Alzheimer's & Dementia Online Academy Course

Understanding Behaviors as Forms of Communication

About this Course

1.75 continuing education credits (general course) available 

This course will aim to highlight the importance of understanding the impact dementia and related illness has on a person’s ability to communicate. As a result, care partners and care professionals may need to shift their communication approach and gain insight into the variety of ways individuals living with dementia may communicate. Through this course, we will look to reframe typical “problem behaviors” sometimes exhibited by individuals living with dementia as expressions of need and explore the myriad of ways individuals with dementia commonly communicate their needs, especially as the illness progresses. Participants will explore strategies to proactively meet needs, as well as develop tools to de-escalate and diffuse situations if they arise.

From this course you will learn to:
1. Define the stages and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Recognize distressing behaviors as expressions of an unmet need.

3. Identify effective communication strategies.

4. Apply appropriate strategies for responding to distressing behaviors.

1.75 CE credits available for social workers licensed in an ASWB accredited state, as well as New York State licensed social workers. (Please note: New Jersey is not currently covered under our ASWB accreditation, please check back soon).

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America #1898, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.  ACE provider approval period: 7/25/2023 – 7/25/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.75 continuing education credits.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0222. 

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(Cost: $25)

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