National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners / International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

Demonstrate your commitment to the care of persons with Dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Seminar is the first step on the path to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

This is a one-day foundations course for any staff level. The course is required for people who wish to become Certified Dementia Practitioners through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

This seminar is approved for 7 CEs for nurses and social workers, and includes light breakfast and lunch.


The course tuition is $200.

Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Seminars

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“The entire seminar was good. I particularly learned about the differences between the dementias and how to explain them to staff and families.” – Joan from MA

Even skilled practitioners come away with new learning. Attendees who pursue the credentialing process also have added merit in their practice.

“I was particularly pleased with the examples, concepts and the presenter’s sense of humor. Due to the many individual differences in each person’s dementia, it was helpful to have a wide variety of interventions to choose from. This was an excellent seminar with a great deal of rich information that will help me working with nursing home staff as well as residents and their families.”  – Stephani from CT

“Thank you very much again for the very wonderful seminar presentation.  You held a captive audience for quite some time and that is not easy.  It was a pleasure to be in your building for the day, the staff satisfaction and relationships among one another appear to be quite healthy and very noticeable.  That certainly makes a referral source feel very settled in knowing where their clients are going and who is providing their care.  You’re knowledge base and comprehension of the disease process is exceptional and I’m certain all enjoyed it.  It was a great group of woman, down to earth and friendly on Tuesday which always contributes to the flow of the day and class.” –  Sara from CT.



Certified Dementia Practitioners Recognized at Hebrew Health Care, Hebrew Health Visiting Nurses, Hebrew Health Senior Day Center and Hoffman SummerWood Community

In the tradition of honoring their mothers and fathers, Hebrew Health Care recognizes that elders with memory impairments require specialized care. They have invested time and money to expand their expertise in dementia care. Staff members in key positions throughout the organization have successfully completed the process for national credentials as Certified Dementia Practitioners by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).

NCCDP is the first organization which standardized dementia education and developed a comprehensive credentialing process. “The Council is an interdisciplinary board with a mission to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer’s care education for professionals and those who provide assistance to people with memory disorders,” said Heather Dobbert, CDP since 2007, and certified instructor of the NCCDP’s basic foundations course.

HHC has had a dedicated department of Dementia Care Services since 2002. “A decade ago, we made a commitment to serving those with memory disorders in our long-term care facility. Over the years, we’ve supported our community-based programs with in-services and consultation, and now our affiliates have their own experts as well,” said Bonnie Gauthier, CEO and President of HHC.  This year, Atwood, who is HHC’s Director of Dementia Care Services, went through the NCCDP train the trainer course. She now offers seminars which are required for others who wish to become CDPs. “As leaders in the field of care of persons with dementia, HHC needed each of our key business lines to have expertise.” Atwood set about to train key staff in several HHC business affiliates.

At a recent meeting,  34 staff members were recognized for their new status as nationally-recognized Certified Dementia Practitioners:

Hoffman SummerWood Community

Amanda Sisson, Member Services Coordinator

Amy Miller, TRD, Member Transition Manager

Anabela Ferreira, Membership Specialist

Ellen Hastings, Therapeutic Recreation Director

Janice Gibson, Director, Assisted Living

Joan Carney, BSN, RN, Executive Director

Karen Mudgett, Manager of Operations

Valerie Bartos, Director of Community Relations

 Hebrew Health Senior Day Services 

Agieszka Picur, RN

Charmaine Emond, Director of Senior Day Services

Shabana Master, RN

Hebrew HealthCare


Madelene Francese, Vice President of Development


Department of Medicine:

Jean Iovene, LPN

Marcia Lowe, Administrative Assistant, Department of Medicine

Starr Floyd, Administrative Assistant, Outpatient Clinic

Dementia Care Services:

Amina Weiland, Coordinator

Heather Dobbert, Director and Certified Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Trainer

Hebrew Community Services

Nora McCloskey, Medical Social Worker

The Hospital at Hebrew HealthCare

Shannon Perry, LMSW

Nicole Venice, LMSW

Mary Kate Waltenius, RN

Steven Procaccini, RN, Program Manager, Behavioral Health Unit

“Dementia Care is a key focus in our current strategic plan,” said Richard Rubenstein, Chairman of the HHC Board of Trustees. “Providing our staff tools to effectively care for the growing number of persons with dementia throughout our constellation of services is one of the steps we’re taking to further demonstrate our leadership in the field.”