Information, Courses, Opportunities and Educational Products
On this page you can find the latest information about Validation, new courses in development or available to take, opportunities to make a difference and further support Validation and educational products such as books, DVDs and videos.
What the Internet-Supported Level 1 course offers
- Helps develop a ‘person-centered’ culture within the company
- Goes beyond most other trainings because it integrates new skills and attitudes
- Enjoy the benefits of Validation, including reduced levels of stress for caregivers and older adults
- Learn to effectively use Validation techniques with older adults experiencing cognitive decline
- Embody the validating attitude: respectful, integral, empathetic
- Communicate better with older adults experiencing cognitive decline
- Feel more competent to handle challenging situations in work
Participants use self-paced video segments two times a month and have homework assignments that anchor the learning; there are two interactive webinars each month that deepen the learning and create a group feeling.
There are two in-person training sessions, each time for 2 intensive days
Participants are required to practice with clients for a total minimum of 26 weeks, videotaping of sessions and uploading them to a HIPPA certified site for supervision is mandatory;
Teachers are VTI certified; all have over 3 years of training and adhere to quality standards which include continuing education and supervision.
Evaluations for certification: a written Case Study, a short presentation, live or video demonstration of practical skills.
A private space for teaching, large enough for training that includes moving around
A screen, projector, DVD player
A white board or flip chart
Photocopying: +/- 20 sheets/participant
Participants must have access to a computer, web camera, speakers and microphone plus high-speed internet service.
Free Beginning Validation Support Group
We are happy to announce the formation of a free Beginning Validation Support Group for people who have attended a Validation workshop, read a one of Naomi’s books or taken the online “Beginning Validation” course.
This group is designed to give them support, coaching and new ideas for handling problem situations, opportunities for networking and encouragement and support for learning more Validation skills.
The meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the month.
The first meeting will be held on September 28th at 6pm PST/7pm MST/8pm CST/9pm EST, (USA time zones).
The meetings will be held via the internet using conferencing software. You will need a webcam and microphone, phone, smart phone or tablet to participate. The software link and meeting invitations will be sent to people who register for the group. You can register by emailing Jana at jana (at) vfvalidation (dot) org.
mmLearn.org Interviews Naomi and Vicki
The website mmLearn.org recently interviewed Naomi and Vicki in their Expert Interview Series. To learn more about how Validation improves the connection with older people with dementia click on the link to the interview.
World Wide Validation Speakers List
We are happy to announce that the VTI has created a list of Certified Validation Teachers who have completed their teaching requirements and meet our continuing education requirements on a yearly basis. These teachers are passionate about Validation, love to talk about it and would love to do a presentation for your organization. If you would like one of these experienced teachers to do a presentation at a conference or workshop for your organization, they would love to hear from you.
You can find the list on our new World Wide Speakers list page on the “Train in Validation” menu.
Petra Fercher has written an article entitled “So that People with Dementia can get in Contact with Each Other – What we can Learn from Group Validation,” about her research with Validation Groups (in German). It can be found in the Zeitschrift für Palliative Geriatrie (Journal of Palliative Geriatrics) 3/2016, pp 10-16. In it she discusses the reasons why people with dementia sit in their wheelchairs in the lobby and do not talk with their direct neighbors.
Principles and insights from group validation can help us understand better what people with dementia need in order to engage in conversations with each other. Care givers can enable people with dementia to get in contact. Examples from group validation and from participant observation in a research project show that care givers can help people with dementia to connect with each other even if they cannot do that by themselves.
New Masters Thesis
Miriam Klinger recently completed her masters thesis in Validation entitled “Communication in relation with a person who has dementia,” “Validation, a new approach for care-giving and nursing relatives.” The objective was to discover how helpful and supportive is Validation. The thesis is written in German and the abstract is available in English.
NEW Internet-Support Level 1 Validation Course in Irvine California. Click here for more information.
Barbara was a great supporter of Validation. In 1998 she arranged for Naomi Feil to do a workshop in Pennsylvania after hearing about Validation during an interview with a job applicant. After the workshop, she encouraged the CEO of Country Meadows, G. Michael Leader, to allow Country Meadows to be the first AVO in the United States.
Barbara was well known as a free spirit and she was a great mentor to many people. She believed in Validation, thought highly of Naomi and the work Naomi does with the elderly. Barbara had previously owned several businesses and then worked at Country Meadows before taking early retirement and moving to San Francisco, CA to spend more time with her daughter Kristen, and grandchildren Maya and Jayden.
New Course for 2016
- Internet-supported, practical training that fits your schedule and your special needs.
- Learn Validation techniques that will help you enhance your relationship and build better communication with your relative or friend who is living with dementia.
- Network with people who know what you are going through, find community that understands.
- Learn the skills YOU need with a skilled, certified Validation Teacher who is specialized in working with family caregivers.
- For more information see our brochure: Web-Supported Family Course Brochure
- Or contact Jana at eMail