New York, NY (September 1, 2015) —The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (L.M.S.W.s and L.C.S.W.s), the Foundation announced today. This designation was granted in conjunction with the State’s evaluation of AFA’s new DVD-based training program, “AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living with Dementia.” Participants who successfully complete the program and pass the associated exam will earn 5.5 New York State contact hours.
AFA’s new training program teaches providers to value the uniqueness of each individual rather than applying a “one size fits all” approach to dementia care. This approach involves interdisciplinary collaboration among care providers and places individuals with dementia and their families at the center of decision-making processes to ensure care plans reflect their needs and preferences. Such thinking is critical to promoting wellness and health and improving care delivery.
“We are thrilled to have received this recognition from New York State Education Department’s Board for Social Work,” said Kristen Cribbs, M.P.H, AFA’s deputy director of educational services. “We are confident that this new training program will be an essential component in any licensed social worker’s tool box.”
Renowned industry experts James Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor for clinical research and professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, and medical director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center and professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; Mark Lachs, M.D., professor of medicine and co-chief of the division of geriatrics and gerontology at Weill Cornell Medical College; Richard Powers, M.D., a geriatric psychologist and neuropathologist and member of AFA’s medical and scientific advisory board; and dementia care consultant and educator Teepa Snow, M.S. O.T.R./L., F.A.O.T.A., appear in the training video. In addition, critical perspectives and insights are provided by individuals living with dementia, their families and other care providers, including direct care workers.
For more information, visit www.careprofessionals.org or contact Kristen Cribbs at 866-232-8484 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,900 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.