Training Topics offered by the GAST Team
Dawn Lillard, RN704-721-7007
Denise Sexton, BA704-721-7017
Melissa Stefanski, MA704-721-7021
Laura Vinton, RN704-721-7001
L’Oreal Glenn, MSW704-721-7009

Currently Available Training Topics

Behavioral Topics

  • Alternatives to Restraint
  • Bathing Without a Battle
  • Challenging Behaviors: The Mind Body Connection
  • Crisis Prevention and Response
  • Documenting Changes in Behavior
  • Environmental Issues and Behavior
  • Managing Combative Behaviors
  • Managing Non Aggressive Challenging Behaviors
  • Managing Paranoia, Suspiciousness, and Accusations
  • Sexuality in Residents with Dementia
  • The 3 D’s Delirium, Depression, and Dementia

Dementia Care Topics

  • Accepting the Challenge: 4 Modules
  • Alternatives to Restraints
  • Bathing Without a Battle
  • Dementia Care: Best Friends Approach
  • Dementia Care: Communication
  • Dementia Care: Making Moments of Joy
  • Dementia Care: The Basics
  • Dementia Care: The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
    and How to Help
  • Dementia Care: Using Life Stories
  • Dementia Care: Using Montessori Methods
  • Dementia Care: Using Validation Techniques
  • Dining with Dignity: Chicken Nuggets, Please!
  • Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Person Centered Care
  • Sensory Integration: Aromatherapy, Rain Sticks and More
  • Sexuality in Residents with Dementia
  • The 3 D’s Delirium, Depression and Dementia
  • Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Sensitivity Training
  • Virtual Dementia Tour

Mental Health Topics

  • Anxiety – The Basics
  • Bipolar Disorder – The Basics
  • Depression – The Basics
  • Involuntary Commitment
  • Personality Disorders – The Basics
  • Schizophrenia – The Basics
  • Smoking and Residents with Mental Illness
  • Stigma and Mental Illnesses in Older Adults
  • Substance Abuse – The Basics
  • Therapeutic Responses to Auditory Hallucinations
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Psychotropic Medications

  • Psychotropic Medications: Alzheimer’s Medications
  • Psychotropic Medications: Antianxiety Medications
  • Psychotropic Medications: Antidepressants
  • Psychotropic Medications: Antipsychotics
  • Psychotropic Medications: Mood Stabilizing Medications
  • Psychotropic Medications: Sedative/Hypnotics

Simulation Exercises

  • Psychosis Simulation
  • Virtual Dementia Tour

Staff Development/Staff Self Care

  • Burnout/Compassion Fatigue
  • Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Cultural Competence in Long Term Care
  • Customer Service
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Families: Helping Caregivers Cope
  • Self-Care for Staff
  • What Ancillary Staff in Long-Term Communities Need to Know About Interacting with Residents
  • YOU: Where Teamwork Starts

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