Training, masterclasses & workshops to challenge and inspire

Best practice, informed by the latest research, and years of experience comes together in our workshop and seminar series.

About our study days

The Dementia Centre’s study days address issues such as life engagement, sexuality, pain mangement and many more.

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  • Nutrition

  • Spirituality

  • Pain

  • Palliative Care

  • Acute Care

The study day fee includes:

  1. All course materials, including any referencing books appropriate to the content
  2. Meals and refreshments
  3. Access to internationally recognised speakers and opportunity to ask questions


Experiencing Dementia Workshop

The Experiencing Dementia simulation and debriefing exercise aims to provide deeper insights into the experience of dementia. It attempts to provide an experience resembling that of people who have dementia, while recognising that there are limits to how much this is possible. This altering of participants’ personal experience seeks to foster positive attitudes and to promote more sensitive care practices when participants interact with individuals who have dementia.

The simulation exercise that lies at the heart of this workshop, aims to enable participants to enter into “the world” of a person who has dementia. Participants are then encouraged to reflect on this experience, their responses to it and what this means for their work with individuals who have dementia.

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Available Courses

Dementia and its effect on the brain

This informative program takes participants on a journey through the cerebral cortex and witnesses the dramatic impact dementia has on the human brain, and the way it influences the lives of people living with dementia, including their carers and friends. This course will enable participants to gain a greater understanding of how dementia can present differently in each in individual and how it needs to be supported on an individual, case by case basis.

Understanding behaviours of concern

  • Understand the relationship between the brain
  • Cognition and behaviour
  • Identify and objectively describe behaviours of concern
  • Establish a baseline measurement for a behaviour by getting to know the person.

Responding to behaviours of concern

  • Understand the guiding principles for behaviour management
  • Match psychosocial therapy approaches to the emotional needs underpinning the behaviours
  • Understand the guiding principles for the pharmacological management of behaviours of concern, where these are a last resort option.


  • Understand what it means and how it is practiced
  • Getting to know the person and their motivations
  • Planning & delivering successful engagement
  • This workshop will explore the importance of meaningful engagement for the individual.


Communicating effectively with a person who has dementia becomes an increasing challenge as the person progressively loses their memory and their ability to organise and express their thoughts.  In this workshop we look at different communication methods and look at how your responses can have a profound effect on the person with living with dementia.


This remains an ongoing aspect in the lives of people with dementia, however it is poorly understood, and is frequently shunned as a topic to discuss and plan for. This workshop discusses how we can provide care that encompasses the need for sexual expression without putting one’s own values, feelings and constraints on to the person living with dementia.

Partnering in care

The essential ingredient in case management. Without partners in care the support of the person with dementia becomes extremely difficult. Family and friends so often hold the keys to understanding the needs and drivers of the person with dementia. We will look at ways of enlisting and supporting them in partnership essential to achieving positive outcomes.

Culturally appropriate care 

In this workshop we will identify and look at how to support the cultural, linguistic and spiritual needs of people living with dementia. We will consider different cultural representation and perceptions of dementia.

Pain management 

People living with dementia are at high risk of under diagnosis and under treated pain.  Pain is an individual experience that people feel in different ways. In this workshops we will look at different types of pain and treatment approaches.

Can’t make it?

If you would like any of the study days delivered direct to your organisation at a venue of your choice, or for any other information about the Dementia Centre's range of training programmes, use our enquiry form.

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