Facilitating Successful Support Groups: a validation approach

Course Date Location To Book online Course Flyer Cost per delegate
7th December 2017 Wolverhampton Click Here Click Here £95


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We offer discount for family carers, to take advantage of this special offer, please contact info@dementiapathfinders.org or call 0845 257 2250


This course is suitable for care teams in homes and day centres, including care managers, activity co-ordinators, housekeeping, maintenance, and administration and care staff or anyone who wants to learn how to run successful discussion, activity groups or to involve people with dementia in care service decisions.


Course Aim:

The aim is to develop a culture of social engagement and inclusion within your organisation that offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for people who live, work and visit. It demonstrates the skills necessary to facilitate positive conversations and relationships that support individuals experiencing dementia in a wide range of settings.


Course Objectives:

Gain an understanding of the importance of social engagement and inclusion when working with individuals with dementia within a care setting.

  • Learn the core principles and structure involved in running successful small discussion, social, activity or a tea group.
  • Discover how to apply a person-centred validation to facilitate positive conversations and relationships between group members with dementia
  • Learn how to set up a group with the aim of involving people experiencing dementia in their care decisions taking into account their individuality, wishes and preferences.
  • Participants will be given 7 themed discussion plans to use in their care settings.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the day learners will be able to:

  • Understand how social inclusion and social roles are essential to a person’s wellbeing.
  • Assess an individual’s social engagement needs using an emotional model; The Validation Method the Four Stages of Resolution.
  • Explain the role of the facilitator and co- facilitators.
  • List and describe a six step plan for setting up, structuring and facilitating a 20-30 minute residents’ validation social group.
  • Outline the life-cycle of the group.
  • Apply a person centred validation approach to facilitate positive conversations and relationships between group members with dementia



Julia Pitkin
Julia trained as an occupational therapist and has a post graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. She is the UK’s first certified Validation Trainer in Dementia Care, completing her training in Pennsylvania, USA. Her decision to specialise in dementia care was influenced by her work as a quality care auditor for a private sector accreditation company and for the former National Care Standards Commission, where she identified training needs for staff caring for people living with dementia in care homes. Her specialist interest and passion is in person-centred listening and communication, having recently made a training film called ‘Conversations that Matter: breaking through dementia’.

Further Information

Facilitating Successful Support Groups: a validation approach can be commissioned by an organisation for delivery in-house. To request further information or to discuss possible training please email info@dementiapathfinders.org or contact 0845 257 2260