The Dementia Care Specialists training courses will focus primarily on the theoretical frameworks of the Cognitive Disabilities Model from Claudia Allen and The Theory of Retrogenesis from Dr. Barry Reisberg. There will be limited to no additional theories presented. This course will primarily focus on the functional cognitive assessments associated with the Cognitive Disabilities Model and will also provide limited information on assessments designed by Dr. Barry Reisberg. There will be limited to no additional cognitive assessments presented during this training session. The Dementia Care Specialists trainings will also describe person-centered care.

Instructional Personnel Disclosure Relative to Course Content
 

Kim Warchol, OTR/L

President of Dementia Care Specialists 
Kim has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for over 22 years and she founded Dementia Care Specialists in 1999. Kim is an expert in the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model, and since 1999 she has educated over 5,000 therapists and other health care professionals on the best abilities approach to dementia evaluation, treatment, and programming. In addition, she has set up many dementia living environments and care programs using this model. Kim was instrumental in the advocacy effort which led to the 2001 CMS Memorandum prohibiting the denial of therapy services based solely on the diagnosis of dementia. Kim was a committee member which was responsible for creating the Illinois Dementia Care Unit Minimum Standards of Care. She was member of the AOTA Cognitive Disability Expert Panel, and Kim contributed to the development of the Dementia Care Guidelines for Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes published by the Alzheimer’s Association. She has authored several dementia care articles and she lectures nationally on various topics of dementia care and the aging.

Course(s) taught: Dementia Therapy Intermediate Course

Financial Disclosure(s): Kim is a full-time, salaried Global Professional Instructor and President of Dementia Care Specialists (DCS), a CPI-specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter (AA-GIC) to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: Foundation, Care Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs. The AA-GIC provides space accommodations when programs are held at its Illinois location and refers training and scheduling interests to CPI/DCS.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): Kim is a volunteer member of the Allen Cognitive Network (teaching and speaking) and a proponent of the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model. She also co-authored The Activity Planning Book; no royalties are received. This product is a part of and sold within the DCS product line. The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter advertises and promotes Dementia Capable Care: Foundation, Care Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs on its website.
 

Chris Ebell, OT/L

Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists
Chris is the lead DCS trainer and an Allen Authorized Instructor. Chris received her B.A. Degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton and her B.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy at Chicago State University. In her many years of experience Chris has worked in various geriatrics settings including psychiatry, hospital rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health.

Course(s) taught: FoundationCare Partner ApplicationsDementia Therapy Applications, and Dementia Therapy Intermediate Course

Financial Disclosure(s): Chris is a full-time, salaried Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists (DCS), a CPI-specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter (AA-GIC) to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs. The AA-GIC provides space accommodations when programs are held at its Illinois location and refers training and scheduling interests to CPI/DCS.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): Chris is a volunteer member of the Allen Cognitive Network (teaching and speaking) and a proponent of the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model. She also co-authored The Activity Planning Book; no royalties are received. This product is a part of and sold within the DCS product line. The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter advertises and promotes Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs on its website.
 

Sharon R. Host, OTR/L

Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists
Sharon received a B.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her specialty is geriatrics and she has many years of experience in the long-term care setting and the home health care industry. Sharon began her journey using the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model in 1999 and completed the Dementia Therapy Master Clinician Program in 2009. She has presented at AOTA on Pain Management in the Aging Population and at the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association (ALOTA) Conferences on patient positioning and documentation in the geriatric population. 

Course(s) taught: FoundationDementia Therapy Applications, and Dementia Therapy Intermediate Course

Financial Disclosure(s): Sharon is a full-time, salaried Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists, a CPI-sponsored specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training(s). CPI/DCS allocate stipends to the Alzheimer’s Association-GIC for referrals and scheduled trainings secured from the partnership.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): Sharon is a volunteer member and proponent of the Allen Cognitive Network and the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model. The Alzheimer’s Association-GIC provides the space accommodations for trainings held at their Illinois locations. The Alzheimer’s Association-GIC also provides advertisement and promotion of Dementia Capable Care: Foundation, Care Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications trainings.

Lesley Rynders

Global Professional Instructor  
Lesley Rynders has experience as case manager and a professional trainer. Lesley has worked in various departments in long-term care which have provided her with resident and family interaction. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in social work and has extensive experience in training staff members at all levels. Her skills and practical experience in facilitating groups and engaging adults provide for the maximum adult learning opportunity at her workshops and training courses. She has worked as a Global Professional Instructor for CPI for over 8 years.

Course(s) taught: Foundation and Care Partner Applications

Financial Disclosure(s): Lesley is a full-time, salaried Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists (DCS), a CPI-specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter (AA-GIC) to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs. The AA-GIC provides space accommodations when programs are held at its Illinois location and refers training and scheduling interests to CPI/DCS.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter advertises and promotes Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs on its website.

Sharon Jackson

Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists  
Dementia consultant Sharon Jackson has a degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology and she has worked in long-term care/skilled rehab since 1998. Her professional experience includes working as a program designer to integrate the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model into nursing to enhance the care of residents with dementia. In addition, she has served as a manager of a Memory Care Household, an Activity Designer, and an Activity Manager. She believes that ongoing education can help you raise the standard of care for people with cognitive impairments. Consulting and educating are her passion, with specialization and focus on adaptation of Activities and ADL care to match the individual's best ability to function. Sharon Jackson is the past president of the Allen Cognitive Network. She has served on the board since 2007 and was the president for two terms.

Course(s) taught: Foundation and Care Partner Applications

Financial Disclosure(s): Sharon is a full-time, salaried Global Professional Instructor and Consultant for Dementia Care Specialists (DCS), a CPI-specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Illinois Chapter (AA-GIC) to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer's and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs. The AA-GIC provides space accommodations when programs are held at its Illinois location and refers training and scheduling interests to CPI/DCS.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter advertises and promotes Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs on its website.

Kate Keefe, OTD, OTR/L, DCCT

Senior Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists
Kate achieved a post-professional doctoral degree in occupational therapy with a concentration in aging and education in 2016 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She graduated from the University of Hartford, Hartford, CT in 1997 with a Bachelor's of Science in Occupational Therapy/Minor in Psychology. Kate has dedicated her career to serving seniors in short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, In-patient Acute Gero-psychiatry and outpatient services. She has completed extensive studies in Dementia Care and became a Master Clinician in Dementia Therapy in 2003. Kate has been passionate about serving those that live with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia. She believes that every therapist should embrace the Allen model, as it is the very foundation from which Occupational Therapy functions. Being a voice and an advocate for those living with ADRD, as well as teaching care partners and family to change their approach and recognize the skills a person has remaining at every stage of dementia has been her life's work.

Course(s) taught: Foundation, Care Partner Applications, Dementia Therapy Applications, and Dementia Therapy Intermediate.

Financial Disclosure(s): Kate is a full-time, salaried Senior Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists, a CPI-sponsored specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Illinois Chapter to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer's and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: Foundation, Care Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training(s). The Alzheimer's Association-GIC provides space accommodations where trainings are held at their Illinois location as well as refers training and scheduling interests to CPI/DCS.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter advertises and promotes Dementia Capable Care: Foundation, Care Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs on its website.

Tammy Milne, Global Professional Instructor

Tammy Milne has experience as an educator, a professional trainer, and a health care professional in senior care. She is familiar with an array of assessment tools for care planning for those with dementia. She also has experience and training in instructional design. She has two master’s degrees, with one in education and one in psychology. Her unique skills and practical experience at facilitating groups and engaging adults provides for the maximum adult learning opportunity at her workshops and trainings.

Course(s) taught: Foundation and Care Partner Applications

Financial Disclosure(s): Tammy is a full-time, salaried Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists (DCS), a CPI-specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter (AA-GIC) to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs. The AA-GIC provides space accommodations when programs are held at its Illinois location and refers training and scheduling interests to CPI/DCS.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter advertises and promotes Dementia Capable Care: FoundationCare Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications training programs on its website.

Lizabeth Metzger, Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists

Liz received a B.S. Degree in Therapeutic Studies and an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College. Her background is geriatrics, and she has practiced in a variety of settings including sub-acute, acute, rehab, and in-patient. Liz first discovered the Cognitive Disabilities Model in 2012 at the Allen Cognitive Network Symposium and was so inspired she immediately joined the board and incorporated the model into her professional practice. She has presented at AOTA’s National Conference on topics including sexuality, incontinence, and journal clubs, and has also presented at a variety of other professional organization’s conferences including AOTA’s Skilled Nursing Specialty Conference, the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists National Conference, the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association State Conference, and the Allen Cognitive Symposium.

Course(s) taught: Dementia Capable Care Foundation Course, Dementia Capable Care: Care Partner Applications, Dementia Care Specialist Instructor Certification Course, Dementia Capable Care Therapy Applications Course

Financial Disclosure(s): Liz is a full-time, salaried Global Professional Instructor for Dementia Care Specialists, a CPI-sponsored specialized offering. CPI/DCS has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter (GIC) to deliver the highest quality of dementia care training to people working with those who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias through Dementia Capable Care: Foundation and Care Partner Applications trainings. CPI/DCS allocate stipends to the Alzheimer’s Association – GIC for referrals and scheduled trainings secured from the partnership.

Non-Financial Disclosure(s): Liz is a volunteer member, board member, and proponent of the Allen Cognitive Network and the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model. The Alzheimer’s Association – GIC provides the space accommodations for trainings held at their Illinois locations. The Alzheimer’s Association – GIC also provides advertisement and promotion of Dementia Capable Care: Foundation, Care Partner Applications, and Dementia Therapy Applications trainings.