Teepa Snow's Geriatric Care Seminar | Northcentral Technical College

Teepa Snow's Geriatric Care Seminar

February 7, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Northcentral Technical College - Center for Health Sciences Auditorium
Join us at NTC and learn from one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow. This seminar is designed to support, educate and reenergize those serving in a caregiving role. Attendees will not only receive valuable information from expert Teepa Snow, they will also be refreshed and reenergized by her wisdom and passion. Anyone involved in geriatric care will benefit greatly from this event, including professionals in health care, aging and disability centers, social workers, nurses, personal caregivers, other interested in the areas of primary care and geriatrics.
Workshop Topics:
Coping with Challenging Behaviors - Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
This session is designed to help care partners and care givers better understand why the person they are trying to help frequently exhibits difficult or challenging behaviors that make care assistance problematic or even impossible to deliver. The first part of the session will help caregivers more accurately understand many of the commonly occurring ‘behaviors’ they are experiencing with the person they are trying to help. The next part of session will focus on looking beyond the disease to look for other possible factors that may be causing or contributing to the challenging behavior. Key factors such as: life-long personality traits and life experiences and preferences, environmental conditions and cues, other medical, sensory, or psychological conditions, the structure and flow of the day, and caregiver skills and approaches will be discussed with some selected examples demonstrated and provided. Finally a problem-solving approach will be presented to help learners reduce the intensity, frequency, or occurrence of challenging behaviors as well as guidance in determining “Is it Worth It?”and “Letting It Go!” for healthier relationships and better outcomes.
Changing Resistance to Care to Participation in Care - Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
This session is designed to help dementia care providers consistently use a structured problem solving strategy when confronted with behavioral symptoms that frequently accompany many forms for dementia at various points during progression prior to using pharmacological intervention as a first response. The primary goal of the session is to provide a comprehensive, but quick way to explore all possible causes for new onset of symptoms with care providers so that the root cause(s) of the behaviors are highlighted and interventions are targeted that treat what is really wrong, not just the surface symptoms. Accurate and thorough assessment of factors leading to the observed behaviors can reduce repeat visits, emergency visits, secondary negative and significant events, re-admissions, and problems with discharge and placement. Providing families and care providers with guidance and help to manage behaviors in ways that do not involve the use of medications with negative side effect profiles, identify and treat the underlying causes of the behaviors quickly and effectively, and improving the quality of life for all involved is possible with the right tools and latest in dementia care knowledge.               
About the Presenter: 

As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow's philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research, and first hand caregiving interactions. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 30 years her wealth of experience has led her to develop Positive Approach® to Care techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the world.

She is a graduate of Duke University, and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has a wealth of clinical, teaching, and research experiences that have informed and influenced her philosophy, approach, and practice. Teepa has worked as an OT director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and a therapist and restorative care coordinator for long term care facilities. Her hands on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in community and wellness centers, day programming sites, home care settings, assisted living and CCRC communities, long term care facilities, out-patient clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa currently has clinical appointments with Duke University's School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine. Previously, she served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, as the Program Director of Durham Technical Community College's, OTA program, as an interdisciplinary team member and clinical associate professor at UNC-CH School of Medicine's Program on Aging, and as a coordinator and care manager for CAP Medicaid waiver services in NC. She has served in a wide variety of leadership and advisory positions in professional organizations at both state and national levels, including the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, AOTA, and NBCOT. She’s currently working with the CMS INTERACT program and is an active member of the US Dementia Action Alliance.  



CEU Information

This event qualifies for 6 CEUs.

Location Information

Northcentral Technical College - Center for Health Sciences Auditorium 1000 W Campus Drive Wausau, WI 54401