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Foundation Course: Allen Cognitive Disability Model in Everyday Practice

Contact: Dr. Patricia Cornille at Vita Cura Education & Services
Email: Pat@vitacurallc.com
Phone: 616.566.2342

This Course is designed for:

  • • Occupational and Physical Therapists
  • • Speech Language Pathologists
  • • Activity Professionals
  • • Social Workers
  • • Physicians
  • • Nurse Practitioners
  • • Administrators
  • • Psychologists/Mental Health Practitioners
  • • Integrative /Holistic Medicine Professionals
  • • Caregivers

Course Description

The overall goal of this course is to provide participants a theoretical and evidenced based understanding of
the Allen Cognitive Disability Model (CDM) and its use within a variety of clinical settings.
The CDM is used by healthcare professionals, caregivers, researchers and organizations that support adult,
adolescent and geriatric populations where cognitive impairment has functional implications. The central
construct used in the CDM considers both functional performance and global cognitive processing skills such
as attention, working memory, processing, organization and problem solving. Levels of ability and limitations
are identified while the person’s capacity to perform routine tasks and adapt to novel situations are

Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical tenets of the model in the context of understanding underlying
cognitive processes, personal factors, and how sensory cues are utilized in functional contexts. Use of
standardized assessments and skilled observations in directing care and predicting outcomes will be discussed
and research, case examples and intervention strategies will be highlighted.

  • • Benefits of Using the CDM in Clinical Practice & Organizational Programming
  • • Reduce falls and re-hospitalization
  • • Improve functional outcomes
  • • Decrease secondary conditions such as contractures, pressure sores, depression and weight loss
  • • Prevent and manage challenging behaviors
  • • Prevent or delay institutionalization
  • • Improve safety
  • • Reduce caregiver burden and staff turnover
  • • Improve engagement in daily meaningful activities and routine

This Program Will Cover the Following Topics & Supporting Research

  • • The history, development and theory of the Allen Cognitive Disability Model
  • • Assessments - Allen Cognitive Level Screen, Allen Diagnostic Module, Routine Task Inventory and
    skilled observations. * The Allen Cognitive Level Screen, 6th edition (ACLS-6) has been expanded to
    include standardized observations for ACL 1 and 2
  • • The six cognitive levels- Allen’s scale and actions, activities and patterns of performance associated
    with 25 modes of performance
  • • Interventions which include task modification, restoration of skills, prevention and safety
  • • The cognitive link associated with behavioral challenges
  • • Tailored activity programs- select and design activities that work with the levels and modes of

For healthcare professionals, caregivers and administrators, this realistic and compassionate approach identifies client focused services that can successfully change the way healthcare professionals practice and how care is delivered.

In this Program You Will Learn To:

  • • Explain the underlying theory of the Allen Cognitive Disability Model and learn what is new with the
  • • Identify patterns of behavior associated with cognitive levels and modes of performance
  • • Identify links between theoretical constructs and practical recommendations for activities of daily
    living, environmental adaptations, driving, safety, assistive technology, home exercise programs, and
    staffing assistance for cognitive levels
  • • Use assessments and skilled observations to assess changes, improvements or stabilization in
    functional cognition for a variety of conditions (includes new assessments)
  • • Develop a functional profile to design tailored programs and activities supported by research
  • • Describe the range of assessment tools within the framework of the Allen Cognitive Disability Model
  • • Describe how to apply the CDM in your practice setting

What You Will Receive

  • • Cognitive disability model CEU certificate (13 CEU’s)
  • • Comprehensive handout packet with reproducible handouts
  • • Power-point slides ready for use in presentations
  • • 20% discount on our coaching and mentorship program for one year
  • • Invitation to join national and international study groups


Dr. Patricia Cornille, OTR/L, OTD, CCECL, Certified Brain Longevity Specialist, Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Cornille has over 30 years of clinical experience is the founder and clinical director of Vita Cura – an organization
supporting individuals living with cognitive disability. Pat is the past President and board member of the Allen
Cognitive Network. She has trained and mentored thousands of healthcare professionals, students and
caregivers on the use of the CDM – nationally and internationally and received an award for education and use
of the model in clinical practice. Dr. Cornille has worked extensively with the author of the Model, Claudia K.
Allen and has used the model in clinical research and in program development in educational in a variety of
mental health and dementia care settings.

Carol Luhman, OTR/L, Certified Brain Longevity Specialist

Carol is the past President and board member of the Allen Cognitive Network and has over 30 years of
experience as an occupational therapist working with a variety of individuals experiencing cognitive changes.
Carol is an expert in the clinical application of the CDM and has mentored numerous students and healthcare
professionals. She has participated extensively in a variety of clinical development programs and in
educational development.

Iris Bowden, ADC, Life Enrichment and Memory Café Coordinator

Iris has extensive experience in dementia care, providing program and educational development and direct
care services in activity programs. She currently is an adjunct instructor at St. Philips College responsible for
teaching the Long Term Care Activity Director’s Course. Additionally, Iris has presented in numerous
conferences and has coordinated statewide continuing education programs for activity directors, social
workers, volunteer managers, ombudsmen and state health personnel. She uses the CDM in her clinical
dementia care programs.

Course Information:

Tuition: $425 regular price (Includes downloadable and printed handouts, power-point presentation for use in
practice and a one year 20% discount to our online learning community, mentoring sessions and educational
materials, morning and afternoon drinks and snacks during breaks.
Super Saver & Early Bird Deadlines:
• Super Saver Deadline (8 weeks prior to course date): $350
• Early-Bird Deadline (4 weeks prior to course date): $390
Student Discounts: $60.00 off course registration for students. Enter the promotional code STUDENT just
above the register button.

Group Discounts: Groups must register together to obtain the group rates unless otherwise authorized.
Groups of 2-4 receive a $25.00/person discount. Groups of 5 or more receive a $50.00/person discount.
Course time frames and breaks: Day one and two course registration/sign in begins at 8:00 AM. Courses
begin promptly at 8:30 AM and adjourn at 4:30 PM each day. There is a one- hour lunch break (on your own)
and two 15-minute breaks each day (snacks provided).

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing, including the reason for canceling, and must be received by Vita Cura LLC at least three weeks
prior to the course; no compensation will be granted after that date. If the cancellation meets the three-week deadline, the
registrant may choose a refund or a transfer credit, minus a $75 processing fee, to be issued following the program. A transfer credit
may be applied toward another Vita Cura, LLC course within two years of the issue date.
Vita Cura, LLC reserves the right to cancel any course with due cause and refund in full. Participants purchasing NON-refundable
airfare tickets should verify course availability before final purchase. Weather and/or transportation difficulties are not the
responsibility of the workshop sponsor Vita Cura, LLC and failure of a chosen means of transportation is not grounds for tuition