Dementia Beyond Drugs Application

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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Improving Dementia Care in Georgia’s Nursing Homes Scholarship Program

Georgia Nursing Homes, we have seats available for the renowned Dementia Beyond Drugs Training.

The training consists of Six On-Line Sessions: August 4, 2022 until September 8, 2022
2.0 Hour Sessions Every Thursday afternoon, 1:30pm – 3:30pm ET

This course is approved for 12.0 CE hours with NAB/NCERS.

As part of a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Georgia State Survey Agency, this certification is intended to increase opportunities for Georgia nursing home staff and related stakeholders to gain training in various aspects of person-centered dementia care and reducing the misuse of antipsychotics.

This certification will provide Georgia nursing home staff and related stakeholders, including: staff in any role/position, residents, informal care partners for a resident (family, friend, volunteer), Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman, and State of Georgia Surveyors, an opportunity to increase their skills in providing person-centered dementia care.

This course is designed for TEAMS to participate together, therefore we recommend that a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 people from the same nursing center are included in a team. ONLY ONE TEAM FROM EACH NURSING CENTER IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. We suggest teams include at least one person from senior management, one-two department supervisors, and the remainder include direct care and other support staff. If possible, include other stakeholders such as a resident, family member, volunteer, or even your local ombudsman to participate with your team (or the ombudsman can apply as an individual).

Each nursing center must have a CONTACT PERSON listed. The contact person can be one of the applicants OR a person in another role at the nursing center. ALL APPLICANTS FROM EACH NURSING CENTER TEAM MUST BE LISTED ON THE SAME APPLICATION FORM INCLUDING THE CONTACT PERSON.

The curriculum, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, is based on the award-winning book by geriatric physician and global dementia expert G. Allen Power, M.D. This in-depth online learning experience uses the framework of culture change to create a new approach to caring for people who live with dementia. It emphasizes why the current paradigm for dementia care can never produce satisfactory results and explores an experiential model that facilitates growth, meaningful engagement, and improved well-being via the application of person-directed practices.

Participants will learn how to…

  • Reframe “problem behaviors” as unmet needs;
  • Decrease reliance on antipsychotic and psychotropic medications;
  • Identify the limitations of our current approach to care for those living with dementia;
  • Improve communication and promote positive, affirming interactions;
  • Reduce challenging interactions through creative solutions that empower individuals to live full and positive lives; and
  • Apply this new “Experiential Model” of dementia care to everyday situations of need and recognize the importance of enhancing well-being for all.

DEADLINE for submission of applications is Friday, July 15, 2022 at 5:00pm ET.


  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and final decisions will be announced in advance of the training start date. Please make sure your team protects all the meeting dates. You will be notified by email the status of your application.
  • Applications will be considered on a first come-first served basis, and space is limited.
  • An accepted application from your nursing center will cover the $450.00 per person full registration fee. If your application is accepted, you do not need to pay when registering to attend the training (your contact person must use the Seat Reservation Code provided in the award letter to register each person individually).


  • The contact person is required to register each individual recipient directly with The Eden Alternative using the Seat Reservation Code provided in the award email.
  • Recipients must log in on time for each session and actively participate for the entire 6-week training each Tuesday from August 4, 2022 through September 8, 2022. To complete the training, participants must be actively engaged in at least 5 of the 6 online sessions. They must request and review the online session they missed within one week of the session.
  • Recipients will be required to document what they learned at the Dementia Beyond Drugs Training by completing a post-conference evaluation.
  • Recipients will be required to document (on the post-conference evaluation) how they will share information and resources with peers and others.

If you DO NOT work in a Georgia nursing center, you can still participate in the Dementia Beyond Drugs training.

Use the code CCNG for the $450 discounted rate. Once the code is applied, you will see the $450 rate.


BRPCC Project Staff
Jennifer Craft Morgan, Interim Director and Associate Professor, Gerontology Institute, Georgia State University
Elisabeth O. Burgess, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, and Professor, Gerontology Institute, Georgia State University
Crystal Warren Williams, Project Manager Celeste Greene, Educational Media Specialist
Consultants: Walter Coffey, WD International Consulting; Kim McRae, Have a Good Life; Joan Carlson, JMC Consulting; Rose Marie Fagan, Founding/Former ED National Pioneer Network; Leigh- Anne Royster, Duke University; Cameron Camp, Center for Applied Research in Dementia

Culture Change Network of Georgia Mission
To change the way Georgians think and feel about aging and disability by creating the kind of care and support we want for our loved ones and ourselves.

Culture Change Network of Georgia Steering Committee
Walter Coffey & Kim McRae: CCNG Co-Founders (WD International Consulting & Have a Good Life, respectively)
Ginny Helms: LeadingAge Georgia Pam Clayton: GHCA
Linda Kluge: Alliant Health
Jennifer Craft Morgan: Gerontology Institute, GSU
Becky Kurtz: Atlanta Regional Commission
Rose Marie Fagan: Founding/Former ED National Pioneer Network
Rachel Wilson: Georgia Tech Tools for Life Program

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