Creativity in dementia care

Creativity in dementia care : We are booking now for first 2018 dates July 31st and August 1st at the beautiful Anam Cara retreat centre in Inverness. (Contact us here or E-mail chris (at) creativityincare (dot) org ). More dates in UK will be on-line soon.

The 2-day course: Creativity in dementia care – is based on over twenty years creative practice in healthcare and ten-years practice-research  for joyful and creative ways of connecting with people who are living with dementia.

The course is aimed at people interested in working creatively to support meaningful interactions, identity, inclusion and connection for better quality professional care. Previous participants have included doctors, care home managers, artists, drama therapists, and care staff. The creative facilitators also have backgrounds in visual arts, drama, dance, creative writing, story-making and puppetry.

The course aims to:

  • Deepen knowledge & understanding about the importance of creativity and learning in dementia care
  • Improve person-centred and equalities awareness
  • Show the six-step B.I.C.E.P.S model for strengthening connections
  • Create a toolkit of skills and ideas for meaningful interactions
  • Better understand the transforming power of love and compassion

The programme is in response to questions from care staff and artists about how to engage with people whose memory, concentration, communication, or ability to make sense of things, is affected by brain disease or long term conditions. Basic knowledge of dementia is assumed.

Costs £200 per person for the two-days, includes materials, refreshments & light lunches. Early Bird discount comes to £180 if paid by July 2nd 2018. Please contact for more information or e-mail Chris at      ‘chris (at) creativityincare (dot) org’

‘I always find your courses give me another level of understanding that helps us push the boundaries and see more things are possible than we thought.’ (AH care manager)

“Uplifting & practical. Packed with ideas. Feel more confident about what I can do” (DD carer)

“One of the best courses I’ve been on. Fun, informative & totally inspiring!” (JM Care staff)

‘I feel that I now have a deeper knowledge of dementia, and have a better understanding of how it effects people. I found the discussions about the brain particularly helpful and enjoyed the creative learning.’ (JF carer and artist)

‘It was good to meet like-minded people and to learn about different approaches in communication. I found the course uplifting and inspiring.’ (FD community coordinator)

‘I gained confidence in the work that I do and have increased compassion and understanding when I work with people with dementia. I enjoyed thinking outside the box’ (CG dancer and care staff)

‘I’ve been on other dementia care courses, but this one goes wider and deeper and is more fun! (Dr S.)

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