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About the Clever Companion Program

12586158_l-(1)-(1)The first of its kind in North America, the Clever Companion ® Program (our senior companion program) prepares practitioners to work with their senior companions or clients, to support and enhance their cognitive and mental abilities, using our Worlds Ahead ® Approach.

Worlds Ahead ® Approach Defined

Today’s seniors in Canada are more independent and better educated than ever. Women especially have achieved career success and have held positions of authority like no generation before. The goal of the World’s Ahead approach is to train practitioners to activate and validate the wisdom and experience of these senior care companions to stay engaged as lifelong learners and healthy, contributing members of society.

Delivered online over a span of two months, our Clever Companion ® senior companions program offers seven learning modules:

    • Module One: Background on the Seniors of Today
    • Module Two: Companionship and Health
    • Module Three: Communicating with Seniors
    • Module Four: Developing Leadership Skills
    • Module Five: Session Planning: One-on-One and Groups
    • Module Six: Working as a Clever Companion
    • Module Seven: Practicum

 

Clever Companion ® Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Clever Companion ® program will join a community of practitioners who will share best practices and ever-expanding online resources regarding companion services for seniors. They will also receive support from Integra College through an online practitioner listing that identifies their specific areas of expertise. Clever Companions ® will work with their clients one-on-one or in a group setting. By facilitating discovery and discussion on specific subjects of interest for the client, the goal is to challenge and engage the client to remain mentally and cognitively fit.

 

Pre-Qualifications for the Clever Companion ®

 

24106427_lTo qualify to be part of the Clever Companion ® program, student applicants require:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Fluency in English (native speaker or minimum CLB 8)
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a career involving tutoring/ teaching/ training a skill or academic subject
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Research skills
  • Access to the Internet and a computer
  • An understanding of health and social issues related to seniors in Canada

The program is $1,995.

Clever Companion® Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Clever Companion®?

This innovative program is the first of its kind in North America. The Clever Companion ® Program prepares practitioners to work with their senior clients, to support and enhance their cognitive and mental abilities, using our Worlds Ahead ® Approach.

What is the Worlds Ahead ® Approach?

Today’s seniors in Canada are more independent and better educated than ever.  Women especially have achieved career success and have held positions of authority like no generation before.  The goal of the World’s Ahead approach is to train practitioners to activate and validate the wisdom and experience of these seniors to stay engaged as lifelong learners and healthy, contributing members of society.

How long is the program?

The Clever Companion ® Program duration is two months.

Is it an online program?

Yes, the program modules are delivered online and there is structured online interaction with your instructor.

How is the program structured?

The Clever Companion ® Program is structured as follows:

    • Module One: Background on the Seniors of Today
    • Module Two: Companionship and Health
    • Module Three: Communicating with Seniors
    • Module Four: Developing Leadership Skills
    • Module Five:  Session Planning: One-on-One and Groups
    • Module Six:  Working as a Clever Companion
    • Module Seven: Practicum
What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $1,995.

What type of certification is awarded after I complete this program?

We reward graduates with a program certificate upon successful completion of the two – month program.

Which accreditation institutes recognize this training program?

We are pleased to be registered with PTIB – Private Training Institutions Branch http://www.privatetraininginstitutions.gov.bc.ca/. Our programs are covered by the Student Completion Fund administered by PCTIA. Our programs are also registered with ESDC – Employment and Social Development Canada , which enables us to provide Federal Tuition T2202A Tax Receipts to our students

Where can Clever Companions ® work after graduation?

Clever Companions ® will work with their clients one-on-one or in a group setting. Graduates of the Clever Companion ® program will join a community of practitioners who will share best practices and ever-expanding online resources. They will also receive support from Integra College through an online practitioner listing that identifies their specific areas of expertise.

What qualifications do you need to register for this program?

To qualify to be part of the Clever Companion ® program, student applicants require:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Fluency in English (native speaker or minimum CLB 8)
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a career involving tutoring, teaching, training a skill or academic subject
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Research skills
  • Access to the Internet and a computer
  • An understanding of health and social issues related to seniors in Canada
What is the upcoming course schedule?

Continuous Intakes. Please apply below.

Registration Process

Step 1: Online Application Form

Complete the online form that will take approximately 5-10 minutes to fill out. Your application will then be reviewed (we are typically very prompt to review applications, but please allow 1-2 business days if you are submitting on a weekend). 

Step 2: Pay Application Fee

To apply for any of our programs, a non-refundable application fee is required. We feel that it is important to spend time getting to know each applicant and determining if the program is a good fit for each person’s unique needs and desires. Our application fee helps to cover the costs associated with this intake process. You will have the opportunity to pay using your Paypal account, or with a credit card.

Step 3:  Schedule Your Intake Interview

Upon receipt of your application, you will be sent a link to book a time for your telephone intake interview. This interview is for Integra College to assess whether you have the right qualities to succeed in the program, whether you are the right fit for our program, and whether it is the best program for you at this time. It is in everyone’s best interests to ensure that only those who are right for our program are accepted. Our community of practitioners is a wonderful group of caring and dedicated people, and we are always happy to expand our group with those who share our values and vision. At the time of the interview, Bob will also be happy to answer any of your questions about the program or the field of seniors wellness.

At Integra College we are not only helping our students to create rewarding and meaningful careers, but changing cultural perceptions about wellness and vitality – to create a world filled with happy, healthy, and thriving people of all ages.