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2015 NCCAP Educational Symposium


NCCAP Announces the location for the 2015 Symposium

Embassey Suites
Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle East
201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513
Fax: 919-677-1841

Save the Dates - start preparing now -

June 4 - 6, 2015

EMAIL addresses are NEEDED....


Attention NCCAP certified individuals....

NCCAP NEEDS your current email address. IF what we have on file has changed, or if we do NOT currently have an email address listed for you PLEASE contact the NCCAP office and make sure we have it on file.

NCCAP sends a monthly newsbits with information of upcoming events, a quarterly newsletter and other NCCAP happenings, as well as we are using an electronic ballot for the Board of Directors election

Contact, with your email address

NCCAP introduces Home Care Certification (HCC)


Effective January 1, 2014 – NCCAP is offering an HCC level of certification

Understanding the Home Care (Activity) Certification (HCC)

The Home Care industry is booming, and will only continue to grow in the near future.

Home is where the care is for a growing number of people in the United States. Industry growth has been fostered by an aging population, the prevalence of chronic disease, strengthening physician acceptance of home care and a continued movement toward cost-efficient treatment options from public and private payers.

Until now there was no national criterion for the qualifications of the individuals working in this profession. It can vary from agency to agency, with most holding at best a high school diploma or GED.

Home Health worker ( PC training) criteria varies from state to state as its built on a medical model of care to the client. The Home Care agencies, send their workers into the homes based on a social model of care. The need for a minimum criteria and training in this area is so imperative for the clients meaningful quality of life. Assessing the clients customary routine, learning about physical and psychosocial needs, assessing their functional and cognitive abilities and then being able to implement an individualized leisure program accordingly, as well as the ability to follow that client from the home care to their family care, or ADS etc will ensure more meaningful experiences.

The HCC criteria will require (as with all other levels of certification) the "hands on" experience working with a credible home care agency, the continuing education for continued learning, the core knowledge/training for this level of certification, and the high school diploma/GED. This is an entry level of certification that we hope will also encourage those individuals to pursue becoming certified activity assistants/directors in the future, after they get their foot in the door in the health care industry.

Requirements for HCC
1.High School diploma/GED
2.Completion of the Activities 101 (8) hour training course
3.Six (6) months {1000 hours} of Home Care experience
4.20 hours of continuing education

Process –
Applicants will complete the HCC application form (in addition to the NCCAP application), sending the verification of the HS/GED, the Home Care experience, CE’s (per the NCCAP Standards) and certificate of completion of the Activities 101 (8) hour course.
(That will be offered throughout the country from NCCAP pre-approved MEPAP instructors who also obtain their Activities 101 PRE-approval #).

***The Activities 101 training hours can also be applied toward a specialization as an HC

SPECIAL recognition goes out to ROS Therapy Systems for their Support and promotion of the HCC credential!!!!!

MEPAP Instructors willing to donate a FREE class


IF you are out there and you are needing to take a MEPAP course to pursue becoming nationally credentialed with NCCAP, yet you are having difficulty paying for the course, see the below list of pre-approved MEPAP instructors that are willing to donate a course...

Dawn Appler-Worsley - MD
John Collins - FL
Natalie Davis -TX
Cindy Bradshaw - VA (given 8/2013)
Joan Marie Granato - NJ
Bonnie Green - ME
Sandy Hennum - MN
Debbie Hommel - NJ (given 7/2013)
April Keehan - VA
Jennifer Krupa - OH
Roz O'Neil - AZ
Nancy Richards - PA
Debra Stewart - OH
Alisa Tagg - NV (given 10/2013)
Donna Tennant - WV
Theresa Thorland - IA (given 8/2013)
Arlene Tierney-Pierce - NV (given 10/2014)
Kathy HUghes (ADN) - NY - (given 6/2014)

**Any other instructors willing to donate a class - please write Cindy and let her know, thanks

***Those requesting the free course(s), please contact the instructors directly, see the mepap instructor listing on the site for their email addresses.

Certification renewals


Certification Renewals –
REMINDER to all those that are renewing their certifications this year..
• Continuing education hours MUST be between the last renewal and the current renewal (that 2 year time frame)
• 20% can be Facility Inservices – such as fire safety, infection control etc
• 20% can be Health related – such as CPR, CNA, CDL, nursing classes etc
• 30% can be from the webinar type offerings that your facility is contracted with such as Care2Learn, Silver Chair and Upstairs Solutions
• Your renewals are mailed to you 90 days BEFORE your expiration – they MUST be postmarked by the 1st to avoid the additional late fee. (NOT receiving your renewal in the mail, MAY be because you moved and didn’t share your current address with your credentialing body, OR may mean it was simply lost in the mail – in any event there are renewal forms ONLINE for you to download, or you may contact the NCCAP office for a new form, either way your expiration date doesn’t change, therefore renewing ON TIME is YOUR responsibility.
• IF renewing your specializations – remember to include the additional CE’s and fees

2015 NCCAP Symposium Call for Papers - LAST CALL

October 11, 2014

NCCAP is currently seeking presenters for the 2015 NCCAP Symposium to be held June 4 – 7, 2015 in Raleigh, NC.

If chosen to speak, your registration for the conference will be waived, and if 2 or more sessions accepted, you will be paid a $100.00 stipend. Most sessions are 1.5 hours in length and are presented to seasoned professionals who either teach the MEPAP courses, consult, educate or train others, so please gear your topics toward this target audience.

You may complete and submit your Call for Papers (found under the symposium link) to NCCAP at by November 1, 2014.

Suggest a Speaker - CALL for PAPERS for 2015 NCCAP Symposium to be held in NC

OCT 12, 2014

NCCAP…..educates, mentors and inspires Activity Professionals

To continue to strengthen their professional skill set ,
and nowhere is this mission more apparent than at our annual symposium.

We invite top professionals in their fields to share with us their expertise and enthusiasm.

If you or someone you know has great information to share with our members, please complete this form.
Thank you!

Your contact info:
• Name
• Business Name
• Email Address
• Phone Number
Why you recommend them (area of expertise, conferences/events they have presented, research, training modules

Suggested speaker:
• Name
• Title
• Business Name
• Email Address
• Phone Number
Speaker Description info to post online:
• Speaker credentials
• Topic(s)
• Brief description of presentations you have to offer
• Previous speaking events
• How far you will travel to present
• Any other pertinent information

NCCAP's new and improved WEBSITE is coming soon!!!!!

August 14, 2014

NCCAP will be revising its website

We will be inputing many of the suggestions submitted through our Education committee and Call to Action Committe, coupled with the expertise of our webmaster we intend;
- to make it more "user friendly"
- add a tab for the HCC Certification
- add a page just for the student tools
- add a page/link for the administrators
- add a general information about activities, credentials etc
and many many more things -

Right now all of this information can be found on the site, however after the update, it will be easier to manipulate for everyone involved!

So be watching for this change to come!!!!

2014 Fall NCCAP Chat Schedule


NCCAP Chat 2014
The weekly NCCAP Chats are back - any/all can participate in the chats (topics listed below) IF you want the continuing education credit for the hour education, simply follow the instructions under the CHAT section of the site -


10/1-Nikki Carrion-TBA

10/8-Murv Delpino- “ Music & Memories “Alive Inside” -The IPOD Project & Your Community

10/15-Carolyn Perito-TBA

10/22-Michelle Olson-TBA

10/29-Debbie Hommel-TBA

November 2014

11/5-Murv Delpino- How to get Families involved in Your Activity programs

11/12-Sulekha Zaug-TBA

11/19-Casey Caterino-TBA

11/26-no chat /Thanksgiving Eve

December 2014

12/3-Murv Delpino-Brainstorming-Why Create Interdepartmental Relationships

12/10-Sulekha Zaug-TBA

12/17-Bonnie Reuchel-Why do I need to belong to my Local, State, and National Activity Association. (last chat/Holiday break)

***Please note the chat topics are subject to change as all are conducted by volunteers - and substitutes will also meet the NCCAP standards and pre-approval process.

NCCAP National Exam


A proposal was given to NCCAP and reviewed by both the NCCAP Board and the NCCAP Education Committee with regard to allowing an individual who has completed the MEPAP Course (all 180 hours of course work and all 180 hours of the practical) to take the National Exam, rather than having to wait until they are ready to apply for the ADC level of certification.

This proposal was accepted and the new process has been implemented.

ANY and ALL individuls that have completed the MEPAP course (in its entirity, NO EXCEPTIONS) and are CURRENTLY certified at the ADPC level, may submit a written request to sit for the NCCAP national exam.

***Any individuals that are ready to apply at the ADC level, the process will remain the same - you apply, once reviewed and found to be completed you are given permission to set for the exam.

2014-2017 NCCAP Board of Directors


NCCAP announces the 2014-2017 NCCAP Board of Directors
Debbie Hommel, ACC (NJ)President
Bryan Rife, ADC (NC) Vice President
Dawn Appler-Worsley, ADC (MD)Treasurer
Becki Sims, ADC (VA)Secretary
Linda Redhead, ACC (NY)Special Project
Melanie Evans, ADC (NC) Nominations
Michael Bower, ACC (WA) Immediate Past President

to contact any board member; see the monthly newsblitzes for their emails, or feel free to email to their attention.

Caution.."easier" isn't necessarily better for your profession


I cannot impress upon you enough the importance of credibility and Integrity / ethical practice

While some have taken or been encouraged to "take the easy way" out and get "certified " through other organizations which do not require much, at best a high school diploma and charge over $200.00 to take a non proctored "exam",,,, it once again has resulted in a deficiency in qualifications as this person was not yet prepared to lead activities ...she will be as NCCAP is working with her to bring her into compliance , but there are reasons for the professional standards set way back when by Dr Peckham and the original board

These individuals knew that the combination of education, experience , continued education and the mepap although not the easiest perhaps , would be the best for our seniors and our profession to be taken seriously and for the certified members themselves

I encourage all to be careful and take the extra steps to do it right the first time you deserve it and your facility does too

Take pride get NCCAP certified!!!!

'And a special thanks to the federal surveyors who referred the facilities to NCCAP to get their people qualified

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