brainXchange Webinar

Event Date: Mar 19, 2014

The third phase of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance’s Culture Change Process.
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In this webinar, designed for practitioners and others interested in the culture change process, we discuss how the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance is facilitating a culture change process aimed to improve the dementia care experience within both LTC home and community care settings. Guided in part by the theoretical foundations of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), the PiDC Alliance is engaging in culture change by identifying and building upon the positive experiences and strengths within each care setting. This strengths-based approach to culture change offers an alternative to the more traditional problem-oriented focus of many change processes and care approaches.

Building on our previous webinar that focused on the Discovery phase of AI, this talk will focus on the Dream phase of the AI process. The purpose of Dream is to expand or extend people’s sense of what is possible. Words, phrases, and stories collected during the discovery phase offer positive guiding images of the future. The goal during this phase is to create ‘Aspiration Statements’ which help to visualize what positive change might look like. Drawing on examples of how Dream was approached in diverse LTC home and community care settings, we will share how Culture Change Coalitions (CCC’s) used the information that they gathered during Discovery to ‘dream’ about what an ideal future might look like and create Aspirations Statements that reflected and supported those dreams. At the end of this webinar, participants will have a clear understanding about the importance of the Dream phase for moving an AI culture change process forward and will be provided with specific examples they can draw from as they engage in Dream within their own care settings. 

Questions? Contact: Karen Parrage


  • Darla Fortune, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance, University of Waterloo
  • Sian Lockwood, M.L.I.S, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance, University of Waterloo