Hybrid Facilitator Training

The OMA Facilitator hybrid 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 then come together for one and a half days of in-person art-making activities, OMA sessions, and an art show.

All training sessions are open to anyone.

About Hybrid Training

The hybrid training covers the same contents as the fully in-person training. In this format, about 2/3 of the material, or about 12-15 hours, will be covered online. You can complete this online portion of the training at your own pace within a 4 week timeframe. This will be followed by an in-person practicum offered at different dates and locations. You must complete both the online training and the in-person practicum to become a certified OMA Facilitator.

Online Training Content

  • Interactive instruction on the why, what, and how of implementing the award-winning, evidence-based Scripps OMA program.
  • OMA activity design principles to create failure-free art projects for people with dementia.
  • Evidence base of OMA’s impact on people with dementia and student volunteers.

In-person Practicum Outline: 1.5 Days

  • Practicum #1: Observe OMA session and serve as an OMA volunteer, work 1-1 with residents who have dementia with reflection and feedback session
  • Practicum #2: Art-making sampler: Create 4 OMA projects
  • Practicum #3: Conduct an OMA session on your own with a reflection and feedback session
  • Closing ceremony and certificates


$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 ScrippsOMA@MiamiOH.edu or (513) 529-2914 30 days before the start of training.


For more information, contact ScrippsOMA@MiamiOH.edu or call (513) 529-2914.

Session Details

The hybrid training consists of three parts


Meet course instructors and listen to other trainees who went through the OMA training to find out about the course contents and expectations. The Zoom link will be sent to your email address.

Part 1: Methodology Training

Six to eight hours of online training to be completed within 4 weeks at a predetermined pace. Login information to access the online course will be sent the morning the course starts 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.

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. The Zoom link will also be sent to your email address.

Part 2: In-Person Sessions

One and a half days of in-person artmaking activities, OMA sessions, and a mini art show. During these sessions, trainees will make several OMA art projects, work 1:1 with a resident as volunteers for an OMA session, lead an OMA session, and observe a mini OMA art show. More details will be shared during orientation, including travel and logistics information.

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. The Zoom link will be sent to your email address.


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).


Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University is an approved continuing education provider. Certificates with NCCAP approval number will be provided at the end of the training.


Miami University, the organization supervising both of the above training programs, is a Certified Sponsor of professional continuing education with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for members holding certifications as CDP, CDCM and CADDCT. CEUs can be earned by attending sessions at Miami’s Opening Minds Through Art Facilitator Training. Conference participants will be eligible to receive up to 20.5 CEUs for attending the full training.

Conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University in collaboration with Art for the Journey in VA, Maryville University in MO, and Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary in AB.

Learn More

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

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