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03/09/2021 Tuesday
8:30 AM

Virtual Event: Results-Based Accountability™: Do the Right Things and Do Them Well

Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) is a disciplined way of thinking and acting to improve entrenched and complex social problems. Communities use RBA to improve the lives of children, youth, families and adults. It is also used by organizations to improve the effectiveness of their programs and services. This RBA curriculum is developed by the NC AHECs, in collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, and the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation to build RBA capacity in North Carolina. Participants will gain knowledge in the RBA framework and skill in applying key concepts.
Audience - People who lead and support community health improvement efforts in North Carolina, including health departments, healthcare systems and their partners.
 
03/12/2021 Friday
8:00 AM

The Power and Potency of Social Capital for Rehabilitation Professionals
* Coming Soon, Registration not open *

What is social capital? Social capital is the effective functioning of social groups through interpersonal relationships, a shared sense of identity, a shared understanding, shared norms, shared values, trust, cooperation and reciprocity. Social capital is a measure of the value of resources, both tangible (public spaces, private property) and intangible (human capital, people), and the impact that these relationships have on the resources involved in each relationship and on larger groups. Why is social capital important? Social capital is the practice of developing and maintaining relationships that form social networks willing to help each other. These networks perform best when they are diverse, so leaders need to identify people capable of helping their cause with whom they may not normally encounter or regularly interact. This workshop is designed to explore the importance of social capital, starting with traditional approaches to supporting people with disabilities and illustrating why they have not worked. Participants will leave with strategies using the concepts of social capital and community engagement to improve patient outcomes.
Audience - Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologists, Recreation Therapists, Case Managers, Social Workers and Discharge Planners
 
03/17/2021 Wednesday
10:00 AM

Effective Workplace Strategies: Webinar (Live): Communication in a Cross Generational Workforce

This program will look at the differences in generational work styles and communication in the workplace. Communication strategies for working with different generations will be discussed and participants will be able to learn ways to connect with their cross generational coworkers.
Audience - This program is intended for behavioral health and public health professionals, or those interested in the topic.
 
03/18/2021 Thursday
11:00 AM

Motivational Interviewing I – Introduction

This 2-day immersion into MI is designed for those new to MI or would benefit from participating in an in-depth refresher. This, or a similar and recent high quality introductory training is required for attending the subsequent sessions in this learning series. We find participants self-evaluating their confidence with MI as at or below a five (with 10 being completely confident) find significant value in this introductory session. Coaches Corner - MI Booster This brief session offers an opportunity for participants from MI I to reflect on their previous learning, work through "stuck" points, and deepen their MI skills.
Audience - This training is designed for helping professionals interested in advancing their competence and confidence in the use of motivational interviewing and for supervisors wanting improved proficiency in the implementation and supervision of motivational interviewing. We welcome psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance use counselors, nurses, dieticians, teachers, peer support specialists, coaches, clergy, managers, supervisors and administrators.
 
03/19/2021 Friday
10:00 AM

Webinar (Live) Talking to Kids about Empathy

The "Talking to Kids: The Preventive Benefits of Social Emotional Learning" webinar series is for any adult who interacts with children and youth. Each interactive webinar will explore best practices to introducing and discussing challenging social-emotional learning topics with children and youth. Webinar topics include talking to kids about stress, trauma, empathy, and positive self-talk. Stress management and emotional regulation are protective factors against youth substance misuse and other unhealthy behaviors. Each webinar will begin by addressing the common psychological theories and brain science behind the topic and interactive activities to help participants understand the concepts. Participants will also learn how to talk to children and youth about each topic in a developmentally appropriate manner. Participants will come away with activities to engage children and youth, a resource list, and an opportunity to engage the instructor with questions. Talking to Kids about Empathy is the third webinar in the Talking to Kids series. The webinar will explore current research on empathy, and how it can be applied when working with youth. Participants will discuss how to use media as a means to teach empathy. The webinar will address a variety of strategies that can be used when talking to youth about empathy and will include practical activities that can be adapted to a variety of developmental stages.
Audience - Behavioral health professionals and those interested in the subject matter
 
03/20/2021 Saturday
8:00 AM

COVID-19 One Year Later: Management of Post COVID Patients in Primary Care

COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages, ethnicities and communities. COVID-19 is a multisystem disease and patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may experience lingering and possibly long-term effects depending on the severity of each individual case. In an effort to return patients to a normal life, researchers and physicians need a comprehensive approach for treatment that considers ill effects of the virus that may linger. This conference brings together experts to discuss what has been learned, the recovery process and treatment strategies to support COVID-19 patient populations after discharge.
Audience - Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Pharmacist, Case Managers and Physical Therapist
 
03/26/2021 Friday
8:30 AM

Webinar (Live) - NCSU Spring Symposium
* Coming Soon, Registration not open *

The 2021 Spring Symposium will provide attendees with the opportunity to come together and collaborate with experts in the fields of prevention, intervention, and treatment models of substance use disorders for solutions-based panels and workshops.
 
03/31/2021 Wednesday
8:30 AM

Webinar (Live): Perinatal Symposium 2021: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Critical Issues and Practical Solutions

Experts agree that America is facing a maternal and infant health crisis. According to the CDC, American women are more likely to die from causes related to childbirth or pregnancy than in any other developed nation, about half of those deaths are considered preventable. This two-day Symposium will provide evidence-based information about clinical and social issues impacting maternal morbidity and mortality. Day I includes an overview of current data and trends defining the current crisis and the impact of racial inequity and implicit bias on maternal outcomes. It is followed by management of hypertension in women across the health care continuum from pre-conception through discharge after childbirth. Day II topics will include the the impact of Perinatal Mood Disorders on maternal outcomes and most current findings related to 4th Trimester Care. Closing remarks will focus on the critical importance of self-care as a tool to improve health outcomes for both professionals and the women in their care.
Audience - Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Birthing Professionals, Social Workers, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and Physician Assistants
 
04/08/2021 Thursday
1:00 PM

Webinar (Live) Compulsory Identity, Rape Culture, and Violence Against LGBTQ+ People: What the Evidence Tells Us and Where It’s Lacking

This presentation provides a deeper dive into the casual factors of violence committed against LGBTQ+ people. Using both risk and protective factor research and Feminist Theories to undergird their argument, the presenter will provide attendees with a framework for interrogating how toxic social norms facilitate violent outcomes. Please note that this presentation does not function as a LGBTQ+ 101.
Audience - This program is designed for healthcare professionals, social workers, substance use disorder professionals, psychologists, and other interested mental health or public health professionals.
 
04/14/2021 Wednesday
6:00 PM

Webinar (Live) Oral Health for the Pediatric Patient: Managing Caries to Communication

Pediatric patients present unique challenges in assessing their oral health care needs and in developing an oral health program that the patient and/or caregiver can adopt. Caries risk and oral health influences change dramatically during the pediatric life course from infant through adolescence. The use of caries prevention modalities such as fluorides, oral hygiene, sealants, and dietary recommendations should change in relation to the unique oral health needs of the growing patient. This course reviews aspects of patient and parent communication in the context of developing an oral health program and engaging patients and caregivers in managing their oral health. The goal of this course is to familiarize the participant with concepts helpful in developing an age appropriate and optimal oral health plan for patients from birth through adolescence.
Audience - Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants and other healthcare professionals providing dental care
 
04/21/2021 Wednesday
9:00 AM

Webinar (Live) - Unconventional Grief as It Relates to Parents of Children with Mental Illness

Parents and children can experience grief even when there is no death involved. This type of grief is often named “unconventional grief”. One element of grief is the reaction to loss, not the loss itself. When parenting a child with mental illness, parents often experience many emotions. These emotions can often be more powerful and confusing than the grieving process for someone who has recently passed away. When parents cannot change or control their child or the situation, emotions intensify. Unconventional grief is unique and deserves a tailored approach to being understood as well as treated. It is important to remember, that finding support from other parents in a similar situation can help with feeling alone. This topic is worth exploring and finding out the sometimes-unique challenges and how to address those challenges with clients and/or loved ones.
Audience - Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Child Welfare Parent Coaches, Parent Education Facilitators, Social Work and Mental Health Therapy Students/Interns and any other interested individuals.
 
04/22/2021 Thursday
6:00 PM

Webinar (Live) Multidisciplinary Approach to Complex Restorative Dentistry

Complex treatment plans require a multidisciplinary team approach to maximize therapeutic outcomes. Treating patients utilizing a multidisciplinary approach not only optimizes patient care, but also enhances a clinician’s diagnostic skills. This presentation will review the fundamentals of a multidisciplinary approach and illustrate how state of the art technology can supplement these fundamentals resulting in clinical excellence. Multiple and single unit restorations will be discussed from the treatment planning phase to final restoration in a step by step fashion that allows for easy assimilation into everyday practice.
Audience - Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental laboratory technicians, DDS, DA, RDH
 
04/23/2021 Friday
10:00 AM

Webinar (Live) Talking to Kids about Positive Self Talk

The "Talking to Kids: The Preventive Benefits of Social Emotional Learning" webinar series is for any adult who interacts with children and youth. Each interactive webinar will explore best practices to introducing and discussing challenging social-emotional learning topics with children and youth. Webinar topics include talking to kids about stress, trauma, empathy, and positive self-talk. Stress management and emotional regulation are protective factors against youth substance misuse and other unhealthy behaviors. Each webinar will begin by addressing the common psychological theories and brain science behind the topic and interactive activities to help participants understand the concepts. Participants will also learn how to talk to children and youth about each topic in a developmentally appropriate manner. Participants will come away with activities to engage children and youth, a resource list, and an opportunity to engage the instructor with questions. Talking to Kids about Positive Self-Talk is the fourth webinar in the Talking to Kids series. The webinar will explore current research on positive-self talk, and how a person’s internal dialogue impacts mood and behaviors. Participants will reflect on their own internal dialogue and how to monitor healthy self-talk. The webinar will address a variety of strategies that can be used when talking to youth about positive self-talk and will include practical activities that can be adapted to a variety of developmental stages.
Audience - Behavioral health professionals and those interested in the subject matter
 
04/28/2021 Wednesday
10:00 AM

Effective Workplace Strategies: Webinar (Live): Diversity in the Workplace

This program will discuss diversity in the workplace and strategies to improve communication with others. Participants will be able to learn how communication plays a role in embracing a diverse work culture and identify steps necessary to move forward.
Audience - This program is intended for behavioral health and public health professionals, or those interested in the topic.
 
04/29/2021 Thursday
9:00 AM

Live Webinar: Leadership - The Manager's Role in Fostering Team Excellence

Leaders in today's workplace have a tremendous impact on work culture, team and organizational success. This program will provide managers and supervisors with key leadership attributes that promote team excellence and a positive work culture. See brochure for speaker information. Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, 2021 (9:00am-12:00pm) each day. A participant must attend 100% of both days of the program to receive credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. **This webinar is interactive and will require the participant to access it using a computer, tablet or phone with video capability. In order to be actively engaged with the speaker, you are encouraged to keep your camera on throughout the program.**
Audience - Mid level managers and supervisors
 
05/06/2021 Thursday
8:30 AM

10th Annual Faith Connections on Mental Illness Conference – Hope and Healing: Faithfully Practicing Community Inclusion

Building an inclusive community, one in which everyone has the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life as a valued member of the community; free from prejudice, requires a "reframing" of the ways in which we relate to each other. This conference has two main purposes: we will celebrate the contributions of people and organizations that have led the way in including people with mental illness who are transitioning from prison, abusive living situations, and other life conditions that often sever their ties from the community. We will also share ways to identify and begin to eradicate prejudices and practices that marginalize and isolate people living with mental health conditions in our communities.
Audience - Mental health professionals, including psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, clergy, substance abuse counselors, school counselors, teachers, and school support staff; individuals with mental health challenges; caregivers, loved ones and friends of individuals with mental, health challenges; and others interested in this subject
 
05/13/2021 Thursday
9:00 AM

Webinar (Live) The Ethics of Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent

This session will provide an overview of evidence-based practice and the use of evidence-based treatment interventions in children’s mental health. Key ethical issues inherent in evidence-based practice process will be discussed in relationship to the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services.
Audience - This program is designed for healthcare professionals, social workers, substance use disorder professionals, psychologists, and other interested mental health or public health professionals.
 
9:15 AM

Virtual Event: 18th Annual Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance Conference: Ebb and Flow: Milk Production Issues

One of the main reasons families stop breastfeeding is concern over milk supply. While there are some physiologic reasons for poor milk production, many times the answer is breastfeeding management. This conference will explore factors that affect milk production and strategies for supporting the breastfeeding family.
Audience - Lactation consultants, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, nutritionists, public health staff, childbirth educators, doulas, peer counselors, community breastfeeding support group volunteers and others providing care for breastfed babies and their families
 
05/19/2021 Wednesday
8:30 AM

CGEC Webinar (Live): Hearing Loss and Aging
* Coming Soon, Registration not open *

Persons with aphasia (PWA) often experience diminished quality of life (QoL) and depression. Unfortunately, there is evidence to suggest that they are not receiving adequate care in these areas. Speech-language Pathologists (SLPs) have reported that QoL is seldom assessed in PWAs using valid/reliable measures, and it is not known if or how SLPs are screening for depression. The information in this training will include utilizing the Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life Scale (SAQOL) and the Stroke Aphasic Depression Questionnaire (SADQ) in conjunction with counseling, reducing avoidance behaviors and referral recommendations for the SLP.
Audience - Speech language pathologists, speech language pathology assistants and SLP/A students
 
05/20/2021 Thursday
9:00 AM

Webinar (Live) Building Provider Resilience

This program is designed to introduce the concepts of provider-focused resilience. Professionals providing services to vulnerable populations often feel frustrated and overwhelmed. This training will help professionals to understand the difference between compassion fatigue, burnout, moral distress, and vicarious trauma. The session will examine the way work can impact one’s life, with a focus on body and mind from a mindfulness perspective. Participants will build an individualized plan focused on self-compassion, self-care, professional coping, and action-based resiliency so that they can be well prepared to help others.
Audience - This workshop will be beneficial to human service professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, teachers, social workers, nurses, and administrators.
 
05/21/2021 Friday
9:00 AM

Virtual Event: Medical Emergencies: An Update for Allied Dental Team Members

This live webinar course is designed to review basic principles of reducing risk factors, identifying signs and symptoms and rendering fast, effective treatment for selected emergency situations. Case studies will be reviewed to help participants understand how to deal with patients who present with syncope, postural hypotension, cardiac events, diabetic reactions, allergic reactions and airway obstructions. This course has been approved by the NC State Board of Dental Examiners to meet the requirement (GS 90-233)for six hours of CE in medical emergencies. **In order to be actively engaged with the speaker, you are encouraged to keep your cameras on throughout the program.**
Audience - Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Office Staff, and other interested dental professionals.
 
10:00 AM

Webinar (Live) - Racism, Resistance and Rap: Using Hip Hop to Explore and Properly Handle Your Client's Rage Against Racism

This presentation will utilize the genre of Hip Hop to explore the impact that oppression and racism has had on our countries collective psyche. Hip Hop music has provided a voice to the oppressed since its inception and it is incumbent on clinicians to increase our understanding of what is being communicated. The year 2020 has displayed the rage and desperation present within the lives of the people that we serve. It’s time for us to start listening.
Audience - This program is intended for behavioral health professionals, or those interested in the topic.
 
06/10/2021 Thursday
2:30 PM

Webinar (Live) One Team, One Dream: Collaborating to Improve Perinatal Oral Health

This symposium will span two half-days and build upon practice guidance found in the 2018 Oral Healthcare During Pregnancy: North Carolina Collaborative Practice Framework. Medical, dental and other healthcare professionals will learn about current evidence supporting oral healthcare during pregnancy and best practices for delivering team-based, patient-centered care. Additionally, the symposium will address liability concerns regarding dental care during pregnancy, integrating oral health assessments into prenatal visits, and pharmacological considerations during pregnancy.
 
06/11/2021 Friday
10:00 AM

Webinar (Live) - The Cypher: How Community Violence, Mental Health and Hip Hop Collide

Hip Hop is an art form that was birthed out of The Bronx New York in the late 70’s by black and brown residents faced with extreme poverty and systematic violence. It is now a global brand with a following that spans race, class, and socio-economic lines. Sometime after the release of their famous single “Fight the Power” Chuck D was quoted saying “Hip Hop is Black people’s CNN”. The statement may not be entirely accurate, but with closer analyzation of popular song lyrics we begin to see that much of the content provides a transparent reflection of the rich tapestry of American culture. What if we could somehow use some of the elements of Hip Hop to have conversations with people about mental health and community violence?
Audience - This program is intended for behavioral health professionals, or those interested in the topic.
 
06/18/2021 Friday
9:00 AM

Identifying and Responding to Sex Trafficking in the United States

Sex trafficking (commonly known as commercial sexual exploitation) is a public health and child welfare issue with widespread and long-lasting implications. Though prevalence estimates of sex trafficking in the United States (U.S.) are limited, countless youth of diverse identities, backgrounds, and communities are impacted each year. These youth often endure a continuum of severe and chronic trauma beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout their exploitation. As a result, youth experiencing sex trafficking often intersect with service providers as part of the child welfare, juvenile justice, and healthcare systems. Yet, these youth frequently remain under-identified by service providers, often due to a lack of awareness and adequate training. This course is designed to equip multidisciplinary service providers with knowledge on how to identify and respond to sex trafficking within their respective roles. First, the course will provide an overview of how to define sex trafficking and identify common risk factors, indicators, and outcomes. The presenter will discuss common characteristics of, and tactics employed by exploiters, including sex traffickers and buyers. Additionally, this course will discuss the impact of sex trafficking on the behavioral health of service providers and healthy response mechanisms. Lastly, information about available local and national resources will be distributed.
Audience - Frontline, supervisorial, and administrative level social work, juvenile justice, public health, and healthcare professionals.
 
06/22/2021 Tuesday
6:00 PM

Webinar (Live) OSHA and North Carolina Infection Control Methods: Annual Update

This course will present North Carolina infection control methods and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens regulations and infection control in dentistry. Details on operatory asepsis methods and materials will be highlighted. This course only meets OSHA’s requirement of annual BBP training. This program does NOT meet the Sterilization and Infection Control requirements to become a DA II.
Audience - Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental laboratory technicians, DDS, DA, RDH
 
08/13/2021 Friday
9:00 AM

Anxiety Disorder Treatment
* Coming Soon, Registration not open *

This program will review current neuroscience and diagnostic criteria for Anxiety Disorders and innovations in treatment. Instruction in how to identify and provide differential diagnosis and incorporate appropriate treatment strategies into a therapeutic plan.
Audience - This program is beneficial to mental health professionals including licensed clinical mental health counselors, national certified counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical addiction specialists, marriage and family therapists, or others interested in the topic.
 
09/07/2021 Tuesday
9:00 AM

Expressive Arts Therapy
* Coming Soon, Registration not open *

An introductory short course to employing the Expressive Arts in a therapeutic setting, this seminar can invigorate the therapy protocol and offer new options for treatment in challenging clinical situations. No "artistic" experience is needed to benefit from an exploration of the creative force within us, either as therapist or patient. This seminar will include the philosophical, historical, and practical information essential to using Expressive Arts in Therapy.
Audience - This program is beneficial to mental health professionals including licensed clinical mental health counselors, national certified counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical addiction specialists, marriage and family therapists, or others interested in the topic.
 
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Webinar (Recorded) - Motivating a Multigenerational Workforce

** Webcast ** - Motivating a generationally diverse workforce can be challenging. This program is designed to develop an awareness and understanding of inter-generational differences in the workplace in an effort to keep a multigenerational workforce engaged.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): HIPAA Compliance Update

** Vimeo Webcast ** - This webinar is designed to provide an update of various HIPAA issues faced by public health caregivers and resources for obtaining and clarifying needs.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Perinatal Depression - A Treatable Medical Condition

** Webcast ** - This webinar will provide an opportunity for participants to review up-to-date information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, screening and treatment. Participants will learn how to identify women, provide support to them and develop a pathway of resources to get them connected in with treatment.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Teen Pregnancy Substance Abuse - Assessing and Understanding the Long and Short Term Effects on both the Fetus and Mother

** Webcast ** - This webinar will address most commonly abused drugs by the pregnant teen. Emphasis will be on types of drugs, how they work and what they can do to the mother's body and fetus. Time will be allotted for discussing how to have the difficult conversation with them in an effort to better assess and treat as needed.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Making Shift Happen - An Overview of Motivational Interviewing

** Webcast ** - Motivational Interviewing is an evidence based approach that uses a collaborative conversation style intended to discover and strengthen a person’s own motivation and commitment to behavior change (Miller and Rollnick, 2012). It is also used to guide and support change based on a person’s values, interests and ideas. Consistent with the stages of change model developed by Prochaska and DiClemente (1986), motivational interviewing recognizes that change is a process that can be influenced by relationship with a skilled practitioner who uses a particular set of principles, skills and techniques. This webinar will provide overview of the foundation, concepts and skills of motivational interviewing with case examples of MI applications in clinical practice.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Croghan Foundation Early Childhood Webinar Series - Autism Spectrum Disorder: Signs, Symptoms and Early Identification

** Vimeo Webcast ** - This webinar will provide a broad foundation for early childhood professionals in the area of ASD. This will include discussion of estimated prevalence, etiology, signs and symptoms, introduction to diagnostic criteria for children birth to 5 and early social and behavioral features of our youngest at-risk children. Resources for developmental monitoring and screening will be shared. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Croghan Foundation Early Childhood Webinar Series - Screening Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorder

** Vimeo Webcast ** - This webinar will provide specific information pertaining to the importance of early screening for ASD. An initial discussion will ensue about the importance of early and routine developmental screening in the infant, toddler and preschool years. It will be followed by an introduction to ASD-specific screening tools. Case presentations will be utilized to illustrate several of these ASD-screening tools. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Croghan Foundation Early Childhood Webinar Series - Diagnostic Assessment Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder

** Vimeo Webcast ** - This webinar will present the various diagnostic assessment strategies early childhood professionals use to diagnose ASD. It will include a review of the diagnostic criteria along with a discussion of specific measures and associated assessment strategies used to diagnose or rule-out ASD. Participants will also discuss differential diagnosis ASD, highlighting differences between ASD and other common concerns in early childhood. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Croghan Foundation Early Childhood Webinar Series - Early Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-based Practices

** Vimeo Webcast ** - This webinar will provide a review of evidence-based early intervention for young children suspected of having ASD. An examination of foundational evidence-based practices for early intervention will be presented, with an emphasis on general developmental progress across a variety of domains. This will include specific criteria providers may use to select and implement evidence-based practices. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Culturally-Relevant Care: Building Knowledge, Attitudes and Skills

** Webcast ** - Understanding our patients’ and their culturally-based perspectives is critical to providing patient-centered care. In an engaging and light-hearted manner, this program raises clinicians’ awareness of the common beliefs and assumptions from which we operate and provides practical tools for effective cross-cultural interaction.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Trauma Informed Care: An Introduction for Health Department Staff

** Webcast ** - This webinar is designed for health department staff seeking to enhance their understanding of the role of trauma in the lives of their patients. Research and clinical evidence in healthcare indicate that trauma plays a role in patients' ability to fully engage in services. Trauma informed service environments can foster this engagement and related health outcomes. Increased understanding of the prevalence and nature of trauma, the utility of trauma informed approaches, and the ways to link healthcare patients to evidence based mental health supports are important tools in the health department setting.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Maternal Mental Health: Vital to Healthy Reproduction

** Webcast ** - This webinar provides an overview of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, PTSD, general anxiety and Bipolar disorder during pregnancy and up to a year postpartum. Special attention will be given to risk factors, recognition, treatment and prevention of these common illnesses, which occur in approximately one of every 5 to 7 women.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Controlled Substance Prescribing Part 1: CDC Guideline and Controlled Substance Reporting System - Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM)

** Webcast ** - According to NC DHHS and the CDC, North Carolina has experienced a 110% increase in medication and drug overdose deaths over the past 10 years, and was one of 23 states that saw a statistically significant increase in drug overdose death rates from 2016 - 2017. Prescribing practices have begun to change and Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced that for the first time in five years, the number of unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths among North Carolina residents has decreased. Wake AHEC and the NC Medical Board (NCMB) have partnered together to develop this three part webinar series addressing the issue of prescription opioids. These three learning activities will provide clinicians with best practices for effectively and appropriately treating pain, and ultimately improving patient outcomes. They are being offered at no cost and will fulfill the three hour controlled substances CME requirement for the NCMB. This webinar is specifically designed for North Carolina licensed physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners currently prescribing controlled substances. If you are licensed in a state other than North Carolina, please contact your Medical Board for assistance.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Controlled Substance Prescribing Part 2: Acute Pain and Adopting Tools for Change in the Clinic - Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM)

** Webcast ** - According to NC DHHS and the CDC, North Carolina has experienced a 110% increase in medication and drug overdose deaths over the past 10 years, and was one of 23 states that saw a statistically significant increase in drug overdose death rates from 2016 - 2017. Prescribing practices have begun to change and Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced that for the first time in five years, the number of unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths among North Carolina residents has decreased. Wake AHEC and the NC Medical Board (NCMB) have partnered together to develop this three part webinar series addressing the issue of prescription opioids. These three learning activities will provide clinicians with best practices for effectively and appropriately treating pain, and ultimately improving patient outcomes. They are being offered at no cost and will fulfill the three hour ontrolled substances CME requirement for the NCMB. This webinar is specifically designed for North Carolina licensed physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners currently prescribing controlled substances. If you are licensed in a state other than North Carolina, please contact your Medical Board for assistance.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Controlled Substance Prescribing Part 3: Chronic Pain and Addiction Medicine - Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM)

** Webcast ** - According to NC DHHS and the CDC, North Carolina has experienced a 110% increase in medication and drug overdose deaths over the past 10 years, and was one of 23 states that saw a statistically significant increase in drug overdose death rates from 2016 - 2017. Prescribing practices have begun to change and Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced that for the first time in five years, the number of unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths among North Carolina residents has decreased. Wake AHEC and the NC Medical Board (NCMB) have partnered together to develop this three part webinar series addressing the issue of prescription opioids. These three learning activities will provide clinicians with best practices for effectively and appropriately treating pain, and ultimately improving patient outcomes. They are being offered at no cost and will fulfill the three hour controlled substances CME requirement for the NCMB. This webinar is specifically designed for North Carolina licensed physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners currently prescribing controlled substances. If you are licensed in a state other than North Carolina, please contact your Medical Board for assistance.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Self Care for the Public Health Professional

** Webcast ** - Public health professionals have stressful jobs. They work long hours, typically with great dedication to their individual clients and communities they serve. Sometimes, their work demands overwhelm their ability to cope. Stress builds, compassion fatigue sets in, and if care is not taken, dedicated professionals burn out. This webinar aims to help public health professionals recognize their vulnerabilities to stress, teaches them methods for managing workplace stress, and provides tips and techniques for recharging their emotional batteries to prevent burn out.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Into the Mouths of Babes: Preventive Oral Health Training for Medical Providers

** Webcast ** - North Carolina’s Into the Mouths of Babes Fluoride Varnish program is a successful medical model of providing oral health services for very young children. This engaging, interactive e-learning course teaches medical providers how to conduct an oral evaluation and risk assessment for children ages infant to 3 ½ years, refer young children to a dental home using risk-based guidelines, apply fluoride varnish to the teeth of young children, share with parents the appropriate amount of toothpaste for their child based on age and file a Medicaid claim for the oral evaluation, counseling, and fluoride varnish procedure.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Multiple Sclerosis: An Overview and Adapting to Life with MS

**Webcast**-The first part of this webinar provides an overview of MS, including: information about the damage that occurs in the body’s immune system; the factors that combine to cause the disease process (including genetics, environment and a trigger that is yet unknown); the process for diagnosing MS, the diseases courses, and strategies for slowing the disease process, treating relapses, and managing symptoms. The webinar reinforces the importance of early and ongoing treatment with a disease-modifying therapy and highlights the members of the MS healthcare team. The second part of this webinar describes the stresses of living with a chronic, unpredictable illness and highlights the psychosocial challenges that are most common at the time of diagnosis, when/if the disease transitions to a more progressive course, and when/if the disease becomes more advanced. The role of normal grieving is discussed, as well as ways to distinguish it from depression, which is one of the most common symptoms of MS. The webinar also offers information about the impact of MS on the entire family, with a particular emphasis on support partners and hands-on caregivers. Lastly, the webinar provides suggestions for successful coping strategies.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Multiple Sclerosis: Cognitive Dysfunction & Professional Challenges

**Webcast**-The first part of this webinar describes the cognitive impairment that occurs in about 65% of people with MS – specifying the cognitive functions that are mostly commonly affected and those that tend not to be affected. The presentation explains the relationship between cognitive impairment and other factors such as disease course and progression, and highlights the impact of cognitive changes on employment, communication, relationships, and quality of life. Treatment strategies are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the role of cognitive rehabilitation and the use of compensatory strategies at work and home. The second part of this webinar describes for mental health professionals the unique challenges – and rewards – in working with individuals and families living with MS. The presentation describes the importance of teamwork and offers guidance about dealing with the emotionally healthy patient as well as those with mental health issues in addition to the challenges of MS. Guidance is also offered for therapists who have MS themselves.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) COVID 19 and Healthcare Worker Wellness

** Webcast ** These are trying times for healthcare workers--physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, behavioral health clinicians, hospital and clinic workers, emergency services personnel, and others. The unique pressures of working during a pandemic are unprecedented. Workers are dealing with personal risk, limited resources, and the challenges of functioning outside of best practices and protocols. They are often experiencing fear, anxiety, fatigue, sleep problems, and overwhelming frustration. This webinar will help by providing practical tools for staying well despite the circumstances. We’ll discuss causes and signs of COVID-19 stress, and how to develop tools to get through this. Participants will create a plan for work and home, enabling them to stay healthy and well during these days. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2021.)
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Behavioral Health Series: Trauma Informed Care

** Webcast ** This session will review trauma informed care in the hospital system, specific strategies that can be helpful when working with behavioral health patients, and discuss how using this approach with patients can lead to better outcomes. This program was originally part of the WakeMed Behavioral Health Series: Crisis Intervention & Trauma Informed Care.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Responding to Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents during the COVID 19 Pandemic

** Webcast ** This webinar explores the potential effects of COVID 19 on children and adolescents. Profound changes to daily living resulting from the pandemic can affect the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. Strategies for treating children and adolescents during the current crisis and suggestions for assisting them in managing emotions associated with COVID 19 are discussed.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Behavioral Health Series: Introduction to Crisis Intervention

** Webcast ** Behavioral health patients can provide unique challenges for staff as they present with different needs and require a variety of approaches that we may not always be trained to provide. The WakeMed Behavioral Health series is intended for WakeMed staff with the goal of providing education about basic crisis intervention strategies and techniques when working with behavioral health patients. This series offers two options for interested attendees. This option covers an introduction to crisis intervention strategies and provides tools for employees to use if they encounter an escalated behavioral health patient.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): NC Child Treatment Program: Advanced Training – TF-CBT with Young Children

** Webcast ** This is a continuation program established in 2006 which serves community-based mental health professionals across North Carolina. Based on initial needs assessment and subsequent training requests from around the state, NC CTP seeks to address the gap between researched best practice and community-based services in mental health for children and families. Through a learning collaborative training approach, NC CTP simultaneously provides clinical training to participating clinicians and addresses organizational supports necessary for evidence-based trauma services through inclusion of agency Senior Leaders and establishing linkage to key community stakeholders. NC CTP’s faculty is comprised of nationally-known leaders in implementation; they are recognized clinical experts who draw upon peer-reviewed, current literature in best practice and clinical fidelity. Outcomes include skill acquisition for trainee clinicians, organizational change and improvements, and improved clinical outcomes for children and families across the state. Clinicians who graduate from this program have provided TF-CBT with fidelity to at least two traumatized children, but fewer than 10% of them provide the model to preschoolers, as this is considered a population requiring a specialized skill set. In this advanced training, NC CTP proposes to provide these advanced TF-CBT skills to NC CTP graduate clinicians.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded)-Adolescent Health Care & North Carolina Law

** Webcast ** - This webinar will address frequently asked questions about consent and confidentiality for adolescent health care. Topics will include confidential health care for pregnant teenagers, consent to treatment for unaccompanied minors, the confidentiality of health information about K-12 students, and more. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: The Impact Beyond Birth

** Webcast ** - The purpose of this presentation is to educate participants about the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure and challenge us to look beyond healthy birth outcomes. This talk with help define Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and how this disorder presents in an individual across the lifespan; as well as explore our knowledge of alcohol, prevalence of alcohol use and women, and the importance of preventing alcohol exposed pregnancies. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Did I Say That? The Art of Communicating Effectively

** Webcast ** - Communication plays a fundamental role in all organizations. The ability to communicate with others is essential for success. This program is designed to develop an understanding of the emotions and intentions that drive the exchange of information, in an effort to foster effective communication and build stronger relationships. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Opioid Exposed Pregnancies in North Carolina

** Webcast ** - This webinar will provide an overview of opioid exposed pregnancies and the three common circumstances that result in opioid exposed pregnancies. While opioids are the fastest rising in prevalence, the other more commonly used substances in pregnancy and their potential impact will also be discussed. Participants will learn how to access all of the specialized substance use disorder treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women in North Carolina. The implementation of new federal requirements around substance exposed infants and plans of safe care will also be presented. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): Swimming in the Same Pond: Strategies for Managing Conflict in the Workplace

** Webcast ** The workplace is like a pond with a workforce comprised of people who, like fish, have varying personalities and characteristics. Challenges and conflict among coworkers can create a toxic work environment. This session will foster a greater understanding of the different types of coworkers that might contribute to conflict in the workplace, the challenges that might be encountered, and the strategies needed to managing this conflict in order for everyone to swim together in the same pond. See brochure for speaker information.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Best Practices in TeleMental Health

** Webcast ** This program will provide an introduction and overview of best practices to telemental health counseling services. Participants will learn about potential benefits and risks to providing telemental health services. Next steps towards beginning the implementation of telemental health services in practice will be reviewed.
 
 

Self-Study: Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioral Health Services: Tip 60

** Self-Study ** This article will introduce concepts of using technology assisted care in a behavioral health setting. A review of current behavioral health technologies, emerging technologies, and the potential use of technology as a therapeutic tool will be discussed. Finally, legal and ethical considerations when using technology in the behavioral health setting will be reviewed.
 
 

Self-Study: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders: Tip 42 PART ONE

** Self-Study ** This article will review the guiding principles of good treatment for people with co-occurring disorders. Guidelines for treatment and best practices for treatment of individuals with co-occurring disorders will be discussed.
 
 

Self-Study: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders: Tip 42 PART TWO

** Self-Study ** This chapter will review basic screening and assessment approaches recommended when working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. An outline of steps to complete a thorough assessment will be reviewed and additional aspects to consider for treatment matching based on the screening and assessment will be identified.
 
 

Self-Study: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders: Tip 42 PART THREE

** Self-Study ** This chapter will explore potential challenges counselors can encounter when working with clients with co-occurring disorders and review potential strategies and best practices for assisting these clients.
 
 

Self-Study: Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Tip 35 Chapter 2—Motivational Counseling and Brief Intervention

** Self-Study ** This chapter will explore the motivational approaches that are effective in treating substance use disorders. A general overview and introduction to elements of effective motivational counseling approaches will be discussed.
 
 

Self-Study: Growing Older: Providing Integrated Care for An Aging Population

** Self-Study ** This article provides a basic introduction to an overview of the current status of the aging population and how their treatment needs may differ from younger adults. The concept of integrated behavioral health and primary care is explored and best practices for integrated care are introduced.
 
 

Self-Study: Improving Cultural Competence: A Quick Guide for Clinicians

** Self-Study ** This guide will provide an introduction to cultural competence and review core cultural competencies for clinicians. Racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations will be reviewed.
 
 

Self-Study: Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment: A Quick Guide for Clinicians

** Self-Study ** This session will provide an introduction to best practices for addressing suicide and deicide prevention strategies for clinicians. It will review risk factors and warning signs for suicide as well as core competencies.
 
 

Self-Study: Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women

** Self-Study ** This reading will review gender-specific factors that influence treatment retention of women. Specific treatment needs and issues with women as well as some attention to trauma, trauma informed services, and integrated treatment for women will also be discussed.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - WMIM Presents - Recovering from Coronavirus: What to Expect - Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM)

**Webcast** The recovery process after COVID 19 infection can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Severe cases can cause not only significant respiratory complications, but also profound weakness, impaired cognitive function, swallowing difficulties, weight loss, decreased endurance, and neurological complications. Early rehabilitation can play a critical role in the recovery process for these patients. This webinar will help you to understand the systemic effects of the virus, identify patients who will benefit from rehabilitation, and help you learn to navigate the process of referring your patients to rehabilitation.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) 2020-2021 Series: Implementation of Telemedicine: A Review of Best Practices and Guidelines

** Webcast ** This webinar will review best practices for implementation of telemedicine. A general overview of telemedicine ethical considerations, patient privacy guidelines, and documentation requirements will be discussed. Additional recommendations and guidelines for establishing and maintaining telemedicine services in your practice will be reviewed.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) 2020-2021 Series: Addressing Interpersonal Trauma in Pregnancy

**Webcast** The purpose of this presentation is to provide healthcare professionals with information needed to appropriately care for patients affected by trauma during pregnancy.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) 2020-2021 Series: Addressing Bias for Better Health Outcomes

** Webcast ** While we all have biases that are formed through our personal experiences and backgrounds, we are often not aware of how these influence our perceptions and behaviors. Recent studies have shown that these unconscious biases can impact the way we interact with patients, clients, and colleagues relative to communication, diagnosis, and treatment. This webinar will assist you in understanding your own bias, a key to becoming more aware of how stereotypes and bias influence interactions in health care and learning strategies for changing perceptions that might have an undesired impact on health outcomes.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) 2020-2021 Series: Marijuana in Pregnancy: Maternal-Fetal Effects and Outcomes

This webinar will review best practices for working with women who are pregnant and using marijuana. Topics discussed will include state of use, methods of delivery, risks to both moms and babies and methods for working with moms to discontinue use.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Sickle Cell Disease: Updates and Interventions

**Webcast** This webinar, designed for nurses working with school-aged children in the school and outpatient clinic/office settings, will explore a wide range of topics related to Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The origin of SCD will be discussed followed by data describing the current state of SCD in the school age population. Practice-related content will include clinical complications and psychosocial issues inherent to school aged children with SCD, along with evidence-based nursing interventions that can lead to more positive health and educational outcomes. The newest research related to treatment, including medications, will also be discussed. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2021.)
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Self-Care for the Professional During Uncertain Times

**Webcast** These are extraordinary times for all of us --- a pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen in our lifetimes, the resulting reorganizing of ours and our families’ lives, the pace of change in the shift to teletherapy within the constraints of HIPAA, the continuing escalation of police violence against people of color (and people demonstrating against that violence), a renewed and stronger questioning of white privilege with challenges to racist policies and symbols, and an upcoming National and State election, the results of which will have decades of impact. This workshop will provide opportunities for self-reflection and assessment of the presence and impact of current stressors on our personal and professional lives, training on timely strategies to enhance self-care and resilience during this unique period, and reminders about the stress-distress continuum.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Tackling Challenges and Pitfalls of Telehealth

** Webcast ** As professionals have embraced telehealth services more than ever due to COVID-19, it’s clear that physical distance, as well as technology itself, can create challenges to safe and ethical practice. The unique demands and stressors of offering telehealth (therapy and assessments) will be discussed, as well as additional concerns participants have with “Zoom fatigue.” A “toolkit” of strategies and tips will be provided to offer mental health professionals help in optimizing productivity and effective telehealth interactions with clients during these tough times.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Session 2 - Honoring + Documenting: Methods and Communication Tools to Capture Patient’s End-of-Life-Wishes Through use of the NC Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)

** Webcast ** Robust Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions help patients understand their goals of care, values, and wishes. By having those wishes documented, healthcare professionals can more easily honor them with respect to end of life care. Yet, there are many challenges to broader implementation of these documents. The healthcare industry and the patient may need to overcome multiple barriers to initiate end-of-life conversations. The goal of this two-session webinar is to address these deficiencies by providing an interdisciplinary team approach for guidance (1) on how the MOST form captures comprehensive guidelines for the patient’s wishes, so healthcare professionals have a better opportunity to understand and honor the patient’s wishes, and (2) initiating robust conversations that many healthcare professionals feel uncomfortable or unequipped to have. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2021.)
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - Session 1 - Honoring + Documenting: Methods and Communication Tools to Capture Patient’s End-of-Life-Wishes Through use of the NC Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)

** Webcast ** Robust Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions help patients understand their goals of care, values, and wishes. By having those wishes documented, healthcare professionals can more easily honor them with respect to end of life care. Yet, there are many challenges to broader implementation of these documents. The healthcare industry and the patient may need to overcome multiple barriers to initiate end-of-life conversations. The goal of this two-session webinar is to address these deficiencies by providing an interdisciplinary team approach for guidance (1) on how the MOST form captures comprehensive guidelines for the patient’s wishes, so healthcare professionals have a better opportunity to understand and honor the patient’s wishes, and (2) initiating robust conversations that many healthcare professionals feel uncomfortable or unequipped to have. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2021.)
 
 

Self-Study: The Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic/ Latino Population: An Urgent Issue

** Self-Study ** This article will focus on issues specific to Hispanic/Latino communities with regards to Opioid Misuse and Opioid Use Disorders. Specific issues this community encounters will be explored and helpful strategies to address these barriers discussed.
 
 

Self-Study: Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults

** Self-Study ** This reading guide will look at specific challenges youth encounter when it comes to vaping, identify current research trends and interventions, provide guidance on selecting and implementing programs or policies to address youth vaping, and discuss ways to evaluate program effectiveness following implementation.
 
 

Self-Study: Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder

** Self-Study ** This reading serves as a guide for treating stimulant use disorders and reviews research and recommendations for practice. It also discusses specific examples of how practitioners can use these tools and practices in their programs.
 
 

Self-Study: After Incarceration: A Guide to Helping Women Reenter the Community

** Self-Study ** This reading provides an overview of topics and resources for assisting women who are reentering the community after incarceration. It will review specific issues women often experience and offers helpful resources that could be beneficial to providers working with this population.
 
 

Self-Study: The Opioid Crisis and the Black/ African American Population: An Urgent Issue

** Self-Study ** This reading will review trends and current data on opioid use among the Black/ African American population. Factors specific to this population that affect prevention, treatment and recovery will be reviewed and interventions for addressing this population identified.
 
 

Self-Study: Preventing the Use of Marijuana: Focus on Women and Pregnancy- Part 1 (Chapters 1-3)

** Self-Study ** Part one of the preventing the use of marijuana: focus on women and pregnancy reading will review chapters one through three. These chapters will look at statistics related to marijuana use during pregnancy, risk factors and potential health outcomes as well as evidence based treatment programs that can assist women who use marijuana during pregnancy or postpartum.
 
 

Self-Study: Preventing the Use of Marijuana: Focus on Women and Pregnancy- Part 2 (Chapters 4-5)

** Self-Study ** Part two of the preventing the use of marijuana: focus on women and pregnancy reading will review chapters four and five. This section will explore how to effectively implement a prevention program within your organization and identify helpful techniques and guidelines to follow during implementation.
 
 

Self-Study: First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

** Self-Study ** This reading will explore best practice treatment approaches when working with individuals experiencing first-episode psychosis with co-occurring substance misuse or substance use disorders.
 
 

Self-Study: Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Family Therapy (TIP 39)

** Self-Study ** This reading is taken from TIP 39 and reviews chapters 1-3. The reading will begin by looking at historical perspectives and current models and theories of family therapy with SUD treatment. Next the literature will summarize how SUDs affect families and family functioning. Finally, specific family therapy models will be discussed.
 
 

Self-Study: Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults (TIP 26- Ch. 3)

** Self-Study ** This chapter will look at screening and assessment for substance misuse in older adults. Specific screening tools as well as important components of the assessment will be reviewed.
 
 

Self-Study: Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults (TIP 26- Ch. 4-5)

** Self-Study ** This reading explores alcohol use disorders, drug use and prescription medication misuse in older adults. Specific areas to monitor when screening and during assessment as well as best practices for treatment will be reviewed.
 
 

Self-Study: Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults (TIP 26- Ch. 6)

** Self-Study ** This chapter will look at signs and symptoms of mental or cognitive disorders in older adults and discuss the correlation between cognitive disorders and substance misuse. Specific interventions and treatment recommendations will also be reviewed.
 
 

Self-Study: Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults (TIP 26- Ch. 7)

** Self-Study ** This chapter will review how older adults who misuse substances can benefit from wellness strategies that support relapse prevention, ongoing recovery, and better overall health.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Talking to Kids about Stress

**Webcast** The "Talking to Kids: The Preventive Benefits of Social Emotional Learning" webinar series is for any adult who interacts with children and youth. Each interactive webinar will explore best practices to introducing and discussing challenging social-emotional learning topics with children and youth. Webinar topics include talking to kids about stress, trauma, empathy, and positive self-talk. Stress management and emotional regulation are protective factors against youth substance misuse and other unhealthy behaviors. Each webinar will begin by addressing the common psychological theories and brain science behind the topic and interactive activities to help participants understand the concepts. Participants will also learn how to talk to children and youth about each topic in a developmentally appropriate manner. Participants will come away with activities to engage children and youth, a resource list, and an opportunity to engage the instructor with questions. Talking to Kids about Stress is the first webinar in the Talking to Kids series. The webinar will address stress theory and how stress impacts physical and mental health and well-being. Participants will reflect on their own stress management practices, and how adult modeling impacts youth. The webinar will explore a variety of strategies talking to youth about stress and practical activities that can be adapted to a variety of developmental stages.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Treating Anxiety and Stress in Teens Today

**Webcast** As if adolescence wasn’t stressful enough, teens face so many challenges today that greatly increase their chances of experiencing stress and anxiety. Research supports that over the last few years, teens are reporting higher levels of stress than ever before. As mental health professionals, we need to understand the sources of stress teens are facing and implement effective interventions to alleviate these mental health concerns. This workshop will provide a context for rising stress in teens and focus on interventions and strategies to use in sessions. Participants will be able to offer families an immediate and effective road map of techniques and strategies to interrupt the powerful patterns of anxiety disorders, weaken anxiety's grip, and move teens and families forward!
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) - COVID-19 Vaccination in North Carolina - * Coming Soon, Registration not open *

** Webcast ** COVID-19 Vaccination in North Carolina This two-part continuing pharmacy education course has been developed in partnership with the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy to provide education and guidance for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on the novel COVID-19 virus, COVID- 19 vaccines in development and currently available, COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans in North Carolina, vaccine administration strategy, and federal and state regulatory issues governing pharmacist, pharmacy intern, and pharmacy technician administration of COVID-19 vaccines.(Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2021.)
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Challenges in Children

**Webcast** Applicable to children of all ages, this workshop has innovative suggestions for encouraging positive behavior through appropriate use of space, energy, and interaction. Oppositional/defiant behaviors, disrespect, negative attitudes, refusal, and lack of connection with parents will be addressed. This workshop includes information on time-outs, energy zones, and power struggles between parents and children. Dr. Wynns teaches techniques described in her book, The No Wimpy Parenting Handbook, that can be used with children in session or taught to parents.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Talking to Kids about Trauma

**Webcast** The "Talking to Kids: The Preventive Benefits of Social Emotional Learning" webinar series is for any adult who interacts with children and youth. Each interactive webinar will explore best practices to introducing and discussing challenging social-emotional learning topics with children and youth. Webinar topics include talking to kids about stress, trauma, empathy, and positive self-talk. Stress management and emotional regulation are protective factors against youth substance misuse and other unhealthy behaviors. Each webinar will begin by addressing the common psychological theories and brain science behind the topic and interactive activities to help participants understand the concepts. Participants will also learn how to talk to children and youth about each topic in a developmentally appropriate manner. Participants will come away with activities to engage children and youth, a resource list, and an opportunity to engage the instructor with questions. Talking to Kids about Trauma is the second webinar in the Talking to Kids series. This training will focus on how to communicate with children and youth about large community traumas (i.e. COVID 19, natural disasters, school violence, community violence), and traumatic events. The training is intended for any adult who interacts with children and youth. Note that participants will not learn to diagnose and treat mental illness.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded): 2021 Update: Tobacco Use - Evidence-Based Interventions: Cessation and the Truth about E-Cigarettes - * Coming Soon, Registration not open *

This program is designed to provide medical providers and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to counsel patients who use tobacco and other nicotine delivery devices.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Compassion, Resiliency & Self-Care: Frontline Caregivers Coping with COVID-19 - * Coming Soon, Registration not open *

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the environment of inpatient care in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Bedside caregivers have provided not only physical care vital to life but have become the support for patients who cannot have family nearby, especially at the end of life. This has resulted in physical, emotional, spiritual, and social strain on frontline providers and their families that may be long lasting. This recorded webinar discusses the challenges faced by bedside providers, identifies stressors that exist and offers opportunities for increasing resilience through resources, communication, and support.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Talking to Kids about Positive Self Talk - * Coming Soon, Registration not open *

*Webcast*The "Talking to Kids: The Preventive Benefits of Social Emotional Learning" webinar series is for any adult who interacts with children and youth. Each interactive webinar will explore best practices to introducing and discussing challenging social-emotional learning topics with children and youth. Webinar topics include talking to kids about stress, trauma, empathy, and positive self-talk. Stress management and emotional regulation are protective factors against youth substance misuse and other unhealthy behaviors. Each webinar will begin by addressing the common psychological theories and brain science behind the topic and interactive activities to help participants understand the concepts. Participants will also learn how to talk to children and youth about each topic in a developmentally appropriate manner. Participants will come away with activities to engage children and youth, a resource list, and an opportunity to engage the instructor with questions. Talking to Kids about Positive Self-Talk is the fourth webinar in the Talking to Kids series. The webinar will explore current research on positive-self talk, and how a person’s internal dialogue impacts mood and behaviors. Participants will reflect on their own internal dialogue and how to monitor healthy self-talk. The webinar will address a variety of strategies that can be used when talking to youth about positive self-talk and will include practical activities that can be adapted to a variety of developmental stages.
 
Wake AHEC Health Careers Program Listing
  
03/16/2021 Tuesday
 

Virtual Mini-Medical School, March 2021 - * Waiting-List-Only *

Wake AHEC’s Mini-Medical School, Virtual Edition, is a live intensive, online program that uses computational science (computer simulation) and hands-on activities (dissection) to study key aspects of medicine. Topics include anatomy & physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, epidemiology, a health career roundtable with professionals, and CPR instruction. (Please note due to the online nature of the program, this is CPR instruction, but not a certification.) The course is taught by Becky Brady, a registered nurse and chemical engineer, as well as guest speakers. Students must have strong motivation to learn and an interest in health careers
Audience - 9th-12th graders