Alberta Council of Disability Services

Mindful Hearts: Dementia Care Training Program


Mindful Hearts: Dementia Care Training Program

Hosted by Winnifred Stewart Association

This training program is intended for care partners and agency employees who provide support to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or another form of chronic dementia. Using training resources from around the world, Mindful Hearts is comprised of a number of techniques and approaches to assist care partners to support their clientele. Throughout the course, participants will learn about dementia and more specifically Alzheimer’s dementia including the symptoms and stages and how to provide effective, proactive support.  Care partners will also learn more about how to prevent burn out, and will review how to apply the new information and skills to their daily work.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, care partners will be able to:

  • Recognize and understand key terms, concepts, and perceptions of dementia
  • Explain dementia basics, including how to support and communicate with individuals with dementia
  • Demonstrate Mindful Hearts support techniques, approaches and model of care
  • Learn how to address Next Level Behaviour (racial, sexual, religious misconduct demonstrated by individiuals diagnosed with dementia)
  • Understand your role as care partner in the support and care of individuals with dementia as disease progression causes function and behaviour change
  • Recognize the value of self-care in the role of care partner

‚ÄčCourse Format:

The course is currently offered virtually (via ZOOM), incorporating lecture, group discussion and experiential activities relevant to the subject.  Lecture reinforces and expands upon the material found in the presentation and the discussions are designed to encourage active learning and situation sharing to bring new and different perspectives to the course material. Class sizes are limited to ensure sufficient facilitator support and to encourage participation and engagement in material and activities.

Course Length:  9 hours (divided into three – 3-hour sessions)  

To Register: Email with the subject line "Registration-ACDS10" to receive 10% off their registration fees. 

Course Fees:

ACDS Members

(ACDS Code Required)

Per Participant $58.50 + gst / person $65.00 + gst person
Group Booking (12 participants) $643.50 + gst / 12 people                                                                 $715.00 + gst / 12 people