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In-Person Workshop

F22-301HC Social Work with Family Caregivers of Dementia Patients: A Personal Journey and Professional (IN-PERSON)

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

300 Aging
Ellyn Loy, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Howard County - Elkridge, Maryland



Family caregivers of people with dementia are often called “invisible second patient.” These caregivers are critical to the care recipients, and they experience high rates of burden and psychological morbidity as well as social isolation, poor physical and mental health, and great financial strain. This workshop will explore social work practice with family caregivers of patients with dementia. This class emerged from my personal journey as a social worker (30 years) and as a spousal caregiver. For seven years I cared for my husband while he descended into Primary Progressive Aphasia a form of frontal lobe dementia. I interacted with social workers in several milieus: Doctors’ offices, hospitals, emergency rooms, home care provider companies, and finally hospice. The lack of skill and understanding of the caregiver’s role and situation with a dementia patient became very apparent. This workshop will provide participants with an increased knowledge of what skills and practices can be used to help caregivers. These skills include an introduction to the concept of “Anticipatory or Pre-death Grief.” use of a Caregiver Grief Inventory.


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Ellyn Loy, LCSW-C, is a graduate of the University of MD School of Social Work and is currently a Faculty Liaison for the Field Placement Office. Ms. Loy has 30 years of social work practice. She was the Clinical Director at the House of Ruth MD and is considered an expert in the field of Intimate Partner Violence. In 2013 she began work in the Jewish Community developing a program for Elder Abuse called SAFE. Ms. Loy is an experienced trainer and has taught many workshops including becoming an expert witness for domestic violence cases, self-care and compassion and dynamics of elder abuse.

In 2014 her husband was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia a form of Frontal Lobe Dementia and she became his caregiver. He died in hospice in 2021. Ellyn developed this workshop in order to combine her professional knowledge with her personal experiences in order to help social workers develop more effective practices with this population.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:30 - 9:00 


9:00 - 11:00 


11:00 - 11:15    


11:30 - 1:15 

Lecture (Continued) 


Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 Social Work clinical practices used to work with caregivers of dementia patients
  2. Increase understanding of the concept of “pre-death” or “anticipatory” grief
  3. Become familiar with the use of the Marwit and Meuser “Caregiver Grief Inventory”
  4. Identify 3 ways social workers can advocate for caregivers with other systems.

Bibliography & References


Brodaty, H. (2009),Family Caregivers of people with Dementia. Dialogues In Clinical Neuroscience, June 11 (2) 217-228.

Etters, L, Goodall, D, Harrison, E. (2008), Caregiver Burden among dementia patient caregivers-Review of the Literature. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, August 20(8) 423-428.

Park, J. (2021) Pre-loss Grief in Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Journal of Alzheimer’s, 84 (4) 1847-1859.

Meuser, Thomas, MM Caregiver Grief Inventory, HTTPS:// Hospice

Sanders, S Marwit, S Meuser, T, Hamilton, P. (2008) Caregiver Grief in End-Stage Dementia. Social Work in Health Care, Sept Vol 46 47-65.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after October 5, 2022 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive 3 continuing education credits.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed


Howard County

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