Dementia: A Masterclass for Clinicians

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Dementia: A Masterclass for Clinicians – Course Description:

Dementia is an ever-present condition that is only growing in its prevalence. Despite this, it can remain a intimidating condition for clinicians, fraught with emotional and communication challenges.  This class will empower you with the tools and skills to ensure your therapeutic interventions are effective, thoughtful, and grounded in all the best, most recent evidence!

After taking this course- you will have:

–  Deepened your understanding of dementia and the clinician’s role

– Equip clinicians with resources for effective practice & advocacy for PWD

– Familiarize with psychological principles of safety to optimize regulation & trust

–  Explore a unique POC design, including the “habilitative hierarchy”

– Enable therapists to effectively counsel & educate on stage-specific recommendations

– Make dignity and highest ability to function accessible for PWD

– Have the tools to foster a supportive and successful plan of care with your caseload!

What will you learn?

By the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define the symptoms and outward manifestations of a variety of dementias
  • Contrast temporary and permanent dementias and describe realistic expectations for each condition
  • Discuss behavioral observation with level of functional cognition to specify each stage of cognitive deterioration associated with dementia
  • Describe neurophysiological changes commonly observed in early- to advanced-stage dementia and select a corresponding therapeutic approach for each stage
  • Identify biological, social, & environmental barriers that impact the PWD’s best ability to function


Section 1 (45 minutes):

Introduction to dementia 

Paradigm shifts in dementia care 

Section 2 (60 minutes):

Temporary vs. true dementia; Lab: Types of dementia

BREAK – 15 minutes

Section 3 (75 minutes):

The brain; Lab: Neuroanatomy

Learning and memory

Habilitative hierarchy

LUNCH – 45 minutes

Section 4 (90 minutes):

7 phases of dementia care:  Phases 1- 4

BREAK – 15 minutes

Section 5 (120 minutes):

7 phases of dementia:  Phases 5 – 7


Ethical considerations + contacts

Conclusion (30 minutes)

Review of the course outline

Key Takeaways; References

ARC Seminars sets itself apart from the competition in many ways!

  • ARC Seminars is run by a group of practicing clinicians- so we have been where you are! This brain injury course is taught by an SLP experienced and working in this field everyday.
  • Most courses are aimed at the widest audience possible, in order to get as many participants as possible. While that can be a great way of getting professionals from different fields together, it is not always conducive to working through specific problems, and can make the information very vague, theoretical, and general. ARC Seminars are specific to the field of rehabilitation, and we have many years of experience in treating and developing procedures for treatment in rehabilitation settings.
  • We provide guidance and support for setting up your own program! ARC Seminars not only provide education and guidance within the seminar to set up your own program, but we will also provide you with follow up guidance and support after the seminar to ensure that your program is successful!
  • ARC Seminars uses the most up to date and evidence based techniques to ensure your participation in the course is translated to the most learning and carryover possible!
  • Materials: You will be provided with a comprehensive manual of all the presentation slides,  exclusive access to specially developed tools and resources related to the brain injury course content, and ongoing support and guidance!

Meet your presenter, Dylan!

Dylan Thorp, M.S., CCC/SLP, CDP, CBIS has been an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist since 2019. Dylan completed her academic coursework at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina and possesses both degrees in psychology and speech-language pathology. She is currently a traveling SLP, and enjoys experiencing the country, as well as sharpening her skill set in a variety of different clinical settings. Dylan has a deep passion for working with persons with dementia and has had the privilege of working with people in various stages of dementia in many different settings.  Dylan also has a passion for educating clinicians about dementia, which led her to develop this master class.  We are so happy to have her part of the ARC family!

If you have any questions for Dylan, please contact her directly at; FAO- Dylan Thorp.

Disclosures: Financial- Dylan is reimbursed as a presenter by ARC Seminars. Non-financial- Dylan has no relevant non-financial disclosures.

Who should attend?

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Rehab Directors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses

Client and Student Testimonials

Wonderful Seminar, Well Done!- SZ

Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting- GF

Great Class. Enjoyed the smaller class size- SH

Excellent Presenter. Well Organized. I would recommend this course and speaker to others. -DF

We at ARC Seminars have many years of experience teaching and passing on our expertise to students, with excellent results. We believe that supporting the student at all levels of learning: hands-on and kinesthetic learning, pre-reading for a complete understanding of didactic teaching, follow-up support and materials, and program development for carryover of your new skills in the working environment.

Dementia: A Masterclass for Clinicians – Course Follow-Up/Online Support

After you have attended the seminar, you will have access to an online community of other therapists and professionals for support and guidance. The presenters at ARC Seminars will always be available to answer your questions and provide help with your work!

Join the ‘ARC Seminars Group‘ on Facebook to connect with like-minded therapists and nurses, troubleshoot ideas, and discuss clinical situations!

Relevant Disclosures:

This course is intended to prepare the learner to understand and provide appropriate behavioral interventions to those post Acquired Brain Injury.

Financial- Dylan Thorp is compensated as an instructor by ARC Seminars.

Non-financial- Dylan Thorp has no non-financial conflicts of interest, or relevant disclosures.


We are committed to accessibility of education for all our learners, and have made every effort to make sure that all aspects of our courses are considered in order to ensure accessibility to all. However, if you require special accommodations, please contact Emily Cahalan at at least 7 days prior to course commencement, to ensure that your requirements are met.

Continuing Education Units/Professional Development Units

This seminar contains introductory content. Instructional method is self-directed/virtual online study; with interactive and post course live presenter follow up.


dementia course ASHA

Speech and Language Pathologists: ARC Seminars is an ASHA Approved Provider of Continuing Education. This course has been approved for 0.7 ASHA CEUs, Introductory level.


dementia course AOTA

Occupational Therapists: ARC Seminars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, #000087. This course is offered for 0.7 AOTA CEUs, approval #0004599, (7.0 contact hours). This course contains content classified under both Occupational Therapy Process and Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapists: This program has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 7 Category 1 contact hour(s). Expiration Date: 02/18/2023.  Approval Number: CS110-2021-APTAKY.  Most other state boards of physical therapy will accept continuing education offerings that are approved by the APTA.


ARC Seminars is an California Board of Physical Therapy Approved Provider of Continuing Education. This course has been approved by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; the Delaware Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; and the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Please contact us at for your specific state requirements.

Dementia: A Masterclass for clinicians – Course Completion Requirements

In order to complete this course and receive continuing education units, the participant must:

  • Pay registration fee
  • Complete over 90% of video tutorials
  • Complete post-course competency evaluation


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