Dementia Care for Healthcare Workers (+ UFIRST! & GPA)

Developed by Ontario Tech University.

Who is this for?

This learning package includes registration for the Dementia Care for Healthcare Workers microcredential as well as U-First!® and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA®). Conveniently packaged together to provide healthcare professionals looking to start a new career, or refresh existing skills, an in-depth learning experience to provide quality person-centered care.


Designed by Ontario Tech University and the top organizations in healthcare, the Dementia Care for Healthcare Workers microcredential has been developed to address the dementia-specific skills gap. To increase the competency of new healthcare graduates and reaffirm current healthcare workers’ dementia care competencies, our subject matter experts have developed a comprehensive learning experience to prepare healthcare workers for this rewarding specialty.

Learn about the latest dementia care best practices from industry experts and network with sector professionals.

This unique 9-module pathway provides interhealth professionals with thorough practical training to excel in long-term care settings.

Module 1 – Relational Communication &. Person-centered Care

Module 2 – Combating Aging & Dementia-Related Stigma

Module 3 – Elder Abuse Prevention

Module 4 – Understanding & Management of Responsive Behaviors

Module 5 – Cognitive Assessment Tools

Module 6 – Self-Care for Dementia Care Workers

Module 7 – Palliative Care for Persons with Dementia

Module 8 – Crisis Intervention and Resolution

Module 9 – Cognitive Stimulation & Rehabilitation


Developed by Ontario Tech University with their partners, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and Alzheimer Society of Durham Region.


Learner Benefits

Equip yourself with the skills necessary to provide exceptional patient care
Solidify your delivery of person-centered care
Protect and advocate for patient safety and rights
Utilize effective communication strategies when working with dementia patients
Apply cognitive compensatory and adaptive interventions to promote cognitive functioning for patients

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's included in this microcredential?

    This bundle pricing includes the Dementia Care for Healthcare Workers microcredential as well as registration for U-First!® and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA®).
  • How do I register for UFirst! and GPA

    Once you complete your registration for the Dementia Care bundle, you will receive a confirmation email with links to register for UFirst! and GPA.
  • When does the course start?

    This microcredential launches on November 22nd. After the launch date, learners are able to register and start anytime.
  • How much time is required of me?

    This microcredential typically requires between 3-5 hours a week of course work.
  • How am I evaluated?

    What makes a TALENT microcredential different is the final assessment. There are weekly multiple choice questions that will guide your learning progress then learners are given a final assessment where they will apply their learning to a practical assignment. A facilitator will evaluate the final assignment and award a digital badge if the final assignment is completed successfully.
  • How long is the course?

    We recommend 6 weeks to complete the microcredential but learners have the flexibility to complete the microcredential over three months at their own pace.
  • Will this microcredential get me a job?

    Microcredentials are a great way to differentiate yourself when searching for a job. The digital badge can be added to social platforms and resumes to demonstrate your skills. TALENT works closely with learners to guide and advise on learner's career journeys.
  • Is there any financial assistance?

    We never want finances to be a reason why learners can't improve their skills and gain meaningful employment. If you have any questions about financial assistance, please reach out to us directly (

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