Powerful Tools for Caregivers Newsletter
July, 2022
Important PTC Announcements
Contact with PTC Headquarters
If you know other PTC leaders or master trainers, please reach out to them to ensure they receive PTC newsletters. If they are do not, please encourage them to reach out to PTC headquarters (ptcaregivers@iastate.edu) to ensure we have their most updated contact information.
A Fond Farewell to Leslie Congleton
After 25 years, Leslie Congleton is stepping away from PTC. Below is her parting message to the PTC nation. If you would like to say a personal farewell to Leslie, a card shower is organized for her. Please send cards to the following address by August 1st: Iowa State University, Ann Christenson, 101 MacKay Hall, 2302 Osborn Drive, Ames, Iowa 50011-1078.

Please see Leslie's farewell message from the June newsletter [Click here to view]
PTC Upcoming Events
Upcoming Webinar
Learn and Share with PTC,
Christine Fruhauf leads the GrandCARES Project at Colorado State University. She will speak on caregiving situations that arise in grandfamilies as well as provide information about her project success.
Date: August 30th
Time: 11:30-12:30 PM CST
Format: virtual via zoom

If interested, please complete the Qualtrics form with your information.
Master Trainer Trainings
Applications are open!
Do you know someone who would be an amazing PTC trainer? Encourage fellow Class Leaders to apply for the below Master Trainer Trainings.

  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 2:00pm–4:00pm CST [There is still space!]
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00am–12:00pm CST
  • Friday, January 27, 2023 1:00–3:00pm CST
  • 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

If interested, please fill out the Master Trainer application form.
PTC FAQ & Reminders
Class Leader FAQ
Do I need to purchase a new Helpbook for every class? 
Yes. Whether it is a paper or eBook, a new book needs to be purchased for each new class leader. 

Does it matter if a caregiver does not have a webcam or their audio is broken?
Yes, when facilitating virtually, participants must have audio and webcams. It is important that you be able to see faces while facilitating. If someone has trouble with audio, reach out to that person with support and with resources.

Can I record the class if someone cannot make the class time?
No. Recording of classes, whether in-person or virtual, is NOT permitted. It is essential that we provide a private and safe environment so participants feel comfortable enough to share.

Can a caregiver's care recipient or other visitors attend the class?
No, guests or visitors (including care receivers) are NOT permitted to attend the class series. This class should remain a private time for caregivers.

Can I have a guest speaker come?
Guest speakers should not be included as part of the class series; however, a speaker can come afterward and should be optional to caregivers.

Can I lead the class series by myself?
No, PTC class series should only be led by TWO to THREE PTC licensed class leaders. In addition to program fidelity, it is important to have more than one class leader due to the strong emotions in caregivers (or possibly you) elicited by the material. The presence of two class leaders allows one class leader to step out if needed.
Contact PTC HQ &
Access Materials
Be sure to add your upcoming PTC class series using the "add a class" form.

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

Access Class Leader 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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