training required under subsection (2) or (3) of this regulation is not educational leave as set out in section 135 of the Workers Compensation Act. Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers and Worker Representatives.

Supporting Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia

The two modules being piloted in this workshop are part of the curriculum, Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disability and Dementia; an evidence-based, nationally acclaimed training program created by the US NTG that has been modified by the NTG Canadian Consortium for the Canadian context.

Module 1: Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia

This module includes distinguishing between intellectual disability and dementia; dementia for people with ID and symptoms; the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease for people with Down Syndrome; the diagnostic challenges for people with ID; tools and information on tracking and support required for proper diagnosis; and common characteristics in dementia stage progression.

Module 2: The NTG Early Detection Screen for Dementia (NTG-EDSD)

This module identifies the purpose of a screening tool and of early recognition; the importance of early screening, regular tracking, and establishing a baseline; how NTG-EDSD should be used, by whom, and how to evaluate the NTG-EDSD findings; what to do with the information after completing the tool; and diagnostic barriers.