Positive Approach to Care Skills Workshop

An Interactive Skills Building Event for Care Partners

The Positive Approach to Care Skills Workshop will focus on the person-centered approach to meeting the complex and unique needs of individuals using effective and structured techniques. All leading to better care and support of those living with changing abilities.

The objectives for this training include:

  • Compare/contrast cues that people living with dementia provide to others, indicating the most common unmet needs that lead to distress or challenging behaviors.
  • Practice four assistive techniques for various levels of cognitive impairment, emphasizing use of preserved abilities.
  • Identify the value of consistent positive reinforcement and proactive interventions to promote well-being and reduce challenging situations.
  • Using GEMS, recognize the value of noticing the functional ability of the person living with dementia and supportive responses that match.

*The workshop will include lunch.

**4 Continuing Education Contact Hours are pending approval the Montana Nursing Assocation.

This special workshop is presented by Leslie Finkley, M.Ed., and Peg Chabala, two skilled mentors from Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach, LLC.

Leslie Finkley, M.Ed. (Pictured Left)

Leslie earned her master’s degree in counseling with a focus in gerontology from the University of Virginia.  Her passion is addressing the psycho-social issues resulting from the impact of dementia on the person, family and society.  Since professionally entering the field of senior living in 1993, Leslie has confronted the overwhelming challenge of the unmet needs of today’s senior citizen.  She discovered a new powerful resource when she met Teepa Snow in 2009 and had the great opportunity to study for 4 years, learning, mastering and internalizing the Positive Approach™ philosophy.

Peg Chabala (Pictured Right)

Peg has 15 years of experience in dementia care. She is presently responsible for dementia training for all new and current employees at Asbury Heights a senior life community in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Pegs passion and mission is to help improve the quality of care for people living with dementia. She works with both professional and family care partners, and helps build community programs and networks to support people living with dementia and their families. Peg is Mentor Coach with Positive Approach to Care TM


Terms and Conditions

Early registration is from February 15, 2017 through 4:00 pm on April 15.  After April 15, late registration will begin and the price of the Workshop will increase from $75.00 to $90.00.

No registrations will be taken via the website after April 23 at 4:00 pm for either location.  The website will indicate if door registration is available.

Please contact Pam Kelley at 907-561-3313 with any questions.

Below are some guidelines, terms and conditions intended to make your experience at the Positive Approach to Care Skills Workshop a successful one.

Please dress in layers.  It is difficult to regulate the comfort level at such large events.  Your comfort is important to us!

Please note that due to necessary arrangements that need to be made in advance, no refunds will be given after April 15, 2017.  Should an unavoidable conflict arise, please contact Pam Kelley at 907-561-3313.

If you are seeking a Certificate of Attendance or Contact Hours Certificate, they will be provided following the workshop.

By registering for the workshop, you are indicating an agreement and understanding about the terms above.


To Register for Fairbanks’s April 27 workshop click here.

Anchorage’s April 25 workshop is full, contact Lorraine Guyer at 907-561-3313 if you would like to be on a wait list.

Workshop Locations:
Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University’s Lecture Hall
Fairbanks, JP Jones Community Center

For both locations 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.