Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) is an educational program that provides family caregivers with the skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for someone with a chronic illness. PTC consists of six 90 minute or 2-1/2 hour classes co-led by trained facilitators who employ a standardized curriculum.

In the six-week PTC class, caregivers learn how to:

  • Utilize community resources
  • Better manage stress
  • Communicate effectively with friends, family & healthcare providers
  • Cope with difficult emotions
  • Take better steps to care for themselves

State & Community Resources

The Montana PTC program has compiled this list of
valuable state-wide and community resources. 
This list has been designed with spaces for organizations to
fill in their local agency/service organization information. 
Please download this list and share it with all your caregivers.
Resource list in Word format (editable).
Resource list in PDF format.

Upcoming PTC Class Leader Training

September 13-14, 2017
Lewistown, Montana
Get the registration form here.

Upcoming PTC Classes

Providence St. Joe's Medical Center, 6 13th Ave. ~ Polson
August 8 through September 12, 2017
Tuesdays ~ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
There is $50 fee for these classes; sliding scale available based on income.
For more information about the class: (800) 266-4188;

Missoula Aging Services, 337 Stephens Ave. ~ Missoula
August 10 through September 14, 2017
Thursdays ~ 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
There is a $65 fee for this class.
For more information about the class:
Online registration:

Billings Community & Senior Center, 360 North 23rd Street ~ Billings
September 5 through October 10, 2017
Tuesdays ~ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
There is $45 fee for these classes; for scholarships call 
Jackie at (406) 256-2828.
For more information about the class: (406) 256-2828
To register: (406) 657-3

Carnegie Public Library, 314 McLeod Street ~ Big Timber
September 12-October 17, 2017
Tuesdays ~ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
There is $25 fee for these classes.For more information about the class: (406) 930-0545,
or (406) 930-1785,

Upcoming GrandCares Classes

(PTC for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & other Kinship Caregivers)
MSU Cascade County Extension Office, 3300 3rd Street NE #9 ~ Great Falls
September 21 through October 26, 2017
Thursdays ~ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
There is $25 fee for these classes; scholarships available on request.

Contact: Katrin Finch - (406) 454-6980;


See a list of previous PTC classes here.