Training Trainers in: Dementia

Have you ever attended a great training and wished that more of your colleagues could join you to implement the new knowledge across your team or organization? Realizing that for most organizations, it’s impossible to send the entire staff, “Training Trainers” at Institute on Aging is a solution that can empower a single person to improve care for your clients, as well as effectiveness and morale amongst staff.

In our first Excellence in Geriatrics series, we learned how dementia affects people and how we can skillfully address the arising challenges while also learning how we can become a good trainer. Institute on Aging psychologists and other experts provided engaging and insightful content during three training sessions and provided six personal phone coaching sessions for us to implement trainings in all of our organizations.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants were able to: 

  • Define and discuss the different types of dementia
  • Identify the factors that increase the risk of elder abuse for people with dementia
  • Identify several techniques for managing difficult behaviors in people with dementia
  • Identify and understand what makes a good trainer and how students learn
  • Be prepared to facilitate and implement training programs for increasing understanding of dementia in attendee work sites

Who attended?

This course was geared toward professionals who are responsible for training or supervising people who work with individuals with dementia, especially in the fields of nursing, social work, and nursing home administration.

Continuing Education:

This training provides 12 CEs

American Psychological Association:
Institute on Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences:
Course met the qualifications for 12.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #: PCE 2079)

California Board of Registered Nursing:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13610 for 12.0 contact hours.

Residential Care Facility for the Elderly:
Approved by CDSS for 12 hours of continuing education. Course number: RCFE 194-1211-25952

Program Outline:

Day 1: June 20

  • Overview of What Makes a Good Teacher and How People Learn
  • Dementia 101
  • Elder Abuse and Dementia
  • Defining Your Teaching Style and Knowing Your Audience

Day 2: June 21

  • Review from Day 1 and Practice Teaching Key Points
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors
  • Implementation Planning

Conference Calls

  • 6 Conference Calls Offered in July & August
  • 2 Calls on Dementia 101
  • 2 Calls on Elder Abuse Prevention
  • 2 Calls on Managing Difficult Behaviors
  • Each participant to attend at least 1 call
  • Calls will review content & ensure that training plan is progressing
  • Allows for questions that may come up as you start training or plan your training

Day 3: September 27

  • Implementation Plan Sharing
  • Dementia Basics- The Next Level
  • Elder Abuse Prevention: The Next Level
  • Managing Behaviors: The Next Level
  • Wrap-Up and Evaluations


Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118


  • June 20, 2013 - Noon-5pm
  • June 21, 2013 - 8am-1pm
  • September 27, 2013 - 1-5pm



If you missed this series or have questions, please contact: or 415.750.4114