Meet your instructor…
Debbie Hommel’s interest and dedication to older adults began in high school when she volunteered in a local nursing home. It was through that experience she found immense gratification and a defined purpose in working with older adults.. Since that time, Debbie’s focus on understanding the needs of the older generation and creating opportunities to enhance the older person’s quality of life has never wavered. .
With specializations in education and memory care, Debbie is a certified Consultant (ACC/MC/EDU) through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. She is also a certified Recreation Therapist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Debbie is a proficient and experienced educator, providing a variety of educational offerings to local, state and national activity and health care organizations. As far west as Idaho, as far north as Maine, as far south as Texas and Florida and all the way up the east coast, Debbie’s programs have been well received.
A certified instructor for the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals, Debbie teaches the MEPAP program in the classroom in New Jersey as well as faciliating an independent study version of the course through the internet. Additionally, Debbie has contributed consistently to the reengineering and updating of the MEPAP course through her work on the NCCAP Board. Debbie has recently attained the NCCAP Approved Provider status which indicates all DH Special Services programs meet the high educational standards and criteria established by NCCAP.
From the beginning of her career, Debbie has been active in activity associations. Holding positions of President for the Monmouth and Ocean County Activity Professionals as well as the New Jersey Activity Professionals Association, Debbie is a strong advocate for the profession. Currently serving a third term on the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals board of directors, Debbie has served the role of President and Vice President.
Through the years, Debbie has never lost her passion for advocating for the quality of life needs for older adults. She is also a tireless advocate for the activity profession, promoting high standards and the importance of education. New Jersey holds the distringuished honor of being the state with the most NCCAP certified individuals and some of that can be attributed to the classes available through DH Special Services.
The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) is one of the Certifying Bodies recognized by Federal law, and incorporated in many state regulations. NCCAP is the Gold Standard when it comes to certifying activity professionals who work with the elderly in nursing homes, assisted living communities and adult day centers.