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About professional training

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families. Our training and education programs are geared to professionals working in both community-based and residential care settings. Our programs and meetings have been attended by activity professionals, administrators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and staff trainers. Many of our programs offer CEUs.


2012 Santa Barbara Professional Education Workshops

Santa Barbara Registration form for 2012 Workshops


2012 Santa Maria Professional Education Workshops

Santa Maria Registration form for 2012 Workshops


2012 Ventura County Professional Education Workshops

Ventura County Registration form for 2012 Workshops


Call Nancy Sutton in the San Luis Obispo office to find out about upcoming workshops. 805.547.3830 

We also offer customized training for individual facilities. In addition we can provide need assessments and consultations to insure that staff implement the knowledge gained through training in their daily work activities. For information on training programs, please contact Donna Beal at 805.892.4259 or by email at donna.beal@alz.org.

Web-based training programs

A caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s disease wants to be prepared, have knowledge and feel confident in the care they are providing. Get certified. Get Trained. Find out more here.

Alzheimer's Association Learning Academy

Developed by dementia experts, the Academy offers dementia care web-based training with CEUs Only $20 per module.

Modules include:

  • Activities Communication
  • Elder abuse reporting laws
  • Managing difficult behaviors
  • Overview of dementia and Alzheimer's disease
  • Personal care and special needs
  • Working with families
  • Medication for behavorial problems in dementia
  • The Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's
  • Care Guideline for Alzheimer's disease management

Ready to learn? Go to http://www.alzceu.org/ 

CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach

This affordable, web-based program has six, one-hour training modules geared primarily to direct care workers, particularly nursing assistants. Each module uses text and streaming video to illustrate how to best care for people with dementia living in residential care settings.

Topics include:

  • Clara Jones and her Care Team
  • Introduction to Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior as Communication
  •  Making a Connection with the Resident
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain

For a description of the modules, pricing plans and a free demo, go to http://www.caresprogram.com/

Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders

This program provides guidance for those who supervise others involved in the care of people with dementia: nurses, unit coordinators, administrators, activity directors or others in leadership positions.

After this training you will be able to:

  • Identify and implement methods to facilitate teamwork
  • Select and use improved communication and supervisory practices
  • Identify techniques and deliver meaningful feedback to members of your team
  • Recognize and create an environment that motivates staff.

This course costs $25 per person and volume discounts are available. For a free demo and to register, go to: The Dementia Care Training for Team Leaders site.



Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.