Sonas Course Level 1 & Level 2 (Engaging Dementia)


Who is the programme suitable for?

  • Activity coordinators

  • Healthcare assistants

  • Nursing 

  • Others caring for those living with dementia

  • Allied Health professionals

Brief description

The Sonas Programme is a therapeutic activity, delivered as a group and/or individual sessions for those living with moderate to later stage dementia. The sessions involve stimulation of all five senses, gentle physical exercise, quality engagement, communication stimulation, and relaxation.

The Sonas Course has two levels, and involves both online and face-to-face training, as well as work-based learning. Completion of the course earns the learner a Sonas Licenced Practitioner Certification, which is then renewed every two years through attendance at a refresher course.

  • Level I involves training to enable the learner to deliver the Sonas Individual Multi-sensory Sessions and Sonas Individual Relaxing Sessions.
  • Level II involves training to enable the learner to deliver the Sonas Group Session.
  • Upon completion of Level I, a person is certified to carry out Sonas Individual Sessions. Upon completion of Level II, a person is also certified to carry out the Sonas Group Sessions.
  • Course learning outcomes include an understanding of communication, the experience of dementia, the benefits of sensory stimulation, and the Sonas Programme.


The Level I training (via Zoom) takes place on two days over a 7-week period.

The Level II training takes place face to face for one full day, and we run this training at several locations throughout Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.

Work-based learning is also an integral part of the training for both levels.

Mode of delivery

Online, face-to-face, and work-based learning which is assessed via a completed workbook.

Where it is available

Level I for Sonas Individual Multi-sensory Sessions and Sonas Individual Relaxing Sessions is taught online.

Level II for Sonas Group Sessions is taught face to face at several locations throughout Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.


€225 for Level I

€225 for Level II

€425 for the full course (Level I and Level II)

Contact information

Tel: 01 260 8138