NEW: Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate

NEW: Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate

 (Formerly the Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate)

Get the knowledge and practice skills you need to provide competent and compassionate advanced dementia care.

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 the two-day Summer Institute on Advanced Dementia, offered biannually on the last Thursday and Friday in July (last offered July 2018). 13 Continuing Education Hours or 1.3 CEUs
  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 (3-5 pages) on one of the eight classes you have taken. Details will be specified.
  4. Complete your work within two years of the registration date of the first class you attend.

The total number of CE hours for the Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate is 53 or 5.3 CEUs. This includes the Summer Institute and the eight classes.

To register for the certificate, please complete the Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate Enrollment Form.

Upon completion you will receive

  1. A framed Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate of Completion from UW–Madison Division of Continuing Studies: Professional Development in Geriatric Mental Health
  2. A letter from Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, (Certificate Director, Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison), that identifies the certificate requirements and verifies the courses taken and number of CEUs received.

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

Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW, presenting Linda Murray, CSW, MPA, with the first Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certificate.

Your instructors

Kay Adams

Kay 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 Chapin

Marion 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.


Suzanna Waters Castillo

Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW, distinguished faculty associate at UW–Madison and director of professional development in geriatric mental health for the Division of Continuing Studies. She is recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in the field.


Nathaniel Chin

Nathan 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.


Kristen Felten

Kristen Felten, MSW, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau on Aging and Disability Resources, is the dementia specialist in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Office on Aging. She has played a major role in the department’s Dementia Care System redesign.


Alice Page

Alice Page, JD, MPH, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau on Aging and Disability Resources, is an adult protective services and systems developer for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Office on Aging. She works on policy and program development for a variety of populations, including at-risk individuals.


Kimberly Heal

Kimberly 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 Juergens

Tim 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 Liebau

Jessica 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, resolving issues as part of a larger court proceeding, or developing plans that seek to avoid these disputes in the first place.


Tracy Schroepfer

Tracy 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 Walaszek

Art 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 Director Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW at

Learn more about individual classes by visiting these course pages.

[Courses with asterisks (*) are existing courses with new titles.]

Addressing Sexuality and Intimacy Needs*

Applying a GEMS(R) Approach

Advocating for Decisional Capacity

Developing Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills*

Enhancing Care with Speech and Language Pathology*

Managing Pain and Emotional Distress

Medical and Palliative Care Collaboration*

Meeting Spiritual and Cultural Needs*

Skeletons in the Closet: Working through Complex Relational Challenges for People with Advanced Dementia

Sleep Problem Strategies

Summer Institute on Advanced Dementia Care: Living, Not Simply Existing

Understanding BPSD

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