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PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care

This Ministry of Long-Term Care-funded program provides tuition and backfill reimbursement for personal support workers (PSW) and other team members working in Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes to participate in continuing education and professional development.

All LTC homes in Ontario are eligible to enroll for funding for tuition and backfill pay for team member training in the following:

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia but the way they support people living with it. 

LDJ was created by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners.

The Working Mind (TWM) Long-Term Care focuses on providing workers in the healthcare industry with the tools to promote mental health in the workplace while also reducing the stigma of mental illness. This evidence-based course offers leader and team member training options. All participants complete the first three core modules, then there is an additional fourth module specifically for leaders. 

The Working Mind (TWM) is part of the Opening Minds initiative, managed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Launched by MHCC in 2013, TWM is an evidence-based course developed by clinicians and peers.

One Day is a new education session in building a person-centred culture in senior living settings.  This day-long, virtual training will equip long-term care team members to foster a more person-centred approach in their care provision and among their teams. 

This curriculum is brought to you and owned by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Learning Inter-Professionally Healthcare Accelerator (LIPHA) is a simulation, coaching and community platform based on the latest practice recommendations. It provides a virtual space with simulated cases and a serious educational game for teams to practice care with virtual patients or residents. 

This initiative is led by the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation with support from Launch 57 and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest.

Team Essentials is a comprehensive training suite comprised of eLearning courses that provide innovative educational solutions for LTC team members around priority issues in LTC. This year, Team Essentials will join forces with the Specialized Educator Certificate in Long-Term Care (SECL) Level 2 to support LTC educators in upgrading their knowledge and skills in engaging families in distress through experiential learning and collaboration with peers.

This initiative is led by the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest.

Talking About Tough Issues is a Micro-eLearning course that provides LTC home team members at all levels with tools and techniques to face challenging conversations in their day-to-day work.

This course is part of the Leadership Express Micro-eLearning Series developed and delivered by CHA Learning, the learning division of HealthCareCAN and Canada’s only national, fully online learning provider serving all of healthcare.