Courses for Professionals – designed for:

  • 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 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
  • Practise these skills and techniques with other members of the group
  • Formulate a personal action plan to ensure maximum benefit from the

This introductory session is designed for mixed audiences of professionals from all walks of life; attendees may also include family carers across the generations and their friends.

A basic understanding of the SPECAL approach to dementia management, as outlined in this session, will enable anyone involved with the care of 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:           £50 per attendee


  • 31st January 2020
  • 7th February 2020
  • 14th February 2020
  • 21st February 2020
  • 28th February 2020


Venue:        The SPECAL Centre of Excellence at Burford, Oxon. OX 18 4LS

If you would like to attend one of our Introduction to the SPECAL Photograph Album sessions please email further information, including registration and payment details.

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

This short introductory session provides a basic understanding of the SPECAL approach to dementia management and enables health & social care professionals to support the work of the family without taking on that work themselves.

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.