SSD Certification Courses

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SSD Certification Course participants meet online every Monday evening from 6-9pm (Pacific) for 10 consecutive weeks for a required total of 30 hours of course work.

Courses are offered 3 times a year in January, April, and September. 


      • Understand the role of the SSD as defined in F745
      • Effectively interview residents to complete psychosocial assessments
      • Identify the required interview techniques for the MDS 3.0
      • Identify the residents’ needs: psychosocial, financial, discharge planning, home health care
      • Understand the SSD role with psychotropics
      • Understand the RAI process: MDS (intro to 3.0), CAAs, Careplans
      • Facilitate IDT meetings: psychotropics, weights, physical restraints, falls, care conferences
      • Coordinate and execute safe discharge planning
      • Recognize the differences in needs between the frail elderly, chronically ill, cognitively impaired, dual-diagnosed, chronically mentally ill, and indigent
      • Understand required concepts of documentation 
      • Understand possible causal factors of resident behaviors and identify non-drug interventions
      • Learn basics to Positive Approach for dementia management using hand-under-hand technique


Reliable access to the internet and a phone line.


Are you in a hurry to become certified and can’t wait for one of the classes offered three times a year?  You have the option of completing independent study at your own pace. 

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To ensure a space in the class, please register as soon as possible.  
Payment in full is due upon registration.