For healthcare professionals involved in dementia care.

FAQs

Training

What type of dementia training does DCPA offer?

To meet varied individual and organizational needs, DCPA offers professional training and education in a variety of formats—DVD, on-site, and virtual. Learn about DVD-based training. Learn about virtual and on-site training.

What is the philosophy of DCPA’s training programs?

DCPA’s DVD, on-site, and virtual training programs reflect our belief that optimal dementia care relies on building relationships. This person-centered approach to care values promotes the unique strengths, goals, and humanity of each individual, involves interdisciplinary collaboration among care providers, and places individuals with dementia and their families at the center of decision-making.

What types of professionals can take your training programs?

Our training programs are suitable for all types of professionals who work with individuals who have dementia—including maintenance and dining staff, direct care workers, social workers, nurses, therapists (e.g., physical, occupational, recreational, art), and physicians. We also offer sensitivity training for professionals who work in community-based settings, including public libraries, faith communities, and retail.

What is AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia?

AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia is the newest training and certification program from Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA). Engaging, practical, and accessible, this program, currently available on DVD, has been designed to prepare all levels of professionals across sectors to feel comfortable and confident working with individuals living with dementia and their families. The program is also viewable with Spanish subtitles.

Trainees have the opportunity to pursue distinction as an AFA Certified Dementia Care Partner by completing an examination after viewing the training program.

What material is covered in the AFA Partners in Care DVD training program?

The AFA Partners in Care DVD training program was developed by AFA, with input from national experts, and provides trainees with critical knowledge and skills to provide high-quality dementia care. Please visit the DVD-based training webpage for more information about the content of this training program.

I’m interested in pursuing DVD and on-site/virtual training for my staff. Can I do both?

Yes! DCPA highly recommends that organizations utilize both media and live training. Many organizations, for example, utilize the AFA Partners in Care DVD program for their new employee orientations and reinforce key concepts with our live training workshops during quarterly in-services.  DCPA would be happy to work with your organization to develop a comprehensive training program that will ensure your staff receives intensive and ongoing dementia training.

Training Orders

How can I order the AFA Partners in Care DVD training program?

Please complete an online order form or call DCPA at 866-232-8484.

How long will it take to receive my DVD set?

Please allow up to two weeks from the time you place your order online for delivery.

How much does the DVD training program cost?

DCPA offers a variety of purchase options, including discounts for AFA member organizations and students:

  • Individual – Non-AFA member: $195
  • Individual – AFA member: $165.75
  • Individual – Student: $175.50
  • Group – Non-AFA member: $195 first trainee, $95 each additional trainee
  • Group – AFA member: $165.75 first trainee, $95 each additional trainee
  • Group – Student: $175.50 first trainee, $95 each additional trainee

Please note: All fees are per person and exclusive of relevant state sales tax. Group rates include one DVD set. Fees include opportunity to pursue distinction as an AFA Certified Dementia Care Partner.

How much does on-site and virtual training cost?

As DCPA’s on-site and virtual training programs are customizable, fees vary. DCPA offersdiscounts to AFA member organizations. To speak with a DCPA representative about your training needs, please contact  Molly Fogel, LCSW, AFA’s director of educational and social services, at 866.232.8484 or mfogel@alzfdn.org.

How can I schedule an on-site or virtual training workshop?

As DCPA’s on-site and virtual training programs are customizable, fees vary. DCPA offersdiscounts to AFA member organizations. To speak with a DCPA representative about your training needs, please contact  Molly Fogel, LCSW, AFA’s director of educational and social services, at 866.232.8484 or mfogel@alzfdn.org.

Certification

How do I become an AFA Certified Dementia Care Partner?

After viewing the training program, each trainee has the option to complete the AFA Partners in Care examination, accessible through the DCPA website. Individuals who receive at least an 80% on the examination will achieve distinction as an AFA Certified Dementia Care Partner and receive a letter of acknowledgement and certificate. To maintain this distinction, the certification must be renewed annually.

Certain on-site and virtual training programs also offer opportunity for certification. For more information, please contact Molly Fogel, LCSW, AFA’s director of educational and social services, at 866.232.8484 or mfogel@alzfdn.org.

Is there a time limit in which I must submit my completed exam?

You may submit your exam to us at any time.

If I do not pass the exam, can I take it again?

You may re-take the exam one time at no extra cost.

My AFA Dementia Care Partner Certification has expired. What is the renewal process?

The AFA Dementia Care Partner Certification is renewable annually. If your certification has expired, please visit our Certification page for information on how to renew.

Continuing Education

What types of educational opportunities does DCPA offer?

DCPA believes in the importance of ongoing, professional education. To support your continued growth as a dementia care partner, we encourage you to subscribe to DCPA’s monthly e-newsletter, Dementia Care Digest and check out Care Connection, a free, monthly teleconference for professional and family caregivers. AFA holds numerous educational events throughout the year, as well. Please visit our events page for more information.

Miscellaneous

I heard about your Series 1 (AFA Dementia Care Provider) and Series 2 (AFA Dementia Care Specialist) DVD training programs. How can I purchase these?

As of September 1, 2015, AFA began phasing out its Qualified Dementia Care Provider (QDCP) and Qualified Dementia Care Specialist (QDCS) credentials, as we are no longer offering the corresponding training programs.

All individuals who previously received these distinctions and wish to maintain credentialed through AFA will be required to complete AFA’s new AFA Partners in Care training program (currently available through DVD) and its associated certification exam. Those who successfully pass the exam will achieve distinction as an AFA Certified Dementia Care Partner, and any previously received QDCP or QDCS qualification will become null. Unlike the QDCP and QDCS programs, the AFA Dementia Care Partner certification is renewable annually.

How can I become an AFA Dementia Care Provider or AFA Dementia Care Specialist?

As we have discontinued our Series 1 and 2 DVD training programs, we are no longer awarding the associated Dementia Care Provider and Dementia Care Specialist qualifications. If you wish to receive AFA credentialing, we encourage you to pursue the AFA Dementia Care Partner Certification by completing the AFA Partners in Care DVD training program.

I am an AFA Dementia Care Provider or AFA Dementia Care Specialist and want to renew my qualification. How can I do this?

All individuals who previously received these distinctions and wish to maintain credentialed through AFA will be required to participate in AFA’s new AFA Partners in Care training program (currently available through DVD) and complete the AFA Partners in Care certification exam. Those who successfully complete this program will achieve distinction as an AFA Certified Dementia Care Partner, and any previously received QDCP or QDCS qualification will become null. Unlike the AFA Qualified Dementia Care Provider and AFA Qualified Dementia Care Specialist programs, the AFA Dementia Care Partner certification is renewable annually.

I purchased the Series 1 (AFA Dementia Care Provider) and/or Series 2 (AFA Dementia Care Specialist) DVD training programs but never completed the qualification exams. Can I still submit these exams?

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting AFA Dementia Care Provider or AFA Dementia Care Specialist qualification exams.

For more information, please reach out to Molly Fogel, LCSW Director of Educational and Social Services at 866-232-8484 or mfogel@alzfdn.org with any further questions