OMA Training Information

What do I need to start an OMA program?

√ Trained OMA Facilitators
√ Space for planning, storing, and conducting the art projects
√ Funding for art supplies
√ A committed group of volunteers, weekly
√ Interested people living with dementia

OMA Training

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders.

Learn how to implement this intergenerational art program for people with dementia through one of our training programs.

In-person facilitator training

Interactive instruction on the why, what, and how of implementing the award-winning, evidence-based Scripps OMA program.

Hybrid facilitator training

Same content as the in-person training but about 2/3 completed online.

Health sciences student training

Add OMA to your medical school/health sciences curriculum.

Volunteer Training

Assist a trained OMA facilitator at a location near you

Caregiver training

Infuse the arts in your caregiving routine at home

What Previous Trainees Say

Both the fully in-person and the hybrid OMA facilitator trainings were evaluated highly by participants (average 4.9 out of 5.0; N=197)

As a result of the training, participants felt more competent in designing, implementing, and evaluating meaningful art activities for people living with dementia (average 4.7 out of 5.0; N=197).

• “My heart is full. This training was personal but formal and informative. Team building and opportunities to learn experientially with role-play was amazing.”

“Very engaging, interesting and research-based. The resource package was extremely organized, which I really appreciate because it makes it easier to begin to implement OMA.”

“The strengths of the program are in its presenters and their enthusiasm for what they do – you have the data to support results; we were able to practice what we were learning on real people; and you were able to transfer the love of OMA to all of us!.”

Contact an OMA facility
Please feel free to contact the administrators listed below that have implemented OMA in their facility 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