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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Dementia Practice Guidelines for Recreational Therapy: Treatment of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM–11:30 AM CST
Trinity (30 Classroom)
Session Description

Working as a Recreational Therapist with individuals who have dementia can be challenging, especially when you encounter behavioral problems. This all day intensive workshop will provide you with extensive training in using the Dementia Practice Guideline in your facility. After completion of 6-50 minute modules and passing the competency exams, you will receive a Certificate of Training and will be listed on ATRA’s Dementia Practice Directory. This evidence-based guideline and training will improve your skills, recreational therapy practice and the lives of your residents.

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.

1. Participants will be able to define the term disturbing behaviors.
2. Participants will be able to demonstrate five recreational therapy interventions to be used in addressing disturbing behaviors.
3. Participants will be able to explain a non-pharmacological practice approach to treating disturbing behaviors.

Detailed Session Outline - Include time spent on each portion of the outline. An example is given in the help text.

DPG Trainings will include:
6 hours of instruction broken into 6 sections of 1 hour each.

            Session One: What is Evidence-based Practice and why use it

Session Two: The Problem: Behaviors, why they occur 

Session Three: Models and Theory

Session Four: Literature to support the use of RT

Session Five: DPG treatment process

Session Six: Protocols and their consideration

 Each session will include 50 minutes of information.
10 minutes for testing or experiences showing competency on the educational materials.

NCTRC Job Analysis.
Foundational Knowledge: Theories and Concepts, Practice Guidelines, Diagnostic Groupings
Assessment Process: Selections and Implementation of Assessment, Assessment Domains
Documentation: Individualized intervention plan, Discharge/transition plan
Implementation: Selection of programs, Modalities and/or interventions
Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals


Suzanne Fitzsimmons, , MS, GNP, ARNP, RT-C , University of NC at Greensboro, University of Southern Maine