Leadership Training

O3A will pay you to train and deliver Evidence-Based Programs in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, and Pacific Counties.

You can also submit a proposal for a program under Special Opportunities for evidence-based programs, or you can respond directly to one of the training opportunities listed below.  In any case, you can ask for specific start-up training costs and payment for the workshops that you deliver.  You are your own contractor when you provide these programs.

#1: Improve the Lives of Family Caregivers in Your Community

Have you ever been a family caregiver?  Do you work with family caregivers? Then you know what a lonely, isolating job it can be. 

Change that!

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week course certified by the American Council on Aging to create a significant difference for family caregivers.

Olympic Area Agency on Aging (“O3A”) wants two-member teams to become certified Lay Leaders and co-lead two workshops in the Olympic region (Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, & Pacific counties). The two-day certification program is in Seattle, Washington and other locations in the Northwest.  Check for the training nearest you: https://www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org/training/become-a-class-leader/class-leader-training-schedule/.

O3A will pay a total of $2,200 per person ($4,400 per team) to receive the training and conduct two workshops. O3A will also provide the Caregiver Handbooks for the workshop participants.

Please contact Janis Housden at housdjm@dshs.wa.gov for the application materials.

#2: Help Older Adults Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

SAIL is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older.  The classes are held 2-3 times a week and can be done from a sitting or standing position.  Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) is looking for Program Leaders to lead SAIL classes in the Olympic region (Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, & Pacific Counties.) This program is funded by the Federal Older Americans Act. SAIL Program Leaders are fitness, exercise science and healthcare professionals who have completed SAIL Program Leader training. All program leaders are carefully selected for their ability to deliver effective and efficient training while adhering to the core components of the SAIL Program. Leaders work with participants to help achieve the best results from the fitness classes.  For more information on SAIL and Program Leaders click here.

In Washington, there are two ways to become a SAIL Program Leader:

#1 – Call Wellness Place at 509-888-9933 or email erin@wellnessplacewenatchee.org for updated training information.

#2 – Enroll in the Pierce College online course. The online training is especially appropriate for potential SAIL program leaders with a background in exercise science, healthcare, physical, occupational or recreational therapy.

Requirements to be a SAIL Instructor:

One of the following certifications or degrees:

  • National Fitness/Exercise Certification, National Fitness/Exercise /Personal Trainer Certification (such as AFAA or AC), Bachelors or Master’s degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy, or related degree (NOTE – this may be waived – please do not hesitate to ask), AND
  • Completion of the SAIL Instructor training workshop or the SAIL online course, AND
  • Current Adult CPR, AND
  • Minimum of one-year related experience working with older adults.

If accepted, O3A will sponsor agencies or program leaders to give classes by reimbursing them up to $300 for start-up expenses, and paying a per-class stipend of $100 per class for two classes per week for 12 weeks and $30 for each unduplicated participant who attends at least 80% of the sessions for 12 weeks. Each agency/leader is solely responsible for its own expenses including any training fees, advertising, snacks, locations, weights, CDs, etc. Each Leader must pass a criminal background check and be covered by insurance.

If you are interested or want more information, please email Janis Housden at housdjm@dshs.wa.gov