Harper College

Activity Director

Harper College offers a 36-hour Continuing Professional Education (CPE) course that prepares students to become an Activity Director . The course covers topics such as:

  • Developing and implementing recreational activities for adults with dementia, intellectual disabilities, and serious mental illness.
  • Providing emotional support and social interaction to residents.
  • Managing behavior problems.
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment.

To get started, see our schedule of the Upcoming Courses or visit the How to Register page.

Course Description

This course provides instruction to students to meet the 36-hour IDPH requirement for activity directors, activity aides/assistants, and others involved with long-term care residents. Participants are instructed on how to develop unique programming to meet the recreational needs of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, intellectual disabilities, and serious mental illness.

Funding Opportunities

Some CPE courses may be eligible for grants and scholarships on a limited basis. We encourage you to apply for funding to learn more about options that may be available to you. To apply, please complete the Scholarship Application form.

Contact us

For more information, subscribe to our newsletter, or contact Continuing Professional Education by email at cpe@harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6340

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Last Updated: 1/24/24