Non-certification training that vary from a few hours to a few days; these can be tailored to your specific needs. For presentation and workshop availability contact a Certified Validation Teacher in your area. The following basic courses integrate a person-centered approach and give basic skills to improve communication with older adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. They range from 2-6 days depending on the teacher or AVO offering this training.
This exclusive VTI online course is great for on-the-job training. The 22 lessons can be completed at your leisure. It includes videos, text with narration, interactive quizzes and ends with a completion certificate.
This online training will give you a good foundation in the theory of Validation and descriptions of Validation techniques. It will not teach you everything about Validation, but will give you enough to open up a whole new way of being with disoriented elderly people. After you have completed Beginning Validation, we encourage you to participate in a Validation Worker course.
If you are interested in purchasing this course for your students, colleagues or staff, you can purchase 5 one-year subscriptions for $200 ($40 each) or 10 one-year subscriptions for $300 ($30 each). Please email for more information.
Family Caregiver Course
Certification training combines hands-on practice with class training, creating a thorough yet flexible communication tool for caregiving.
Internet Supported Worker Course
This 40 week certification course combines online learning, practical work with older adults and in-person intensive training. It is a perfect solution for people interested in being trained as a Validation Worker but do not live close to a training center. Instead of 5 in-person meetings, this course meets in-person only two times and the rest of the training is online.
Modular Learning Curriculum
Course FormatThere are four modules. Each 2-day module is self-contained, meaning participants gain new skills with each module and could possibly stop after each one. If participants complete all modules successfully , they are eligible for level 1 Worker certification.
Course BenefitsCare Communities build a ‘person-centered’ culture where residents feel respected and at home while staff take greater joy in their work. Caregivers feel more competent to handle difficult situations, express more fulfillment at work, demonstrate a basic, empathetic attitude and have the skills to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with older adults. Older Adults with Alzheimer-type dementia communicate more, feel accepted and so express less anxiety and stress; there is less need for psychopharmacologic and sedative medication.
Certification Courses Offered by AVOs
Level 1 Validation Worker
Courses consist of five, 2-day blocks of training (10 days) spaced over 9 months. Participants practice their Validation skills for a total of 26 weeks with older adults in all four phases of resolution in between lesson blocks.
Level 2 Validation Group Leader
Courses consist of three, 2-day blocks of training (6 days) spaced over 6-9 months. Level I certification is a prerequisite for this course. Participants practice their Group Validation skills in between lesson blocks for a total of 26 weeks. Supervision days are organized between each lesson block.
Level 3 Validation Teacher
Courses consist of two blocks of training. 3 days + 2 days. Level I and Level II certification are prerequisites for this course Each participant creates his or her own personalized program for development of needed skills with the guidance from the course teacher. This course ends with a Presenter certificate. Presenters offer workshops, presentations and supervision.
This is followed by a co-training of a Level 1 course with an experienced teacher to deepen the special pedagogic skills necessary for teaching Validation. The Validation Teacher certificate is awarded at the successful conclusion of the co-training.
Level 4 Validation Master
Certification is applied for after at least 3 years of teaching experience of all certification levels, mentoring by a current Master and making a significant contribution to the development of Validation theory and practice. These role models form the VTI Education Committee and guide the future development of the Validation method.
Post-training, ongoing support, we help you to make the most of what you’ve learned and connect you to the Validation peer network.
VTI offers two monthly online meetings for support, encouragement and networking. Certified Validation Presenters or Teachers lead the lively discussion. Sometimes Naomi Feil makes a guest appearance!
Continuing Education days on specific themes for certified individuals is offered by Authorized Validation Organizations. This is an ideal way to maintain your quality and sharpen your skills.
Validation Certificate of Quality
Available to care communities that wish to become known as “Validation homes”. This is an ideal way to integrate a person-centered environment from top management to housekeeping. Contact Vicki de Klerk for more information.