Mon, Sep 23 | Woodmere Art Museum

I Am a Bridge: Healing the Dis-Ease of Dementia

Interactive communication workshop for healthcare professionals, social workers + anyone who cares for or about a person living with dementia
Registration is Closed
 I Am a Bridge:          Healing the Dis-Ease of Dementia

Time & Location

Sep 23, 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

About The Event

When people with dementia can’t communicate “normally,” they frequently end up alone. Many of us feel uncomfortable in their company, uncertain how to connect in a meaningful way. All too often, those with dementia find themselves isolated in a "valley of awkward."

"I Am a Bridge: Healing the Dis-ease of Dementia" illuminates how we can diminish the emotional isolation of people with dementia by communicating with them in ways that cognitive impairment does not impede.

FORMAT: The workshop will include lecture, discussion, role-play, video and case studies. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how to be present and mindful during interactions with people living with dementia.

INSTRUCTOR: Workshop leader Michael Verde founded Memory Bridge, a multiple award-winning and internationally recognized non-profit, in 2004. To date, Memory Bridge has connected over 8,500 people, with and without dementia, in one-to-one relationships. He is the producer of the PBS documentaries There Is a Bridge and Love Is Listening: Dementia Without Loneliness. He teaches and trains in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

PRESENTER: The workshop is presented by ARTZ Philadelphia. Founded in 2013, ARTZ Philadelphia is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for interactions around arts and culture to people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. We serve over 1500 people a year in long-term care communities, adult day centers, art museums and arts centers, and in the wider Philadelphia community through evidence-based, interactive conversation and art-making programs.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Please contact ARTZ Philadelphia at (610) 721-1606 or for information about continuing education credits.

NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 3 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

NASW-NJ: This course, I Am a Bridge: Healing the Dis-Ease of Dementia, Approval #191406-856, provided by ARTZ Philadelphia, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: July 15, 2019 through August 31, 2020. New Jersey social workers will receive 3 Non-clinical CE credits for participating in this course.

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB): This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 3.5 total participant hours. by NAB/NCERS—Approval #20200922-3.50-A56766-IN

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP): Approval number NCCAP500724-20. Title of Educational Session: "I AM A BRIDGE, HEALING THE DIS-EASE OF DEMENTIA. Continuing Education hours: 3.5

ACCESSIBILITY: The location of the workshop at Woodmere Art Museum is fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request.

PARKING: A free parking lot is available for visitors. Handicap parking is available near the Widener Studio building, located to the right of the museum.

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Registration for this workshop will be on a first-come, first served basis. There will not be selection of participants that discriminates by reason of sex, age, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.

Registration is Closed

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