Certified Correctional Personnel Dementia Trainer® CCPDT®

Steps to becoming a CCPDT

Step 1: Your organization contacts NCCDP to arrange a group training of the educators providing education to the Correctional Personnel. Please contact 1.973.729.6601 or email nccdpcorporate@www.nccdp.org

Step 2: Once your organization has arranged for training, complete the online application form:




Step 3: Attend the one-day live in-person CCPDT. In the class, you will receive a Correctional Personnel Dementia curriculum PowerPoint presentation on Memory Stick, Instructor Manual, Master Student Handout Notebook, Textbooks (environment, activities, diagnosis, and communication) video on Sexuality on a memory stick, pretest, post-test and certification as a CCPDT. You are then authorized as a CCPDT to provide the CPDT Correctional Personnel Dementia Training curriculum. 


  • Actively employed and in good standing at a correctional facility.
  • Minimum one-year experience presenting courses, seminars, or staff in-services.
  • Minimum of 1- year full-time paid experience in a correctional facility.

Please contact NCCDP for a private in-house group training rate.

Every two years. You will receive a reminder email and a reminder card that is mailed to you.

Renewal fee:
see fees page


Course Description and Goals

This educational seminar is designed to educate and prepare the nurse/or clinical trainer of a medical correctional facility for the purposes of presenting the NCCDP Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Seminar for Correctional Personnel to those working in a correctional medical facility who provide day to daycare and/or management of inmates/patients that have symptoms of dementia-related to Alzheimer's Disease or other related neurocognitive diseases/disorders.

Course Goals and Objectives:

- To prepare the trainer with fundamental education on dementia and dementia care within the medical correctional facility.
- To direct and educate staff with the content of the seminar to enhance the quality of life of dementia patients in the medical correctional facility by educating care providers
- Foster sensitivity and respect for the dementia client among the correctional personnel.
- To teach communication techniques to utilize with the dementia client
- To provide sensitive approaches for assisting patients with activities of daily living in the medical correctional facility.

Correctional Personnel Trainer will:
- Impart an understanding of dementia to the correctional personnel.
- Explain the common causes of aggressive, repetitive, and sundowning behaviors in adults.
- Describe behavioral/care interventions that may be used to prevent or reduce difficult care situations.
- Describe challenges related to caregiver stress and utilize stress reduction techniques.
- Discuss alternative activity interventions that are success-oriented and failure-free.
- Distribute a certificate of attendance to students upon completion of the seminar.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar for Correctional Personnel
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Dementia: Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment
Chapter 2: Communication and Feelings
Chapter 3: Depression and Repetitive Behaviors
Chapter 4: Delusions, Hallucinations, Hoarding, & Wandering (Walking Behavior)
Chapter 5: Aggressive Behaviors, Catastrophic Reactions, Intimacy, and Sexuality
Chapter 6: Personal Care: Pain, Bathing, Dressing, Toileting, Nutrition, Falls, and Sleep Disturbances
Chapter 7: Activities
Chapter 8: Environment
Chapter 9: Staff and Family Support
Chapter 10: Diversity and Cultural Competence
Chapter 11: Spiritual Care and End of Life Issues
Chapter 12: Bibliography
Chapter 13: Glossary and Resources


ARTICLE: Caring for Inmates in a Specialized Dementia Unit in a Correctional Setting!

"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"

Lynn Biot Gordon, LCSW CDP CADDCT CFRDT CMDCP, Chief Operations Officer NCCDP

Sandra Stimson, CADDCT CALA, ADC, CDP, CDCM, Chief Executive Officer NCCDP