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Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators

Eventbrite - Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Programmes, Dorchester Arts   Eventbrite - Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at The Geffrye Museum, London

The popular full day A4D Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators, developed with Dementia Pathfinders, gives arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers, as well as a valuable opportunity to share experiences with facilitators from other arts organisations from across the UK.  

Arts organisers, facilitators, project managers, workshop leaders, front of house teams and volunteer postgraduate arts students are all welcome to attend. As well as valuable content enabling you to work effectively with people affected by different types of dementia, participants find equal value in the networking and knowledge sharing with other arts facilitators from across art forms. 

To date, we have trained almost 400 workshop leaders and managers, who have gone on to deliver high-quality arts programmes for individuals living with early stage dementia in their communities. 

Participants at previous training days have said:

I understand now that people are individuals and that dementia should not take away that identity. Trainee, Jewish Museum, September 2016.

Excellent information on dementia and best practice; it challenged my assumptions! Trainee, Natural History Museum, December 2016.

I feel I have a better understanding of the complexities and symptoms of those living with dementia, as well as an increased awareness and concern for their carers. Trainee, Putney Arts Theatre, July 2016.

 Our Reawakening the Mind programme has established a workshop model for arts venues to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.

We are happy to advise arts organisations, artists, dancers, animateurs, musicians, photographers and combined arts facilitators wishing to set up - ideally weekly - workshop and training programmes.

Next Early Stage Dementia Training Days for Arts Facilitators

26 January 2017 Dorchester Town Hall, Dorset
3 March 2017 The Geffrye Museum, London

Eventbrite - Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Programmes, Dorchester Arts   Eventbrite - Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at The Geffrye Museum, London


Other Training Opportunities:

'Training Opportunity with Green Candle Dance Company' (LONDON): 

Back by popular demand, Green Candle Dance Company is pleased to announce bookings are open for Moving into Maturity 2017, a course for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.

Moving into Maturity is a specially designed introductory professional development course for people who are working or intending to work with older people. Suitable for professional dance artists, health care professionals and students, this course will introduce you to some of the key skills needed to lead dance sessions, both seated and standing, with older people and people with dementia. Attendees are welcome to take part in the two days or join us for one of the days – depending on their interests.

Both days will include the unique opportunity to share in the knowledge and experience of participants who regularly take part in dance activities with Green Candle – the Green Candle Senior Dancers on day one, and the participants of the Remember to Dance programme for people with early to mid-stage dementia and their companions and carers on day two. This session will be accompanied by live music.

Day one: Leading Dance with Older People. 
Tuesday 4th April 2017

Led by Fergus Early, participants will take part in practical sessions for older people as delivered by Green Candle (standing and seated), including warm ups, stretching, improvisation, a choreographed sequence and cool downs. A wide range of discussion about ageing and the empowerment of older people will be facilitated.

Day two: Dance and Dementia.
Wednesday 5th April 2017

Our second day will address Dementia Awareness led by experts from East London NHS Foundation Trust – an Occupational Therapist specialising in dementia care and an Integrated Care Mental Health Liaison Nurse. In addition Fergus Early, will focus on the specific application of dance sessions for people living with dementia.

One day - £70 / £55 concession.

Two days - £120 / £95 concession.

If interested, please contact Vicki Busfield on 0207 739 7722 or (email).

Many excellent universities offer postgraduate courses in dementia studies. 

Canterbury Christ Church University provides focus on arts and health: 

Sydney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, incorporating the Dementia Services Development Centre South East, offers a BSc in Dementia and researches the value of music and other participatory arts activities.

Training for people with dementia and their carers:

Alzheimer’s Society
 offers training for organisations and carers, and information sheets for individuals.

Dementia Pathfinders holds training events that include artistic stimulation, for carers of people with dementia. 

Training for artists working with dementia:

National Institute for Creative Ageing (Providing Support for People Living with Dementia) offers reducational training for artists for dementia. 

Postgraduate Arts Psychotherapy Courses:

Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London: MA and PgDip in Drama and Movement Therapy MA ad PgDip.

Goldsmiths, University of London: Art Therapy MA, MRes; Dance Movement Psychotherapy PhD, MPhil.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Music Therapy MA.

Institute for Art in Therapy Education, London: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy MA.

Nordoff-Robbins, London: Music Therapy PhD, MPhil, MMT.

Roehampton University: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA and PgDip; Music Therapy MA, PgDip,

Anglia Ruskin University: Dramatherapy MP; Music Therapy MA.

Birmingham City University: Art Therapy ‘Art Health and Wellbeing’ MA.

Bristol, University of the West: Dramatherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

Dance Voice, UK: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA (CCCU).

University of Derby: Art Therapy MA; Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA.

University of Hertfordshire: Art Therapy MA.

University of Wales, Newport: Art Psychotherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

University of Worcester: Dance Therapy PgDip, PgCert; Dramatherapy MA.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MSc, Music Therapy MSc.

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