*PAC Trainer Certification: Ft Worth, TX


Hosted by:  Ft Worth United Methodist Church

Please note:  This event is scheduled for March 15, 2018 (8:30a-5:00p) and March 16, 2018 (8:00a - 5:00p).

Do you currently train or provide workshops to others about dementia? Or do you wish to begin to provide workshops to others about dementia?

This certification is designed for individuals who wish to learn to train others in Teepa Snow's Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) philosophy, providing dementia related awareness, knowledge and skill development in a classroom, community or support group setting.

PAC philosophy and care partnering techniques, including Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-under-Hand™, serve as the foundation for the PAC Trainer Certification. The classroom training includes an in-depth look into learning styles, the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle (AELC) and the use of effective facilitation techniques. Upon completion of the classroom training, trainees have eight weeks to complete the remaining requirements.

What is new in 2018? Although Teepa has enjoyed offering our core PAC Certification courses, she is ready to offer deeper training in the knowledge and skills necessary for successful outcomes on specific tasks or areas of interaction. The shift will be a gradual process: In 2018 Teepa will transition off of the PAC Trainer Certification. Over the past three years, she has prepared a small, but elite, group of PAC Lead Mentors to offer our PAC Trainer Certification content, without her physical presence. Our Lead Mentors have supported and led countless certification events with Teepa’s oversight and approval. The Trainer Certification will continue to provide the just right challenge and support in content, practice opportunities, and excitement that is built into the program. It will also continue to prepare those who complete the certification to offer what others need to change how they think and behave when providing support and care for people living with dementia. Click here to read more about Teepa's transition.

PAC Independent Certified Trainers are licensed to train using the following workshop outlines: 

  • Workshop A – “Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging”
    This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction, and addresses typical issues that occur throughout the progression of dementia.
  • Workshop B – “Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand-under-Hand™ (HuH)”
    This workshop focuses on Positive Approach® to Care "care partnering" techniques, including Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand-under-Hand™ (HUH). These newly learned skills enable care partners to shift from simply "dealing with the behaviors" to creating a positive and caring environment.
  • Workshop C - “Teepa’s GEMS®; Using Skills that Make a Difference”
    The GEMS® workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s dementia classification model (developed from the basic structure of Allen Cognitive Disability Levels). The GEMS® model compares different states of being and ability to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the effects of neurocognitive failure (dementia) or other brain changes.

PAC Independent Trainer Certification class size is limited to 25 participants in each location.

Qualifications for registration:

  • A college degree or work equivalent (please contact to discuss)
  • Minimum of three years experience in a health related field
  • Minimum of one year dementia related experience

Training Requirements:

  • Seven hours of documented online video training
  • Successful completion of assessments related to training videos
  • Review of the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle and completion of the Multiple Intelligences Self Assessment and Learning Style Assessment

Classroom Training:

Day One: Positive Care Skills Review and Practice / 8:30am - 5:00pm

You will review and practice care partnering techniques with a PAC Mentor. Techniques include Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-under-Hand™. Though an intense and interactive process of mentoring and self-review, you will gain the skills necessary to demonstrate and teach others these important care partnering techniques.

 Day Two: Effective Training and Facilitation / 8:00am - 5:00pm

Teepa provides an in-depth look into the Adult Experiential Learning Cycle (five step learning cycle) and various learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) to equip the trainer with skills needed to effectively engage adult learners.

Post-training requirements:

Participants work with a PAC Mentor to complete certification. This requires timely follow up and completion of the steps below within an eight-week period.

  • Call with a mentor to review Workshop Planning Guide and Multiple Intelligences
  • Facilitate one workshop using the "Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging" outline
  • Submit a 20-30 minute recorded segment to be reviewed by PAC Mentor
  • Submit at least three surveys from the first workshop

Learners become certified after successfully completing all training requirements. The individual must demonstrate a solid understanding of training material, PAC care partnering skills, facilitation skills and the ability to actively engage learners. Once certified, the PAC trainer is authorized to use PAC training materials to train others.

A Trainer Agreement and PAC Education License will be made available to independent certified trainers, outlining proper use of provided materials and the necessary requirements to maintain certification year to year.

Note: The trainer certification is intended to supplement trainer knowledge and enhance credibility. It is acknowledgement that the trainer has the experience, knowledge and skills to train others in the PAC philosophy as it relates to dementia.

The list price fee of $1800.00* includes:

  • Access to PAC training website
  • A "Seeing It from the Other Side" DVD to use in your workshop
  • Training manual with presentation and classroom materials
  • Seven hours of skill based classroom training, led by PAC Mentors
  • Seven hours of classroom training, led by Teepa Snow
  • Post training support from PAC Mentor
  • PAC Trainer Certificate
  • Training Workshops A, B, C
  • License to train using PAC materials 
  • Use of PAC Independent Trainer logo as long as certification is maintained
  • Name posted on the website
  • Access to continuing education webinars

* Fees subject to change depending upon country, and other conditions. Please see our refund and transfer policy.


Annual Re-Certification Fee is $150.

PAC Independent Certified Trainers are required to participate in continuing education through webinars provided by Teepa Snow and/or PAC Mentors as well as demonstrate continued competence in order to maintain certification.


Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Nurses:  As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 14.0 CE hours of credit.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 14.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.


Grievance Policy:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.


Accommodations for the differently abled

Commonwealth Educational Seminar’s training facilities are handicap accessible. At Positive Approach to Care, we aim to find the right supports for everyone to shine.  Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact us.

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