Dementia: Positive Approach to Care Workshop for Professionals

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Janet Standifer, M.Ed. CCC/SLP

Certified Dementia Trainer and Consultant

Janet Standifer graduated from Southwest Texas University in 1980 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Janet has been practicing as a licensed SLP for 37 years with a vast amount of experience in the area of neuro-cognitive disorders including dementia. Janet holds multiple certifications as a Positive Approach to Care Independent Consultant and Trainer  through Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care,LLC. Other certifications include Dementia Practitioner (NCCDP), Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer( CADDT) and Virtual Dementia Tour Comprehensive Program Trainer through Second Wind Dreams.

Janet is the founder and owner of J Standifer Consulting,LLC: Dementia in Perspective whose general mission is to increase awareness and knowledge about dementia with families, healthcare professionals, and the community through interactive training workshops and active involvement within the community.  Janet provides education about dementia through speaking engagements with local organizations, and has written numerous articles which were published in Weatherford Democrat newspaper, Parker County Living , Parker County Lifestyles, and Hoopla magazines.

Janet’s  workshops help you understand and recognize the differences between “normal” and “not normal” aging. This knowledge facilitates better observational skills once the differences are learned. You will easily recognize the changes and then intervene more effectively with the person who is living with dementia. You will learn more about dementia and how the brain changes, using visuals and discussion, as the dementia process progresses. The training helps you understand why those who are living with dementia lose skills before strength. You will learn how to meet your loved one’s needs while using retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction.

Effective approaches and care partnering techniques are taught during the workshops. You learn how to apply these approaches and techniques for everyday situations that may arise for someone living with dementia. The workshops focus on the importance of doing “with” and not “to” a person who is living with dementia. Learning the different states of being and their abilities with each state are considered and used as a guide toward understanding brain function and current abilities. By the end of the series, you will understand dementia,the brain changes, and learn why you must change your approach since your loved one cannot and is doing the he/she can. This information leads to adjustments in your expectations, modifications of cues, and type of support. You learn how to use effective communication skills while implementing “hands-on” care techniques that assist with meeting the unmet needs of the person living with dementia.   


  1.  Compare and contrast” normal” aging versus ” not normal aging related to various cognitive functions.
  2. Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of vision, and the major differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each.
  3. Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.
  4. Demonstrate how to apply the Positive Physical Approach and Hand-under Hand techniques in situations that may occur within the facility
  5. Explain the importance of doing with and not to a person living with dementia.
  6. Use observational skills necessary to recognize and address unmet emotional and physical needs.
  7. Identify ways to help the person being cared for feel productive and valued.
  8. Discuss the characteristics of normal aging and stages of dementia, and the correlating Teepa’s GEMS for each.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to use the GEMS to facilitate positive, supportive communication between the person providing care and the person being cared for.
  10. Identify and respond to unmet needs that lead to distress or challenging behaviors as the disease progresses.
  11. Describe effective combinations of multi-modal helping techniques, emphasizing use of preserved abilities


 METHODS OF PRESENTATION                                                                                   

Lecture, Case Presentations, Audio-Visuals, Discussions, Interactive Exercises, Role Playing, and Problem-Solving.


 WORKSHOP TIME                                                                                         

9:30 – 10:00    check-in ( register and sign-in)

10:00 – 12:00  Normal vs. Not Normal Aging including Dementia and Brain changes

12:00 – 12:30  Lunch (included)

12:30 – 2:30    Positive Physical Approach and Hand under Hand Teepa GEMS: Using Skills that Make a Difference

2:45: sign-out   


Four (4) Continuing Education Hours:  Participant must attend the complete four hour workshop to obtain the  credits.

Provider: Commonwealth Educational  Seminars

Target Audience: Beginning and Intermediate Level

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: 

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitles to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program.


As an American Psychological Association (APA)approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the Americal Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California Board of Registered Nursing ( Provider #CEP 15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.






GRIEVANCE POLICY                                                                                                 

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit written grievance to : Janet Standifer,, 817-901-4658. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED                                                                                 

Facility is handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations.

Please contact if your organization is interested in sponsoring this event:

Janet Standifer,, 817-901-4658.


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Dementia: Positive Approach to Care Workshop