3 Ps in a Pod Programs


Free 3 Ps in a Pod Virtual Programs

for Direct Care Workers

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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.


April 20 at 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.

Care for the Caregiver: Avoiding Burnout


Care for the Caregiver: Avoiding Burnout

Presented by Ash Roberts, Specialty Coordinator for Older Adults, COVID Recovery Iowa

We know how rewarding caregiving is. It can have its stressors, too, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. Your wellbeing is important. In this webinar, we will talk about how to recognize signs of stress, avoid burnout, and apply self care along the way, so you can not only cope, but thrive.

By the end of this webinar, caregivers will be able to:

  • recognize signs of stress before it turns into burnout and
  • will leave a self-care toolkit which can be used to recover, cope and thrive.

Ash Roberts is a Specialty Coordinator for Older Adults at COVID Recovery Iowa. She brings her pre-pandemic experience as an early childhood educator and family care coordinator to her current effort to help Iowans find resilience in the midst of the pandemic. Ash works with a team of folks to build opportunities for Older Iowans, Caregivers, and their loved ones by offering opportunities for personal support, activity engagement, and social connection. 


Click on one of the following programs for April to register and get your Zoom link:

April 20 at 9:00 a.m.

May 13 at 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.

Supporting the Supporter:

Navigating Ambiguous Loss


Supporting the Supporter: Navigating Ambiguous Loss

Presented by Courtney Sand, MS, LBA, BCBA, CBIST with Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

Ambiguous Loss. One of the hardest things to do is to grieve the loss of a person who is still alive – physically present, but cognitively or emotionally changed. It’s a grief that reaches into the past as well into the future, stealing what was and what could have been.

In this virtual program, caregivers are:

  • Becoming familiar with what ambiguous loss is.
  • Becoming familiar with the Stages of Grief.
  • Becoming familiar with the 6 Guidelines of living with ambiguous loss and how to apply them.

  • Courtney Sand is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. She is currently employed as a Neuro Resource Facilitator with the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, where she has been since December of 2018. Courtney has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and mental health, in both California and Iowa, across a variety of settings and populations, including autism programs, a domestic violence shelter, school districts, a community-based neurobehavioral rehabilitation service provider, and an outpatient mental health clinic where she helped start an Autism Spectrum Disorder Program.

    Courtney has both professional and personal experience with caregiving. She is especially interested in and passionate about the study of ambiguous loss, and has completed an online training course by Dr. Pauline Boss, the principal theorist of the concept of ambiguous loss. Courtney’s beloved grandpa passed away in December 2018 from his 2nd stroke and complications from ALS. This humbling experience provided Courtney with the unique perspective from “the other side of the door” as a family member and caregiver of someone with a brain injury.


    Click on one of the following programs for
    May to register and get your Zoom link:


    June 8 at 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.

    Caregiver Conversation

    Virtual Caregiver Conversation: Topic TBD

    Peer Discussion Hosted and Facilitated by
    Iowa CareGivers Staff, Board or Council

    The lyrics from the 1980s and 90s sitcom, "Cheers" theme song were "sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name...and they're always glad you came." In some respects that is what we would like to create for those of you in direct care, a place where you will feel a sense of community and where not only do people know your name, but they know and understand what you do and the sense of pride you take in your profession. We envision proposing a topic for the meetings ahead of time and hope for good honest, supportive, and fun conversations in a safe, friendly, and nonpolitical environment where people also have your backs!

    We'd like to hear from you. What topics would you like to discuss with peers during this one hour Caregiver Conversation? Let us know by completing this quick survey.


    Click on one of the following programs for
    June to register and get your Zoom link: