Psychosocial Skills Training

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Level 1 Foundation Level – Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers
Level 2: Degree Level Module

What are psycho social interventions?

“Interventions involving interaction between people, to support cognition, emotion, interpersonal relationships and a sense of control”
Moniz Cooke (2009)

Elevator has developed a Psychosocial Skills Module on two levels which aims to develop skills in emotional and cognitive approaches to dementia care.  These approaches are not mutually exclusive and will overlap considerably, however addressing them as standalone sessions can be valuable in developing these skills.

Emotional approaches: Participants will gain an increased level of competence in dealing with their own emotions and those of the person with dementia, across the spectrum of the condition.

Cognitive approaches:  Participants will gain an increased level of competence in approaches such as cognitive stimulation, training and rehabilitation.  A cognitive approach can assist people with cognitive impairments to identify personalized goals and devise strategies for addressing these. The focus is not on enhancing performance on cognitive tasks as such, but on improving functioning in an everyday context.

Level 1: Foundation Level (Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers)

This comprehensive programme aims to provide carers with a range of skills which will enable them to support the person with dementia in their care, and to help them live well in their homes for longer. Participants will be taught to recognise the emotions, goals and coping strategies of the person with dementia, while learning about the importance of self-care.

The programme content is divided into five chapters:

  1. Focusing on the person with dementia.
  2. The importance of self-care.
  3. Maintaining relationships between the carer and the person with dementia.
  4. Understanding and exploring the emotions of a person with dementia.
  5. Supporting the person with everyday  activities.

The training aims to be interactive and engaging with features including:

  • Interviews with people with dementia, family carers and professionals.
  • A range of video examples demonstrating the skills in everyday situations.
  • A personal narrator and use of characters.
  • A downloadable personal reflection journal.
  • Additional resources with each chapter.
  • A resource pack for group delivery.

An additional chapter on Everyday Ethical Decision Making will be available in  2017.

Medium:   Online with downloadable resource pack.

Suitable for:  Carers/family members/friends of people with dementia, health care assistants, health and social care professionals

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Level 2: Degree Level Module (Therapeutic Responses to People with Dementia)

Aimed at healthcare professionals, this module will develop practitioners’ skills in a range of emotional and cognitive approaches and will include a clinical supervision and support aspect.  The programme offers participants an opportunity to develop psychosocial skills so that they can become role models of these skills in clinical practice.

Medium:  Blended learning:  Online and face to face with a clinical supervision aspect.

Suitable for:  All health and social care professionals with interest in developing psychosocial skills for people with dementia

Estimated time of availabilityApplications for this module are now closed. The next intake will be in September 2017.

You can find out more about the course and access the application form here.

Students of the course, click here for the course introduction