Certified Correctional Personnel Dementia Trainer® CCPDT®

Steps to becoming a CCPDT

Step 1: Your organization contacts NCCDP to arrange a group training of the educators providing education to the Correctional Personnel. Please contact 1.973.729.6601 or email nccdpcorporate@portalstaging.nccdp.org

Step 2: Once your organization has arranged for training, complete the online application form:




Step 3: Attend the one-day live in-person CCPDT. In the class, you will receive a Correctional Personnel Dementia curriculum PowerPoint presentation on Memory Stick, Instructor Manual, Master Student Handout Notebook, Textbooks (environment, activities, diagnosis, and communication) video on Sexuality on a memory stick, pretest, post-test and certification as a CCPDT. You are then authorized as a CCPDT to provide the CPDT Correctional Personnel Dementia Training curriculum. 


  • Actively employed and in good standing at a correctional facility.
  • Minimum one-year experience presenting courses, seminars, or staff in-services.
  • Minimum of 1- year full-time paid experience in a correctional facility.

Please contact NCCDP for a private in-house group training rate.

Every two years. You will receive a reminder email and a reminder card that is mailed to you.

Renewal fee:
see fees page


Course Description and Goals

This educational seminar is designed to educate and prepare the nurse/or clinical trainer of a medical correctional facility for the purposes of presenting the NCCDP Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Seminar for Correctional Personnel to those working in a correctional medical facility who provide day to daycare and/or management of inmates/patients that have symptoms of dementia-related to Alzheimer's Disease or other related neurocognitive diseases/disorders.

Course Goals and Objectives:

- To prepare the trainer with fundamental education on dementia and dementia care within the medical correctional facility.
- To direct and educate staff with the content of the seminar to enhance the quality of life of dementia patients in the medical correctional facility by educating care providers
- Foster sensitivity and respect for the dementia client among the correctional personnel.
- To teach communication techniques to utilize with the dementia client
- To provide sensitive approaches for assisting patients with activities of daily living in the medical correctional facility.

Correctional Personnel Trainer will:
- Impart an understanding of dementia to the correctional personnel.
- Explain the common causes of aggressive, repetitive, and sundowning behaviors in adults.
- Describe behavioral/care interventions that may be used to prevent or reduce difficult care situations.
- Describe challenges related to caregiver stress and utilize stress reduction techniques.
- Discuss alternative activity interventions that are success-oriented and failure-free.
- Distribute a certificate of attendance to students upon completion of the seminar.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar for Correctional Personnel
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Dementia: Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment
Chapter 2: Communication and Feelings
Chapter 3: Depression and Repetitive Behaviors
Chapter 4: Delusions, Hallucinations, Hoarding, & Wandering (Walking Behavior)
Chapter 5: Aggressive Behaviors, Catastrophic Reactions, Intimacy, and Sexuality
Chapter 6: Personal Care: Pain, Bathing, Dressing, Toileting, Nutrition, Falls, and Sleep Disturbances
Chapter 7: Activities
Chapter 8: Environment
Chapter 9: Staff and Family Support
Chapter 10: Diversity and Cultural Competence
Chapter 11: Spiritual Care and End of Life Issues
Chapter 12: Bibliography
Chapter 13: Glossary and Resources


ARTICLE: Caring for Inmates in a Specialized Dementia Unit in a Correctional Setting!