Teacher Training in “Partnering with Poise” Self-Care Course for Care Partners, a replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers

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Teacher Training in “Partnering with Poise” Self-Care Course for Care Partners, a replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers


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DATES: Friday, June 21 - Tuesday, June 26, 2019

LOCATION: La Mama Studios, 47 Great Jones Street, NY NY 10012


Friday, June 21 - 5:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday, June 22 - 10am-5:30pm

Sunday, June 23 - 10am-5:30pm

Monday, June 24 - 9:30am-7:30pm (@ Balance Arts Center, 151 W 30th St, 3rd Floor, NY NY 10001)

Tuesday, June 25 - 10:00am-7:30pm

COST: $725 - AT Teachers with 5+ years of teaching experience only

CLICK HERE to register

Payment plans can be arranged. Space is limited


To train experienced AT teachers to deliver this AT-based course for family care partners. Be part of a pioneering international project. We are organizing a team of teachers around the world to deliver the first-ever replicable AT-based course to broad socio-economic groups.

To register email monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org

The NYC training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the course. Co-designer Belinda Mello will join the training on Monday, June 24.

Please contact Monika Gross by email or phone (828-254-3102) for more details and with questions about the full scope of this project: .

Please join this pioneering project! We have developed a successful course that can now be delivered in a wide variety of settings to a wide variety of family caregiver populations.

“Partnering with Poise” was developed with funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. It was part of an IRB approved research study through the University of Idaho led by Dr. Rajal Cohen, who is the Scientific Consultant for The Poise Project. The course curriculum and protocols were written by Belinda Mello and Monika Gross. We also received a 2018 AmSAT Research Grant.

“Partnering with Poise” is a ten-week group course meeting once a week for 90-minutes. It is designed for a maximum of 12 participants.

The course was delivered at ten sites in North Carolina and DC between September 2017-December 2018. Data was collected pre-course, post-course, and at 6 months and 12 months post course. This research has been presented at international conferences such as the the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine in Dallas in October 2018 and the World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in June 2019, and will be presented at the International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society conference in Nice, France in September 2019.


To reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world so that we can demonstrate the potential for successful expansion of similar AT-based subsidized programs for many other target populations. In this way we are working to remove barriers to access to the AT principles across broad socioeconomic groups.

Since the original development in North Carolina and DC of the course for care partners of people living with Parkinson’s disease, we have received a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and are delivering the course in Chapel Hill and Mount Holly NC to care partners of people with dementia. We also were contracted by IONA Senior Services in DC to run the course there for a general population of family caregivers. This was through funding from the DC Office of Aging and Community Living.

There is great potential for successful expansion of this course. There is strong interest in funding new resources to relieve care partner burden. This is currently a trending, high priority focus at conferences and in the agendas of foundations and other institutional funders. Our AT-based course is in an excellent position to be a go-to service to meet this need. This can provide jobs for AT teachers, and it offers us all a practical way to connect the AT principles to the needs of the general public.

We now have teachers trained in America and in Japan. We will have a training for teachers in Europe in Budapest this Fall, and additional trainings in the US are planned.


  • All parts of the detailed training course manual, including the ten class lesson plans; class structure; course goals; course terminology; and aspects of administering of course.

  • Basic training in understanding caregiver burden and stress and how the classes address those issues.

  • Video and other feedback from prior “Partnering with Poise” participants as well as information from the research we did in North Carolina.

  • How to understand and manage group dynamics in care partner class groups.

  • Basic training in The Poise Project strategic model and in the overall goals of the project and clarification of agreements with instructors.

  • Next steps, including ongoing communications and responsibilities; continued team support; strategies for finding funding and community partnerships locally; and future developments.