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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Newsletter

February and March, 2023

PTC Announcements


Currently, we ask master trainers to make the payment for all the class leader training fees themselves; however, given that this can be a challenge for master trainers who do not have access to their organization's payment process, we've included the option of adding a program coordinator's name to the list of people who can pay for the licensees on the ISU Extension Store. This will remove the extra step of requesting an invoice and speed up the payment process.

If this applies to you and your organization, please contact ptcaregivers@iastate.edu with the name and email of the program coordinator who you'd like added to the list.

Please note:

  1. This does not remove the ability for master trainers to pay for the class leader license fees themselves.
  2. Although this new process allows a program coordinator to pay for the class leader license fee, master trainers are still responsible for ensuring the payment is made to ISU within 10 days after the training begins.
  3. Additionally, this person will only have access to the license fee on the ISU Extension Store and not to master trainer materials.

Updated "How-to" Guides

We are happy to report that we updated the how-to guides for both class leaders and master trainers to include the information about adding a class series and updating contact information. We recommend saving these links; however, they are available on our website on the class leader resources and master trainer resources PTC website pages.

Class Leader How-to Guide [click here]

Master Trainer How-to Guide [click here]

If you have questions, please contact ptcaregivers@iastate.edu

Two Partnership Opportunities for PTC Class Leaders

Class Series in California

The Arc of California seeks certified PTC class leaders to host one in-person and several virtual class series, ideally between July and November of 2023. As host organization, they offer to provide funding for the PTC helpbook and class leaders' time. For in-person class series, they will also provide the physical space and refreshments.

The Arc of California promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by actively supporting full inclusion and participation in the community for all. The Arc of California maintains a strong advocacy network of self-advocates, family members, and service providers that participate in grassroots, legislative, and budget advocacy around a wide range of issues that directly impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

If this opportunity interests you, please reach out to ptcaregivers@iastate.edu and we will connect you with the group.

Class Series in Connecticut

Two class leaders are needed to hold a class series for caregivers of children with special needs in Connecticut in the Greater Danbury area. The timeframe of hosting the class series is flexible and is open to hosting in-person or virtual class series. Support may be provided through a local organization with possible compensation available.

If you are interested, please email ptcaregivers@iastate.edu with your interest. We will then connect you with the organization seeking a class leaders. 

Can you lead a PTC class series in Spanish, French, or Korean languages?

On occasion, we receive requests for class series to be taught in Spanish, French, or Korean, but, unfortunately, we are have incomplete information for some class leaders and master trainers.

If you speak Spanish, French, or Korean, please email ptcaregivers@iastate.edu that you would like to update your personal information. We will send you an online form where you can add this information.

With this updated information for each class leader, we will be better prepared connect caregivers and communities with the resources they need.

Please remember that if you need access to the Spanish, French, or Korean class leader materials to contact ptcaregivers@iastate.edu.

Interested in becoming a Master Trainer?

There is still space available for the Master Trainer Training on March 29th!

·       Wednesday, March 29, 2023 10:00am–12:00pm CST

·       Tuesday, June 6, 2023 1:00–3:00pm CST

·       Friday, August 18, 2023 10:00am–12:00pm CST


See requirements for becoming a PTC Master trainer.

If interested, please fill out the Master Trainer application form.

Contact PTC HQ & Access Materials


Be sure to add your upcoming PTC class series using the "add an upcoming class series" form.

Let us know about your upcoming class leader training events through this "class leader training confirmation" form.

Access Class Leader Material

Class Leader material can be accessed through the ISU Extension Store* and the PTC Website.

Access Master Trainer Material

Class Leader material can be accessed through the ISU Extension Store* and the PTC Website.

*When you set up your ISU Extension Store account, be sure to use the primary email address that PTC uses to contact you.

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