Foundations of Emotion-Focused Models of Care

Emotion-focused models of care have been heralded as a way to drive positive culture change, inspire and retain staff, and provide high-quality, person-centred care that prioritizes resident autonomy. In this inspiring series you'll find out why these models were referenced in the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission’s report, how their costs compare to traditional LTC, and the opportunities they hold for your organization.
  • Foundational Concepts

    Get a comprehensive introduction to emotion-focused care from two of Canada's leading experts, along with a high-level overview of different models that apply this approach.

  • Understanding the Models

    Learn the fundamental components of three major models of emotion-focused care, including the Eden Alternative model, the Butterfly Home model, and the Green House Model.

  • Success Stories

    Hear the inspiring, first-hand stories of experienced Canadian practitioners who have taken the leap and embraced emotion-focused care in long-term care homes.

Course Curriculum

This course was originally delivered as a live webinar series in October 2022 and contains an estimated five hours of education.

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    • From Person-Centred to Person-Directed: Emotion-Focused Care and The Eden Alternative

    • Free to Be Me: The Butterfly Home

    • Feels Like Home: The Green House Model


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Paige Fernandes

Planning & Community Engagement Coordinator, Belmont House

Paige oversees the implementation of the Butterfly Model of Care by Meaningful Care Matters on the dementia care floor with her colleague, Elleni Bouronikos. Belmont House is more than halfway through their Butterfly journey. She holds a Master’s in Science in Public Health and Health Systems from the University of Waterloo.

Alex Spanko

Director of Communications and Marketing, The Green House Project

Alex is the director of communications and marketing for The Green House Project, overseeing the non-profit’s messaging and external publications. He is an experienced writer and editor.

Connie Lacy

Director of Seniors' Services, Region of Waterloo

Connie has over 30 years of experience in health, community and education services including 13 years of senior leadership to Long Term Care, Seniors’ Housing and Community Programs. She is an active leader in the Seniors’ Services sector and is the Chair of the Board for AdvantAge Ontario.

Daren Felgate

Consultant Learning and Development Manager

Daren Felgate has worked with the Care Consortium at the UK Alzheimer's Society, where he and his team explored and developed new ideas to support people living with dementia, staff volunteers, partners and families.

Elleni Bouro

Recreation Therapist, Belmont House

Elleni Bouronikos is the Supervisor of the Recreation Department in both Retirement and Long Term Care at Belmont House. Working as the co-project lead for the implementation of the Butterfly Model has been a great opportunity to enhance the quality of care residents receive and our working environment.

Moira Welsh

Investigative Reporter, Toronto Star

Moira Welsh is the author of Happily Ever Older, about evolving ways to live in our later years. She is an investigative reporter with the Toronto Star and is leading a new multi-year project focused on aging well. Moira has written extensively on seniors’ issues, with a focus on long-term care, along with issues related to social justice, health and the environment.

Peter Bewert

Registered Nurse

As a Registered Nurse, Peter has always had a heart to care for people. His professional career has seen him in a variety of nursing roles from acute care and gerontology to critical care and management. This has given him a well-grounded perspective in terms of health and social care.

Suellen Beatty

CEO Emeritus, Sherbrooke Community Society Inc.

Suellen is the CEO Emeritus at Sherbrooke Community Society in Saskatoon. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2004, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada and has been awarded many additional awards since.