In addition to the validation therapy of Naomi Feil, which is internationally recognised over the last 30 years, another validation method is practiced in long-term care in Germany: the Integrative Validation (IVA) of Nicole Richard. This method is much easier to lern, because the validation worker has not to take the different stages of dementia into account. With this method easy rituals are used and it is recommended not to ask questions, because for cognitively impaired people questions are difficult to answer and therefore a source of distress. IVA has four main techniques: 1. To perceive feelings and resources of the person,
2. to mirror and validate the feelings and resources with words, voice and movements, 3. to use proverbs or songs to generalize feelings and resources and 4. to validate biographical themes with key words at the end of the dialogue. In contrast to the Feil method, working on unresolved conflicts is not part of the aim of the IVA and IVA is only used in contact with one person. Although this method is practised in long-term-care, there exists only one explorative research study, in which the method is described. Research on the specific techniques and their effects is not undertaken yet. To prepare further investigations, a comparison of the two methods based on the existing literature is given in this article. The aim is to establish a theoretical sensitivity enabling the researcher to give meaning to the data and providing terms for coding the data.