Training and Education


Arion Care Solutions offers a variety of Training and Education for employees. Our Training and Education Manager, Alison Walker, has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education. She has years of experience as a teacher and school counselor and has taught in the College of Education at ASU since 2003.

Currently, Arion Care Solutions offers the following training;

DDReports – Contact your Supervisor or Manager to find out how to take the class on how to enter your hours and habilitation progress summaries.

Direct Care Worker training (DCW) – Principles of Caregiving training has become mandated by AHCCCS.  This training is required for any workers who provide the direct care services of attendant care, personal care, homemaker, and respite care.  This training is set up in three modules.  All caregivers must take Level 1.  The Developmental disabilities module and the aging and physical disabilities modules may be required depending on what services your client receives.

DCW classes:

Principles of Caregiving- Level 1 Fundamentals

Principles of Caregiving- Level 2 Developmental Disabilities

Principles of Caregiving- Level 2 Aging and Physical Disabilities

Article 9 – To become DCW certified in providing care for clients with developmental disabilities, whether they are family members or non-family, all students also will require instruction and training in Article 9. Instruction for Article 9 covers a range of topics including legal rights, rules regarding behavior management, and prohibitions against abuse and neglect. Instruction and training covers techniques for positive behavior support, confidentiality, consent, and methods of reporting and documentation.

CPR/First Aid – This class is an instructor led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manager a first, choking, or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives.  Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.

Prevention and Support – The course replaces Client Intervention Training (CIT).  The Curriculum includes positive behavior supports and reduces the number of physical intervention techniques taught as compared the old CIT course.  The class is highly interactive, particularly around proactive support and critical thinking skills.  This class is has been designed for statewide consistency, including video and participant guides with pictures.

On-Line CEU classes – Contact your Supervisor or Manager to find out how to take the CEU classes on-line

Conflict Management – In this course you will learn how to avoid conflict by developing strategies you can use to resolve conflicts that are occurring and affecting your workplace including animosity, anger, frustration, rage, disagreements, differences of opinion, yelling and personal attack

Habilitation 101 – This class is for providers who are providing habilitation services.  The course introduces the caregiver to the components of the ISP, self-determination, agency policies regarding habilitation, creating outcomes and teaching strategies, data collection, and monthly progress reports.  2 CEU’s

Caregiver Wellness – This class teaches caregivers practical solutions for reducing stress and cultivating wellness.  Topics include:

HIPAA – This training describes and teaches caregivers the importance of maintaining confidentiality as privacy rights are legally enforced through the federal law titled HIPAA.  2 CEU’s

Developing Cultural Competence – Culturally competent care includes a variety of cultural beliefs and customs rather than imposing one standard of behavior or belief upon everyone.  Topics include personal space, eye contact, touch, gestures, and verbal communication style.  2 CEU’s

Communication Skills – Communication is a process of creating shared understanding.  This course describes the importance of positive communication and teaches effective methods for creating clear, respectful communication. 2 CEU’s

Introduction to DDD (Division of Developmental Disabilities) – This course gives an introduction and overview of the services and programs that DDD provides to people with developmental disabilities and their families.  Topics include: Division mission, DDD services, Arizona early intervention program, service providers and the ISP process.  2 CEU’s

Arion Care Solutions Policies – This course is designed to give providers guidance about how t solve problems that may come up on the job.  Arion Care Solutions (ACS) company policies will be covered in depth in this class including: timesheet accuracy, fraud, certifications, serving non-clients, absenteeism, confidentiality, professionalism, harassment, incident reporting, cell phone use and more.  2 CEU’s

Incident Reporting and Documentation – This training provides an overview of incident reporting guidelines and requirements and the importance of documentation.  Participants will learn the basics about incident categories and levels including reporting fraud.  2 CEU’s

Figuring Out Why… – A behavior modification class.  Do your children and/or clients exhibit behaviors that impede their learning?  If so, our behavior modification class may help you manage those behaviors.  The class offers helpful tips that will make your work more effective.

Personal Care – In this course, we will examine why personal care is important and how to provide it safely and considerately.  Topics include use of correct body mechanics, infection control and protective barriers, correct hand washing, safety in the home setting, promoting independence, dressing, laundry, and more.  2 CEU’s

Caring for Someone with Early to Mid Stage Alzheimer’s Disease – This class defines Alzheimer’s disease and its effects and teaches positive communication techniques that allow home care professionals and primary caregivers to respond with more flexibility and consideration.  Topics covered include: repetitive questions, doing chores, aggressive behavior, answering difficult questions, and use of language or other forms of communication.

Keep an eye on the website for additional future trainings added.

Introduction to Autism – Introduction to Autism is a two hour course that covers the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The class reviews who is able to diagnosis autism, how it is diagnosed, typical child development, signs and characteristics of autism and  effective treatments recommended for individuals with autism.  This is class is ideal for providers who are just learning about autism and it is a required course for habilitation providers in the HBM program.

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis – Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis is a 3.5 hour class that focuses on the characteristics of ABA, benefits and uses of ABA, three term contingency, reinforcement/punishment, reinforcers and reinforcer effectiveness, functions of behavior and interventions. This class is ideal for participants that are seeking additional information regarding principles of ABA, habilitation providers, technicians and/or specialized habilitation staff.

Introduction to Discrete Trial Training – This comprehensive two-hour training teaches the essential components of a Discrete Trial Training program.  The class will review benefits of using DTT, basic terminology, effective instructional strategies, the components/steps of a DTT program, prompting strategies, tips for successful programming and allows for hands on practice with data collection and manipulatives to demonstrate learned skills.  This class is for those who have received approval from the Intensive Behavioral Treatment Department and are currently or will be implementing specialized habilitation services.

Strategies for Success: Understanding Structure and Support – This comprehensive two hour training class Strategies for Success: Understanding Structure and Support focuses on understanding our primary goals as providers, how pairing is used in therapy, gaining instructional control, understanding schedules of reinforcement, learning teaching strategies such as shaping, chaining, and stimulus control, and how to fade the prompts we use to promote independence as well as how to maintain and generalize the skills we teach.  This class is ideal for those who have already taken the Introduction to ABA course but is open to anyone who would like a more in depth analysis of teaching strategies and ABA principles.

Functional Behavior Assessment – This comprehensive two hour class covers the defining characteristics of a Functional Behavior Assessment.  This class reviews the components of conducting a FBA, an in depth understanding of behavior and identifying functions of behaviors, understanding the role of the FBA and interventions, creating functionally equivalent interventions, and practice formulating hypotheses and developing interventions.  This class requires approval from the IBTD and is ideal for employees required to conduct FBAs, providers working as a junior/senior technician, or a provider working with a member who has a FBA.

Defensive Driving – This course will provide defensive driving techniques to reduce your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.  Topics to be covered include how to manage distractions while driving, safe driving techniques to avoid collisions, concerns related to blind spots, techniques on how to avoid a collision, and appropriate responses to driving emergencies.



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