Communication and Interaction Training (CAIT)

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Programme Overview

This online interactive training programme will help participants to articulate their existing skills, and build on these strengths. It will provide information on dementia, sensory changes, communication styles; as well as discussing controversial topics such as ‘therapeutic lying’ and restraint.

It provides practical examples of good practice, giving care providers a compendium of tools and approaches to manage mild to severe behavioural difficulties. CAIT training was developed jointly by care givers, families and NHS professionals led by Professor Ian Andrew James.

Learning Outcomes
  • Know the progressive nature of dementia and some of the major impairments and difficulties people may face as dementia progresses
  • Be able to adapt communication techniques according to the different abilities and preferences of people with dementia.
  • Be aware of dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights and carers wishes.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the legal status and implications of the Advance Care Planning process in accordance with the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Know how to recognise and manage pain and address the broader physical needs (e.g. hydration, reduced appetite) in people with advanced dementia
  • Understand how ‘best interests’ decisions may need to be made for those lacking capacity
  • Develop observational skills necessary to recognize and address unmet emotional and physical needs.
  • Develop an approach to dementia care that involves doing ‘with’ and not ‘to’ the person
  • Length: Six sessions of three hours, each session is mandatory
  • Suitable for: All Health, Social Care and Third Sector Staff
  • Delivered: online via Microsoft Teams
Funded for Cheshire East Place staff.

Delegates outside Cheshire East Place are welcome at a cost of £180 per person for the programme of six sessions.

Time for each session: 13:00 – 16:00

  1. Introduction: Wednesday 25 September 2024
  2. Introduction to Behaviours that Challenge & CAIT: Wednesday 9 October 2024
  3. Core Communication Skills: Wednesday 23 October 2024
  4. Communication in Dementia Care: Wednesday 6 November 2024
  5. Activities of Daily Living: Wednesday 20 November 2024
  6. Care Planned Approaches: Wednesday 4 December 2024

Time for each session: 13:00 – 16:00

  1. Introduction: Thursday 9 January 2025
  2. Introduction to Behaviours that Challenge & CAIT: Thursday 23 January 2025
  3. Core Communication Skills: Thursday 6 February 2025
  4. Communication in Dementia Care: Thursday 20 February 2025
  5. Activities of Daily Living: Thursday 6 March 2025
  6. Care Planned Approaches: Thursday 20 March 2025
Bespoke Booking

We would love to work with you, contact us to explore a bespoke session for your organisation.

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