Body of Knowledge/Topic Guideline.

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NCCDP accepts all health care related topics from all avenues including colleges, technical schools, online learning, magazine articles with tests, webinars, association conferences, staff inservices. We do not ask for proof of your continued education unless you are selected for audit. You need 10 Ceus or 10 CES every two years. If you are selected for audit you will need to produce certificate of attendance. Below are examples of what we will accept. The topic does not need to be dementia specific. Please contact us if you have questions. 

CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

When you first apply for CDP®, please send in with your CDP® application, the Alzheimer's and Dementia certificate provided to you by the NCCDP instructor. A list of NCCDP approved instructors are listed on the www.nccdp.org web site.  If you are applying under option 2, you will need additional in-services or seminars. Please see the list of approved seminars in the Body of Knowledge that will be accepted for option 2.  Depending on which track you are following will determine additional documents that will be required when sending in your application.  

For the Instructor, CDCM® or CFRDT applications, please attach the required information and documents and send in to the NCCDP. For CDCM® and Instructor applications, you are not required to complete the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar prior to attending the CDCM® or Instructor (CADDCT) class.  

For CFRDT applications, please see the web site for more details and course schedule.

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LIST OF TOPIC and CATEGORIES NCCDP ACCEPTS FOR CERTIFICATION RENEWAL

This is a generalized list of topics & categories we will accept for CDP® renewal, CDCM® Renewal and Instructor Renewal. If you are not sure if a topic, seminar, in-service, private seminar, conference, college class, magazine ceu, ce, etc., will be accepted, please contact the NCCDP directly for clarification.

You will need 10 Ceus or ce's every two years to renew your certification.

We accept teleconference, E- learning, magazine ceus, ce's, correspondence ceus, etc.

The NCCDP accepts facility in-service and education. If the Nurse Educator does not provide certificates for each topic taught, we will need something in writing from the Nurse Educator or Administrator or Director of Nursing that provides date of training, time frame and topic covered name of trainer and your name. This document must be dated and on company letter head.
   
You must have a certificate as proof of topics you attended that includes at minimum:
Examples:

  • Name of seminar: Wandering and Hoarding
  • Date – Day and Month and Year
  • Location- City and state or Webinar, etc.
  • Time of Seminar- 1 Hour or 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.  Instructor Name: Jennifer Smith  LPN
  • Your name on the certificate: Betty Ann Jones
  • Number of CEU’s or CE.s – 1 Contact Hour, or 7 Ceus

We understand that some conferences do not provide certificates but generally they provide some kind of written documentation signed by the Conference host. This will be accepted.

We accept almost all in-services that are healthcare & dementia related that are taught at your facility.

Please note that the topics listed are general categories & titles but not names of specific in-services, seminars or courses. These are guidelines for the types of seminars, courses, in-services the NCCDP will accept when renewing your certification. If you do not see a specific category for a seminar, course or in-service you are submitting with your renewal application please contact the NCCDP Membership Services for clarification.  



Body of Knowledge / Topic Guidelines


1. Ethics

Ethics and Death and Dying
Ethics in the Work Place
Ethics and Management Issues
Ethics and Dementia
Healthcare related Ethic topics

2. Spirituality

Spirituality and Aging
Religion and Elderly
Spiritual Care and Dementia
Spirituality and the Care Giver
Spirituality and the Non Religious
Spirituality and Dying
The role of the Chaplain in Dementia Care
Specific religions
Culture Diversity

3. Death and Dying

Stages of Dying
End Stage Dementia
Music for the Dying
Bereavement & Funerals
Problems associated with Dying
Saying Goodbye for the Care Giver
Advance Directives
End of Life Decisions
Managing Grief / Loss
Theory
Funeral services in facilities
Dying Process
Dying Person / Bill of Rights
Caregiver Bill of Rights
Advance Directives, Living Wills
4. Stress
Motivational
Coping Skills
Emotional Intelligence
Stress and the Care Giver
Elderly as Care Givers
Staff and Family Burn Out Issues
Burden of Care Giving
Abuse & Neglect
Preventing Job Burnout
Taking Care of Yourself
Care giver Needs
Social Worker & Geriatric Care Managers
Issues related to Caregiver and Families
Support Services
Conflict and Negotiation
Hoarding
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Emotional and Physical Abuse
Setting Boundaries
Humor and Laughter

5. Organizational Skills & Time Management 

Time management
Setting Priorities / Saying No
Procrastination / Creating Balance
Ways to get organized / clutter / Hoarding
Dealing with Interruptions
Emotional Intelligence
Quality Assurance
Management Issues Related to Leading Staff
Learning to Say NO!

6. Communications and Approaches
Self Esteem
Cultural diversity
Language Barriers
Assessments
MDS
Care Planning
Infantilization
Depression
Noise and Q/A
Behaviors
Dealing with Families, reframing, strategies, cultural diversity, language barriers, Family Dynamics
Conflict and Negotiation
Referral and Community Support, Support Groups
Communication and Medical Professionals, Geriatric Care Managers, Discharge Planning
Listening skills
Validation Therapy
Redirection
Cueing
Verbal & Non Verbal Communication
Assessments
Theory
Validation
Reality Orientation VS Enter Their Reality and Live Their Truth
Strategies

7. Wandering / Elopement
Careplanning
Documentation
Behaviors
Falls / Incidents
Approaches
Locked Units
Wandering Committees
Anti Wandering Devices
Medications for Wandering
Use of interventions and care planning
NonPharmalogical approaches
Activities
Weight loss and Dehydration Concerns 
Legal issues with wandering and elopement
Ethical situations
Aware of Toxins 8. Hoarding
Understanding hoarding
Care planning
Strategies
Interventions
Resident Rights
Ethical Dilemmas
How to work with your client who hoard
Theory and approaches

9. Activities & Dementia Activities

All topics associated with calendar development
Survey preparedness
Life Skills
Spiritual and Religious
Exercise
Special Event
Trips
Family
Dance and Art
Pet Therapy and Intergenerational Programs
Regulations
Reminiscence Programs
Drama Programs
Trends
Documentation
Care Planning
MDS
Regulations
Policy and Procedures
Training Staff
Sensory stimulation Programming and Sensory Rooms as an alternative activity
Pet Therapy & Intergenerational Programming
Horticulture and Aroma Therapy
Low Functioning Programs / Music Programs
Room Bound Programs
Wandering / Elopement Activities
Individualized Programs
Groups, Large Groups and Small Groups
Promoting Independence & Autonomy
Theory 10. Team Work in Alzheimer’s Disease Care
Staffing Issues & Dementia Units
Team Meetings & Team Building
Policy and Procedures
Communications with your team
Emergency Procedures 
Survey preparedness
Regulations



11. Dealing with Difficult Behavior
Dealing with Dementia & Catastrophic
Reactions / Aggressive Behaviors
Delusions
Hallucinations
Psychiatric diagnosis
Family Support
Caregiver Support
Breaking Down Tasks
Documenting Behavior
Assessment Tools
Identifying Symptoms / Triggers / Causes / Meaning
Interventions
Plan & Anticipate Aggressive Behaviors
Environment ( lighting, temperature, crowding, light, noise)
Communication
Sun downing
Hoarding
Paranoia / Hallucinations
Verbal Outbursts
Sexual Behavior
Physical Behavior
Wandering / Pacing / Elopement
Care planning
MDS
Medications
Restraints
Violence
Non pharmalogical approaches
New advances and techniques 

12. ADL’s

Assessments
Dressing
Bathing
Toileting
Eating / Nutrition
Comfort Measures
Approaches
Communication
Documentation
Care Planning / MDS
Feeding Tubes / Swallowing
Sleep Disturbances
New approaches
Environment
Safety

13. Pharmacy

Assessments
Medications and Precautions
New Medications / Alzheimer’s / Dementia
Pain Management
Recognizing Pain & Faces of Pain
Side Effects
Medication Errors
Home Remedies / Be Careful
Non pharmalogical approaches
Care planning and documentation

14. Sexuality

Policy and Procedures
Assessment, Care Planning , MDS
Intimacy & Dementia
Sex and the Care Giver Issues
Dealing with Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Triggers
Medications
Comfort Measures
Legal Issues
Dignity and Respect
Resident Rights
Family Concerns

15. Depression in Dementia

Diagnosis, Treatment
Medications
Symptoms
Non pharmalogical approaches
Activities, Leisure Pursuits
Care Planning

16. Multicultural Considerations

Religions & Non Religious Beliefs
Sexuality
Cultures
Language & Communication
Ethics

17. Care Planning
Interventions and Time Frames
Care Plans and Dementia
Documentation / Dementia
MDS
Quality Indicator Report  
Assessments
Quality Assurance

18. Environment

Creating a Home Like Setting
Eliminating Noise & noise study Quality Assurance
Dementia Settings
New Ideas
Regulations
Trends
Safety Concerns
Queues

19. Feelings

Approaches for Dementia Patient and Care Giver
Patient concerns
Caregiver Concerns
Support Groups
Communication

20. Resident Rights / Patient Rights

Regulations
Confidentiality
Ethics
HIPPA
Legal Issues
Dignity
End of Life
Autonomy
Independence

21. Safety

First Aid
Non Violence Self Protection
Anticipating Violence
Interventions
Documentation
Care Planning
Falls & Incidents & Accidents
Toxic Substances
Safety and Hazards
Emergency Preparedness (Evacuation from Dementia Units)
Elopement / Wandering / Pacing

22. General – Health

Assessments
Evaluations
Care Planning
MDS
Quality Assurance
Medications
Pain
Changes in Condition and cognition
Skin Care
Personalizing Room for Leisure and Comfort Measures
Restraints
Rehab (PT, OT and Speech)
Policy and Procedures
Transfer
Violent Behavior
Dementia Diagnosis
Testing Procedures
Assessments
Mini Mental Assessment Tool
Depression Screen
Alcohol and Drug Screen
Dementia Disease and Definition
Stages of Alzheimer’s disease
Reversible Dementias
Discharge off Dementia Units
Identification of Specific Dementia
Malnutrition / Dehydrations
Irreversible Dementia
MAD COW Disease and Creutzfeld Jakob
Picks Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
Vascular Dementia
Lewy Body
Delusions, Delirium, Hallucinations
Other Dementias (over 60 kinds)
End of Life Concerns
Providing Education to Staff and Family
Regulations
Best Practice
Culture Change

 

Notice: While certification promotes and maintains quality, it does not license, confer a right or privilege upon or otherwise define the qualifications of anyone in the healthcare field.

 

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