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Shane Elks, RBT/CST


Shane Elks is a licensed instructor for NCCAP who co-teaches together with Licensed Instructors Bryan Rife, ADC/EDU and Melanie McLary, ADC.  Shane has worked for 8 years as the Creative Arts Director/Registered Behavior Technician at the Cyzner Institute of Charlotte and is a Certified Sound Therapist. He is the founder and Executive Director of Black Star Theater Company. He is a member of the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists, presents regularly as a key note speaker at Healthcare Conferences, and serves as a consultant in the Therapeutic Arts.


Shane is a graduate of The American Music and Dramatics Academy and The British Center of Excellence. Shane has studied with Vocal Masters from The Julliard School of Music Advancement Program and The Metropolitan Opera Guild.

Shane is experienced providing social engagement using Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy for over a decade. His experience includes communities in assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory care, and youth education. Shane is passionate about using the arts to educate, engage, and deliver therapeutic outcomes.


Coming Soon

My course will be delivered zoom

Class  Start Date:  February 7, 2023

End Date:  May 25, 2023

Every Tuesday and Thursday

10am-1pm est

MEPAP 1 APC $650 course fee includes coursebook, exam and 2 years certification.

Please note that if you select to do a payment plan there will be an additional $30.00 fee added.

Activity Professional Certified Course

As a Licensed Instructor, I am qualified to deliver NCCAP’s standardized Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) for NCCAP certification. 


For over 30 years, NCCAP certification has been accepted for meeting the highest standard of CMS F680 and is the only certification accepted by NAAP for meeting the Professional Standards of Practice to be an Activity Professional.


The MEPAP is infused with the person-centered principles of the Pioneer Network as well as the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. It is reviewed and updated regularly by an independent Clinical and Curriculum Advisory Board of geriatric experts and long-term care practitioners.


Like all Allied Healthcare credentials, NCCAP certification is based on a formal course of study, the MEPAP, and an independent final exam. NCCAP certification ensures you are competent to deliver person-centered care and life-enriching activity programs to enhance physical, cognitive and psychosocial well-being.


Currently, I teach the NCCAP’s standardized MEPAP APC (Activity Professional Certified) course. The MEPAP APC is the entry-level certification that provides the knowledge and skills to work in the Activity Profession.

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