The number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias continues to increase worldwide. While there is a tremendous focus on research for causes, treatment and possible cures for dementia, there is no worldwide standard for dementia-specific education for all health care professionals.
This is a globally recognised course with a curriculum focusing on an innovative method of working with persons living with cognitive and /or physical impairments based on the method and philosophy of Dr. Montessori. The approach, in this course, focuses on using the remaining capacities of persons with Dementia, including their ability to learn new information and procedures. Most importantly, the course will focus on creating resident-driven communities within supportive physical and social environments. This is done by emphasising the values of respect, dignity, and equality along with providing principles and realistic approaches for implementing this approach. The course focus deals with person centered care, respect, dignity and, allowing elders to do as much as they can for themselves.
Use of the Montessori Method for people with Dementia has been shown to increase levels of activity, independence, and quality of life while reducing common challenges, such as responsive behaviors and use of psychotropic medication. Participants in this workshop will have the benefit of learning from professional experiences and practical examples of peers from around the world.
This is a six-hour online course developed by Dr. Cameron Camp, founder of Center for Applied Research in Dementia.
Who is this course for: This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in learning how to support people suffering from Dementia.
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Price: US$70 (This is reduced fromUS$260 for MANZ).
To register for the course:
- Go to www.iccdp.net and click Montessori CMDCP and hover your cursor over the dropdown menu and click Association discount.
- Once you begin to fill out the CMDCP, you will enter the name of the association. Complete the application and pay the $35.00 USD application fee.
- Wait for approval and you will receive written directions to register and pay the $35.00 Montessori Dementia Care Professional six hour online course.
Once you complete the online course, your CMDCP certification will be emailed to you. You have 30 days to complete the course.
“The more you do for me the more you take away from me!” Maria Montessori
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“To improve the quality of life of persons with dementia and related disorders, and the lives of their caregivers, by enabling persons with dementia to engage in meaningful, productive activity and to fulfill meaningful social roles within their families and communities. We strive to change attitudes and beliefs by enabling persons with dementia to be treated with respect and dignity, and to continue living happy, productive and fulfilling lives as long as possible.” Dr. Camp.
I would recommend the ICCDP course to anyone interested in not only aged care; but anyone wanting to learn more about respecting people for who they are, as they are. As a manager of a Montessori pre-school and a nurse, I found this course reiterated the importance of Maria Montessori’s prolific knowledge of the human psyche and humility. I believe as practitioners we must always follow the spirit, not the diagnosis.
“An ordinary teacher cannot be transformed into a Montessori teacher, but must be created anew, having rid herself of pedagogical prejudices.” —Education for a New World
Psychologist Cameron Camp, PhD, has taken a teaching method traditionally used on young children and retooled it to help people with Alzheimer’s/Dementia disease regain some of the skills that have fallen prey to their illness.
Commonly known as the Montessori method, this approach to learning has typically been applied in school settings. But Camp’s research has shown that this approach to learning, one based on rehabilitation principles, can benefit people in all stages of their lives, and even those with serious cognitive impairment. His adaptation of the research behind the Montessori method for use with Alzheimer’s patients is called the Montessori-Based Dementia Programming method.