Welcome to the Maine Direct Service Worker Training Program


Available courses

Elder Abuse Prevention (45 minutes)

Elder abuse is a growing and under-reported problem. Direct Service Workers are in a position to identify, report, and prevent elder abuse. In this 45-minute module, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of elder abuse
  • Recognize factors that place elders and caregivers at increased risk
  • Report signs of abuse and prevent elder abuse from occurring.

Bloodborne Pathogens (1.5 to 2 hours)

This continuing education course is intended to present direct service workers with a preliminary orientation to bloodborne pathogen risks and prevention strategies in the work place. This course does not replace the longer OSHA training on bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, and infection control or count towards those requirements.

Challenging Behaviors (1 hour)

In this course, designed for all types of direct service workers, we will discuss a range of challenging behaviors you are likely to encounter in your work.  We will review strategies for reducing and managing these challenging behaviors and explore ways you can become more aware of your own behavior and how it impacts the people you support.

Safe At Work: Enhancing Personal Safety (1hour)

  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to scan the environment for personal safety risk
  • offer some strategies and tools to address more commonly encountered personal safety risks
  • suggest resources for further exploration

Introduction to Substance Abuse (2 hours)

  • Facts about drugs and the effects of drug abuse
  • Signs of abuse and addiction
  • Approaches to prevention, treatment, and recovery

Brain Injury Basics (1 hour)

  • Prevalence of brain injury in Maine and nationally
  • Understanding the types of brain injury and how the brain works
  • Effects of brain injury on families and caregivers

Infection Control and Prevention (1.5 hours)

  • Understanding healthcare-associated and emerging infectious diseases
  • Infection prevention practices in the home and community
  • Protecting yourself and your clients