Understanding Dementia: Disease Progression and Communication Techniques 1/26/2020 9:00 am Eastern Time


This is a virtual Training being held via ZOOM.

Credit Hours: 3.0

Presenter: Amanda Patrick, MSW, CSW

Date: January 26th, 2021
Time: 9:00 am -12:30 pm Eastern


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Course Description: With the rising prevalence of Alzheimer and Dementia diagnoses among the senior population, it is becoming increasingly imperative that social workers are prepared to support those suffering from the disease as well as their families. This course will assist social workers understand the cognitive effects of Dementia as well as how it may differ from normal aging. This 3-hour workshop will also surround productive communication techniques, stages of disease progression, person-centered approaches to care, and tips for caregivers and family in order to maintain healthy relationships.

Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between Dementia and normal aging.
  • Define Dementia and describe at least two diagnoses that fall under this category.
  • Identify the stages of disease progression.
  • Implement verbal and non-verbal communication techniques when communicating with a person diagnosed with a Dementia.
  • Define Person-Centered Care.
  • Discuss strategies to help family’s maintain healthy relationships throughout the disease process.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Cost: $75.00


  • 1.5 hours – Uninterrupted instruction
  • .5 hour – Break
  • 1.5 hours – Uninterrupted instruction

Credit Hours: 3.0

This course is designed for Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapist, Counselors, and other helping professionals at basic, intermediate, advanced, and clinical levels.

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2019 – 9/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive three continuing education credits.

This workshop is also approved for 3.0 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work; the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology;  the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board; and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.


Amanda Patrick, MSW, CSW – Amanda Patrick graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is licensed as a Certified Social Worker with the Kentucky Board of Social Work. Amanda has worked in the social services field for 14 years and the geriatric population for 12 years. Currently Amanda works as a Social Worker Sr. at the Lexington Senior Center where she assists Fayette county seniors and social workers who serve seniors around the state. She has managed a memory care community in Lexington, Kentucky where she specialized in dementia-care training and the development of life enrichment activities.

Additional Course Information
Upon registration and payment for this course, the Zoom URL link located within the course module will grant you access to the live interactive webinar. This link will be active five minutes prior to the scheduled time of the course. If you experience any technical issues related to this virtual course, please contact Lydia Wade at Lydia.Whitman@uky.edu.

Completion of a course evaluation is required. All participants will receive their certificates of completion within 7-10 business days after the conclusion of the workshop at the e-mail address provided during registration.

Refund Policy
We are unable to issue refunds for missed classes. If you must miss the course, please contact us at Molly.Bode2@uky.edu 24 hours before the class is set to begin. You will be issued a course credit which must be used within 1 year of the purchase date. Any credits not used within 1 year of the purchase date will be forfeited.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that this course is canceled, you will be contacted and given the option of a full refund, or course credit to be used within 1 year.

To report a grievance, contact Ashley Cruickshank at Ashley.Carr@uky.edu or call (859) 257-5860.

Contact Molly Bode at Molly.Bode2@uky.edu with any questions regarding this course, registration assistance, or to request accommodations for individuals with disabilities.