We Help the Helpers

Webinar - Assisting Clients with Cognitive Impairments

  • 04/11/2019
  • 1:50 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Online


"I notice changes in my client's behavior. Could these be signs of cognitive decline? How should I respond?"

Service providers working with people who have cognitive impairments and cognitive decline may have questions about their role in supporting their clients to live as independently and safely as possible. Participants in this 90-minute webinar will gain several useful tools.

Participants will learn the difference between cognitive impairment and cognitive decline, and know how to "screen" for cognitive issues. We will discuss the causes of cognitive decline and how to prevent it.

In addition, participants will explore the concept of "right to risk." We will discuss empowering people to live as safely as possible by increasing support in the home or in a more supportive environment, as well as overcoming the challenges of moving to a new environment.

Who should attend? All staff working with people who have cognitive impairments or who are at risk of cognitive decline.

Registration will close 48 hours prior to class.


Gayann Brandenburg has worked in the disability field for over 35 years and in training for human service professionals for 23 years. She worked for Rocky Mountain Human Services for over 19 years first as a Trainer for CTAT specializing in employment and behavioral supports, then as Associate Director, and then Director. Gayann has worked in the disability field in South Dakota, Minnesota, Alabama, and Colorado. She has an eclectic background in community employment, transition, family support, case management, grant writing, management, training, and facilitation.

Joanne Cohen has over 35 years combined experience in coaching, consulting, organization development, facilitation, and training, with twelve years directing and managing her teams to focus on successfully supporting strategic and tactical corporate initiatives. She has consulted, trained and coached executives and their teams in the planning and implementation of new strategic directions that are in alignment with the business goals and objectives of their companies.

Both Gayanne and Joanne are Senior Organizational Consultants at the Center for Training and Technical Assistance

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