Course Descriptions

2013 Gentle Teaching 

Course I:  Introduction to Gentleness

This course is a two day introduction into the basics of Gentle Teaching and is taught by Nancy Nicolaus and Tracy Mauk, Gentle Teaching Educators with assistance from members of the Heart of America GT1 Mentoring Network.  Gentle Teaching is based on a psychology of human interdependence.  During the interactive training caregivers are asked to look at themselves and their spirit of gentleness.  The training exercises assist the caregiver in identifying ways to express warmth and unconditional love toward the people in their lives, especially those supported who are the most disenfranchised from family and community life.  Outcomes of this training are an understanding of and ability to teach others to feel safe, loved, loving and engaged through their own presence, words, touch and eyes; and to understand the concepts of community, companionship and connectedness.

Two days – six hours each.  Attendance at both days of training is required for certification of participation.  Enrollment:  25 Maximum

Fees:  $10 Registration Fee for Jackson County providers and residents; $35 Registration Fee for non-Jackson County participants.  See Training Calendar for course dates.  All sessions are 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Note:  All fees are due at time of registration.  Personal checks and credit/debt cards are not accepted.  Please pay with company checks, cash, cashiers check or money order.

Course 2:  GT – Caring for the Caregiver and Creating Gentle Cultures

This is a two day course taught by Nancy Nicolaus and Tracy Mauk, Gentle Teaching Educators with assistance from members of the Heart of America GT1 Mentoring Network. It is an advanced course to care and restore ourselves and others who are in caregiving roles, share the history of gentle teaching, discuss elements of gentle cultures; and to share recommended methods for the development of gentle cultures for people with developmental disabilities and others who are broken hearted.  The interactive approach focuses on teaching individuals and agency personnel how to develop environments where everyone feels safe with others through the creation of gentle practices, relationships, companionship’s and community.

Participation in the “Introduction to Gentleness” course is a pre-requisite for participation in this course.  Attendance at both days (2-days/six hours each) of training is required for certification of participation.

Enrollment:  25 Maximum.  Fees:  $10 Registration Fee for Jackson County providers and residents; $35 Registration Fee for non-Jackson County participants.  

See Training Calendar for course dates.  All sessions are 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Note:  All fees are due at time of registration.  Personal checks and credit/debt cards are not accepted.  Please pay with company checks, cash, cashiers check or money order.

Person Centered Thinking

  • develop skills in person centered thinking
  • understand plans that support choice while addressing issues of health and safety
  • practice the processes and structures of quality planning

Cost:  $10 Registration Fee for Jackson County providers and residents; $35 Registration Fee for non-Jackson County participants.  See Training Calendar for course dates.
Note:  All fees are due at time of registration.  Personal checks and credit/debt cards are not accepted.  Please pay with company checks, cash, cashiers check or money order.


Medication, CPR, and First Aid Classes


Medication Aide
(The following description applies to all Medication Aide Classes.)

Individuals successfully completing this 20-hour course and accompanying examination will be certified as a Medication Aide through Department of Mental Health.

Participants must attend the full three day course.  The course will be taught from the 1993 Level I Medication Aide Guide.

Enrollment: 12 Maximum

Medication Students Please Note: Eitas is no longer able to provide copies of lost or missing Medication Administration Certificates to individuals or agencies. Students are responsible for keeping track of their own Medication Administration Certificate upon issuance by MALA. If yours becomes misplaced or lost, duplicate copies are available from MALA – (573) 635-8750 – at a cost of $12.00 each.

Medication Update
This course is designed for individuals needing to renew their certification as a Medication Aide. (The Department of Mental Health requires an update every 2 years.) To register for this course, students must forward a copy of their Level I Medication Aide certificate with the registration form
Enrollment: 15 Maximum


Adult CPR
Learn basic life support skills. Individuals successfully completing this course and examination will be certified in CPR through the American Red Cross for a two-year period. (Participants should be aware that some work sites, as well as the Red Cross, require yearly renewal.)
Enrollment: 12 Maximum


First Aid
Individuals successfully completing this course and examination will be certified in First Aid through the American Red Cross. Participants will be certified for two years.
Enrollment: 12 Maximum

*** By Arrangement***

Individuals or agency personnel interested in taking Tips and Techniques or Infant/Child CPR should call the Training Program at 822-8900 for more information. Thank you.


Tips and Techniques for Assisting Individuals with Personal Hygiene and Care
Great class for direct-care staff! The instructor will provide information on assisting persons with developmental disabilities with daily living skills. This interactive class will address feeding, lifting, bathing and grooming, toileting, universal precautions as well as privacy and respect.

Instructor: Lisa Bara, RN (A minimum of 4 persons is needed to schedule this training and the maximum enrollment is 15.)


Infant/Child CPR
Learn basic life support skills. This training focuses on CPR for children ages 0 – 8. Individuals successfully completing this 4-hour course and oral examination will be certified in CPR through the American Heart Association for a two-year period. (Participants should be aware that some work sites, as well as the American Red Cross, require yearly renewal.)
Enrollment: 12 Maximum