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Sonya Thomas has over 20 years of experience in geriatric care and the mental health field providing recreational therapy and memory care to adults and children. She has a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Since 2001, she has been a certified Recreation Therapist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Sonya continued to receive her master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University. She currently works as an Activity Director and owns her own consultant business for facilities in need of creative solutions and guidance for Activities Directors.

Although she has worked in many different areas with various populations her passion and expertise are in Dementia and Mental Health, which she is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has studied and trained with David Troxel while using his program, “The Best Friends Approach” and the Allen Cognitive Model for residents with Dementia. Sonya is always excited to share her wealth of knowledge and creativity to new, eager activity professionals that are ready to practice in the field.





START CLASS DATE:  January 28, 2023

CLASS END DATE:  March 12, 2023


Time: 830am-5pm EST

Saturdays and Sundays




END DATE: JUNE 24, 2023

Start Date: Monday APril 17, 2023

End Date: Saturday June 24, 2023

Every Monday, Friday and Saturday

Mondays and Fridays 6-9pm EST and Saturdays 8am-11am EST


My Course Will Be Delivered Via:  ZOOM

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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