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Lay Leader Training

March 21 @ 8:00 am - March 25 @ 5:00 pm

Lay Leader Training

Learn how to become certified as a trainer, or lay leader, for the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas (AAACT). This training is open to all residents in the seven counties served by AAACT including Bell, Mills, Milam, Coryell, Hamilton, San Saba, and Lampasas. Lay leaders will receive the training needed to teach one of our self-management classes including Chronic Pain Self-Management, Diabetes Self-Management, and Living a Healthy Live with Chronic Disease.

Based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Education workshops developed at Stanford University, our self-management classes teach adults strategies to improve overall well-being. Chronic health conditions can lead to lower quality of life, loss of independence, increased use of health care services, and shortened life spans. As a certified lay leader, you will guide others in learning tools and methods to empower them to gain control of their health. Instructors receive payment of $250 upon completion of teaching a class series, but CTCOG does not cover mileage or time while teaching. Teachers may carpool with CTCOG instructor Theresa Mireles at no charge.

As a lay leader you will:

  • Educate and empower your community
  • Reduce health care costs
  • Learn from established, evidence-based programs
  • Build partnerships with community

Lay leaders is open to anyone 18 years and older. Training is free and there are no oher requirements to teach, but it’s helpful to have the following:  good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm and willingness to lead small groups, a heart to serve others, and availability to lead a workshop within 4-6 months. View current instructors on our Workshops and Training page and learn why they find teaching valuable, including this quote from Olga Farley, who decided to become certified after taking a Diabetes Self-Management Class:

I got so much from the class that I wanted to share and teach others about this chronic disease. I am personally moved by all the class participants and their stories, as well as seeing them make life-changing choices to better their lives. ~ Olga Farley

All lay leaders must attend all training days to be certified under CTCOG’s training license. This week-long training will be held on March 21-24 at 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and March 25 at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes are held in Room D9 at the Central Texas Council of Governments building, 2180 N. Main Street in Belton, TX. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, call Theresa Mireles at 254-770-2330 or toll-free at 800-447-7169.


March 21 @ 8:00 am
March 25 @ 5:00 pm
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2180 N. Main Street
Belton, TX 76513 United States
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Theresa Mireles
Theresa Mireles
Theresa feels extremely fortunate to be a Master Trainer for all the self-evidence based community classes at the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas. It makes her heart sing to see so many of our residents taking charge of their health and wellness!
Lanell Mikeska
Lanell Mikeska
A native of Southeast Texas, Lanell is a long-time resident of Temple. She retired from Scott & White Memorial Hospital in 2007, where she was Manager for Medical Education. From 2007 to 2010, Lanell was a Community Education Specialist in the Temple College Division of Business and Community Education and became a certified facilitator for Development Dimensions International, Inc. business and communication classes. She has also achieved the designation of […]