Education Center

Public Training

Public Training is an opportunity to provide training on current information relevant to the field of social services. Participants can earn accredited CEUs for their training. These classes are taught by a variety of professionals including certified American Red Cross CPR/1st Aid Instructors, Social Workers, Nurses, Behavior Analysts, Master’s and Ph D level instructors.

All courses are open to the public - space permitting. Please call 651.450.1802 to ensure registration for your requested class. Once openings are confirmed, a registration form and payment must be received at least 2 weeks prior to class date.

At this time, Thomas Allen is not offering public training at our corporate office due to the pandemic. This page will be updated when public training is available again, either in an online or in-person format.

Employee Training

Thomas Allen orientation and ongoing education classes are delivered through our online training center. Employees can access the enrollment page for all courses at https://Learn.ThomasAllenInc.com/Employee-Training. The page is password protected; supervisors can be contacted to provide the password. Any technical issues can be directed to Diane Kubes, Director of Training and Marketing at DianeK@thomasalleninc.com

Due to the current inability to assess hands-on skills and competency in our remote learning environment, we are not presently able to provide a course certificate recognized by DHS for the Medication Administration course, or by the American Red Cross for the CPR or First Aid certification courses. These courses do provide a comprehensive review of essential skills and knowledge, including demonstrations of the skills; they meet the needs for ongoing training, but not for certification purposes. Similarly, since competency demonstration of the emergency manual restraint is unable to be assessed remotely, site supervisors will observe and assess for competency on-site.

Click on any of our courses below to learn more.

Medication Administration

Take this 4-hour class and learn the DHS requirements for Medication Administration when working with people under 245D licensing who have DD, MI, CP, CD, Physical/Intellectual Disabilities, Age-Related Diagnoses and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Learning Agenda
  • Understand the different types of medications
  • Learn side effects of common medications used
  • Discover comfort medications and their usage
  • Practice medication administration skills
  • Observe, then document in the health progress notes
  • Chart and transcribe medications
  • Document medical appointments, errors, refusals and leaves of absences
  • Use of stock/standing order medications
  • Disposal of medications and schedule II narcotics
  • Current and common abbreviations
  • Pass competency based skills including: case scenario, written and medication passing tests
Public Cost: $80.00 – Call 651.450.1802 for details and space availability. View class schedule.
Adult CPR – American Red Cross Certification

This licensed class includes practical application of skills for people working in social services. Our classes are 2- hour sessions. Participants learn by observing, practicing and demonstrating competency skills when responding to emergencies.

Learning Agenda
  • Checking an injured or ill person and giving care
  • Assessing and positioning the victim*
  • Using Check-Call-Care guidelines
  • Recognizing and responding to cardiac emergencies
  • Identifying and providing care for adults who are choking
  • Assessing and responding to a simulated heart attack*R
  • Assessing and administering Adult CPR
  • Case scenarios used to actuate the learning process*
Public Cost: $65.00 – Call 651.450.1802 for space availability. Adult CPR classes are held tri-annually. Call 651.450.1802 for details and space availability.
Basic 1st AID – American Red Cross Certification

This licensed 2-hour class teaches participants how to respond to emergencies using first aid procedures. Learn to ensure the safety of others by responding effectively to health related issues needing systematic interventions.

Learning Agenda
  • Checking an injured or ill person and giving care
  • Caring for different types of wounds/infection*
  • Controlling severe bleeding
  • Assessing and responding to sudden illness
  • Caring for different types of wounds/infection
  • Responding to Diabetes, Stroke, Seizures, Anaphlaxis, Asthma, Poisoning, Fainting
  • Taking action during heat and cold extremes
  • Preventing and addressing immediate care for the different types of burns
  • Assessing, calling and facilitating support during medical emergencies
  • Identifying and providing care to life-threatening choking emergencies*
  • Recognizing and responding to heart attacks*
  • Responding to muscular/bones/joint emergencies
  • Taking care of head/neck/spine and concussion issues
  • Supporting and encouraging immobilization with fall victims
  • Recognizing and treating people in shock*
  • Case scenarios used to actuate the learning process*

*These areas of expansion added by Thomas Allen instructors for additional support needed when working in the field of social services.

Public Cost $65.00 - First Aid classes are held during the 2nd and 4-1/4 hour of Session I and tri-annually as well. Call 651.450.1802 for space availability.

Session 1 Orientation

Learn the basic framework needed to work with people licensed under DHS 245D regulations. This session prepares participants for working in social services by providing classes needed before working with others under this licensing rule. Whether you are responding to an emergency, engaging in respectful interactions - these topics are your essential guidelines. Participants are taught to empower others with dignity, respect and confidence needed to lead meaningful lives.

Learning Agenda
  • Basic First Aid*
  • HIPAA and MN Government Data Practices*
  • Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults*
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Maltreatment of Minors* (if needed)
  • Medication Administration Procedures and Skills*
  • Safe Transportation
  • Positive Support Strategies and Emergency Use of Manual Restraint*
  • Competency based test in these * areas
Case Managers, Care Coordinators and Guardian/Conservatorship employees will review additional topics during the Medication Administration portion of Session 1.
Attention Thomas Allen New Employees - Please bring to Session 1: I-9 Eligibility Documents, Proof of Automobile Insurance, Driver's License, Voided Check for Direct Deposit, and current CPR or First Aid certificates from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Dress comfortably, and bring a snack/lunch/dinner. Snacks and beverages will be served. Soda is available in a vending machine and costs $0.75. Access to a microwave and refrigerator is available.
Public Cost: $120.00 – Call 651.450.1802 for space availability. View class schedule.
Session 2 Orientation

Go beyond the basics and discover the more interesting aspects of your job while working in social services. Realize how to interact with people using person- centered thinking skills and positive approaches. Practice observation skills that help you understand the communication needs of others. Learn how common medical diagnoses impact peoples’ perceptions interactions – then support them in ways that help, guide and assist people. Ascertain skills to de-escalate others and learn protective procedures used during a mental health emergency.

Learning Agenda
  • Signs and Symptoms of Illness
  • Precautions and General Emergency Responses
  • Overview of Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities
  • Positive Behavior Supports, De-Escalation Skills and Physical Protection Alternatives
  • Recipient Rights and Responsibilities
  • Person Centered Service Planning and Delivery of Services
  • Session 2 Competency Test
Public Cost: $130.00 – Call 651.450.1802 for space availability. View class schedule.
Public Training

Designed to provide employees with the knowledge needed to give our clients the best care possible. Thomas Allen hires, recruits, researches, and maintains a core of qualified presenters, who are administrators, psychologists, psychiatrists, Training and Human Resources personnel, entrepreneurs, nurses, and doctors to teach an array of topics..

Contact: Diane Kubes, Director of Training and Marketing at dianek@thomasalleninc.com or call 651-240-1990.

Meet our Training Team

Diane Kubes and Nickolas Sulak

The training provided to new and existing employees is provided by a complement of training team members. Diane Kubes, Director of Training and Marketing oversees the division (you can read more about Diane on the Contact Us page). Nickolas Sulack, Training Specialist works along side Diane with planning, preparing and delivering training. Nickolas is also responsible for tracking training documentation, and other essential functions to ensure smooth operation of the division. Nickolas has a MA degree in Counseling Psychology and shares past residential direct service and managerial experience. These two are supported by Training Assistants who offer expertise and experience in various areas and provide orientation, as well as First Aid and CPR training. The Medication Administration training is conducted by Registered Nurses familiar with Thomas Allen policies and procedures. This complement of experienced, knowledgeable and skilled team members ensures orientation and ongoing training remains a vital foundation for employee success and quality service standards.