Who can practice Validation?
Validation can be used by anyone who cares for very old disoriented people. Both professionals and family members can use Validation with positive results. Validation practitioners must have empathy, be non-judgmental and be able to handle their own feelings, as well as the feelings of others. In order to validate another person, the Validation practitioner must "center", observe carefully, and then step into the personal reality of the client. There are verbal and non-verbal techniques that can be learned and used to build a trusting relationship in which the clients can communicate and be motivated to express themselves.
Most people find that they need training in Validation in order to integrate the theory and techniques into practice. Courses and training in Validation are offered by certified Validation Teachers. There are 4 levels of certification. Each level builds on the experience and knowledge gained from the course preceding.