Physical activity is important to overall health, at any age. If you’re a Health Care Assistant or Resident Care Aide who is looking to help provide individual and/or group activities to your clients, you’re a good fit for the Activity Assistant program. This program is designed to provide continuing education for individuals with previous health care education and experience.
Enhance your employment prospects and develop the skills, knowledge, and values you need to plan and implement, with supervision, individual and group activities for older adults who are experiencing cognitive and physical challenges.
Next program intake: April 21, 2020
We know you’re busy so this 11-month, part-time program is delivered fully online so you can continue to work while learning valuable skills that can enrich your career.
This Continuing Education certificate program is delivered on-line plus practicum/clinical segments over a twelve month period.
PVSS-211 - Framework for Activity Assistant Role - approximately 11 weeks
PVSS-212 - Activity for Well-Being - Approximately 13 weeks
PVSS-214 - Programming Activities for Clients with Dementia - Approximately 11 weeks
PVSS-213 - Activity Assistant Practicum 1
PVSS-215 - Activity Assistant Practicum 2
Practicums PVSS-213 and PVSS-215 must be completed at two different sites. Example: Long Term Care, Extended Care, Adult Day Program, Acute, Home or Community Care.
For students already working as Activity Assistants, consideration may be given on an individual basis and with approval of instructor and student’s workplace supervisor, to gain an acceptable variety of experience during their work schedule.
This course assists students in understanding their role as an Activity Assistant. Building on previous knowledge, the students are introduced to the concept of activity and how it influences and is influenced by the components for health, age, interests, values and environment.
This course builds on PVSS-211 to assist students to gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to function effectively in the Activity Assistant role. The course emphasizes a client-centeredapproach and effective communication skills in planning and implementing activities that promote optimal well-being of clients, both individually and in groups. The process of providing activities is examined as it relates to clients,families, volunteers and the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
This course builds on PVSS-211, PVSS-212 and PVSS-213. Students will enhance their knowledge of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease. This course provides ideas and strategies for activity involvement with the cognitively impaired client. A brief overview of depression and delirium and suitable activities is provided.
This course provides the student with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained from Activity Assistant theory courses while working with older adults, individually and in groups.
Practicum 2 is 90 hours following successful completion of PVSS-211, 212, 213 and 214. This practicum, building on PVSS-213, provides the student with the opportunity to integrate the theory and skills learned during the Activity Assistant Program. This course consists of 90 hours of supervisedpractice in a select continuing care facility, adult day program, and rehabilitation unit or retirement residence. The focus is on the use of a creative problem-solving process in the planning and implementation of activities that maintain or enhance client well-being.
Certificate from a recognized educational institution in:
To pay for this Continuing Education program, visit our online registration system: AccessCOTR
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
Your Instructor: Simon Lazarchuk
Simon has a Degree in Recreation in the combined Recreation Integration studies program at Langara/UBC. He was a Recreation Therapist at St Paul’s Hospital for many years before moving to Creston where he was the Director of Recreation at Swan Valley Lodge for 22 years until his retirement.
Simon has been very active developing Adult Day Programs as well as specific programs for dementia units. He brings many years of knowledge and experience to this field, as well as a wonderful ability and desire to share that with others.
Certificate of Achievement
Categories: Health & Human Services, Continuing Education Program
Interests: Work With My Hands, Care for Others, Teach Others, Not Have a Desk Job, Get in, Get out, Get a Job