• All CAPA education sessions meet NAAP-CP, NCCAP and IAPA requirement for the body of knowledge/curriculum content for Activity Professionals' certification or re- certification.

  • CAPA members, facility representatives, and guests attending the education sessions and/or special workshops held during September through June (with no December education session) receive the CAPA Certificate of Attendance with a specified number of continuing education hours.

  • It is essential that attendees sign-in at the education sessions and complete the session’s evaluation form at the close of the education session.

  • Note: NCTRC does not pre-approve any continuing education. NCTRC and NCCAP have not reviewed or approved the content of CAPA’s education sessions, and does not endorse or sponsor any of the activities of the CAPA.

  • Attend all education programs for one low membership price of $40 (Individual) or $75 (Facility) 

Nonmembers & Guests =  $10  Guests are allowed at two sessions, then will be asked to join CAPA.

Session Schedules: 
1:00PM: Networking, Refreshments, Registration & General Announcements 
1:30PM-3:30PM: Education Program* 
3:30PM: Tour of Host Community

*Participants must sign-in at each meeting and stay for the entire education session in order to receive continuing education hours.

September 18, 2019


Julie Bogess


2833 N. Nordica, Chicago


Julie Bogess MPA, LNHA, owner of Enlighten Eldercare and Age-u-cate master trainer leads a powerful, dementia-focused, in-service that will transform how you communicate, respond to behavioral expression and engage with older adults in meaningful activities.


October 16, 2019

“Two Heads Are Better Than One”

Molly Hofer

Church Creek

1250 Central Rd, Arlington Heigths, IL

Did you know that staying socially engaged with others and doing things together is not only good for your soul, but also good for your brain Maintaining social connections is one of several things you can do to contribute to your own brain health. Come and learn about the aging brain, and what you can do to keep your brain engaged. And, because two heads are indeed better than one, many of the activities in the session can be completed with the help of a friend or partner!


November 20, 2019

“Massage Therapy/Art Therapy”

Eddi Perlis & Colleen Ostrander

Admiral at the Lake

929 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640


Eddie Perlis (LMT, CMLDT) & Colleen Ostrander, (MFA, MAAT), tag team in this presentation about Massage Therapy and Art Therapy with older adults. Keep yourself updated on how the goals of MT and AT can overlap with the goals of activity professionals and learn ways that we can continue to draw upon MT and AT techniques in our work.


January 15, 2020


Ellie Stewart

Moorings of Arlington Heights

811 E Central Rd, Arlington Heights, IL, 60005


Aromatherapy uses therapeutic grade oils to bring a shift in well-being. Learn about how essential oils are made, and how aromatherapy can lower stress and promote overall health.


February 19, 2020

“Graphic Medicine: Drawing on Caregiving”

MK Czerwiek

Westminster Place

3200 Grant St, Evanston, IL 60201

MK Czerwiek is a Nurse who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000 and co-runs, a website dedicated to the intersection of comics and health. In “Drawing on Caregiving” MK will explore how graphic medicine can help deal with the stress of care work.

March 11, 2020

“Activity Exchange”

CAPA members

Avanti Wellness and Rehabilitation

6840 W. Touhy Ave., Niles IL, 60714

Come prepared to share some of the special activities from your community and practice and see firsthand the activities developed by your inventive colleagues across the region.

April 15, 2020

“Trauma Self-Care”

Theresa Dewey

Lake Forest Place

1100 Pembridge Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Anyone who has spent time working with older adults (especially in residential facilities) has experienced some stress and grief inherent in the nature of our work. Activity professionals, especially those newer to the field, are not always equipped with the tools to manage the feelings that can arise in the face of difficult circumstances. Join CAPA and Theresa Dewey, MAAT, as we take a couple of hours to strengthen our capacity for self- care.

May 20, 2020

“Spanish Class for Seniors”

Molly Whedbee

Location TBD

Sometimes activity specialists hit upon a perfect group activity that consistently hits all of its goals. Molly Whedbee will present on how Spanish class that incorporated expressive arts, storytelling, intergenerational connection, cross-cultural synergy and interdepartmental collaboration. She will break down how you can involve older adults from every background, level of care, cognitive level etc. in a group that satisfies the emotional, cognitive, social and expressive needs of everyone involved.


June 17, 2020 - Double Education & Luncheon / Awards Presentation

10am-12pm: Session 1: “Personalized Engagement”

12pm-1:30pm: Luncheon & Awards Presentation

1:30pm-3:30pm: Session 2: “Professional Development”

Lee Moriarty

Church Creek 

1250 W Central Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Personalized Engagement

Lee Moriarty guides us on a tour of continuing changes to the profession and the evolution of best practices in the field. Focus on pivoting away from staid activity planning towards meeting residents’ dynamic individual needs.

Professional Development

We all could use some advice when it comes to our professional growth. Build your skills in leadership, conflict resolution, organization and more in this in-depth session on professional development.

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