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"What I learned in college as an OT didn't prepare me. I wanted to learn more. I wanted to be able to help." —Kim Warchol

Therapy Training

Deliver Higher-Quality Dementia Care With Our Therapy Training Program


Your clients are important to you. You want to enhance quality of life and ensure people receive care appropriate to their abilities. As a therapist, you are in a prime position to maximize the function and well-being of people in your care.

Dementia Therapy: Achieving Positive Outcomes for the Person With Dementia is designed for occupational therapists (OTs), COTAs, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists (PTs), and PTAs who work with the geriatric dementia client. People receiving care appropriate to their abilities have fewer complications such as infections, stress, falls, hospital admissions, UTIs, skin breakdowns, depression/anxiety, and wandering.

Learn to shift from an impairment-based practice to an abilities-based practice by:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and its impact on cognitive function.
  • Describing the stages of dementia and approaches to maximize function and emotional well-being.
  • Identifying care approaches that promote best abilities corresponding to the Allen Cognitive Level of the person with dementia.
  • Evaluating and treating cognitive dysfunction using the Cognitive Disabilities Model by Claudia Allen, the Theory of Retrogenesis, and Kitwoods' Person-Centered Care.
  • Examining ways to support care and treatment plans in order to maximize function and well-being of persons with dementia.
  • Exploring the treatment path formula. 
  • Establishing a common language so that staff teams are more effective at driving positive outcomes.
  • Discussing keys for successful reimbursement.
  • Developing and properly documenting treatment goals and plans.
  • Creating and implementing a successful maintenance program.

One-Day: Foundation Course

Establish a common framework for promoting best abilities.
The Foundation Course provides all who work in dementia care a common framework about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), a best-abilities perspective, dementia stages, behavior management, and care techniques to promote the best ability to function.

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Two-Day: Foundation Course and Dementia Therapy Applications

Apply new skills and facilitate the improvement of function, safety, and quality of life.
Building on the Foundation Course, this course takes a deeper dive into therapy-specific information relative to assessment, care approaches, documentation, and maintenance programs. Prereq: Foundation Course

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New! If you’ve already completed the Foundation Course, you can take Dementia Capable Care: Dementia Therapy Applications online. Course brochure [pdf]. Register now. Not sure? Try our Course Readiness Tool.

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Three-Day Instructor Program

Interested in Training Others in Your Organization?
Many therapists have also participated in our interdisciplinary care partner training. By successfully completing the Three-Day Instructor Program, therapists become certified to purchase and use CPI’s training materials to teach the One-Day Foundation Course within their organization.

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Contact Hours
A Certificate of Participation for 7 contact hours for the Foundation Course and 7 contact hours for Dementia Therapy Applications will be provided as well as CEUs. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that these courses meet your CEU requirements prior to registration.


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