Connect and Create Forum

Connect and Create Digital Course

A New Type of Professional Development for Creative Engagement.

We all crave connection and community, and we all have something to contribute to making this happen with those we serve. We are creative, talented, kind individuals seeking to advance our craft in ways that allow us to be even more impactful. So let’s come together to magnify what we have so that we can build out an ArtBin of skills and support.

Participants will spend a month together learning new tools and approaches for creative engagement, building community and a sharing of knowledge and experience. The program also includes weekly opportunities for coming together as peers to put what we are learning into action through one-on-one mentorship calls and Friday Roundtables sessions. 

A seasoned professional or a student interested in entering care, and everyone in-between will walk away with a community and an “ArtBin” filled with the skills need navigate and magnify the beauty of our humanity. 

The Connect and Create Forum

Let us dare to explore the unknown.
Let us come together to connect and to create.

The Connect and Create Forum started as a small online conference for Life Enrichment Specialists back in 2018 in hopes that every type of care partner could be supported in networking with others in similar roles, and grow in knowledge and skills to navigate the day-to-day of senior living programming. Today, I am re-launching the Connect and Create Forum to better address the trials and uplift the triumphs of non-medical care partners and support new care partners as they enter their professional life. 

Join Today!

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Your Guide

Hi! I’m Kate Fassbender. With over 20 years of experience accompanying those living with dementia, and almost 10 years of being a dementia educator, I have walked this journey as a volunteer, family care partner, student, and professional care partner in a range of settings. I know firsthand the struggles of care, but I also know the joys. During our time together, I will guide you and learn from you as we come together to uncover new ways of being in dementia care.

I created my first program for those living with dementia while still a middle school student, and have not stopped exploring ways to improve and expand my craft in creative aging. I believe we all have something to offer the greater care partner community through our lessons, studies, and experiences. 

I have worked with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, various art museums throughout New York and Wisconsin, Renewal Memory Partners, Fox Valley Memory Project, TimeSlips, and Atria Assisted Living to name a few. And, have spoken internationally on creative engagement, dementia, and magnifying the important of professional care partner connection. 

Explore Our Time Together

Weekly Themes:

Week 1: The Art of Accompaniment

Week 2: Activity – Engagement – Enrichment

Week 3: Building Your Own Care Team and a Lasting Community

Week 4: Transforming Challenges into Beautiful Moments of Connection

Each week we will have formal training on a specific theme along with a one-on-one mentorship call with Kate. Roundtable conversations to connect with fellow participants occurs on the 4th Friday of the month. 

By the end of the 4 Weeks, you will:

Have taken steps to build a community for yourself as a care partner

Developed a program (or 4) to magnify the purpose and dignity of those you care for each day

Discovered ways to have a vibrant program calendar that both fulfills the regulations set in place by the company and state, and fulfill the desire to continue to learn, grow, and create that is within each and every one of us. 

Who Is This For?

Professional Care Partners working in Senior Living and Care (especially those in non-medical care)

Students and Individuals looking to enter activities or senior living professions. 

Memory Café Facilitators 

Museum Educators and Artists

Are you a program director and would like to have your entire team participate, email to discuss a solution for your team. 


$197 (Introductory Price)

$225 (If Register after June 9th)


Rolling Admission, so join when you are ready. 

Materials are released every Monday.

Mentorship calls are held on Wednesday and Thursdays at a time determined individually by each participant.

Roundtable Sessions held on the 4th Friday of the month at 11:00 Eastern. 


Materials: Email and Online

Live Calls and Mentorship: Zoom


Let us Connect as a community and Create for a more joyful life.

You will receive an email from me within 24 hours of signing up, at which point you will have a chance to select your roundtable time. 

Any Questions? Email Kate at or Text her at 920-268-4554

We know that insolation is devastating to our health and care partners are equally, if not more, susceptible to loneliness. We also know that when taking a broad look at the professional landscape, care partners in dementia are undertrained by 230-280* hours of formal education. Not to mention the lack of support for family care partners.  This gap in education in multiplied for those working in activities and through social connection means in our senior living communities, care organizations, and in our homes. The Connect and Create Forum is a place where we can bridge the gap between professional development, community, and service. 

*When we look at an average Activities Director only needing 180 of specified training if required at all. 

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