Education

Leadership Program

Direct Care Professional Leadership Program

The Iowa CareGivers' “A Call to Leadership: A Direct Care Professional’s Guide to Developing Leadership Skills” program is a one-day educational program for direct care professionals held every year at multiple locations in the state. It encourages those who work in direct care to think more broadly about leadership outside of the workplace, professionalism, and how to become a spokesperson and role model for the direct care profession. Graduates receive a certificate of attendance and a class pin.

Thoughts on “Direct Care: The Toughest Job  You’ll Ever Love” from those doing it!

Those who have chosen a career in direct care took part in a conversation about what they view as “The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love”. Working in a high demand occupation that is dwindling in numbers is challenging. Their discussions about how they can help to educate the public about who they are and what they do for Iowans of all ages and abilities produced laughter, tears, and inspirational messages that will become part of a future messaging campaign. Thanks to all who participated!  

"The best part was that all of our comments were not ignored, overlooked, or judged.  They were listened to in an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance."— Fran Mancl 

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I left Iowa Central Community College proudly wearing my new “Direct Care: The Toughest Job  You’ll Ever Love” t-shirt. Standing in line at the coffee shop (refueling for the ride home) a stranger was staring at me. Finally she spoke, “Are you in direct care?” she asked.

“Yes, I am.”

“I really admire the work of you and your colleagues. You make such an incredible difference in the lives of the people you work with.”

“Thank you”—Leslie Hayenga Adams   

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Click here to view the photo galleries for the Waterloo and Fort Dodge events.


2014 Iowa "A Call to Leadership" Programs

To view the 2014 schedule and brochure for the “A Call to Leadership” programs, click here.
To register for the 2014 “A Call to Leadership” programs, click here to be directed to the online registration.

 

Congratulations to the 2014 Iowa CareGivers “A Call to Leadership” Program Graduates

Click here to view photos from the June 17th program in Newton, IA.

Click here to view photos from the June 3rd program in Carroll, IA.

Click here to view photos from the May 6th program in Sheldon, IA.

 

Congratulations to 2013 Iowa CareGivers Direct Care Professional Leadership Graduates

Click here to view the Creston photo gallery.

Click here to view the Mt. Pleasant photo gallery.

Click here to view the Coralville photo gallery.

Click here to view the Sheldon photo gallery.

Congratulations to 2012 Iowa CareGivers Direct Care Professional Leadership Graduates

Click here to view the Pella photo gallery.

Click here to view the Ankeny photo gallery.

Click here to view the Council Bluffs photo gallery.

Click here to view the Ottumwa photo gallery.

Click here to view the Waterloo photo gallery.

140 Direct Care Workers (Professionals) Graduate From Iowa CareGivers Leadership Program in 2011!!

19 graduate from Fort Dodge Class
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26 graduate from Mason City Class
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30 graduate from Ankeny Class
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21 graduate from Ottumwa Class
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45 graduate from Dubuque Class
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Direct Care Worker Leadership Council

The leadership program, “A Call to Leadership” is required to apply to serve on the Leadership Council.  Council members must also submit applications and go through a selection process.  Click here to learn more about the council. If you have completed the Leadership Program and would like to apply for a council position, please download the brochure, including the application