From this class participants will:
- be a truly empathetic listener for the elderly and anyone in your life
- be non-judgmental and build a trusting relationship with the disoriented elderly– bringing them peace, connectedness, and an improved quality of life
- identify the four phases of disorientation and the basic human needs experienced by the elderly
- use the Validation techniques at a basic level and as created for each phase of disorientation
- Present the basics of Validation—The Feil Method to small groups
- Support others in their learning and use of Validation
Requirements for certification:
- take part in a training course
- practice individual Validation for at least 26 weeks, some sessions with a client in each of the four phases of resolution
- show documentation of practical work
- pass written and practical examinations
Certified Validation Workers:
- can practice individual Validation
- can give short presentations of Validation for small groups1
- can give support to interested people
A Validation Worker is able to:
- listen exquisitely to another human being, to hear the underlying meaning.
- put his or her feelings in the closet in order to be non-judgemental.
- observe a maloriented or disoriented elderly person in an organized, careful manner.
- understand the symbols used by maloriented and disoriented elderly.
- diagnose the stage of disorientation (according to Validation).
- build a warm, trusting relationship with a maloriented and disoriented elderly person.
- demonstrate all the Validation techniques at a basic level.
- demonstrate that he or she knows which techniques to use with which stage of disorientation.
The Validation Worker knows:
- Erikson’s life stages and tasks, as well as Feil’s “Resolution vs. Vegetation” stage, and is able to apply them to disoriented elderly.
- the basic human emotions and universal needs, plus can identify these needs in disoriented elderly.
- the goals of Validation both for the client and for the worker.
- the population for which Validation was developed.
- the differences between an early on-set Alzheimer patient and a disoriented old-old person.
- the physical, psychological and emotional characteristics of the four stages of disorientation.
- how Validation differs from and compares to Reality Orientation, Reminiscence, Remotivation and Sensory Stimulation methods.
- the principles of Validation.