Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate Series

Get the knowledge and practice skills you need to provide competent and compassionate advanced dementia care.


Is this program right for you?

If you are a licensed practitioner or allied health professional working with older adults and would like to better understand and treat cognitive decline and chronic mental illness, and achieve better mental health and overall health outcomes for your patients and clients, this program is right for you.

The UW–Madison Advanced Dementia Care Continuing Education series provides you with the latest evidence-based clinical approaches to managing mid to late stages of dementia. You learn from geriatric experts who have in-depth knowledge and experience in geriatric mental health.

Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, our interprofessional education approach will help you better serve your clients and understand the geriatric population. The curriculum is specifically designed to meet your continuing education needs and offers the flexibility you need to fit your schedule and life.

Is this program right for you?

If you are a licensed practitioner or allied health professional working with older adults and would like to better understand and treat cognitive decline and chronic mental illness, and achieve better mental health and overall health outcomes for your patients and clients, this program is right for you.

The UW–Madison Advanced Dementia Care Continuing Education series provides you with the latest evidence-based clinical approaches to managing mid to late stages of dementia. You learn from geriatric experts who have in-depth knowledge and experience in geriatric mental health.

Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, our interprofessional education approach will help you better serve your clients and understand the geriatric population. The curriculum is specifically designed to meet your continuing education needs and offers the flexibility you need to fit your schedule and life.

Registration Information

How You'll Learn

  • Attend the Summer Institute on Advanced Dementia, offered biannually in July (last offered 2018).
  • Complete any eight day-long classes of your choice.
  • Write a final paper on the class of your choice.
  • Complete your work within two years of the registration date of the first class you attend.

Sample Curriculum

Required Course

  • Summer Institute on Advanced Dementia

Electives (choose 8)

  • Addressing Sexuality and Intimacy Needs
  • Applying a GEMS® Approach
  • Advocating for Decisional Capacity
  • Developing Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
  • Enhancing Care with Speech and Language Pathology
  • Managing Pain and Emotional Distress
  • Medical and Palliative Care Collaboration
  • Meeting Spiritual and Cultural Needs
  • Skeletons in the Closet: Working through Complex Relational Challenges for People with Advanced Dementia
  • Sleep Problem Strategies
  • Understanding Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms

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