Sherry Barzak, ACC
Sherry received her bachelors science degree in Family and human development specializing in life span development. She graduated from the Ohio State University.
Upon graduation, Sherry taught pre-k and became a child care center director . Once moving to PA , Sherry was a child care director in a nursing home and soon became the Activity Director . She worked at Rolling Fields for 3 years and obtained her ADC certification through NCCAP.
Sherry later became employed at Crawford County Care Center as an Activity Director and worked there for 17 years. While there, she started Crawford County Activity Professionals Association and became a Pennsylvania Activity Professionals Association board member . While on the PAPA board , she was president for 5 years and is currently the Professional Development Chair. Currently, she works at AristaCare at Park Ave as the Activity Director.
She since has obtained the ACC certification through NCCAP and has been team-teaching the MEPAP class. Sherry also was a previous board member of NCCAP. Sherry also teaches several classes at conferences and workshops for activity professionals.
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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.
QUALIFICATION COMPONENTS IF YOU APPLY AS A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL SEEKING THE MHEC CERTIFICATION
1. EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED
2. REQUIRED CURRICULUM: Montessori Home Curriculum
3. PASS THE FINAL ASSESSMENT