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Online Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice

Preparing healthcare professionals for person-centered advanced clinical practice with individuals and families affected by dementia

Online Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice

Building expertise in person-centered dementia care, at your pace

Dementia is the second most prevalent mental disorder affecting older adults, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and is present in one-third of older adults at the time of death. In order to understand and to respond effectively to the needs of our clients, clinicians must have adequate training in the complex interactions of disease pathology, individual strengths, environmental conditions, informal supports, formal resources, and societal influences. The purpose of this online, self-paced certificate program is to prepare practitioners for advanced clinical practice with clients and families affected by Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

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About the Program

This self-paced certificate is designed for healthcare professionals who deliver or plan to deliver person- and family-centered care to people living with memory loss or dementia, including: social workers; nurses; primary care physicians; physical therapists; occupational therapists; health educators; and administrators.

Participants will gain clinical knowledge and skills in culturally-competent assessment, care planning, and state-of-the-art clinical intervention.

Participants will also learn strategies on how to apply these skills during client interactions and link with a multidisciplinary peer distance-learning community to practice new skills and discuss ideas.

This 34-hour distance-learning certificate offers:

  • 31 hours of self-paced video lectures
  • 3 hours of live drop-in case-based webinars (offered every other month)

Program Information

Advisory Board and Faculty

  • Nancy R. Barbas

    Nancy R. Barbas

    MD, MSW

    Associate Professor and Director of the Cognitive Disorders Clinic

    Department of Neurology, University of Michigan Health System

    Cognitive disorders in adults including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, geriatric neurology and general neurology.
  • Michelle Barclay

    Michelle Barclay

    President and Co-Founder

    The Barclay Group, LLC,


I'm very grateful for this course! It was excellent. It may have taken me longer to complete it (about a year) but that is actually a strength. As an older person who learns more slowly now, it was extremely helpful to be able to pace myself. I'm appreciative of the excellent instruction and support for the course. Thank you!

- MSW, Retired

I really enjoyed this course. In fact, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed taking an online course! The instructors were knowledgeable, caring and engaging, and the subject matter was relevant. It was very well organized and easy to progress from one module to the next. Thank you for creating such a thoughtful and important course.

- Private Contractor and Program Facilitator with ARTZ Philadelphia

I am very pleased with this course. Many dementia classes are very basic and I wanted something more in-depth. This definitely met and went beyond my expectations!

- Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed

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