Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate

Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate

Due to pandemic related staffing and financial constraints, the Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate will no longer be accepting new enrollments. Classes within the Certificate series are still available for enrollment as stand-alone classes with Continuing Education (CE) hours.

Why advanced dementia care professional development?

Evidence-based research on quality dementia care indicates that professionals caring for persons living in mid-late stage dementia require knowledge and skills that address the complexity of medical and psychosocial care.

The Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate provides a deeper examination of treatment and management options designed to improve patient and client safety as well as medical and psychosocial outcomes that reinforce personhood for persons with mid-to-late stages of dementia. Leading clinical and research experts from UW–Madison and the region will engage participants in a comprehensive learning experience designed to build their expertise in quality advanced dementia care.

Certificate requirements

  1. Attend a Summer Institute on Advanced Dementia Care event (7 Continuing Education Hours, 0.7 CEUs). The last one was held July 30, 2020. Save the date for the next Summer Institute: June 11, 2021.
  2. Take any eight day-long classes of your choice (5 Continuing Education Hours per class, $160/class with early-bird registration). Note: The fall and spring semester classes will be different to provide plenty of options for students to choose from.
  3. When you have completed attending classes, write a final paper:
    • Choose a topic from one of the eight classes you attended; i.e. BPSD, Sleep Disorders, Sexuality, Conflict Resolution, Speech and Language Pathology, etc.
    • Once you have identified your topic, determine a key theme or argument you want to support.
    • Use citations from class lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, and professional articles.
    • Include a bibliography of the resources cited in your paper.
    • 3-5 pages, double spaced.
    • Send completed papers to Jenee Jerome at
  4. Complete your work within two years of the registration date of the first class you attend.

The total number of Continuing Education Hours for the Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate is 50 (5 CEUs). This includes the Summer Institute (10 hours) and eight 5-hour classes.

If you have questions about the certificate or your progress through the requirements of the certificate, please contact Jenee Jerome at

Upon completion you will receive:

Upon completion you will receive a framed Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate of Completion from UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, along with a letter verifying the certificate requirements, courses taken, and continuing education hours (CEUs) earned.

Linda Murray receives the first UW-Madison certificate in Advanced Dementia Care

Linda Murray, CSW, MPA (right) receiving her framed Advanced Dementia Care Specialist certificate from program developer and former director Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW

In memoriam, Dr. Suzanna Waters Castillo

The Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate was created by Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW, Distinguished Faculty Associate at UW–Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Director of Professional Development in Aging and Long-term Care (on the left in the above photo). Dr. Castillo was a champion of patient centered care and highly valued professional development that provided directly applicable tools and techniques. Dr. Castillo passed away in April of 2020 but her contribution to Wisconsin professionals will be long lasting.

Your instructors

Kay AdamsKay Adams, LCSW, has extensive inpatient and community-based care experience working with older adults with advanced dementia. She is a clinician, educator, writer, and consultant as well as a tireless advocate for older adults with dementia. She is also a certified trainer for Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to dementia care.

Marion ChapinMarion Chapin is a dementia care specialist certified in Positive Approach to Care as well as the Outreach and Training Coordinator for Senior Helpers, and is passionate about helping seniors remain safe and independent in their homes. She has led workshops about the GEMS® program for seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Reducing Fall Risks, and Understanding Hospice.

Nathaniel ChinNathan Chin, MD, board certified in geriatrics, is an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. After his father was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, he pursued a career as a geriatrician and scientist focused on this condition.

Kimberly HealKimberly Heal, MS, is a speech-language pathologist with more than 16 years of experience working with older adults in nursing homes and hospitals. She is certified in vital stimulation, deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation, and Lee Silverman voice therapy.

Tim JuergensTim Juergens, MD, board certified in geriatric psychiatry, is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry with the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and director of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Comprehensive Sleep Program. He is board certified in geriatric psychiatry, sleep medicine, and psychiatry.

Jessica LiebauJessica Liebau, JD, focuses her practice primarily in the area of elder law special needs planning, estate planning, guardianship, guardian-ad-litem, and estate and trust administration. She is a trained elder law mediator, although most often these skills are applied to private family meetings, negotiations with care facilities, disputes with government agencies, or developing plans that seek to avoid these disputes in the first place.

Tracy SchroepferTracy Schroepfer, PhD, MSW, is a professor at the UW–Madison School of Social Work. Her research and teaching focuses on meeting the psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of terminally ill elders, including those with advanced dementia and their unique sexual and intimacy needs.

Art WalaszekArt Walaszek, MD is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and an associate professor of psychiatry in the SMPH. He has extensive clinical experience in geriatric psychiatry and was named to Madison Magazine’s “Top Doctors” list for the Madison area in 2016.


Have Questions?

For more information on the Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate, contact certificate coordinator Jenee Jerome at