North Carolina Activity Professionals Association, Inc.
FALL CONFERENCE WAS A GREAT SUCCESS
NCAPA held its Fall Conference at the Blowing Rock Assembly Grounds, Inc. in Blowing Rock, NC. October 6-8, 2004. Hosted by the MAPA District, NCAPA provided educational sessions to fit the theme of the conference: "NCAPA Is Reaching Higher Peaks!"
Held in the cozy Blowing Rock Assembly Grounds Inc, rooms or cottages housed those attending. It was evident Fall was in the air. There was no need for air conditioning, and jackets were a must after sundown. The trees at the higher elevations were already wearing shades of Autumn.
Keynote speaker, Mamie McCullough, motivated everyone with "I Can. You Can Too", emphasizing the need to set the mood in our workplaces. "Catching Carnivalitis" offered myriad ideas for making a carnival out of any theme. Brenda Zimmerman displayed a cornucopia of games for all levels of ability. Margery Lindh, ADC, presented "Assisted Living Residents- Not Quite Skilled, Not Quite Independent". Ruth Perschbacher, MT-BC, ACC, offered help regarding "Understanding MDS & RAPs. We could not have had a speaker more in the know since Ruth helped develop the MDS 2.0.
Hospitality Night was an informal, outdoor gathering around a camp fire. Naturally there were marshmallows, S'Mores, singing, and skits.
David Swartz covered "Changing Behavior" found with Alzheimer and other dementia victims. He expanded on the old saying "An ounce of prevention with worth a pound of cure." Also addressing clients with Alzheimer's dementia was Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, GNP. Melanie recently co-created a training DVD for caregivers, which is available through the Alzheimers Association, Eastern Chapter.
After the business lunch, Linda Luther and Karen Lassiter presented "Activities in a Special Unit/Intergeneration Activities" Lucinda Cozad gave a session on sign language, resulting in several NCAPA members trying out their new skill. Ruth Perschbacher offered another workshop on "Making Connections Through Story".
The Awards Banquet was the only occasion for dressing up. Not only honorary awards, but for the first time certification through NCAPA was awarded to over 40 members. This was a peak moment for NCAPA and for the recipients.
Culminating with "Climb Every Mountain" was Chaplain Sarah Shell with her inspirational message. Vendors for the Fall Convention are thanked for their participation and sharing their services with activity professionals in the field.
Congratulations, MAPA District, for hosting this exceptional conference in such a lovely location.
NCCAP CERTIFICATION INFO
Emma Jean Lyerly will be starting a MEPAP 2, Advanced Management Class on November 12th. Location is in Florence,SC. Intrested participants may call for a brochure, dates. time and place. This is the 2nd class offered through NCCAP/NAAP to help put activity folks on the road to NCCAP certification. For more information, email or telephone Emma.
STATE CLASS UPDATE
I met with Peggy Graham’s committee to update the state approved activity director’s course on Oct. 14th. Representatives from DFS,DSS, the Community Colleges, NCALTCF and NCHCFA were present along with Kathy Wright-Moore, James Jordan and me. It was quite a candid discussion about the class and where we need to go from here.
Here’s some of the stuff I learned:
And that’s where you come in. I am trying to get feedback from activity professionals about what topics should be presented in the basic activity class. Please let me know what topics you think need to be included. I want to make sure that I am representing NCAPA’s ideas, not just my own. I need this information by Monday, November 1st. I will also pull my notes from a session many of the class teachers and interested NCAPA members attended at NCAPA’s Spring 2004 conference on this topic. Specific regulations will not be presented in this class, nor teaching students to fill out the MDS. It’s only basic info that can be used at any level of care.
FYI – Following the Community College meeting the other day, I spoke with James Jordan and Kathy Wright-Moore about presenting curriculum topics for the basic activity course. We are in agreement that whatever topics are presented by the activity professionals needs to be supported by NCAPA & COAP jointly. Thank you for supporting us in this effort!
Please pass this on to other NCAPA members who may be interested in submitting ideas.
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