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.
Professional training is available in each of our locations.
For training in your area, contact:
Middle Peninsula /
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter has been approved by the Department of Social Services to provide training required by 22 VAC 40-72-1120 of the Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities.
4-Hour Dementia Specific Training
This training is offered to professional caregivers and meets the requirements set by the Department of Social Services for persons working in special care units. The fee is $30 per person (non-refundable). Please contact the appropriate branch office for registration information. A minimum of 10 is required for an in-house training. Certificates of Attendance will be sent upon completion of training and payment. The training covers: Dementia: What Is It?, Communication, Behavior, and Environment & Safety. The following is a list of our upcoming training sessions.
The following 2016 training will be held from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Markel Plaza Building, 4600 Cox Road, Salon A, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Cost is $30 per person. Call 967-2580 or e-mail email@example.com to register.
August 11, 2016
The following 2016 training will be held from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Gillfield Baptist Church, 209 Perry Street, Petersburg, VA 23803. Cost is $30 per person. Call 804-526-2359 or e-mail
July 21, 2016
The following 2016 training will be held from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at Scott Insurance Services, 2115 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Cost is $30 per person. To register, call 540-370-0835 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 4, 2016
Middle Peninsula /
No 2016 training scheduled at this time.
Building Your Skills for Dementia Care: A Person Centered Approach
The Alzheimer's Association is offering new training. Building Your Skills for Dementia Care: A Person Centered Approach is a 22-hour modular training. You may design your own training by choosing any combination of modules that you would like for your staff. This training replaces the 12-Hour Person Centered Care Training and meets the training requirements of the Virginia Department of Social Services.
You may choose to have training in three half days of 4 hours each or you may choose to sign an annual contract and the Association will provide a training once a month. These are just two examples of how you can offer dementia training to your staff. We are willing to offer this training in a manner that is appropriate for your staff. The cost of the training is $100.00 per hour and you may have as many staff as possible training in these sessions.
Listed below are the modular options and the time that is required for each module:
|Coping with Stress||1 Hour|
|Dementia: What Is It?||1½ Hrs|
|Dementia Basics||1 Hour|
|Improving Communication||1 Hour|
|Understanding Behavioral Changes||1½ Hrs|
|Understanding Behavior||1 Hour|
|Aggressive Behavior||1½ Hrs|
|Communication and Behavior||1½ Hrs|
|Bathing Made Simple||1½ Hrs|
|Easy as Pie: Activities: Why and How?||1½ Hrs|
|Making Connections||1½ Hrs|
|Reducing Pain||1½ Hrs|
|Enhancing Mealtime||1½ Hrs|
|Enhancing Mealtime & Providing Nutrition||1½ Hrs|
|Nutrition: It's More than a Meal||1 Hour|
|Understanding Wandering||1½ Hrs|
|Reducing Risk of Falls||1½ Hrs|
|Promoting Restraint-Free Care||1 Hour|
|Environment and Safety||1 Hour|
|Late Stage Care||1 Hour|
|Bridging the Communication Gap Between Staff & Family||1 Hour|
|Depression and Dementia||1 Hour|
|Dementia and Emergency Situations||1½ Hrs|
End of Life Care - Topics Below:
|1 Hour Ea.|
If you would like to schedule a training program in your facility, please contact Tina Thomas, Director of Programs and Services, at 804-967-2582 or e-mail email@example.com.
Building Your Skills: A Person Centered Approach
This course is offered as a 12-hour 2-part series and the cost to attend is $50 per person which includes lunch each day for the series. Registration is required. Certificates of Attendance will be issued upon completion of training and receipt of payment. Next training TBA.
24-Hour Activities Training Program for Activity Coordinators
This training is designed to provide instruction for activity coordinators who provide services to residents/participants with dementia in assisted living facilities or adult day care centers. Activity coordinators for special care units can meet requirements in section 22 VAC 40-72-1100 G 5 of the Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities (40-hours of training in adult group activities/recognizing and assessing activity needs to residents) by completing this 24-hour program, the first 11 hours of "Building Your Skills for Dementia Care: A Person Centered Approach" training offered by the Alzheimer's Association and a 5-hour pre-requisite assignment. The 5-hour prerequisite assignment is required of all training participants and will be sent to participants upon registration. The assignment must be completed and brought to the first day of training or the participant will not be allowed to attend. There will be no exceptions. Cost is $50 per person for 24-hour activities training and lunch each day. This program is presented by the Alzheimer's Association and Virginia Department of Social Services, Division of Licensing Programs. Next training TBA.
The Alzheimer's Association can also provide in-service training for your staff on the following topics:
- An overview of Alzheimer's and related dementia diseases
- Activities Overview
- End Stage Issues
- Safety and Environment
If you are interested in having the Alzheimer's Association provide an in-service for your facility, please contact Tina Thomas, Director of Programs and Services, at 804-967-2582 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web-based training programs
CARES: A Dementia Caregiving Approach
This affordable, Web-based program has six one-hour training modules that are 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/