Naomi Feil, M.S.W., A.C.S.W

Author, Founder, Validation Training Institute

Session(s): Thursday Keynote (Noon – 1:00 pm)

Naomi Feil grew up in the Montefiore Home for the Aged in Cleveland (USA) where her father was the administrator and her mother, the head of social work services. After earning a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, Ms. Feil lived and worked as a group worker in New York City; she was also an actress in off-Broadway theaters. She returned to Cleveland in 1963 to work with the aged. Ms. Feil began the Validation method in response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with the severely disoriented old-old people. She developed Validation between 1963 and 1980, as a group worker at Montefiore Home and as an Adjunct Instructor at the School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. Ms Feil now practices Validation with residents in nursing homes and day care centers throughout the world, and leads workshops on Validation throughout Europe, Australia and North America. She is the founder of the Validation Training Institute, has authored three books on Validation, numerous articles and 10 award winning film scripts.

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