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Two-Day Dementia Therapy Intermediate Course


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Are you ready to take the next step on the path to quality dementia care?

When you’ve completed the Two-Day: Foundation Course and Dementia Therapy Applications training, the Two-Day Dementia Therapy Intermediate Course will help you achieve greater understanding of the Cognitive Disabilities Model developed by Claudia Allen and application of both the Cognitive Disabilities Model and the Theory of Retrogenesis for evaluation, treatment intervention, documentation, and programming.

There is a teaching emphasis on assessing, treating, and documenting for individuals with comorbidities, with special emphasis on psychiatric comorbidities. This course uses multiple challenging case study lab sessions to build the skill and confidence of the dementia therapist.

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Recognition as a Distinguished Provider
The Two-Day Dementia Therapy Intermediate Course also earns you recognition as a Dementia Capable Care Therapist (DCCT). Your organization can earn similar recognition as a Distinguished Provider. For more information, visit our care partner and therapist recognition page.

Contact Hours
A Certificate of Participation for 13 contact hours will be provided as well as CEUs. It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure that this course meets their CEU requirements prior to registration. 



By the end of this program, participants will be able to:


  • Understand how to use the Allen battery to accurately identify a person’s Allen Cognitive Level and to apply the Allen level to reimbursable goals and treatment approaches addressing deficits in ADLs, mobility, leisure activity, cognition, communication, and/or swallowing.
  • Identify how psychiatric illness impacts function and cognition.
  • Establish treatment plans to reduce behavioral outbursts and improve function and safety.
  • Understand how to use the Allen battery and clinical reasoning skills to assess and treat persons with dementia who experience psychiatric and other common comorbid conditions.
  • Discuss methods to integrate the Allen Cognitive Level assessment and treatment methods into various clinical settings.
  • Identify key documentation elements for reimbursement.

Agenda – Day 1 

8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

  • Registration

8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

  • Welcome and Course Overview
  • Deeper dive into theoretical construct of the Cognitive Disabilities Model and Cognition
  • Allen Battery Lab (ACLS – leather lacing and ADM projects)
  • Allen Levels 1–5 Clinical Synopsis

12:15 p.m. until 1:15 p.m.

  • Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  • Assessing and Managing Common Psychiatric Comorbidities
  • Key Documentation Elements for Reimbursement

Agenda – Day 2

8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

  • Case Study Lab Sessions: Multiple Case Study Lab Sessions represent a person’s functioning in Allen Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Lab Work Includes:
    • Read and/or view case studies (most sessions contain actual video footage of the therapist and client)
    • Determine the person’s Allen level through analysis of case study information and/or observation of the resident participating in aspects of the Allen battery (Routine Task Inventory, Allen Cognitive Level Screening Test, and/or Placemat Test)
    • Complete an assessment and treatment plan for each case study
    • Classroom discussion and feedback
    • Note: Many of the case studies depict residents with challenging comorbidities

11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

  • Lunch (on your own)

12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

  • Case Study Lab Sessions (continued)
  • Program Implementation Lab: Lab session designed to develop skills to collaborate as an interdisciplinary team