SPECAL Pro course for Health Care professionals

  • health and social care professionals whose work brings them into contact with people with dementia, whether in community, hospital or care home settings
  • those who train, support and / or manage professional carers working directly with people who have dementia
  • any person working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • any person whose work in the local community is likely to bring them into contact with people with dementia

Our Introduction to the SPECAL Photograph Album for professionals is now a half-day session which provides the essential first step for anyone interested in promoting and supporting  a sustainable sense of well-being for the person with dementia and their family.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Every human being’s need for a sense of well-being
  • An understanding of the impact of a diagnosis of dementia
  • The need for a post-diagnostic step change from a medical model to a disability management model led by the family
  • The SPECAL Photograph Album – an analogy to explain:
    –     How normal memory works
    –     Universal age-associated problems
    –     Dementia – a single change
  • The consequences for the person with dementia
  • The reason why common sense does not work in response
  • The need for a SPECAL sense response from other people
  • SPECAL’s Three Golden Rules
  • The concept of working positively with dementia, once diagnosed, rather than trying to defeat it

There will also be an opportunity to:

  • Explore a starter set of counter-intuitive skills and techniques to re-instate and sustain well-being for the person with dementia
  • Understanding how to practise these skills and techniques
  • Formulate a personal action plan to ensure maximum benefit from the session

This introductory session is designed for mixed audiences of professionals from all walks of life.

A basic understanding of the SPECAL approach to dementia management, as outlined in this session, will enable anyone coming into contact with a person with dementia to bring about an immediate improvement in the quality of life not only of the person with dementia but also all others concerned with their care.


Cost:           £75 per attendee

Venue:      This Virtual Burford course will be delivered remotely via Zoom

Dates:       Dates for this autumn to be posted shortly

If you would like to attend one of our Introduction to the SPECAL Photograph Album sessions please email an expression of interest to training@contenteddementiatrust.org for further information, including registration and payment details.

Early application is recommended as these courses book up quickly and numbers are currently limited.

Further Training & Courses for Professionals

Professionals wishing to explore the SPECAL method in more detail are invited to discuss the Contented Dementia Trust’s Professional Accreditation Pathway and its associated training programme on completion of this introductory presentation of the basic SPECAL theory.
For more information, please contact training@contenteddementiatrust.org