Custom Workshops

In the philosophy of doing With and not To, we look forward to working with you to customize your workshop(s) based on your wants and needs. We can vary the workshop length(s) and coverage depending on what we determine together works best for you.

Objectives of training:

  • Enhance awareness and knowledge of dementia.
  • Understand cognitive and functional ability changes throughout the progression of dementia.
  • Identify proactive interventions to promote well-being and reduce challenging situations.
  • Provide care partners with the ability to recognize unmet needs and the skills to change to better meet those needs for themselves and those they care for.
  • Develop a tool belt for supportive communication techniques and adaptive strategies.
  • Improve day-to-day interactions and develop effective hands-on care techniques.

Training focuses can include, but are not limited to:

1) Foundational dementia related information and common brain changes, learning to respond to changes in cognition and abilities in ways that are supportive.

  • Recognize the differences in ‘Normal’ and ‘Not Normal’ aging.
  • Understand what dementia is, what is true about dementia, what are the types of dementia, and how many types are there?
  • Respond to a person’s change in cognition and abilities in a way that is not hurtful or offensive, but supportive.
  • Understand that, with practice, common “reactions” to the person with dementia can become thoughtful “responses” that improve quality of life for everyone involved.
  • Recognize that the person with dementia is “doing the best they can” and if something isn’t working, it’s the responsibility of the Care Partner to change their approach toward the person living with dementia as well as to discover what can be done differently to address the challenging situation.

2) Care Partnering techniques, applying knowledge and skill in Positive Approach® philosophy, Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand-under-Hand® (HuH).

  • Rehearse preventative approach and interpersonal techniques that reduce negative impulsive reactions and overall distress.
  • Practice assistive techniques for various levels of cognitive impairment, emphasizing use of preserved abilities.
  • Recognize how connect so that a person knows you are coming, wants you there, and is willing to work with you.
  • Enable care partners to shift from simply ‘dealing with behaviours’ to creating a positive and supportive care environment.
  • Understand how to tap into motor memories to do with not to or for someone and to cue self care.

3) Using the GEMS® Abilities Model to recognize the value of noticing the functional abilities of the person living with dementia and supportive responses that match.

  • Recognize the dynamic nature of the human brain and its abilities, acknowledging that everyone’s abilities can change in a moment.
  • Rather than focusing on a person’s loss when there is brain change, see individuals as precious, unique, and capable.
  • Notice cognitive and functional ability changes and understand how to adapt to be supportive.
  • Recognize that with the right setting and the right care all GEMS can shine.
  • Learn to offer support that matches appropriate to the individuals GEM state, abilities, and their unmet needs.


Virtual Training Sessions for Care Communities:

2-hour session: $300

3-hour session: $400

4-hour session: $500

6-hour session: $600

8-hour session: $800

*In-person workshops: expenses are extra*


In-house Combination Training/Coaching/Consultations:

1:1 or small group training, skill building and problem solving

directly on the floor  –  multiple shifts

$60 per hour + travel


Individual Care Plan Recommendations

available with in-house consultations

Contact Jessica at or (519)-274-9090 to inquire or book today.