Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer® CFRDT®.

Practitioner - one who practices a profession

When violent incidents occur, police officers are often the first responders. Yet, experts have observed, they "do not have the training to recognize or handle individuals with dementia. There are a growing number of incidents when individuals with dementia are arrested, handcuffed and incarcerated for days due to the lack of alternatives to incarceration to address the needs of this population"
Spurgeon, Sabatino Coleman et al.2001 


About the training
This class is recommended for Trainers who currently work in a First Responder field and provide instruction to First Responders, Law Enforcement, EMT, Fire Fighters, Emergency Preparedness, Search and Rescue, Etc.

The instructor will be provided all the necessary tools to conduct comprehensive Alzheimer's and Dementia Training. The seminar not only covers key aspects of dementia but also elopement, driving concerns, abuse and neglect.   

The NCCDP provides county wide First Responder training. Contact the NCCDP about rates for a training in your state.

CFRDT Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer: The Train the Trainer class is recommended for First Responder Trainers for Law Enforcement, EMT, Fire Fighter, Security, and other aspects related to First Responders.

To qualify for this class, the applicant:

bullet Must be directly employed with a First Responder Agency
bullet Have a 4 year college degree
bullet 3 years experience in a First Responder Field 
bullet Experience presenting in- services, training's or private seminars.

This seminar includes Power Point disk, over head copies, master hand out notebook, DVD and text books, evaluations, tests and certification upon completion of the class as a CFRDT Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer.

The CFRDT application is to be completed after the First Responder Trainer has completed the NCCDP First Responder Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Seminar by an approved NCCDP First Responder Trainer.

Training is conducted in a group setting either for entire city or county wide training. Please contact the NCCDP for rates by using the CONTACT US FORM or 1 877 729 5191. This application is for Law Enforcement, EMT's or Fire Department who work directly for their agency and are responsible for training.

First Responder Trainers may obtain certification to teach Alzheimer's and dementia to Law Enforcement, EMT's and Fire Fighters.  To obtain certification as a Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer CFRDT, the student would need to complete the NCCDP First Responder Dementia Course.  The 7 hour course includes comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care curriculum, power point disk, student master hand out notebook,DVD and text book. 

Upon completion of the comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Carecourse, the Trainer is Certified for two years as Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer CFRDT and is approved to teach the comprehensive curriculum to other First Responders.   

If you are an already approved NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer CADDCT, and wish to pursue this certification, please go to the instructor only section

The following modules that are covered in this seminar are:

Overview of Dementia
Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Reversible / Non Reversible Dementias
Normal Aging
Medications Used for Treating Dementia
Tests used for diagnosis: FAST Functional Assessment Test, GDS Global Deterioration Scale, GDS Geriatric Depression Scale, Mini Mental Test, Folstein Test
Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Responding to Feelings
Validation Therapy

 Multicultural Considerations in Care Giving
Be aware of other cultures, races and religions
Train the staff on Sensitivity Awareness to other cultures

“Every person is, in many respects, like all other people, like some people, like no other person.” Clyde Cluckhon Murray

 Sex & Intimacy
Misconceptions about the elderly and sex
Changes In Attitudes-Teaching your staff about sexual expression
Positive perceptions about sexual expression
Inappropriate behaviors and what to do
Intimacy and connecting to each other
When Dementia is involved-Disrobing, Masturbation, Sexual Comments
Inability to express no to unwanted advances

What is Hoarding
Why they hoard
Make it purposeful, Ex., rummage drawers
Where they may hide things
What can you do?

Types of Wandering, Example exit seekers
Identify Triggers to Wandering
Meeting Basic Needs & Emotions
How to keep them safe
Adapting environment
How to redirect & management of wandering
Policy and Procedures for elopement
Wandering Tools-Safe Return, Wander Guards, Alarms, etc

Verbal and Non Verbal Communication
Strategies to successful communication
Common mistakes we make

 Repetitive Behaviors
Common Behaviors
Interventions for Repetitive Behaviors

 Aggressive Behaviors
Causes of Aggressive Behaviors
Environmental Conditions, Physical & Medical Conditions
Anti Psychotic Medications & Side Effects
Ways to avoid aggressive behaviors
Responding to Aggressive Behaviors
Catastrophic Reactions

 Paranoia & Hallucinations
What is Paranoia and What is Hallucinations
Types of Behaviors & Causes
Strategies for Management of Hallucinations and Paranoia
Anti-Psychotic Medications & Side Effects
Sun downing: What is it

Recognizing Pain in the Person with Dementia
Behavioral Changes such as facial grimaces
How is the Discomfort Expressed?
How to get them to answer questions with Yes or No Responses
Assessing the Pain

 Depression & Alzheimer’s Disease
Medications and Side Effects
Signs & Symptoms of Depression
Interventions and Activities

Recognizing Abuse and Neglect in The Home

Driving Concerns in the Elderly 


Application Form
Application fee includes certification and course materials. Certification and course materials will be provided at the time of the class.

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Additional Information

Benefits of Professional Certification as CFRDT®
bullet Contact Us
Registry of Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer® CFRDT®
First Responder Training Police Magazine Article
bullet Seminars
Tips for First Responders
bullet Resources for First Responders

bullet NCCDP Online University

bullet See what others are saying:
Hunterdon County Sheriffs Department


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Previous First Responder Train the Trainer Seminars and County Wide Training

Sparta Police Department Sparta, NJ

Essex County Wide Train the Trainer Essex County NJ 

For information regarding Train the Trainer, please use the CONTACT US Form.

Sneak preview of Sandra Stimson NCCDP Executuve Director presenting the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Seminar to healthcare professionals, trainers and dementia unit managers.  



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