Metropolitan Activity Professionals Association

MAPA's mission is to provide educational opportunities for the continued growth of the professionals it serves.  We are region 6 of our state organization, Minnesota Statewide Activity Professionals (MN SWAP).  

Seminar Dates

Date: April 2nd, 2020

Time: 9:30 am-3:00 pm

Location: New Perspectives Senior Living
750 Mississippi River Blvd S
Highland Park, MN 55116

9:30-10:00am Registration & Networking

10:00am- 12:00pm - Session One
Normal Aging vs. Not Normal Aging: 
The Teepa Snow Method

This is a workshop developed by Teepa Snow.  Teepa has been a dementia care specialist for over 30 years.  She has developed training, videos and workshops to help people go from "what they think they know about dementia" to greater awareness and help to develop skills in working with residents with dementia. This video explores the difference between what we think is normal aging vs. not normal aging.  

Speaker: Cindy Smith 
Objectives: The learner will be able to:
1.   Compare and contrast normal aging vs. not normal aging related to various cognitive functions.

2.   Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of visions

3. Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness adn processing as dementia progresses

12:00-1:00pm Lunch & Networking

1:00-3:00pm - Session Two:  Activity In-services and Training

In-services are a teaching tool, a valuable means of communicating the importance of the activity department, it's philosophy, purpose, and role in the facility.  It is a way for the activity department to increase lines of communication with other staff members and departments.  This session will explore the three "P's" of in-services; Planning, Preparing, and Presenting.  Participants will leave with several in-service programs or ideas to use.

Speaker: Julie Reginek

Objectives: The learner will be able to:
1.   Identify possibly in-service topic areas

2.   Organize and prepare an effective training program

3.   Identify presentation techniques and strategies for adult learners


Date: September 16th
Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm 
Location: TBD

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Date: November 17th
Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Location: TBD

Speaker: TBD
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