3 Ps in a Pod Programs


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About 3 Ps in a Pod

Iowa CareGivers believes in providing direct care workers opportunities for Personal and Professional growth and enrichment through education and Peer networking. You’ll notice all three aspects included in the upcoming line-up of virtual programs.

Personal: A focus on taking care of yourself so that you can take care of others. How do you nurture your own health and well-being? How do you prevent burnout in a physically, mentally, emotionally challenging profession? Information to help you recharge and reconnect. Feeling appreciated for what you do!

Professional: Education, tools, and resources to build your skills and knowledge in the field of direct care. Information on mental health, diseases, community supports, dementia, oral care, brain injury, and other topics. Tips and techniques for providing hands-on care. How do you maintain both the health and safety of the individuals served as well as yourself? 

Peer: Building connections with others in the same profession. Networking through Caregiver Conversations on various topics. Sharing stories and tips with each other. Most importantly, knowing that you are a part of something bigger, something greater.


August 19: 3 p.m.

Caregiver Stress Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic


Presented by Douglas Steenblock, MD Iowa Veterans Home

The SARS-CoV2 pandemic was devastating for elders and the disabled, but it also created unprecedented challenges for their caregivers.

This session will discuss the psychological effects of the pandemic on caregivers and offer strategies for self-care and stress management.

Dr. Douglas Steenblock is the Chief of Mental Health Services at the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown, IA. He has also been a consultant to various hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes in Central Iowa. He graduated from Creighton Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Steenblock serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University of Iowa and at Des Moines University. He provides lectures and clinical instruction to learners in a wide variety of healthcare professions. His main clinical focus is on psychiatric treatment in long-term care settings. He also has interests in rural workforce development, burnout prevention, and legislative advocacy.  



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September 28 at 9 a.m. or 3 p.m.

Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies

Presented by Denise Kluever, Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter

The Effective Communication Strategies program is designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia. The goals of this program are for participants to better understand the changes in communication that occur with disease progression and how they manifest in the person with dementia, and be able to identify ways to connect at each stage of the disease.

Denise Kluever OTR/L, MS, CDP has been an occupational therapist in Iowa for over 41 years in physical rehabilitation and geriatrics. Denise’s special interest is in geriatric dementia and she provided direct OT service and consulted in many Iowa facilities. Denise was the program director for occupational therapy assistant program at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa and served as a lab assistant and coordinator for the occupational therapy doctorate program at Drake University. Denise has personal experience as a caregiver to a family member with dementia.


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October 19 at 9 a.m.

It's Not Transitioning (it's been over a year), How About We Just Start Over?

Presented by Jason Haglund, Ag and Behavioral Health Specialty Coordinator for Covid Recovery Iowa

Many have experienced disruptions of home and work life since the pandemic began. Whether it is stress, anxiety, depression, or fogginess, chances are you can relate to one of those feelings in the past 16-plus months. To move forward in an (almost) post pandemic world is going to be a big transition. Are you ready to relearn the things that in life before COVID seemed so normal? Let’s talk about how to let go and grieve, so that we can move forward and thrive.

  • Participants will be coached on strategies to prevent burnout and promote emotional wellbeing
  • Assess your ability to promote and implement meaningful mental health literacy strategies in day to day communication

Jason Haglund, an accomplished senior executive, delivers guidance, system design consultation, and educational trainings on suicide prevention, mental illness, addiction, behavioral health policy, crisis/disaster management, stigma, and stress. Haglund is leading a speciality team at the Iowa Department of Human Services implementing the FEMA crisis counseling program disaster response to the Pandemic and Derecho of 2020. This project draws upon in-depth expertise of the state behavioral healthcare system, mental health literacy, change management, and his deep agricultural roots. 

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October 21 at 3 p.m.

ABCs of Self Care for Caregivers

Presented by Renee Schulte, LMH C, Workforce Specialist for Covid Recovery Iowa

Decision fatigue is real. Beyond deciding to see family or not, this past year has taken decision making to a whole new level. Do I wear a mask ? Travel? Get vaccinated? The result? Exhaustion. Let’s talk about the ABCs of Self-care and how we can be healthy again.

  • Discuss how the pandemic impacted employees and how the expectation of an emotionally healthy workplace has taken on new meaning

  • Participants will be coached on strategies to prevent burnout and promote emotional wellbeing

Renee Schulte has over 20 years of leadership experience in the mental health field at the national, state, and provider levels. Her work in the public and private sectors has given her a unique understanding of the complexities in this area. Renee has worked in many levels of care including psychiatric hospital, child welfare, and therapeutic foster care. As a legislator, she spearheaded the passage of mental health redesign in Iowa. She began Schulte Consulting, LLC in 2012. As a consultant she has worked with multiple states creating strategic plans, legislation and regulations. She has also used her expertise and unique background in government relations and consulting for both non-profit and for-profit providers of healthcare services. She is presently working as the Specialty Coordinator for Workforce: Essential/Non-Essential, and unemployed for Covid Recovery Iowa. She and her husband, Brent reside in Urbandale, Iowa 

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