Education

Education & Training

At Granite Bay Care, we value our employees as essential to realizing our mission, vision, and values and are strongly committed to providing the education, training and support necessary to maintain a professional and committed workforce.

Philosophy

Training

The Granite Bay Care Training Department provides a rigorous training protocol to all levels of Granite Bay Care staff in order to ensure that each client is afforded competent staff who are professionally equipped with the skills to facilitate a productive atmosphere where the client can reach his or her fullest potential and live a healthy life. The Training department is committed to a top notch educational experience through incorporating curricula that integrate best practice concepts, core clinical skill building, and evidence based-trauma informed knowledge. Given our strong value of education the trainings offered here not only meet but consistently go beyond the State and Federal regulatory requirements making Granite bay Care, Inc. a leader in the field.


Courses Offered

Individual Rights, Choice, Maltreatment Training

This live classroom curriculum covers the legal Rights of people receiving services that are guaranteed by State and Federal law, empowering client choice, and maltreatment. The participants are taught how to be advocates in obtaining and upholding the client’s fundamental rights and to support client choice in their daily work. Participants learn how to distinguish the difference when working with clients who have severely intrusive plans as well as their legal responsibility as mandated reporters to report suspicion of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.


Reportable Events Training

This live one-on-one or group training covers the formal procedure of documentation and notification when there is a crisis including but not limited to circumstances when staff must legally act as mandated reporters and report suspicion of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.


CPI/ Non-violent Crisis Restraint Training

This live classroom curriculum is an introduction to crisis prevention that emphasizes early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior. CPI's Personal Safety Techniques are included.


Behavioral Training

This live one on one training is client specific. Prior to working a shift with a client every GBC employee meets with his or her supervisor and learns the client’s Person-Centered Plan (PCP) goals, Behavioral and/or Severely Intrusive Plan, and how to best implement strategies to help the client overcome challenges.


Cultural Competency

This live classroom curriculum provides participants with the knowledge to effectively navigate a community and workplace of cultural diversity. It provides the participant with the skills to achieve culturally competency while maintaining a client centered approach in the programs and in the community.


Direct Support Professional Live Classroom

This curriculum is the mandatory live classroom 2.5 day training for staff to obtain DSP Certification. The student actively participates in an interactive forum gaining the biological-psychological-social-spiritual knowledge of the challenges and strengths of the clients we work with while obtaining the skills to effect positive change. The topics covered are but not limited to Introduction to Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness, Community Inclusion, Communication, Direct Support Professionalism, Documentation Teaching people, Sexuality, and Positive Behavior Supports.


Direct Support Professional Re-certification Training

This unique training is a live classroom curriculum is an in depth Program/Client specific Training offered annually to ensure that the employee understands, integrates, and applies the following core concepts while working with their specifically assigned clients: Establishing and Maintaining Professionalism, Effective Communication, Individual Rights, Choice, and Maltreatment, Using Conflict Negotiation, Understanding Developmental Disabilities, Understanding Mental Illness, and working with a Person-Centered Approach.  Granite Bay Care developed this curriculum with the Behavioral Health and Science Institute, and is the only agency in the State of Maine that requires it’s employees to have an annual DSP recertification.  Each year, employees revisit the concepts they have learned in previous years, in a more in depth and thoughtful way.


Maine College of Direct Support Online

The CDS is a mandatory online curriculum in order obtain DSP Certification. It provides carefully designed training in the areas that have been identified as most important in the work of DSPs. All the training is available over the Internet.


CPR/First Aid

This live classroom curriculum teaches participants to identify and eliminate potentially hazardous conditions in their environment, recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for First Aid care. It teaches the knowledge and skills that individuals in the workplace need to know to give immediate care to an ill or injured person until more advanced medical care arrives.


Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA)

This live classroom curriculum explains the role, responsibilities, and characteristics of a CRMA. The student will be able to demonstrate infection control measures and perform vital signs, and understand pharmacology and Medication administration.


Suicide Prevention Training

Our SPP material is continually updated to reflect best practices and the most current research available in the industry for clients, like ours, who represent an elevated risk profile for self-harm and suicide when compared to the normal population. GBC employees are trained to respond immediately to any behaviors or comments suggestive of a wish to die, to engage in self-harm or to harm others. More importantly, our staff are trained to respond proactively to the warning signs that help identify, predict and prevent self-harm before it occurs.  Our specific training is especially comprehensive in that it includes an education in the statistical risk profile of our client population, an understanding of the specific risk factors and warning signs that are predictive of attempts at self-injury, hands-on practice in science of completing risk evaluations and making recommendations to on-call staff, and an overview of the industry best practices related to preventing self-injury and responding to emergencies. All staff are required to successfully complete a post-test to evaluation designed to evaluate their comprehension of the material presented before they are allowed to work with clients in the field.


Team Leader/House Manager Leadership

This live classroom curriculum reinforces the role, responsibilities, and characteristics of a Team Leader/House Manager. The course integrates State and Federal regulations as well as the Granite Bay Care policy and procedures with a rubric that the Team Leader/House Manager is consistently evaluated on. The data collected is used as an internal control measure to assure program compliance and quality services for all clients.


Job shadow

All New Hires go through a mandatory on-site job shadow training with a GBC Job Shadow Certified House Manager or Team Leader. The new hire is introduced to the required documentation of the program, meets the Client, and the House Manager or Team leader is able to begin the professional relationship with his or her staff.


Clinical Trainings

These live classroom curricula trainings are provided at the Management and Director Level to advance the clinical knowledge and practice of the clinical teams. The participants learn in depth behavioral and medical health topics from the highly trained and experienced in-house Clinicians, Psychologist, and Nurse.

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About Our Company

Granite Bay Care is committed to creating and maintaining community integration for individuals with Developmental Disabilities, while assisting them to obtain fundamental rights and increasing their quality of life.

Get in touch

  • Address: 2338 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04103

  • Phone: (207) 878-3229

  • Email: [email protected]