Continuing Education Opportunities

RCAW knows how important it is to continue to learn and build your skills in caring for people with disabilities. We also know how expensive conferences, workshops, and continuing education opportunities can be. RCAW is excited to offer funds for active people on our registry to access a variety of continuing education experiences. Individuals can request more than one continuing education opportunity, but there are limited funds, so RCAW will try to meet as many requests as possible.  

To receive Continuing Education Funds for conferences, you must have completed the Respite Care Provider Training and be listed on the Wisconsin Respite Registry for at least 30 days. 

These opportunities will be offered through August 2024. 

DirectCourse & RCAW Partnership

RCAW is pleased to announce a partnership to offer the DirectCourse Online Curriculum. More than 45 courses (over 500 hours of continuing education credit) covering various topics are available. Respite Providers will have access to all courses until August 2024. Each course will provide a CEU Certificate. 

This is available at no cost to family caregivers and to those who have completed RCAW’s Respite Care Provider Training or Bringing Respite to Your Community).

Click here to see the complete course listing.  

Click here to learn more about DirectCourse.

Dementia Online Courses

The Respite Care Association of Wisconsin (RCAW) and the UW Oshkosh Center for Community Development, Engagement, and Training (CCDET) have partnered to offer online dementia courses by providing you with codes for the courses at no charge. 

  • The Dementia Care Generalist for Family and Friends is free (with no prerequisites) for family members and friends of people living with dementia.
  • The Dementia Care Generalist for Healthcare Providers is free (to those who have completed RCAW’s Respite Care Provider Training or Bringing Respite to Your Community). This course is for professional caregivers in any behavioral or healthcare setting, including long-term care, assisted living, in-home care, and outpatient settings.
    • Individuals who have completed the Dementia Care Generalist for Healthcare Providers can then choose to advance their training by completing the Dementia Specialist Designation.

Click here to learn more about the Wisconsin Dementia Care Project Learning Center.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].  

Overview of RCAW Respite Grant Programs

Updated April 01, 2024 

Dollars provided to new and existing respite care agencies to increase respite across the state
Dollars provided to agencies through the Group Respite Grant Program
Dollars provided to family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Dollars provided to family caregivers through the Supplemental Respite Grant Program