NCCAP Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification

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NCCAP Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification

I am very excited to announce a new collaboration between The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) and Brush Development Company.  We have  have partnered to offer health care professionals a Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification.

The Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification curriculum provides a thorough introduction to using Montessori with elders and people living with dementia.  It is open to all healthcare professionals who work in the field of aging such as activity professionals, nurses, nursing assistants, home care aides, rehabilitation professionals and social workers who would like to learn the Montessori philosophy.  One does not have to be a current member of NCCAP to apply.  The educational content focuses on engaging individuals in person-centered activities that have meaning and purpose for an improved quality of life. This is not a certification to become a trainer or an educator.  Following are the required “Qualifying Components” to obtain NCCAP’s Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification:

Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification

Qualifying Components

  • Academic Education. High School/GED or higher.
  • Activity Experience. 4000 hours over 2 years engaging with people living with dementia. (Note: any current NCCAP Certification qualifies for this Activity Experience).
  • Continuing Education (CE). 20 hours of CE on dementia-related topics from the NCCAP Body of Knowledge.
  • Required Curriculum. Successful completion of the “From Can’t to Can Do!: Using the Montessori Approach” curriculum and exam. This course is offered online from Brush Development Company.
  • The first year of Certification is included in the $199 fee for the online “From Can’t to Can Do!: Using the Montessori Approach” course, as long as all other Certification requirements are met by the individual. Application for the certification is available through NCCAP.
  • Certification is good for 1 year and must be renewed annually for $30. Certification Renewal requires 10 Continuing Education clock hours on dementia-related topics from the NCCAP Body of Knowledge.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Montessori for Aging and Dementia and improve the programming you offer to elders with dementia.

By | 2018-02-02T15:54:29+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|aging, alzheimers, dementia. alzheimers, Montessori|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jennifer Brush
Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP has been working for over 20 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care. Prior to establishing her own practice, Jennifer served for many years as the Executive Director of IDEAS Institute, a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of older adults through the conduct of applied research. She is an international speaker and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Her research and consulting in the area of environmental modifications has resulted in improved functioning for people with dementia. Jennifer offers interactive and educational presentations and coaching that help clients bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of people with dementia. Jennifer Brush is the co-author of four books: Creative Connections in Dementia Care™; I Care; Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit™ (ECAT) and A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. She is the author of Meal Time Matters and Meal Time Matters at Home, training programs that build nursing assistants' and home caregivers' skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. Jennifer has authored over 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, served as guest editor of the journals Seminars in Speech and Language and Perspectives in Gerontology, volunteered as Chair of Professional Development in Gerontology for the American Speech Language Hearing Association Special Interest Group, and was an editorial reviewer for Jennifer is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Jennifer is honored to be appointed by the Executive Director of AMI to serve as an inaugural member of the Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia. This group is responsible for writing the AMI standards for Montessori dementia programs. Jennifer presented her research in the area of dementia at the first international conference for Montessori environments for dementia in Sydney, Australia in 2014, and spoke at the annual AMI meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015. She will return to Sydney in November, 2015 to speak about creating supportive environments for the aging.
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