Continuing Education

Dementia: The Book and Its Chapters

Social Work Education

About The Course

Course Title: Dementia: The Book and Its Chapters

Learning Method: Record asynchronous distance (non-interactive). This course includes a recorded video and access to the presented resources.

Amount of CE Credit Offered: 1 credit (general)

Fees: This course can be purchased individually for $25 or as part of an annual unlimited continuing education subscription available for $99/year.

Posttest: Following the course, the participant will take a 10 question posttest. A score of 70% correct is required to pass and obtain a certificate. If you do not pass the posttest, it can be re-taken after fully reviewing the materials again. 

Certificate of CompletionIn order to receive a certificate of completion, you must indicate that you’ve watched the entire video portion of the course, earn a passing grade on the test, and complete the requested course evaluation.

Description of the Course:

Dementia is a complex and multifaceted condition that affects millions worldwide. This course, led Tiffany Works, MS, MSW, LMSW, offers a deep dive into the world of dementia, shedding light on its various forms, symptoms, and the challenges it presents. With a rich blend of academic knowledge and real-world experience, Tiffany brings a unique perspective to the table, making this course both informative and relatable.

The course begins by distinguishing between different types of dementia, with a particular emphasis on Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal lobe dementia. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the unique symptoms associated with each type and the progression patterns to expect. Tiffany’s approach is holistic, ensuring that learners not only grasp the medical aspects but also appreciate the emotional and psychological toll dementia can take on patients and their families.

One of the standout features of this course is its focus on real-life scenarios. Tiffany shares poignant anecdotes, such as her interaction with a former coach diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. These stories serve as powerful illustrations of the theoretical knowledge being imparted, allowing participants to see the practical application of their learning.

Moreover, the course delves into the ethical responsibilities of professionals working with dementia patients. Tiffany emphasizes the importance of providing clarity, education, and compassionate care. She also shares strategies for effective communication, ensuring that caregivers and medical professionals can interact with patients in a manner that is both respectful and understanding.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define Dementia

  2. Describe the updates on the changes in Dementia diagnosis in DSM-5 TR

  3. Differentiate the Dementia diagnoses & types

  4. Explain the signs & symptoms of some common types of Dementia

Target Audience: 

Masters and Clinical level licensees pursuing continuing education.

Content Level:

Both beginning and intermediate-level content are included in this course.

Instructor Bio: 

Tiffany Works is a Licensed Master of Social Work. She earned her BA from the University of Alabama, a MS in Counseling from Jacksonville State University, and a MSW from Jacksonville State University.

Tiffany has been practicing Social Work since 1996. She currently serves at the Community Outreach Coordinator for an inpatient psychiatric unit at a hospital in her community. She serves on several non-profit boards in her community and is a Reserve Deputy/Chaplain with her local county Sheriff’s Office.

Tiffany is also a certified women’s self defense instructor. She is passionate about providing mental health education. Tiffany serves as the primary planner for an annual mental health conference in her community.

Tiffany has a daughter, a son in law, and 2 grand pups. Tiffany also has 2 goats, Waylon and Willie; and a cat, Asher. In her spare time & for self-care, she enjoys working in her garden and reviving plants in need of rescue.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction

    • Brief overview of dementia
    • Introduction to the course instructor: Tiffany Works, MS, MSW, LMSW
    • Importance of understanding dementia
  2. Understanding Different Types of Dementia

    • Definition and overview of dementia
    • Alzheimer’s Disease: Symptoms and Progression
    • Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia: Distinct Features and Challenges
  3. Real-life Scenarios and Case Studies

    • The story of the former coach with frontotemporal dementia
    • Practical examples of interactions with dementia patients
    • Importance of personal history in dementia care
  4. Symptoms and Early Signs

    • Recognizing the early signs of dementia
    • The emotional impact: Not recognizing one’s reflection
    • Neglecting self-care and its implications
  5. Effective Communication Strategies

    • The importance of clear communication
    • Practical tips for communicating with dementia patients
    • Case study discussions on communication challenges
  6. Ethical Responsibilities in Dementia Care

    • The role of caregivers and medical professionals
    • Providing clarity and education: An ethical imperative
    • Navigating the challenges of dementia care with compassion
  7. Practical Tips and Strategies

    • Engaging dementia patients in activities
    • Understanding and managing behavioral changes
    • Creating a safe and comfortable environment for patients
  8. Conclusion and Q&A

    • Recap of the course content
    • Open session for questions and answers
    • Further resources and reading recommendations

Course Creation Date: 8/30/23 

Requesting Accessibility Accommodations:

Please email [email protected] to request accessibility accommodations.

ACE Approval Statement: 

Agents of Change, #1919, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 7/26/2023 – 7/26/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

System Requirements:

  • The most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge browser
  • Javascript enabled
  • PDF plugin
  • Graphic and audio output capability
  • Broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps (recommended)
  • TLS 1.2 supported by your web browser

Refund PolicyIn general, refunds will not be provided. However, if you do have any concerns or grievances, please contact us at the email address below. Registrants who do not complete their course(s) will not receive a refund. Registrants who purchased the course but did not achieve a passing grade will not receive a refund. The Agents of Change Grievance Policy can be viewed here.

Cancellation Policy: If an Agents of Change Continuing Education course is canceled, a full refund will be provided to all participants.

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