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Dr. Debra Stewart, PsyD, MBA, MATLT, BS 


Debra is an adjunct instructor at Sinclair Community College and Fortis College and serves as an associate faculty member at Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business and Technology. She also serves as an online academic distant learning specialist for Hondros School of Nursing. Debra is a pre-approved instructor of the NCCAP program for activity directors.


Dr. Stewart earned an Associate’s of Fine Arts Degree from Sinclair Community College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Charter Oak State, graduating with honors.  She received a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Teaching & Learning with Technology from Ashford University with honors. Debra has also completed a Psy.D. in Organizational Psychology with a specialization in health and wellness from the University of the Rockies.


Dr. Stewart working with Dr. Andree Swanson of the Forbes School of Business and Technology recently won the Forbes School of Business and Technology University Fellowship Program Grant to research the topic of preferred learning styles of persons living with dementia and unit productivity.


Debra has many awards and presentations to her credit, including being nominated for the Ohio Assisted Living Association Outstanding Activity Director award in 2007 and recognized with the Ohio Health Care Association Professional Achievement Award in 2009. She was also awarded The Great Award by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities in 2012.


Dr. Stewart is passionate about improving the quality of life for senior adult care and job satisfaction for those who work in long-term care. She is an avid advocate and consultant for the industry challenges that face today’s health care agencies. Dr. Stewart’s recent publications and research include The Investigation of the Preferred Learning Styles of Persons Living with Dementia, Caregivers’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Pain Medication Administration, Finding the Good in the Workplace Bully, and Bullies do not Work Alone.

Interested in taking the Montessori Home Care Engagement Course? 

My course will be delivered:


Current Start Date of my course:

May 21 & 22, 2021 9am-1:30pm EST

July 24 & 25, 2021 9am-1:30pm EST

Sept. 24 & 25, 2021 9am-1:30pm EST

Nov. 19 & 20, 2021 9am-1:30pm EST


Class size:

Min 5 Max 30

If it will not let you register that means the class is full.  Please email me for additional class dates or check back here.

Cost:  $169.00

(price includes certification)

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Montessori Home Engagement

NCCAP’s Montessori Home Engagement Course allows you to apply the philosophy of care championed by Dr. Maria Montessori when caring for an older person in the home setting.  


Created in partnership with the National Association of Activity Professionals and the National Intergenerational Montessori Center, this curriculum is embedded with Montessori principles proven effective when caring for older persons.


Individuals taking this course learn practical techniques to communicate, interact and engage with those aging in place at home. This knowledge allows you to deliver life-enriching activities and higher quality care that can promote emotional well-being and healthy aging.


You will learn to address common challenges associated with providing care in the home including: communication, mobility, memory, behaviors, eating, bathing and taking medication. 


The competencies obtained from this course are designed to improve the health, wellness and quality of life of both the care provider and care recipient. Individuals completing this course can obtain NCCAP Montessori Home Engagement Certification (MHEC) by completing additional educational and work experience requirements.



Founded in 1986, NCCAP is accepted by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is recognized for meeting the highest qualification to deliver the Social Model of Care. To date, NCCAP has trained and certified over 150,000 individuals in the delivery of life enriching activities that optimize physical and cognitive function, and psychosocial well-being.



1. EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED 


2. REQUIRED CURRICULUM: Montessori Home Curriculum 



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