Trainer LogoPAC Trainer Certification

January 11-12, 2018

Anchorage, AK, U.S.

January 11, 2018 8:30am to 5:00pm

January 12, 2018 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Alzheimer's Resources of Alaska

1750 Abbott Road

Anchorage, AK  99507 US


PAC Certification Administrator
Positive Approach to Care, LLC

Do you currently train or provide workshops to others about dementia? Or do you wish to begin to provide workshops to others about dementia? This certification is designed for individuals who wish to learn to train others in Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care (PAC) philosophy, providing dementia related awareness, knowledge and skill development in a classroom, community or support group setting.

PAC philosophy and care partnering techniques, including Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-under-Hand, serve as the foundation for the PAC Trainer Certification. The classroom training includes an in-depth look into learning styles, the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle (AELC) and the use of effective facilitation techniques. After the classroom training, trainees have up to eight weeks to complete the requirements.

PAC Certified Independent Trainers are licensed to train using the following workshop outlines: 

Workshop A – “Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging”
This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction, and addresses typical issues that occur throughout the progression of dementia.

Workshop B – “Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand-under-Hand (HuH)”
This workshop focuses on Positive Approach to Care "care partnering" techniques, including Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand-under-Hand (HUH). These newly learned skills enable care partners to shift from simply "dealing with the behaviors" to creating a positive and caring environment.

Workshop C - “Teepa’s GEMS; Using Skills that Make a Difference” 
The GEMS workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s dementia classification model (developed from the basic structure of Allen Cognitive Disability Levels). The GEMS model compares different states of being and ability to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the effects of neurocognitive failure (dementia) or other brain changes.

PAC Trainer Certification class size is limited to 20 participants in each location. 

Qualifications for Registration: A college degree or work equivalent (please feel free to contact to discuss); at least three years experience in a health related field; one year dementia related experience

Training Requirements: Complete seven hours documented online video training and self assessments; Review of the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle and completion of the Multiple Intelligences Self Assessment and Learning Style.


Classroom Training:

 Day 1: Positive Care Skills Review and Practice / 8:30am - 5:00pm. Participants will review and practice care partnering techniques with the PAC Mentor team. Techniques include Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-under-Hand. Though an intense and interactive process of mentoring and self-review, you will gain the skills necessary to demonstrate and teach others these important care partnering techniques.

 Day 2: Effective Training and Facilitation / 8:00am - 5:00pm. The PAC Mentor team provides an in-depth look into the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle (five step learning cycle) and various learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) to equip the trainer with skills needed to effectively engage adult learners.

Post-training requirements:

Participants work individually with a PAC Mentor to complete certification. This requires timely follow up and completion of the steps below within an eight-week period.

  1. Call with a mentor to review Workshop Planning Guide and Multiple Intelligences
  2. Facilitate one workshop using the "Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging" outline
  3. Submit a 20-30 minute recorded segment to be reviewed by PAC Mentor
  4. Submit at least 3 surveys from the first workshop

Learners become certified after successfully completing all training requirements. The individual must demonstrate a solid understanding of training material, PAC care partnering skills, facilitation skills and the ability to actively engage learners. Once certified, the PAC Certified Independent Trainer is authorized to use PAC training materials to train others. A Trainer Agreement and PAC Education License will be made available to independent certified trainers, outlining proper use of provided materials and the necessary requirements to maintain certification year to year.

Note: The trainer certification is intended to supplement trainer knowledge and enhance credibility. It is acknowledgement that the trainer has the experience, knowledge and skills to train others in the PAC philosophy as it relates to dementia.

Training and Certification Fee of $1,800 includes:   

  • Access to PAC training website "Seeing It from the Other Side" three DVD set
  • Training manual with presentation and classroom materials
  • Seven hours of skill based classroom training, led by the PAC Mentor team
  • Seven hours of classroom training, led by the PAC Mentor team
  • Post training support from PAC Mentor
  • PAC Certified Independent Trainer Certificate
  • Training Workshops A, B, C
  • License to train using PAC materials 
  • Use of PAC Certified Independent Trainer logo as long as certification is maintained
  • Name posted on the website
  • Access to continuing education webinars

Annual Re-Certification Fee is $150. Trainers are required to participate in continuing education through webinars provided by Teepa Snow and/or PAC Mentors, as well as demonstrate continued competence in order to maintain certification.


Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Nurses:  As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 14.0 CE hours of credit.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 14.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.


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