PAC Trainer Certification

November 1-2, 2018

Phoenix, AZ, U.S. 

November 1, 2018 8:30am to 5:00pm

November 2, 2018 8:00am to 5:00pm

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MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arcadia

3200 East Glenrosa Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85018


PAC Lead Certification Administrator
Positive Approach, LLC

NEW: Up to 21.0 CEs available for Nursing and Social Workers!

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” 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)” 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” 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 25 participants in each location. 

Qualifications for Registration. The PAC Trainer certification is intended to supplement your experience as a trainer, educator, or as a leader. Requirements include: At least three years experience in a health related field; one year dementia related experience; Work equivalent to a college degree or college degree (feel free to contact to discuss).


1. PRE-COURSE WORK. The following work must be completed before attending the onsite workshop:

Seven hours documented, online video training featuring Teepa Snow and successful completion of self assessments (quizzes) related to video training; Review of the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle and completion of the Multiple Intelligences Self Assessment and Learning Style.

2. ONSITE CLASSROOM WORKSHOP. The following 2-day workshop is conducted onsite:

Day 1: Positive Care Skills Review and Practice / 8:30am - 5:00pm. You 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.

3. POST-WORKSHOP FOLLOW UP. Following the workshop, participants work one-on-one with a PAC Mentor to complete certification. This requires timely follow up and completion of the steps below within the eight-week period.

1. Call with a mentor to review Workshop Planning Guide and Multiple Intelligences
2. Facilitate one workshop using the "Normal Agine/ 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 and demonstrate a solid understanding and use of the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle, 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.

Training and Certification Fee of $1,600 includes:        

  • Access to PAC training website "Seeing It from the Other Side" videos
  • Training manual 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
  • A specially formatted, "Seeing It from the Other Side" DVD to use in your workshops
  • License to train using PAC materials 
  • Use of PAC Certified Independent Trainer logo as long as certification is maintained
  • Name posted on our website
  • Access to continuing education webinars, PAC blog, and the PAC Professionals facebook group.

*For more details, please see our Certification Payment, Refund, and Transfer policy.

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

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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.

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 a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the differently abled: Commonwealth Educational Seminar’s training facilities are handicap accessible. At Positive Approach to Care, we aim to find the right supports for everyone to shine.  Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact us.