Social Work and Community Training
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 Training
The KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center provides a number of training opportunities for social workers, including internships and classes for those interested in becoming a navigator with the Cognitive Care Network. Other classes include the Dementia Intensive and MentorD programs.
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.
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.