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Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum

Transforming quality dementia care

High quality training drives the transformation of quality care. Research, as highlighted in the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations shows that high-quality dementia care training can lead to an improvement in communication between caregivers and individuals living with dementia, a reduction in dementia-related behaviors and an increase in job satisfaction for staff.

Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum includes:

Nationally recognized peer-reviewed, evidence-based person-centered care approach from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.
Eligibility to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification for staff
The curriculum is a train-the-trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to train direct care staff in a wide range of residential and community based care settings. The 7-hour in-person training teaches attendees how to deliver the 13-hour curriculum based on the person-centered model of Habilitation Therapy.


Providers who purchase and train their staff with Person-Centered Dementia Care: A Habilitation Therapy Training Curriculum are eligible to purchase the essentiALZ® certification. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Association in accordance with the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, essentiALZ® exam tests direct care providers knowledge of evidence-based and person-centered care for individuals living with dementia.

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Programs Certification Information

Nursing: Application is pending for contact hours through the New England Multistate Division (NENSD).
Activity Professionals: Application is pending approval by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) for continuing education hours for activity professionals.
Social Workers: Application is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers of Rhode Island (NASW). Successful Completion Requirements: Participants are expected to sign-in and out at each session, attend the entire program, and complete all evaluations.


If you attended our previous train-the-trainer program, you may be eligible to purchase a new training manual without attending the training. The cost of the new training manual is $350 ($200 non-profit rate). You must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:

  • You attended an Alzheimer’s Association, RI Chapter train-the-trainer program within the last five years. 
  • The Alzheimer’s Association, RI Chapter can confirm you attended.
  • Professionals using the former train-the-trainer manual must purchase a NEW manual by July 1, 2019. After July 1, the former training is no longer recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association as a professional training.

Certification: Your certification as a trainer is valid two years from date of training or purchase of new training manual. Your certificate will include the expiration date. Notification will be sent two months prior to expiration with instructions on how to renew certification.



  • $700 per attendee
  • $350 for additional staff attending the same training date
  • Staff at non-profit institutions are eligible for the non-profit rate of $275 per person.
For eligibility and instructions, please contact Annie Murphy at

The cost of the program includes CEUs (offered to nurses, social workers, and activity professionals).

Refund Policy

A refund or transfer of registration can be provided at least two weeks prior to the training. We do not offer refunds or transfers of registration within two weeks of the training date.

Register Online

  • April 12th & 13th, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST each day | Delivered virtually via Zoom. Click here to register. Registration deadline: March 29th, 5pm EST.
  • June 7th & 8th, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST each day | Delivered virtually via Zoom. Click here to register. Registration deadline: May 24th, 5pm EST.

Register by Phone

(800) 272-3900

Contact Annie Murphy ( with questions. 

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