Event Detail

Mental Health Specialty Training

July 25 & 26 | 9 - 11 am and 1 - 3 pm


Assisted living providers are required to comply with Chapter 388-112A WAC related to staff training and development. As part of these requirements, administrators or their designee(s) who want to train caregivers in the specialty topics of dementia and mental health must complete specialized training in order to qualify as a facility-based trainer. These intensive training sessions prepare administrators or their designated trainers to successfully pass the mandated competency tests required in the specialty topics of dementia and mental health. These courses are designed to make it easy to complete one or both specialty topics. Training and testing are done over two days for both dementia and mental health specialties. Each course’s final session includes a test; the attendees must be on camera to complete the exam.

The Dementia and Mental Health Specialty Training courses are being offered virtually and require participants to engage in each session to complete the course. Participants will need a quiet place without interruption as they will be required to engage in each session via video and audio to ensure participation in discussion and small group activities that are part of the course.


$109 per person              WHCA Member Rate

$218 per person              Non-WHCA Member Rate


Vicki McNealley, PhD, MN, RN, is the Director of Assisted Living for the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA). Vicki is directly responsible for supporting WHCA member assisted living providers through regulatory clarification, nurse consultation, facility system evaluation, advocacy, and education. Vicki is responsible for developing and implementing WHCA programs to support providers in these areas. As staff liaison for the Assisted Living Quality and Regulatory Executive Advisory Committee, Vicki works with members to promote quality care and services at every level. Vicki spent ten years as the assisted living director for WHCA prior to serving as the Corporate Director of Regulatory Compliance for Village Concepts for over six years. She has extensive experience as a teacher, consultant and provider and has been involved in assisted living operations and policy work since 1999. Vicki has served as a national award reviewer for the American Health Care Association and worked closely with the American Assisted Living Nurses Association to develop its certification exam. Vicki is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in community health nursing and a doctorate degree in nutrition.