​ Dementia Care Training

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Building a team that delivers the gold standard in dementia care starts with our Dementia Capable Care training.

This abilities-based, person-centered training is pivotal for all dementia care professionals, including therapists, administrators, facility educators, program directors, nurses, CNAs, social workers, and activities, dietary, housekeeping, and other staff.

Foundation Course (one day)

The Foundation Course gives you a framework about Alzheimer’s/dementia. You’ll learn about the dementia stages, behavior management strategies, and care techniques to promote your clients’ best ability to function. When you complete this course and pass a free follow-up exam within six months, you’ll earn Dementia Care Specialist Certification.

Course Objectives
  • Discover a powerful perspective that will help you create success for people with dementia.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their impact on cognitive function.
  • Learn cognitive assessments and screening tools to identify a person’s best ability to function.
  • Describe the Allen Cognitive Levels and how they help you find a person’s key remaining abilities for each dementia stage.
  • Identify person-centered care approaches for each dementia stage to promote the highest possible level of function in ADL, mobility, and leisure activities.
  • Use strategies to enhance communication, minimize negative behaviors, and support families.
Contact Hours

A Certificate of Participation for 7 contact hours for the Foundation Course will be provided as well as CEUs. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure prior to registration that these courses meet their CEU requirements.

Foundation and Behaviors Course (two days)

Building on the Foundation Course, this training further empowers you to prevent and de-escalate challenging behaviors. You'll discover how to combine effective tools such as Allen Cognitive Level assessments, person-centered care, and the CPI Crisis Development Model℠.

Course Objectives
  • Recognize dementia-related challenging behaviors as communications of unmet wants and needs, or feelings of distress.
  • Identify de-escalation strategies using person-centered care, the Allen Cognitive Levels, and the CPI Crisis Development Model℠.
  • Gain strategies to anticipate and calmly de-escalate distress behaviors.
  • Use appropriate intervention techniques when distress behaviors escalate in the moment, while strengthening your relationships with the individuals in your care.
  • Apply evidence-based models of person-centered care as the foundation for effective nonpharmacological behavior prevention and reduction solutions.
  • Establish proactive prevention plans and frameworks for debriefing situations as a team, to effectively identify and address Precipitating Factors.
  • Ensure the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security℠ of everyone at your organization by decreasing the frequency and severity of distress-related behaviors, using nonpharmacological interventions.

Instructor Certification Program (three days)

This train-the-trainer course allows you to create a positive, congruent approach among all staff in your organization. You’ll learn how to deliver consistent staff training based on our person-centered, abilities-based model of care. Then you’ll be authorized to teach the Foundation Course and Behaviors Course within your organization. You’ll also receive unparalleled support from the CPI and DCS team.

Course Objectives
  • Learn key teaching points for each unit of the Foundation Course and Behaviors Course.
  • Discover strategies for staff training in a person-centered, abilities-based model integrated with the CPI Crisis Development Model℠.
  • Identify adult learning methods to promote retention and training transfer.
  • Uncover course customization techniques to build relevance for different staff groups.
  • Understand DCS quality standards that support ongoing staff training.
  • Teach a practicum training in class to prepare for teaching at your organization.
The Benefits of Instructor Certification
  • 1:1 coaching to help you develop your team with success.
  • Free refresher courses to keep your skills up to date.
  • Access to CPI’s quality training materials and resources.
  • Documentation of all training activities.
  • Access to CPI’s global online network of Certified Instructors.
  • Approval to submit the Dementia Capable Care Foundation Course and Behaviors Course to gain CEU approval for internal trainings using your preferred provider status.
  • Ability to train the Dementia Capable Care Foundation Course and Behaviors Course within your organization and award additional staff with Dementia Care Specialist Certifications for both courses.
  • Receive a free Instructor Manual, electronic presentation to help you deliver the program, and a starter supply of 6 Foundation Course and 6 Behaviors Course Participant Workbooks – a $489 value for your organization.

Additional Training for Therapists

We also offer additional training for OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

Dementia Therapy Applications Course (two days)

Building on the fundamental concepts, this course provides you as a therapist with specific skills on how to evaluate and treat persons at all cognitive levels. It also shows you how to access the keys to documentation and reimbursement.

Course Objectives
  • Further describe the stages of dementia with an in-depth look at each Allen Cognitive Level.
  • Identify cognitive assessment tools associated with the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model and other complementary staging tools.
  • Examine and practice writing goals and treatment plans for each Allen Cognitive Level.
  • Describe the influence of Can Do, Will Do, May Do, and other factors on a person's functional performance potential.
  • Discuss keys for reimbursement.
  • Understand how to create and implement a maintenance program.
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 participant’s responsibility to ensure prior to registration that these courses meet their CEU requirements.

Therapy Intermediate Course (two days)

When you’ve completed the Dementia Therapy Applications Course, this intermediate course will help you build a greater understanding of the Cognitive Disabilities Model developed by Claudia Allen. It will also help you apply both the CDM and the Theory of Retrogenesis for evaluation, treatment intervention, documentation, and programming.

This course emphasizes assessing, treating, and documenting for individuals with comorbidities, with special emphasis on psychiatric comorbidities. It uses multiple challenging case study lab sessions to build your skill and confidence as a dementia therapist.

Course Objectives
  • Learn how to apply a person’s Allen level to reimbursable goals and treatment approaches that address 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.
Contact Hours

A Certificate of Participation for 13 contact hours will be provided as well as CEUs. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure prior to registration that these courses meet their CEU requirements.

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