Champion Course? What is it?

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Stephanie Landmann

By Stephanie LandmannDecember 17th, 2019

Champion Course? What is it?


by Stephanie (Teffie) Landmann, COTA/L,

PAC Support Mentor, Coach, and Trainer


A Champion is person who supports the cause of, or on behalf of, someone else.  Perhaps that someone else is a person living with dementia (PLwD).  So, a champion course helps someone support a PLwD.

Champion Courses introduce Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) philosophy and care partnering techniques to your staff and professional network.

Spend the day with a skilled mentor team to build basic PAC Skills awareness, knowledge, and practice with feedback.  At the end of the course, you are eligible for a Level 1 pin.

PAC Skills Introduced:

  • Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA™): Learn to make interactions more positive for you and those living with dementia by simply turning your approach into a dynamic assessment using Teepa’s nine basic steps
  • Hand-under-Hand® (HuH®): Begin to appreciate the use of touch connection to prompt and support those living with dementia in a more effective and less threatening way
  • GEMS® Recognition: Start to deepen your awareness of the GEMS in both yourself and those living with dementia, and how to use what remains to support others

Check out the video above of questions and answers about Champion Courses.

Teffie is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and Director of Rehabilitation. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Micro-Biology at the University of Akron located in Akron, Ohio. She worked in management for over 10 years in Ohio and North Carolina. Teffie decided to go back to school to earn her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy in Wilmington, NC. During that time, she found two of her passions which include caring for people living with dementia and rescuing Weimaraners. After graduating, Teffie began traveling the country doing contract work in skilled nursing facilities as a travel therapist with her Weimaraner, Jethro. She continued her education by achieving a Coaching and Trainer certification through Positive Approach® to Care (PAC). Teffie has demonstrated the ability to train others in PAC philosophy; teaching awareness, knowledge, and skill development in a classroom, community, or support group setting. Teffie took a permanent position in Texas as a Director of Rehabilitation three year ago in order to make a greater positive impact.


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