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Social Work and Other Professionals

The KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center offers extensive professional training for social workers and other healthcare professionals along with community education programming.

It takes a complete healthcare village to navigate the changes created by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. With professional social workers on staff and extensive training programs, the KU ADRC helps you help others.

Social Work and Other Professional Training

The KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center provides a number of training opportunities for social workers and other healthcare professionals, including internships and classes for those interested in becoming a navigator with the Cognitive Care Network. We offer a variety of educational courses - read more about each opportunity below or download our Educational Calendar for future reference! 

Professional Education Calendar 2022 

For more information about any of the below opportunities, contact Jan Horn at

The Dementia Intensive is a one-day session designed for social workers and social work students who are just beginning to work with dementia patients and caregivers. The first part of the Dementia Intensive event provides an overview of dementia and covers understanding memory and impact through social work assessment, and incorporating a client empowerment model. Participants also gain insight from listening to a panel discussion featuring caregivers. The second part of the Dementia Intensive features a panel of individuals living with early-stage dementia, along with a conversation focusing on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those with persistent mental health challenges who develop a dementia. The session concludes with a “Full Practice” review on making a difference.

Date: March 4, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Virtual

MentorD is a one-year, monthly dementia-specific remote learning and mentorship program for social workers, broadcast via webinar. MentorD incorporates information about various dementias into real-world social work applications through facilitated case discussion. The series highlights depression in Alzheimer’s disease; behavioral care complications; Lindeman’s grief stages, as applied to caregivers; family battles; and empowerment-based practices and ethical considerations. Social workers who complete MentorD can receive CEUs in ethics and diagnostics.

Details: MentorD is a dementia-specific remote learning and mentorship program for social workers six-month program that is offered on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Date: May 21 - October 21, 2022

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Virtual 

Fee: $75

Credit: 9 CEU

Click here to register

The documentary, SPARK: Robin Williams and His Battle with Lewy Body Dementia, will be included in this educational event for health care providers and professionals through evidence-based practices in diagnosis, treatment, and care management of LBD.

Date: May 7 

Deadline to register: May 4, 2022

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Virtual

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Managing Alzheimer’s Risk in Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

This education program is geared to families and staff members that support someone with an Intellectual and/or developmental disability. We will explore risk factors, ways to monitor for cognitive changes and ways to support.

JUNE 3 | 3:30 - 5:30 PM
KU Fairway North Building
4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS

JULY 15 | 10:00 AM - NOON
Winfield, KS – Location TBD

NOVEMBER 4 | 2:30 – 4:30 PM
OCCK Transportation Building
340 N Santa Fe Ave, Salina, KS

For more information contact Jan Horn at

KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

KU Clinical Research Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Mailstop 6002
Fairway, KS 66205