Online Facilitator Training

The OMA Facilitator online training prepares artists, aging and healthcare professionals, activity directors, and educators to implement the program in their communities.

Trainees will complete 6-8 hours of online training to be completed within 4 weeks at a predetermined pace and two live sessions with OMA trainers on two separate days for art-making.

Upcoming Training Sessions

About Fully Online Training

This program will provide the following:

  • Learn how to implement an evidence-based intergenerational art program for people with dementia.
  • CEU’s: Available from NCCAP snd NCCDP (certain locations only).
  • Learn in-person in Oxford, OH (3.5 days), take a hybrid course, combining online learning with an in-person practicum (1.5 day) at various locations, OR participate fully online-no travel required.

Attendees will:

  • Find out the why, what, and how of implementing the award-winning, evidence-based Scripps OMA program.
  • Participate in an OMA activity with elders who have dementia and in art-making sessions.
  • Conduct an OMA session and reflect on this leadership experience.
  • Receive the OMA Handbook with a thumb drive containing training slides and videos, a teaching manual with videos on a DVD to train volunteers, guidelines for 20 OMA-tested art activities, and OMA evaluation tools.
  • Registration discount coupon is available to Certified Member Facilities.

A “Certified Member Facility” is a fee-based membership that is renewable annually and provides members with benefits, including a 25% discount for training registration. You must have been offering OMA regularly to apply for a Certified Member Facility status. Videos and photos of OMA sessions are required when applying for a membership.


$1,000 per person

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A $100 processing fee is included in your registration and is non-refundable.
No refunds will be granted 30 days before the start of training. Granted refunds, minus the $100 processing fee, may take up to 45 days after the request is granted.
Registrations are transferable but must be communicated to the course contact and us at or (513) 529-2914 30 days before the start of training.


For more information, contact or call (513) 529-2914.

Training Parts


Meet course instructors and listen to other trainees who completed the OMA training to learn about the course contents and expectations.

The fully online training consists of three parts

Part 1: Methodology Training

12-15 hours completed within 4 weeks at your own pace with weekly live check-in sessions.

6-8 hours of online training to be completed within four weeks at a predetermined pace. Topics covered: OMA overview; How to train volunteers (overview of dementia, person-centered methodology, communicating with people who live with dementia), How to design art projects for people living with dementia; Practical logistics for implementing and evaluating the OMA program; and OMA’s evidence base. During this time, you will also meet with a small group of trainees to complete assignments.

Part 2: Art Making

These are live online sessions with OMA staff on the scheduled dates and times below.

These are live online sessions with OMA trainers on two separate days. You must attend both days. We will make four OMA projects on these two days. Bring art supplies (provided). More details will be shared during orientation.

Part 3: Observation & Debriefing

(for grant recipients and premium members only)

Trainees schedule a web meeting with OMA staff where trainees conduct a mini OMA session and are virtually observed by OMA staff. After the observation, trainees and OMA staff discuss online debriefing. Dates and times will be determined individually.

Trainees conduct a mini OMA session and are virtually observed by OMA trainers, followed by an online debriefing discussion. Dates and times will be determined individually. The observation period is 75 minutes, followed by a 45-minute debriefing discussion on another day within the same week. Scheduling information will be sent after Part 1 and Part 2 are complete.

Session Details

Live Training Sessions

One-hour live sessions with OMA trainers and the other trainees. Key sections of Part 1 training on OMA methodology will be covered during these live sessions. Trainees must complete certain modules before these live sessions. The specific modules to be completed will be covered in the orientation session. This is a way to stay on track and feel connected with the instructors and the other trainees and address whatever questions you may have.

Website Resources Info Session for all Trainees

In this info session, we will cover all the website resources and additional resources that are available to you. QIP grant recipients will also receive information on how to schedule part 3.


Completion of all sessions is required to become a certified OMA Facilitator. QIP grant recipients must also complete Part 3. NCCDP and NCCAP continuing education hours are included in the certificate (20.75 hours).

Learn More

Please feel free to contact the administrators listed below that have implemented OMA in their facility below.

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