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Education and Training

The success of the Supportive Living Program (SLP) depends on the knowledge and competence of staff within each community. AALC periodically offers continuing education courses and other training opportunities for professionals involved in SLP.

In partnership with Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, AALC hosts  training that awards continuing education credits for social workers, professional/clinical counselors, clinical psychologists, nursing home administrators, and dietitian/nutrition counselors.

Recent topics include:

  • Infectious disease mitigation and prevention
  • Marketing strategies and techniques in the era of COVID-19
  • Ethics for health care leaders
  • Medicaid and managed care organizations (MCOs) 

We are continually updating this page to reflect current training opportunities.  Check back for updates.

Upcoming events

    • 28 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Join AALC on Wednesday, April 28th for the first of three live Zoom webinar workshops.

    This year, AALC in partnership with Southern Illinois School of Medicine is hosting a three-part series to share the most up-to-date information and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Each workshop will include three sessions covering the following topics: 

    • SLP Regulatory Update led by Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services‚Äč
    • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Supportive Living Program
    • Issues from the Field & Lessons Learned from COVID-19 

    Cost to attend the 1st Workshop:
    $35  Non Member: $50 per workshop

    Earn CE Credits!

    Each workshop gives attendees the opportunity to earn a maximum of 2.25 CE hours per workshop. All other attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation.

    Workshop Agenda

    Session I: 1:00pm-1:45pm
    Supportive Living Program Policy & Regulatory Updates

    Speaker: Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services-Mark McCurdy

    Description: As public health guidance evolves to best confront the challenges posed by COVID-19 so too has regulatory guidance.  The purpose of this seminar series is to help Supportive Living Program providers understand how regulatory guidance has changed during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The seminar will also include discussion on how public health guidance for LTC facilities specifically apply to SLP communities, especially in view of recent CDC guidance related to COVDI-19 vaccinations.

     Learning objectives: Following this session, attendees will:

    • Describe key current and future challenges facing SLP, including those related to COVID-19.
    • Identify possible regulatory, legislative, or policy changes to address challenges.
    • Recognize how COVID-19 has temporarily and permanently influenced the regulatory environment.

    Session II: 2:00pm-2:45pm 
    Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

    Speaker: Kelly Gust, HR Full Circle

    A Place to Thrive: Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your Talent Programs.

    Description: Diversity and inclusion are no longer just aspirational programs for HR to manage. Diversity is a business priority. Why? Because an organization can't succeed if employees aren't able to show up and be their best. In this presentation we will discuss practical ways to build diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion into your hiring process, professional development, management style and ultimately, your culture. We will also talk about the not-so-obvious ways that organizations can undermine their own diversity efforts, what to listen for, and how to challenge status quo. You will also hear lessons-learned from an organization under consent-decree after losing a class-action discrimination lawsuit and best practices from global companies for fostering curiosity, open-mindedness and inclusive culture. Participants will leave with a number of practical methods for fostering an inclusive culture where all employees can thrive.

    Learning Objectives:  Following this session, attendees will:

    • Describe how to build diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion into hiring processes
    • Recognize how specific actions or behaviors can undermine organizational diversity efforts
    • To identify Utilize specific methods for creating an inclusive organizational culture 

    Session III. 3:00-3:45pm 
    Issues from the field: Lessons learned from COVID-19 to a New Normal

    Moderator: Karin Zosel, JD/LL.M, MA 

    Panel Speakers: Alexandra Shuell BS, CMP; Karleen Lergner MBA, CPHR; Meghann Giarraputo MSN, RN

    Description:  This session offers attendees the opportunity to learn from other senior living providers that have developed best practices while navigating through the challenges of COVID-19. The panelists in this session will discuss:

    • Retention and workforce development strategies through an enhanced candidate experience and leveraging social media & technology.
    • The value of embracing an inclusive, interdependent culture of belonging that leverages the strengths of team members across all disciplines.

    Learning Objectives: Following this session, attendees will:

    • Describe how COVID-19 has impacted the SLP workforce
    • Recognize how social media and technology can be used to overcome challenges
    • Identify how SLP best practices have evolved or changed given the experience with COVID-19Credit:
      SIU School of Medicine is pre-approved as a continuing nursing education provider pursuant to Section 1300.130, subsection c), 1), B) and P) of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Nurse Practice Act. Nurses may receive a maximum of 2.5 contact hours for completing this activity.
      SIU School of Medicine is a licensed provider for continuing education for social workers (license #159-000106), professional/clinical counselors (license # 197.000073), clinical psychologists, (license #268.000008), nursing home administrators (license #139.000027) and dietitian/nutrition counselors (license #199.000121).
      Disclosure Policy:
      It is the policy of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Professional Development, to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. All faculty participating in these programs are expected to disclose to the program audiences any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.

Together We Can Do It

AALC & Medication Management Partners (MMP) recently hosted (3) webinars to learn about the COVID-19 vaccines and have your questions answered by Patrice L. Johnson, RPh, PMP and Director of Partner Success at MMP. 
The Webinars Addressed:

Vaccine Terminology

Vaccine Expectations

Common Vaccination Concerns

Missed them? View the presentation here.

COVID-19 Training
Suggested Training for SLP Managers & Clinical Staff

The IDPH recently filed emergency rules related to mandated COVID 19 training for provider types they license and monitor.  These rules do not include SLP providers, but we believe this training would be beneficial for SLP providers.
How to Register for Group Training
How to Register Without a CMS Certification Number (CCN)

Register Here

COVID-19 Weekly Webinar Series
Join Us!

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering weekly webinars for long-term care providers every Friday at 1:00pm. The purpose is to share updates and answer questions related to COVID-19.

Webinars take place from 1 p.m. - 2p.m. each Friday.
To register, click on the links below:

Friday, March 26

Friday, April 2

Friday, April 9

Friday, April 16

Friday, April 23

Friday, April 30

The webinars will be recorded and links to recordings will be sent out following the session to individuals who could not attend. To receive a recording, send an email to:   michael.moore@illinois.gov

Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
601 W. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

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