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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.
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:
Participants in the Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice certificate program will have opportunities to:
Courses address core themes in dementia clinical practice, including:
The certificate program in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice is a self-paced online learning experience. Participants connect from their home or work computer. During the live webinar sessions, participants will have instant access to faculty in real time for comments, questions, and case discussions.
Participants require access to high-speed Internet and a computer with a camera and microphone. You do not need special skills to participate successfully in a distance-learning environment. We will provide detailed, user-friendly instructions and technical support.
We are dedicated to prioritizing the accessibility needs of participants in this program. If you have any questions or concerns related to your learning needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
$510 for the 34-hour certificate program.
$450 for UM SSW doctoral students and MSW field instructors.
For 5 or more participants from the same organization, the cost is $450 per person.
Participants can earn 34 hours of online social work continuing education contact hours.
The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period 5/15/2017-5/15/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 27.5 regular asynchronous online, 2 pain management asynchronous online, 1.5 ethics asynchronous online, and 3 regular live interactive online social work continuing education contact hours.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and University of Michigan School of Social Work. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 34 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
LEO Adjunct Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Social Worker, University of Michigan Health System
Assistant Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work
Associate Professor and Director of the Cognitive Disorders Clinic
Department of Neurology, University of Michigan Health System
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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