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Richmond-based Art for the Journey implemented its first OMA program at St. Mary's Woods, an assisted living community also in Richmond, VA. In addition, the talented and committed staff at Art for the Journey have already begun training and certifying new OMA facilitators, many of whom are LeadingAge Virginia members, with the goal of expanding the OMA program throughout Virginia.
In addition to being a vehicle for wellness and healing for the artists, a critical component of this innovative program from Scripps Gerontology Center/Miami University, OH, is participation from an enthusiastic and energetic group of Virginia Commonweatlh University students, making OMA a unique intergenerational collaboration.
Several LeadingAge Virginia members were recently certified by Art for the Journey in 2017, and several more have already committed participate in the online course and certification program. To learn more about the program, visit Opening Minds through Art and look for the "Hybrid Training" link. Continuing education credits are available. For questions, contact Cindy Paullin, Assistant Executive Director, Art for the Journey.
Art for the Journey has been awarded funding from CultureWorks for the expansion of the "Opening Minds through Art" program! Plans have already put into motion to expand their volunteer recruitment, in partnership with a second location, and to train and certify individuals in and beyond the Richmond region to bring this impactful program to many other individuals suffering dementia.
The Alzheimers Association has awarded Art for the Journey with Grant Funds to help support the growth of the Scripps Gerontology Center-Miami University-OH "Opening Minds through Art" program and Richmond Facilitator certification practicum.
Last week, Richmond non-profit organization, Art for the Journey was delighted to participate as a vendor at the Leading Age Virginia conference in Roanoke, VA. Many participants requested information about the Richmond, VA practicum, in conjunction with the Miami University on-line certification course to become an "OMA" Facilitator. Art for the Journey has provided the OMA program at Saint Mary's Woods Retirement Community in Richmond for many sessions over the past two years, and due to the success of this program has now partnered with the Founder, Dr. Elizabeth Lokon and Miami University to host the practicum and to certify individuals as new OMA Facilitators. Art for the Journey, the OMA Facilitators, volunteers, and staff, have witnessed first hand the positive impact of this beautifully designed and empirical program, and are eager to partner with Miami University in helping bring these amazing and positive results to many more individuals, families, facilities, staff and student and community volunteers in and around Virginia.
The online course gives wonderful flexibility for your schedule, and the 1 and a half day practicum, besides being fun, is filled with art projects, program experience with elders and volunteers, and will provide you with the numerous resources you will need to begin to implement OMA! CEU's available from NCCAP and NCCDP
For more information about Art for the Journey, or "OMA" contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The OMA program will be highlighted with Art for the Journey receiving a Community Partner Award from the VCU ASPire Program.
The OMA program is growing in Virginia! Congratulations to the 16 people who are now certified to implement the Scripps Gerontology Center/Miami University, OH "Opening Minds Through Art" program throughout the Commonwealth.
Richmond, VA non-profit "Art for the Journey" has successfully partnered with the Scripps Gerontology Center/Miami University to host the first Facilitator Practicum in conjunction with the Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) online certification course. In October 2017, the initial group of 17 trainees were certified to facilitate "Opening Minds Through Art" in Assisted Living communities around Virginia and beyond. These new OMA Facilitators will implement the innovative, impactful program with AL residents with dementia/Alzheimers. Dr. Elizabeth Lokon, Founder of OMA, attended the first practicum and is pictured in the group photo above.
The second online course began on January 15th through the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and the Richmond practicum will be held March 1st-2nd at Saint Mary's Woods Retirement Community in Richmond, VA. Dates for the next online course and practicum are being planned. For more information about "Opening Minds Through Art," visit www.scrippsoma.org or contact Cindy Paullin, OMA Facilitator Practicum Trainer at email@example.com.
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