Sonas Engaging Dementia Three Day Course


Day 1:   27th September, 2019
Day 2:   08th  November, 2019
Day 3:   29th November, 2019


9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Eligible to Attend

Registered Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Activity Co-ordinators, Care Assistants and others caring for people with dementia.

Attendance Cost


Sonas & SIMS Kits (for programme implementation) €100.00


This course will train learners in the use of the therapeutic Sonas programme.  The Sonas programme is an evidence based multi-sensory therapeutic activity for people with moderate to severe dementia, delivered through group and individual sessions.  On completion of the course, a person is certified for two years as a Sonas Licensed Practitioner (SLP) and receives an individualised SLP badge.

Course Learning Outcomes

The course takes place on three days over a 10-12 week period and includes work-based learning.

By the end of this course, the student will:

  • Be familiar with the different types of dementia
  • Understand the role of feelings and the senses in communication.
  • Have acquired different communication strategies.
  • Have acquired the skills to carry out Sonas group and individual sessions.
  • Have had practical experience of delivering and evaluating the Sonas programme.
  • Have had experience using the Threadgold Communication Tool (TCT)
  • Know how to integrate the Sonas programme in care planning.
  • Have joined a network of peers, all of whom are implementing the Sonas programme.
  • Be able to use moodle, an e-learning platform for SLPs that gives the user access to resources, tutors and an SLP forum.

Accreditation/CPD: 19 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Please note: To book onto this course contact Training Administrator, Engaging Dementia  (01 260 8138), email 

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