Registration deadline is February 17, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches Basics (GPA)

​Did you know?..

There is a recognized need to promote a better understanding of dementia among care providers. A series of training needs assessments conducted by SafeCare BC in 2014, 2015, and 2016 identified an overwhelming demand for dementia care training among continuing care providers. Care providers reported having a lack of training when it came to understanding dementia and how best to provide care.

Course Description:

Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) is case-based, interactive, and practical. GPA re-frames challenging behaviour to be interpreted as self-protective or responsive behaviour occurring because of unmet needs, encouraging staff to assess the meaning behind behaviour and work alongside the person with dementia. GPA uses a person-centered, compassionate and gentle persuasive approach to respond respectfully and with confidence and skill to behaviors associated with dementia. 

The course is delivered as a one-day workshop, involving multiple educational strategies to meet the various learning styles of point of care staff. Course content is implemented via role plays, whiteboard animations, didactic mini-lectures, experiential exercises, case studies, and video clips. It is the intent of the curriculum to be delivered by in-house GPA Certified Coaches so that participants can continue to be coached in their application of key competencies at the point-of-care. The project’s interdisciplinary curriculum development team designed this literature-based product and evaluated its effectiveness by measuring impact on participants’ self-perceived competency, knowledge acquisition and clinical application. (source: AGE website)

​Goals of Training:

  • Understand that a person with dementia is a unique human being capable of interacting with the outside world
  • Explain the relationship between the disease process and the person’s behavioural response
  • Apply emotional, environmental, and interpersonal communication strategies to prevent and diffuse responsive behaviours
  • Demonstrate suitable and respectful techniques to use in situations of risk


GPA is designed for staff and students of all disciplines working with older adults who meet the following criteria:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Enrolled in/have graduated from an allied health care program at a recognized educational institution in Canada, and;
  • Currently working for/seeking employment in dementia care or a related field.

*Please note: volunteers and family members are not eligible to take GPA.


$35 – SafeCare BC members

$100 - Non-SafeCare BC Members (please contact to register)


If you have any questions regarding this or any other SafeCare BC workshops, please contact Marjahn at

Registration deadline is February 17, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches Basics (GPA): March 4, 2019

  • Monday Mar 04 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 4710 Kingsway #1424
    Burnaby, British Columbia
    V5H 4M2