OMA Facilitator Training Information

To start an OMA program at your own location, you will need:
  1. A trained OMA Facilitator
  2. An aging services provider, serving people with dementia
  3. A source of committed volunteers (weekly for 8-12 weeks)
  4. A physical space for planning, storing, and conducting the art projects
  5. Funding

“I can say this was the most organized, passion-filled, info-packed, high-quality training I have ever attended. And I directed educational programs myself for 20 years!”

“Everything was totally explained; no one will leave uncertain about creating an OMA program. There will be plenty of support when needed.”

“I learned how important it is to do things of quality with our residents…. I love that this will make a change for our elders.”

​OMA Facilitator Training opportunity

Learn how to implement this intergenerational art program for people with dementia.
Fully In-Person Training in Oxford, OH

Dates: May 18-21, 2020

Cost: $750/person

CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP

Registration:  Click here to register

Training Contents:

  • Interactive instruction on the why, what, and how of implementing the award-winning, evidence-based Scripps OMA program.
  • Participate in an OMA activity with elders who have dementia and in art-making sessions
  • Conduct an OMA session and reflect on this leadership experience
  • Receive the OMA Handbook, guidelines for 20 OMA-tested art activities, and OMA evaluation tools

Training Location: The Knolls of Oxford Retirement Community on 6727 Contreras Road, Oxford, OH 45056. Tel. 513-524-7990

Training Schedule Day 1, 2-5 pm (registration at 1:30 pm)

  • Introductions, training overview and logistics
  • OMA evidence base
  • Dementia overview
  • Optional tour of OMA art studios

Day 2, 9 am – 5:00 pm

  • Introduction to OMA methodology, philosophy, and volunteer training program
  • Practicum #1: Observe OMA session and serve as an OMA volunteer, working 1-1 with residents who have dementia with reflection and feedback session
  • Overview of online resources available for volunteer training and idea sharing​

Day 3, 9 am – 6:00 pm

  • OMA activity design and evaluation
  • Practicum #2: Art-making sampler: Create 4 OMA projects
  • Attend OMA art show reception with OMA artists (residents with dementia)

Day 4, 9 am – 3:30 pm

  • Implementation logistics
  • Practicum #3: Conduct an OMA session on your own with reflection and feedback session
  • Curating art show
  • Closing ceremony and certificates

Lodging: A block of rooms is held at The Elms Hotel  until April 18, 2020 Please call The Elms directly at 513-524- 2002 and mention “OMA Training” to make reservations. The Elms Hotel is located on 75 S. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056. The Elms is located 2.2 miles from the practicum location.

 

For more information email [email protected] or call Beth Rohrbaugh at 513-529-7172

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NCCAP CEUs Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University is an approved continuing education provider. Certificates with NCCAP approval number will be provided at the end of the training. NCCDP CEUs Miami University is a Certified Sponsor of professional continuing education with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for members holding certifications as CDP, CDCM and CADDCT. CEUs can be earned by attending sessions at Miami’s Opening Minds Through Art Facilitator Training. Conference participants will be eligible to receive up to 20.5 CEUs for attending the full training.  

Conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University
in collaboration with The Knolls of Oxford.
 

 OMA Hybrid Facilitator Training

The hybrid training covers the same contents as the fully in-person training. In this format, about 2/3 of the material, or about 12-15 hours, will be covered online. You can complete this online portion of the training at your own pace. This will be followed by an in-person practicum offered at different dates and locations. You must complete both the online training and the in-person practicum to become a certified OMA Facilitator.

All training sessions are open to anyone.

Online Training contents

  • Interactive instruction on the why, what, and how of implementing the award-winning, evidence-based Scripps OMA program.
  • OMA activity design principles to create failure-free art projects for people with dementia.
  • Evidence base of OMA’s impact on people with dementia and student volunteers.

In-person Practicum Outline: Day 1 from 2-6 pm (Registration opens at 1:30 pm); Day 2 from 8 am – 4 pm.

  • Practicum #1: Observe OMA session and serve as an OMA volunteer, working 1-1 with residents who have dementia with reflection and feedback session
  • Practicum #2:Art-making sampler: Create 4 OMA projects
  • Practicum #3: Conduct an OMA session on your own with reflection and feedback session
  • Closing ceremony and certificates
 
2019
 
Hybrid Training in Richmond, VA
 

Cost:  $750/person

CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP

Registration:  Click here to register.

Both the online course and the in person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification.

Logistics:

  • Online training: September 30 – October 25, 2019
  • In-person Practicum: November 7-8, 2019 in Richmond, VA
  • Contact: Cindy Paullin at [email protected] or Tel. 804-543-4516
  • Practicum Location: At Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community, 1257 Marywood Lane, Richmond,VA 23229. Tel. 804-741-8624
  • Lodging: Hyatt House  at 11800 West Broad Street Suite 1098, Henrico, Virginia, 23233. Tel.  804-360-7021  (Main reservation:  1-888-591-1234).  Mention “Art  for  the  Journey”  for discounted rates.
    For online booking, enter stay dates, click on “Special Rates” and select “Corporate or Group Code” from the drop down menu. Then enter “G-AFTJ” code and finish your booking process.
 
Hybrid Training in Oxford, OH

Cost: $750/person

CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP

Registration:  Click here to register.

Both the online course and the in person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification.

Logistics:

  • Online training: November 11 – December 13, 2019
  • In-person Practicum: January 16-17, 2020 in Oxford, OH
  • Contact: Elizabeth Rohrbaugh at [email protected] or 513-529-7172
  • Practicum Location: The Knolls of Oxford, 6727 Contreras Rd. Oxford, OH 45056. Tel. 513-524-7990.
  • Lodging: A block of rooms is held at The Elms Hotel until December 16, 2019. Please call The Elms directly at 513-524- 2002 and mention “OMA Training” to make reservations. The Elms Hotel is located on 75 S. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056. The Elms is located 2.2 miles from the practicum location.

 

Hybrid Training in Richmond, VA
 

Cost:  $750/person

CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP

Registration:  Click here to register.

Both the online course and the in person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification.

Logistics:

  • Online training: February 10 – March 6, 2020
  • In-person Practicum: March 19-20, 2020 in Richmond, VA
  • Contact: Cindy Paullin at [email protected] or Tel. 804-543-4516
  • Practicum Location: At Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community, 1257 Marywood Lane, Richmond,VA 23229. Tel. 804-741-8624
  • Lodging: Hyatt House  at 11800 West Broad Street Suite 1098, Henrico, Virginia, 23233. Tel.  804-360-7021  (Main reservation:  1-888-591-1234).  Mention “Art  for  the  Journey”  for discounted rates.
    For online booking, enter stay dates, click on “Special Rates” and select “Corporate or Group Code” from the drop down menu. Then enter “G-AFTJ” code and finish your booking process.
 
Hybrid Training in Calgary, AB
 

Cost: CAD 750/person

Registration:  Click here to register.

Both the online course and the in person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification.

Logistics:

  • Online training: April 13 – May 8, 2020
  • In-person Practicum: May 28-29, 2020 in Calgary, AB
  • Contact: Ali Cada at [email protected] (403-701-4036) or Cindi Bond at [email protected] (403.290-0111)
  • Practicum Location: TBD 
 
Hybrid Training in Canal Fulton, OH
 

Cost: $750/person

Registration:  Click here to register.

Both the online course and the in person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification.

Logistics:

  • Online training: April 27 – May 22, 2020
  • In-person Practicum: June 4-5, 2020 in Canal Fulton, OH
  • Contact: Elizabeth Rohrbaugh at [email protected] or 513-529-7172
  • Practicum Location: United Church Homes on 12200 Strausser St. NW, Canal Fulton, OH 44614
  • Lodging: TBD
 
Hybrid Training in Richmond, VA
 

Cost:  $750/person

CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP

Registration:  Click here to register.

Both the online course and the in person practicum must be completed to receive OMA Facilitator certification.

Logistics:

  • Online training: August 17 – September 11, 2020
  • In-person Practicum: September 24-25, 2020 in Richmond, VA
  • Contact: Cindy Paullin at [email protected] or Tel. 804-543-4516
  • Practicum Location: At Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community, 1257 Marywood Lane, Richmond,VA 23229. Tel. 804-741-8624
  • Lodging: Hyatt House  at 11800 West Broad Street Suite 1098, Henrico, Virginia, 23233. Tel.  804-360-7021  (Main reservation:  1-888-591-1234).  Mention “Art  for  the  Journey”  for discounted rates.
    For online booking, enter stay dates, click on “Special Rates” and select “Corporate or Group Code” from the drop down menu. Then enter “G-AFTJ” code and finish your booking process.
 

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NCCAP CEUs Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University is an approved continuing education provider. Certificates with NCCAP approval number will be provided at the end of the training.

NCCDP CEUs Miami University, the organization supervising both of the above training programs, is a Certified Sponsor of professional continuing education with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for members holding certifications as CDP, CDCM and CADDCT. CEUs can be earned by attending sessions at Miami’s Opening Minds Through Art Facilitator Training. Conference participants will be eligible to receive up to 20.5 CEUs for attending the full training.  

Conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University
in collaboration with Art for the Journey in VA, Maryville University in MO, and Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary in AB.

 

OMA ART DAY

This is a booster training for those already trained as OMA facilitators.

This is an opportunity for TRAINED OMA FACILITATORS to meet other OMA-trained facilitators to discuss implementation challenges and solutions and receive EIGHT new OMA art projects. The cost of registration will cover the supplies used as well as lunch and snacks provided. ​Please dress casually and comfortably as we will be making art!

Date: The next booster training will be in 2020.  The exact date is to be determined.

Location: The Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S College Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056

Comments from previous Booster Training attendees:

  • “Not only was this very informative but it was a day of relaxation, creativity.  Very refreshing.  Thank you!”
  • “[Benefits:] Networking opportunity and challenging problem-solving discussions.  Always good to reboost creativity cells.”

 

Logistics Information for Training in Oxford, Ohio

  We are delighted that you’ve elected to join us for our facilitator training. We’ve listed some relevant information below to assist you with your travel planning. If you have any questions or specific needs please don’t hesitate to call 513-529-7172 or email [email protected] and Beth Rohrbaugh, OMA’s Assistant Director, will be happy to assist you.  

Air Travel

The two most convenient airports are Cincinnati (CVG) and Dayton (DAY) airports, located about an hour from the training site in Oxford. Detailed travel information is noted below. Cincinnati CVG  www.cvgairport.com 2939 Terminal Dr, Hebron, KY 41048 (859) 767-3151 Dayton International Airport DAY www.daytonairport.com 3600 Terminal Dr, Dayton, OH 45377 (937) 454-8200 Both airports receive international flights. Dayton is 53 miles from the training site and CVG is 45 miles but can have heavier traffic depending on your arrival time as you’ll have to drive through Cincinnati. One airport may offer more economical flight options for you than the other so please check your specific flight path for the best available.  

Ground Travel from Airport to Oxford

There are several available services that you may contact for transportation from the airport. Please contact the company of your choice directly to make transportation arrangements.

Lodging

A block of rooms is held at The Elms Hotel, theelmsoxford.comuntil one month prior to the start of the training date. Please call The Elms directly at 513-524- 2002 and mention “OMA Training” to make reservations. The Elms Hotel is located on 75 S. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056. The Elms is located 2.2 miles from the practicum location. We’ve chosen this hotel because it is conveniently located in Uptown Oxford and in walking distance to many restaurants and shopping. Feel free to explore other options, like Airbnb.com (except QIP grant recipients must stay at the Elms to receive reimbursement).  

QIP grant awardees MUST stay at The Elms Hotel for reimbursement. Please use your own credit card to make the reservation. Your credit card will not be used to pay for the room, only to hold the reservation. Room sharing is encouraged.

Training Facility

The training session will be held at The Knolls of Oxford Retirement Community, just outside of town. The Knolls of Oxford is located at 6727 Contreras Rd, Oxford, OH 45056 ​

Meals

All breakfasts (8-9 am) and lunches (12-1 pm) will be offered at the training facility and is included in your registration fee. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions when you register and we will do our best to accommodate. Dinner will be on your own but attendees often form informal groups to dine together. There are a number of restaurants near the hotel and the front desk can provide recommendations upon request.  

Dress

Dress is casual since we will be making art. Wear layers in case of over air conditioned room.  

​Other Oxford Information

We’ve attached a link to help familiarize yourself with the area. Please click the links below to learn more about what Oxford has to offer. http://www.miami.miamioh.edu/about-miami/visiting-miami/restaurants/ http://www.miami.miamioh.edu/about-miami/visiting-miami/campus-map/index.html

 

Logistics Information for Hybrid Trainings

Please look at the Hybrid Training page for travel info and/or contact the person listed at each training site for more details.

Reference List

 

Please feel free to contact attendees of previous training below.

 

  • Jeff Baxter, CEO/President, Friends Fellowship Community, Richmond, IN: jbaxter@ffcinc.org or 765-962-6546.
  • Carol Elliott, CEO/President, Jewish Home Family, Rockleigh, NJ: celliott@jewishhomefamily.org or 201-784-1414
  • Melissa Baxter, Activity Director, Friends Fellowship Community, Richmond, IN: [email protected] or 765-914-5086
  • Ali Cada, Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Society, Calgary, Canada: [email protected] or 403-701-4036
  • Ashley Cunningham, OT Faculty at Marryville University, St. Louis, MO: [email protected] or 314-398-4314
  • Mark Hierholzer, CEO, Art for the Journey, Richmond, VA: [email protected] or 804-937-7746
  • Molly Sahner, Program Coordinator, Wesley Enhanced Living, Doylestown, PA: [email protected] or 215-262-8678

Quality Improvement Project

Request for Proposals

Application is now CLOSED.

The next funding cycle will re-open soon (Oct/Nov. 2019).

 

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with dementia. It is a failure-free art program that provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neuro-cognitive disorders. Developed at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center, the program is grounded in person-centered care principles with a mission to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art. Both elders with dementia and intergenerational volunteers partnered with them in this art program benefit from the weekly encounters. Our research shows that OMA improves the quality of life for people with dementia and volunteers’ attitudes toward aging. Volunteers develop a deep appreciation for the friendship and even kinship they come to feel with their elder partners. It is this sense of kinship that reduces the social distance between the generations caused by the public fear of Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia. Because OMA has been designated as a Quality Improvement Project (QIP) by the Ohio Department of Aging, implementing OMA will meet nursing home licensing requirements in Ohio.
 
Please review all of the information below and contact [email protected] for more information.
 
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Opening Minds through Art (OMA) has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to expand its program in the state. The grant enables Ohio nursing homes to apply for startup funding to adopt the program. Selected nursing homes will receive $1,500 scholarship for two staff members ($750/person) to attend the OMA Facilitator Training program and $2000 for art supplies. The grant does not cover lodging or travel reimbursement.
 

Eligibility

All applicants must be:
  1. licensed as a nursing home in Ohio
  2. has Medicaid certification
  3. has never offered OMA
  4. has never received QIP funding
Both for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes may apply. Other organizations such as adult day centers, assisted living facilities, hospice centers, and geriatric hospitals do not qualify.
 
How it Works Scripps Gerontology Center is interested in supporting nursing homes with a high likelihood of success to learn and implement the OMA program. Nursing homes with existing partnerships with a nearby university offering medical and health sciences education (nursing, social work, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy) will be given priority. Funded nursing homes will be expected to send two staff members to be trained. The training will be either:
  1. In a hybrid format, which includes 12-18 hours of online interactive video training to be done at one’s own pace with a 1.5-day in-person practicum; or
  2. Fully in-person for 3.5 days in Oxford, OH
All funded nursing homes will be expected to implement OMA and complete an annual QIP reports during the grant period. Nursing homes interested in applying for this opportunity should complete an online application form by the deadline below.
 

Spring/summer 2020 Cohort Program Timeline

  • November 1, 2019 (pending) – Application for QIP funding for Ohio nursing homes opens
  • January 15, 2020 – Proposals are due
  • February 21, 2020 – Notification of funding 
  • March 20, 2020 – Registration deadline for OMA Facilitator Training
  • Training dates (must select one of the four options below when registering):
  1. Cohort 1: Canal Fulton, OH: Online training April 27-May 22, 2020; in-person practicum: June 4-5, 2020
  2. Cohort 2: Fully in person training in Oxford, OH: May 18-21, 2020
  • June 1-10, 2021 – Submission period for the QIP annual report 

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed using the criteria below. You do not have to meet all criteria but will be asked to address them in your application.

 
Organizational Commitment

  • Nursing home plans to integrate OMA into its mission
  • Nursing home has an adequate budget to support OMA in the future

Staff Qualifications

  • Nursing home staff members are experienced in intergenerational programming
  • Nursing home has staff members who are visual artists/art therapists or has clear plans to recruit someone with visual arts expertise

Volunteer Availability

  • Nursing home has an existing relationship with a medical school and/or universities with health sciences programs
  • Nursing home has a source of steady volunteers or has clear plans to recruit them

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Application

The questions from the online form appear below; you may want to review them before beginning your online submission.

Application Form Content

 
Contacts
  • Name and address of the nursing home
  • Names and contact information for the administrator, the grant applicant, and two staff members to be trained as OMA facilitators
Overview of organization
  • Number of Residents:
  •  
    Number of Medicaid Certified Beds:
    Number of Residents with a Diagnosis of Dementia:
  • Percent of Residents of Color

Readiness and Sustainability Questions

  • Please provide examples of intergenerational programming currently offered at your facility (Who organizes/conducts these programs? What are the ages of the volunteers? Please indicate if a program is specifically targeted for people with dementia. (100 words)*
  • Please describe visual art and other artistic capabilities and qualifications within your team (a “team” may consist of staff members and other collaborators planning to adopt the OMA program.) (100 words)
  • Do you have an existing partnership with a nearby medical school and/or university with health sciences programs (speech, occupational & physical therapies, nursing, social work, etc.)? If Yes, please describe your partnership activities (types of programming, number of students, frequency, etc.) If yes, provide name and contact information of the university’s faculty/staff. If No, type “n/a” (150 words)*
  • Do you have other sources of volunteers (aged 16 and up) prepared to commit 90 minutes on a weekly basis? If yes, please describe your sources and estimated number of volunteers from each source. If no, please describe your plans to secure consistent volunteers. (150 words).*
  • Please state the dollar amount of your annual activity/programming budget and the number of residents served with this budget.
  • Please describe how you plan to financially sustain the OMA program after the grant period is over (100 words).