Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) – Training Course for Attendants

Driving Personal Support with Personal Experience.

Personal support is a common and essential aspect of daily living for many people living with a spinal cord injury. With Cortree’s Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Training for Attendants program, those providing the support services will learn best practice guidelines from the lens of people living with disabilities.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Training for Attendants

Cortree’s Understanding SCI training program provides learners with all, or some, of the elements of a hybrid learning experience. An instructor-led workshop, combined with five elearning modules, constitutes the full program. However, depending on your organization’s attendant care needs (or your budget), you may decide you need access to only the elearning components.

This blended learning program, in its entirety, incorporates:

Cortree’s five PSW elearning modules (a prerequisite for in-class training), provides learners with 60 minutes of foundational training on key concepts for providing attendant care to people with spinal cord injury. A workbook-style manual is provided to help capture their learning as they progress through the elearning modules, and then used as a segue and supporting tool when the learner attends the PSW in-class training. Modules include:

A day of in-class training (can be provided virtually) facilitated by a lead educational consultant, and a person with a spinal cord injury. This session provides participants access to firsthand knowledge and insights of people working in the field and receiving the services. The session uses the five elearning modules and the workbook manual as the foundation for continued learning, discussion and skills development.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury

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Preventing Skin Breakdown

Preventing Bowel Problems

Preventing Bladder Problems

Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to reach support workers at any stage of their career. Our courses are suitable and can be modified to the environment of the learner, from educational settings such as career colleges to career development opportunities within the public and private sector.

The elearning component of the program provides a good overview of spinal cord injury and some of the secondary complications that a person may experience. It can also provide a great foundational understanding of the role of support services – for those involved in the selection or management of care for a loved one.

Cortree works in partnership with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO). SCIO has both the in-house expertise and the knowledge of a community of people who use attendant care services every day. Cortree has based the design of our Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Training for Attendants program on that kind of expertise and lived experience. The classroom component of the program is facilitated by knowledgeable experts and individuals who receive PSW services.

Hearing from an individual who directly receives support services offers a unique perspective.


More questions? That’s understandable. This is an important topic and an extensive training program.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Product Management team. If you’re looking for a something more specific, we offer custom learning  and other disability training options as well. We’re looking forward to getting our conversation started.