Start a Program

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.”

​Next OMA Facilitator Training opportunity: Learn how to implement an evidence-based intergenerational art program for people with dementia.

Dates: May 21-24, 2018 OR August 6-9, 2018, both are at the Knolls of Oxford, in Oxford, OH.

Registration: Opens in December 2017

Cost: $600/person registration (Includes opening dinner and daily breakfasts and lunches)

CEU’s: Available from NCCDP, NCCAP, BELTSS

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

For more information email [email protected] or call 513-529-7172.

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

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.

 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 15 hours, will be covered online. You can complete this online portion of the training at your own pace within the six- week period when the course is open. This will be followed by an in-person practicum offered at different dates and locations.

There will be two optional Q&A virtual meetings scheduled with the instructors of the course. These sessions are designed for you to feel more connected with the instructors and to ask whatever questions you may have while completing the online portion of the training. You must complete both the online training and the in-person practicum to become a certified OMA Facilitator.

Cost: $600/person; some practicum sites may have additional surcharge.

CEUs: Available from NCCAP, NCCDP, BELTSS

Registration: After reviewing the details below, please select both the online training session and one of the practicum sessions here. Payment by credit card is required to complete the registration.

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:  8 am – 5 pm

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

Dates, Practicum Locations, Contacts

August 18, 2017, 8 am – 5 pm, Oxford, OH (Online portion of the training: June 1 – July 31, 2017) – CLASS IS FULL

At The Knolls of Oxford

6727 Contreras Road, Oxford, OH 45056. Tel. 513-524-7990

Contact: Beth Rohrbaugh at [email protected] or 513-529-7172

November 3, 2017, 8 am – 5 pm, Richmond, VA (Online portion of the training: September 15 – October 30, 2017)

Virtual Q&A meetings: 9/22 and 10/20, 1-2 pm EST

At Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community

1257 Marywood Lane, Richmond,VA 23229. Tel. 804-741-8624

Contact: Cindy Paullin at [email protected] or Tel. 804-543-4516

November 17, 2017, 8 am – 5 pm, St. Louis, MO (Online portion of the training: September 15 – October 30, 2017)

Virtual Q&A meetings: 9/22 and 10/20, 1-2 pm EST

At Laclede Groves Senior Living

723 S Laclede Station Rd, St. Louis, MO 63119. Tel. 314-446-2367

Contact: Ashlyn Cunningham [email protected] or Tel. 314-398-4314

For more information email [email protected] or call 513-529-2648.

Conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University in collaboration with Art for the Journey and Maryville University.

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.

TRAVEL, LODGING, MEALS, DRESS CODE, and SCHEDULE 

We are delighted that you’ve elected to join us for our facilitator training. We’ve listed some relevant information below in hopes it will make your travels and your stay with us less stressful. If you have any questions or specific needs please don’t hesitate to call 513-529-7172 and Beth will be happy to help you.

Dates of Training

August 7-10, 2017

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. We suggest you arrange your travel so that you arrive at either airport no later than 3 pm on the first day of training . This should allow you time to travel to Oxford and join us for the welcome dinner, introductions, and the kick off of the training session which begins at 5pm.

Air Travel

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.

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.

Executive Transport Services: 800-990-8841 or www.executivetransportation.org
Oxford Limousine: 413-523-5466 or 800-891-0064 or www.oxfordlimousine.com
Uber
www.ridebuzz.org – to organize car pooling
Oxford Taxi: 513-523-8294
Swerve ’em Taxi Service: 513-262-7879 or www.sewerveem.com
Town Taxi: 513-839-3093
523 Taxi: 513-523-8294
College Cabs: 513-280-6456

Lodging

Scripps Gerontology Center will only provide lodging reimbursement to Ohio QIP award recipients for staying at the Elms.
The Elms Hotel
75 S Main Street  Oxford,  OH  45056
(513) 524-2002 theelmsoxford.com
Please ask for  the block of rooms  reserved for Opening Minds through Art

We have reserved a block of rooms at this hotel for a discounted rate of $109.95/ night + tax for King and $99.95 / night + tax for Queen. There may also be Queen suites available for room sharing upon request. Please call the hotel to make your reservation and request rooms reserved for Opening Minds through Art. We’ve chosen this hotel as they are conveniently located in Uptown Oxford and in walking distance to many restaurants and shopping.  The training site is approx. 5 min from this hotel. Feel free to explore other options (except QIP grant recipients must stay at the Elms to receive reimbursement).

Training Facility

The training sessions as well as the welcome dinner will be held at The Knolls of Oxford Retirement Community, just outside of town. Transportation will be provided between the hotel and training facility.
The Knolls of Oxford is located at 6727 Contreras Rd, Oxford, OH 45056

Meals

Dinner on the opening night, 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.

Training Outline for the fully in-person sessions

Day 1, 5-8 pm

  • Tour of the Knolls of Oxford retirement community
  • Dinner with all training participants
  • Registration, introductions, training overview and logistics
  • OMA evidence base

Day 2, 9 am – 5 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​
  • Optional art studio tour

Day 3, 9 am – 5:30 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 – 4:30 pm

  • Practicum #3: Conduct an OMA session on your own with reflection and feedback session
  • Panel discussion with previously trained OMA facilitators from various facilities
  • Closing ceremony and certificates

​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

Attendees of previous training to contact for reference

Funding Options

OMA is a Quality Improvement Project for the state of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided a grant to replicate OMA in nursing homes throughout the state of Ohio. Only licensed Ohio nursing homes with Medicaid certification may apply. Other organizations such as adult day centers, assisted living facilities, hospice centers, and geriatric hospitals do not qualify. There are multiple cycles until 2019 with specific deadlines to submit proposals requesting funding. Please enter your email address below to receive notifications when the next funding cycles become available.

More information about the proposal and application process is available here.

A free webinar by Carol Dana and Elizabeth Lokon on “Finding Funding for Arts Programming” in the U.S. in general, with additional information about the QIP funding for Ohio nursing homes, is archived here.

Click here to view the program slides.