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Respite Care Professional: Working with Children and Adults with Complex Needs 



Respite care provides short-term and time-limited breaks for caregivers to support and maintain their primary caregiving relationship. It also provides a positive experience for people with complex needs promoting inclusion, encouraging community participation, and nourishing social health and connectivity. Designed and developed by Holland College in partnership with Your Life Design Inc. and a provincial advisory committee of industry experts, the blended 140-hour Respite Care Professional: Working with Children and Adults with Complex Needs microcredential teaches the essential skills required for individuals providing respite care.

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, participants will receive a digital badge and have the expertise and confidence to provide respite care.

Microcredential Details

Duration: 10 weeks (140 hours)
Delivery: Hybrid (online/in-person)
Cost: Fully-funded
Offerings: TBD


What you will Learn

Upon completion of the 140-Hour microcredential, participants will gain the following competencies as Respite Care Professionals:

  1. Understand the importance of providing meaningful short breaks for family caregivers to promote the well-being of caregiver(s), care recipients, and other family members.
  2. Work ethically and professionally by maintaining boundaries, ensuring confidentiality, and respecting the privacy, rights, and preferences of family caregivers and care recipients.
  3. Build and maintain trusting relationships with family caregivers and care recipients through active listening and respectful verbal, nonverbal, and written communication that is easily understandable.
  4. Help support the care recipient in activities of daily living responds appropriately during emergencies and understands when and how to report situations.
  5. Work with people with complex needs and challenging behaviours by managing a crisis by predicting and preparing for behaviour, preventing an escalation of behaviour, and responding by following pre-established protocols and plans.
  6. Provide care focused on and respectful of family caregivers' and care recipients’ preferences, needs, values, and goals for respite.

How to Register

Please note, the February cohort is full. To be added to the waiting list or for more information, please contact Catherine Noseworthy at cjnoseworthy@hollandcollege.com or 902-566-9669.