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10/08/2022 Saturday
8:00 AM

NC Surgery - Precision Medicine In Breast Disease: The Art and Science of Modern Breast Care

Management of breast disease and breast cancer is progressing extremely quickly. This symposium will present the current state of breast disease management for primary care and women’s health providers. From screening recommendations to genetic testing, surgical techniques to chemotherapy recommendations, breast cancer management has never been as personalized as it is now. The content will examine the personalization of breast cancer screening, identification and management of patients at high risk of developing breast cancer, and the current status and trends in breast surgery and breast reconstruction. Join us as we explore the individualized management of breast pain, special considerations in very young breast cancer patients, the new landscape of systemic therapy for breast cancer patients, and support options for breast cancer patients.
Audience - Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Gynecology Physicians; Physician Assistants; Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses
 
10/11/2022 Tuesday
5:30 PM

Management of Special Populations in Breast Care

This conference is to familiarize healthcare professionals with special populations facing breast care challenges across the spectrum of benign disease and breast cancer. Topics covered will range from screening recommendations for special populations including transgender patients, challenges facing pregnant and lactating patients, genetic counseling considerations, cancer care for special populations including the elderly as well as imaging considerations. This educational offering will assist providers in becoming more comfortable managing select populations and also understanding when to refer to specialists.
Audience - Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Case Managers, Breast Care Navigators and other Healthcare Professionals
 
10/12/2022 Wednesday
9:00 AM

Foundations of Disability Informed Practice

The disability community is the largest systemically oppressed group in the United States, yet continues to be one of the most underrepresented, under-supported, and underserved groups in the country. Education and training regarding disability are typically treated as narrowly specialized rather than centrally relevant, and this has led to a severe lack of qualified mental health clinicians with knowledge and expertise in disability, let alone clinicians with even foundational comfort with the topic. On a systems level, we see a severe divide between disability services and mental health services, creating gaps in support for many who require interaction with both service sectors for survival. This separation also supports the false idea that mental health and disability are exclusive to one another, ignoring the historical and theoretical connections between the two. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its disabling effects on ourselves, our clients, and our communities, prioritizing disability-informed clinical education becomes crucial not only to meet the needs of those we serve but to our responsibility to continue to effectively evaluate, improve, and advocate our systems. To fulfill this gap in clinical education, this program aims to provide participants with general and introductory knowledge on disability, accessibility, and modifications for disability-informed therapy practice while addressing implicit biases related to ability. This training would take place over three weeks in 2-hour weekly sessions. Program Dates: Wednesday, October 5, 2022: 9am- 11am Wednesday, October 12, 2022: 9am- 11am Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 9am- 11am
Audience - This program is beneficial for any licensed mental health practitioner looking to develop general and introductory knowledge on disability, accessibility, and modifications for disability-informed therapy practice.
 
10/13/2022 Thursday
9:00 AM

Culturally Relevant Engagement Interviewing

This session will provide an overview of a single session intervention using tools from motivational interviewing, ethnographic interviewing, and psychoeducation that were developed to increase engagement and participation in mental health services in populations where utilization and completion of services has traditionally been low. This intervention was designed to be culturally relevant and safe for clients from any cultural background. The aim of the intervention is to help the client and clinician partner to address barriers and concerns the client may have related to entering treatment for psychiatric illnesses. This intervention has been tested in diverse populations of pregnant women, pregnant adolescents, and older adults presenting with mood, anxiety and trauma related disorders. It has been shown to increase initial engagement as well as retention and completion of brief mental health services.
Audience - Mental health professionals working with diverse populations including women, pregnant adolescents, older adults with mood, anxiety, and trauma related disorders as well as any other human service professional.
 
10/15/2022 Saturday
8:00 AM

28th Annual Thomas B. Dameron Jr. Orthopaedic Conference

The purpose of the 28th Annual Dameron Lectureship in Orthopaedics is to assist primary care providers in managing common afflictions of the musculoskeletal system. Join us as we focus on core competence-based sessions that will be immediately useful to primary care providers and facilitate more efficient assessments of patients for better outcomes. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from interactive demonstrations on musculoskeletal examination techniques.
Audience - Physicians in Internal Medicine and Family Practice, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, and Physical Therapist
 
10/25/2022 Tuesday
9:30 AM

NC Doula Summit: A Gathering of NC Birth Doulas

The purpose of the doula summit is to gather birth doulas from across North Carolina to collectively develop a shared understanding of key information about the profession that can ultimately be shared with Medicaid, other insurance providers, practitioners, patients, and others who may directly or indirectly interact with doulas. The day is designed to reach consensus on key competencies, a scope of practice, core services, and training needs. Three Convenient Locations: McKimmon Conference & Training Center, Raleigh Holiday Inn Resort Lumina, Wrightsville Beach Harris Conference Center, Charlotte Limited scholarships to cover the registration fee and/or 1-night hotel accommodations are available. Please send an email to ncdoulasummit2022@dhhs.nc.gov for more information.
Audience - Registration is limited to NC based trained and/or certified doulas.
 
10/29/2022 Saturday
7:30 AM

Improving Obesity Treatments in Primary Care

This conference will provide practical strategies to optimize obesity management in the primary care setting and provide current medical and surgical treatment options. Join us as we explore the impact of obesity stigma and discuss how to best communicate with patients about the sensitive topic of weight management.


Audience - Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
 
11/02/2022 Wednesday
9:00 AM

Moving Beyond the ACE Score: Treating Adversity in Diverse Populations

We all know the importance of assessing childhood adversity, due to its impact on short and long-term outcomes. In this workshop, clinicians will examine the importance of moving beyond the ACE score to account more fully for the adverse experiences of diverse populations. Research shows that there are factors beyond exposure to specific traumatic events that can impact client’s mental health and daily functioning. These factors are particularly important to consider with diverse and marginalized populations, given their disproportional exposure to trauma and race-related stress. This workshop will help clinicians to have a fuller understanding of the impact of historical and intergenerational trauma. You will be introduced to tools for assessing adversity in diverse populations and will learn how cultural factors can promote resilience and mediate the impact of adversity. We will share examples of how cultural healing approaches can be weaved into treatment, and data on how doing so improves outcomes.
Audience - Mental health clinicians and any other interested person.
 
11/03/2022 Thursday
3:00 PM

NC AHEC Faculty Development Webinar Series – Student Interactions and Evaluations: Just Culture: Promoting Learning from Practice Errors

NC AHEC Nurse Council continues its commitment to faculty development in 2022-2023. Join us for the first webinar of the 4-part series focusing on impactful interactions and evaluations in educational settings.
Audience - All nursing faculty: seasoned, new, and anywhere in between. You bring the popcorn - we’ll provide the credit.
 
11/04/2022 Friday
8:00 AM

Rural Health Nursing Conference: 5th Annual Statewide Celebration

The conference is designed for nurses serving vulnerable populations in underserved and rural areas. A variety of topics will be offered to include innovative strategies to increase access to care in rural communities and health and safety issues affecting agricultural populations. In addition, nurses will be given the opportunity to learn about and apply the Rural Health Framework, an evidence-based approach to assessing, planning, and implementing health interventions for rural populations.
Audience - RNs, LPNs, APPs serving in all specialties in rural communities in NC
 
11/07/2022 Monday
8:50 AM

The 13th Annual NC ALS Caregivers Conference

The conference is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of interdisciplinary healthcare teams and caregivers who work with individuals diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neuromuscular disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The complex and progressive nature of the disease requires expert intervention from diagnosis and throughout the course of the disease. Track One - Healthcare Professionals Registration:7:45am Program: 8:10 am-4:30 pm Track Two - Person with ALS (PALS) & Caregivers for person ALS (CALS) Registration: 10:00am Program: 10:45am-4:30pm
Audience - Neuropsychologists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Recreational Therapists, Social Workers and Nursing Assistants. Persons living with ALS, caregivers and others interested in learning more about this disease.
 
11/08/2022 Tuesday
11:00 AM

Relapse Management with the Chronic Relapsing Patient: Perspectives and Possibilities

Management of the chronic substance use patient is an increasing challenge given the complexity of addictive illness and the further limitations of service delivery systems. This workshop will provide an overview of science based perspectives on understanding and serving the chronic relapsing patient and will offer a comprehensive review of proven approaches for the effective treatment and care management of the chronic substance abuser. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with actual cases to enhance the opportunity for a shared learning experience.
Audience - This workshop will be beneficial to behavioral health professionals.
 
11/09/2022 Wednesday
8:30 AM

32nd Annual Art of Breastfeeding Conference: Human Milk: Meeting the Needs

This two-day conference features nationally and internationally known faculty having extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise in meeting the needs for human milk in the ever-changing perinatal healthcare landscape. The conference will focus on options to traditional breastfeeding, challenges in practice and the unique needs of non-birthing parents. During Wednesday’s virtual event, topics will include pumping as an effective and acceptable option for providing human milk, individualized approaches to inducing lactation and relactation and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s 2022 Mastitis Spectrum Protocol. On Thursday, the Conference transitions to an in-person event with an opportunity for networking and re-connecting with colleagues. The keynote will address the need to rethink and transition practice to meet each parent’s need to provide human milk for their newborn. Following the keynote, presentations will include milk sharing and milk banks as important sources of breast milk and building “baby-skills” as part of a comprehensive assessment. The conference will end on a high note with the focus on the opportunities for lactation “advocacy” in the clinical setting and in the policy/legislative arena.
Audience - lactation consultants, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physicians, physician assistants, chiropractors, dentists, pediatric occupational therapists, pediatric physical therapists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, dieticians, health educators, doulas, public health practitioners, peer counselors, breastfeeding support volunteers and healthcare profession students
 
11/10/2022 Thursday
9:00 AM

Diversity in Neurodivergence: Girls and Women with Autism

This dynamic, 2-hour workshop provides participants with an overview of autism in girls and women, including an introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm and identity-first language. Common overviews of autism state that the neurodevelopmental disability occurs four times more often in boys; however, this is based on incomplete research evidence that does not consider different ways that girls can display autism symptoms. In-depth research across the lifespan considers historical diagnostic bias towards boys, which informed current autism criteria and behavioral manifestations. This newer knowledge reveals that girls and women are often diagnosed later in life than their male counterparts. This workshop introduces autism from a feminist, strengths-based neurodiversity perspective and explores historical points of view on autism and gender. An in-depth look into the Female Autism Phenotype theory explains why girls and women with autism often go unrecognized and the consequences of under-diagnosis. Together, participants will discuss successes and challenges in their fields and collaborate on methods to improve gender-competent care for individuals with autism.
Audience - This program is intended for professionals, students, self-advocates, and parents across the field of developmental disabilities who want a broader understanding of autism in women and girls.
 
11/17/2022 Thursday
9:00 AM

Responding to Family Violence: Evidence-Based Approaches for Practice

Family violence is likely one of the most common, and yet challenging, issues that clinicians encounter. Mental health and substance abuse issues highly co-occur with trauma-related experiences and interpersonal violence histories. Regardless of the setting in which they work, clinicians must have a working knowledge of the foundations of trauma and interpersonal violence and tools to effectively assess and treat individuals. Additionally, competency in differential diagnosis, evidence- based models of treatment, and applying treatment in a trauma-informed, culturally competent framework is needed. This program will provide information and tools to understand, assess, and treat problems related to family violence from a trauma-informed perspective.
Audience - This workshop will be beneficial to mental health and substance abuse professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors and substance abuse counselors.
 
11/29/2022 Tuesday
6:00 PM

OSHA and North Carolina Infection Control Methods

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.
Audience - Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental laboratory technicians, DDS, DA, RDH
 
11/30/2022 Wednesday
9:00 AM

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder: Intermediate Skill Training

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD), a disorder that is very difficult to treat given the range of treatment targets and the emotional, interpersonal, cognitive and behavioral problems that may occur during sessions. Over the past 25 years, DBT has been disseminated into community mental health systems throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. As a result, many clinicians across diverse healthcare settings (including private practice, academic centers, hospital, military, and community treatment programs) have some introductory training or experience with DBT. However, training a team of therapists to provide and sustain a DBT program in any setting takes considerable resources (e.g., time, money), which is made more challenging by the problems associated with workforce turnover and the clinical challenges inherent to treating individuals who meet criteria for BPD. In addition, many clinicians have not been intensively trained in DBT but use the DBT skill training workbook as part of individual therapy sessions. Finally, some clinicians provide a DBT group but not all other modes of a DBT program (i.e., individual therapy, therapist weekly consultation team, therapist telephone consultation with clients). This 6 hour training is designed to address the needs of clinicians who have some introductory training in DBT already, or to those who have experience delivering parts or all of DBT and would like to enhance their skills. Specifically, the primary goal of this training is to provide an intermediate level of DBT skills training for use both in individual and group therapy contexts. This training will focus on the refinement of therapist DBT skills in order to improve clinical practices for those with problems associated with BPD. This will include time learning and practicing mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Skill training also will include use of dialectics, metaphor, chain analysis, and both acceptance and change interventions used across modes of DBT. The training will include experiential exercises and practices designed to help improve clinician skills. This is not an introduction to DBT and is not designed to substitute for a comprehensive and intensive DBT team training.
Audience - This workshop will be beneficial to mental health and substance abuse professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical mental health counselors and substance abuse counselors.
 
12/02/2022 Friday
8:40 AM

SPICE North Carolina Infection Control Course: Outpatient Healthcare Setting

In North Carolina, every healthcare organization that performs invasive procedures, including injections, is required to designate an on-site staff person to receive infection control training and implement an infection control program. The approved infection control curriculum developed by SPICE prepares designated healthcare providers to implement the North Carolina rule, 10A NCAC 41A .0206 Infection Prevention – Healthcare Settings. Learners who complete this activity will be able to ensure and systematically assess that their facility has the appropriate infection prevention policies and procedures in place to allow healthcare personnel to provide safe patient care consistent with the NC communicable disease rule .0206.
Audience - Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses Office Managers and other healthcare professionals working in out patient and nursing home settings
 
12/15/2022 Thursday
9:00 AM

Child Maltreatment Reporting and The Ethical Use of Professional Discretion

In North Carolina, “Any person or institution who has cause to suspect” is considered a mandated reporter of child abuse, neglect and dependency. Professionals working with families have a unique role in this regard, in that the family may already be seeking our help, many times for the very issues we are required to report about them. Issues of trust and maintaining the therapeutic relationship must be factored into decisions to access the ethically and legally approved breaks with confidentiality. The child welfare and law enforcement systems that respond to these reports can be confusing to navigate, at best, especially when the professional is not familiar with the frames of reference and sometimes competing priorities of these systems. In order to support children and families and address immediate safety issues, it is important that the professional understand aspects of the child welfare system and the legal system with regard to reporting and the costs and benefits of involving each of those systems. This session will examine the NC Juvenile Code and the sections of the North Carolina Criminal Law that apply to juveniles, demonstrate the flow of response once a report is made to the Department of Social Services, and will examine the often overlooked gaps in mandated reporting.
Audience - Mental health, substance use and health and human service professionals.
 
01/12/2023 Thursday
3:00 PM

NC AHEC Faculty Development Webinar Series – Student Interactions and Evaluations: 'But Wait, I Thought I Liked Everyone: Generational Differences and Unconscious Bias'

NC AHEC Nurse Council continues its commitment to faculty development in 2022-2023. Join us for the second webinar in the 4-part series focusing on impactful interactions and evaluations in educational settings.
Audience - Calling all Faculty, seasoned, new, and anywhere in between. You bring the popcorn - we’ll provide the credit.
 
01/19/2023 Thursday
9:00 AM

CGEC: Treating Chronic Pain Using Evidence-Based, Opioid-Free Tools: Practical Strategies for Medical, Behavioral, and Rehab Professionals

The evidence clearly shows us how to safely and effectively treat pain while minimizing the risks of opioid use. We now know that behavioral approaches are the treatment of choice for chronic pain. The tools are effectively used by all disciplines to enhance quality of those for those who live with pain. About one-third of our population experiences chronic pain, and most of them are not receiving adequate care. Behavioral health providers (LCMHC, LMFT, psychologists, substance use workers), medical professionals (physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses) and rehab clinicians (PT, OT, SLP) can all be equipped with the skills needed to help people improve their lived experience despite having pain. Cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches have the strongest research support for pain treatment. This interactive and cutting-edge training will provide participants with innovative and evidence-based tools to expand their effectiveness in treating people with pain. Participants will gain skills and confidence to provide life-changing interventions to help people become more active, enhance social connections, find pleasure and meaning, and live fuller, richer lives.
Audience - Behavior health providers including social workers, counselors, psychologists, substance use providers, medical professionals, rehab clinicians, and others interested in subject matter
 
01/20/2023 Friday
9:00 AM

The Family Dynamics of Addiction: Impact on the Children
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Twenty percent of children in the United States live with someone with a substance use issue. Yet, those children are often misunderstood and often dismissed as resilient. This presentation will take a deeper dive into exploring the impact of parental substance use on children. More specifically, this presentation will outline what the research presents around outcomes and the social, emotional, and physiological risk to children as well as protective factors that can minimize those risks. Finally, a discussion around strategies in which professionals can further minimize the risks will wrap up the presentation.
Audience - Social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, substance use professionals, educators, school personnel, mental health professionals, clinicians, health and human service practitioners, parents of adolescents, teachers, and other health care professionals.
 
01/25/2023 Wednesday
9:00 AM

The Impact of ACES on Autistic Individuals
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This workshop will provide an overview of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and how these ACES impact autistic individuals. The presenter will review how ACES can have an ongoing impact on an individual throughout the lifespan and will particularly emphasize possible differences in symptom presentation based on autism alone versus autism and developmental trauma. Case examples will be utilized to apply the concepts and for feedback. The presenter will conclude with an overview of strategies for working with autistic individuals who have mental health conditions resulting from previous adverse childhood experiences.
Audience - Human Services Professionals, medical professionals, professionals working in the autism field, family members, and anyone interested in this topic.
 
02/03/2023 Friday
8:00 AM

2023 Academic Progression Conference: Strengthening Nursing Workforce Through the Preparation of Highly Competent Nurse Educators

Annual event for nursing faculty across all levels of nursing education. Focus on current educational needs and give examples of grants awarded to expand clinical sites in NC.
Audience - Nursing faculty from all levels of nursing education.
 
02/09/2023 Thursday
8:15 AM

Keeping Current: Complex Clinical Issues in Perinatal Care
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This conference is designed to provide nurses, providers, and other healthcare professionals the most current clinical guidance related to complex issues in outpatient and inpatient perinatal settings. Morning sessions will include current clinical guidelines for blood glucose management in the newborn, best practices for management of gestational diabetes in both outpatient and inpatient settings, and evidence-based approaches to breastfeeding supplementation. Afternoon sessions will focus on topics important to the emotional, spiritual and mental well-being of the family unit. Health care professionals will be challenged to "keep current" as they provide care, treatment and choices to families experiencing infant loss, pregnant women with chronic mental illness as well as transgender and nonbinary families. Optional Learning Stations: Following both the Breastfeeding Supplementation and Infant Loss presentations, learning stations will be available for participants. The stations will provide opportunities to learn more, explore resources and to apply content through hands-on experiences.
Audience - Providers, APPs, Nurses, Doulas from both outpatient and inpatient settings
 
02/10/2023 Friday
8:00 AM

Intimate Topics: Toileting and Sexual Function Following a Spinal Cord Injury
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This one-day course is designed for nurses, occupational & physical therapists who work with young adult and adult patients with spinal cord injury. This course will cover bladder and bowel management and sexual health, placing an emphasis on self-catherization, bowel programs, and positioning. Information will be shared by lecture, lab and visual aids.
Audience - Occupational Therapists, OTAs, Physical Therapists, PTAs, Nurses and other interested healthcare professionals.
 
9:00 AM

Creating Environments that Support Executive Functioning
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Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are likely to experience vulnerabilities related to executive functioning, meaning that they may struggle with flexibility, planning, self-monitoring, and self-control, working memory, time management, and organization. Difficulties with these cognitive tasks can result in significant anxiety, poor self- esteem, and limited independence for individuals with I/DD. However, there are many strategies that can be used within all practice settings (group homes, schools, therapy sessions, etc.) that can provide support for executive functioning in people with I/DD. The trainer will utilize case studies and research to describe key executive functions that are impacted by I/DD, contextualize common challenges in terms of how they are related to executive functioning vulnerabilities, and share strategies and resources about environmental supports that can support individuals who struggle with executive functioning.
Audience - This training is intended for social workers, therapists, school staff, I/DD habilitation programs, care coordinators, family support programs, and/or families.
 
02/14/2023 Tuesday
6:00 PM

SPICE: Infection Control in Dentistry
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This program is from 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm on Tuesdays, February 14 and February 21, 2023. (February 28th is the inclement weather date). Participants must attend 100% of the program (both dates). No partial credit will be given. Course participants will acquire the certification mandated by the NC Administrative Code 19A.0206 and .0207, Infection Control in Health Care Facilities Rule, that requires one person in each health care facility (i.e. Dental Practice) complete the certified or State approved Infection Control Course. The course will provide the most updated information relating to blood borne pathogens, preventing and controlling major sites of dental associated infections, decontamination, disinfection, sterilization and waste management, personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, and medical asepsis, occupational health, and isolation and communicable disease precautions according to CDC and OSAP Guidelines. This course has been approved by the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE) office to meet the Code requirements.
Audience - Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and Dental Infection Control Coordinator, other Dental Professionals.
 
02/17/2023 Friday
9:00 AM

Adolescent Technology Use: Addiction, Culture, or Both?
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How many times have you heard, “my child is always on their phone,” or get asked the question, “How can I make my child get off their phone?” when talking with parents about their teenager. Or how frequently does your teenage client check their phone before, during, and after session? Chances are, if you work with parents, adolescent, and/or children, you are inundated with thoughts and feelings towards technology use. This presentation will take a deep dive into what typical technology use among today’s teenagers is and the culture behind that use. We will identify when technology use crosses the line into addiction. And we will identify strategies to implement for teens with problematic technology and/or identify strategies to aid parents who have a teen on technology.
Audience - Social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, substance use professionals, educators, school personnel, mental health professionals, clinicians, health and human service practitioners, parents of adolescents, teachers, and other health care professionals.
 
02/23/2023 Thursday
3:00 PM

NC AHEC Faculty Development Webinar Series – Student Interactions and Evaluations: Conflict Resolution and De-escalation in the Educational Setting

NC AHEC Nurse Council continues its commitment to faculty development in 2022-2023. Join us for the third webinar in the 4-part series focusing on impactful interactions and evaluations in educational settings.
Audience - All nursing faculty: seasoned, new, and anywhere in between. You bring the popcorn - we’ll provide the credit.
 
03/02/2023 Thursday
9:00 AM

Racial Equity as a Treatment Plan
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It has long been noted that racism is a public health crisis, but how can socially conscious providers actualize their desire to advance racial equity within their practices? Moreover, how can providers better serve their patients with criminal legal system involvement who are disproportionately also people of color? This workshop seeks to equip providers with practical tools and strategies toward those ends. First, participants will make themselves proximate to the problem [of racism] as urged by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy, and in this way acknowledge their field’s—and perhaps even their own—contributions to racially disparate health outcomes. Then using Dr. Ibram X Kendi’s conceptualization of racism and anti-racism, this session will empower participants to home in on the source of these health disparities: racist policy. Finally, all participants will be empowered to actionable steps they can take to uproot racist policy and practice in their spheres of influence and beyond.
Audience - This program is intended for clinically licensed providers in the medical and behavioral health fields.
 
03/07/2023 Tuesday
8:30 AM

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 DPH and FHLI to build RBA capacity in North Carolina. Healthy North Carolina 2030 (HNC 2030) and the North Carolina State Health Improvement Plan (NC SHIP) inform the activities and the examples used in this course. Participants will gain knowledge in the RBA framework and skill in applying key concepts.
Audience - People who lead and support initiatives to improve the lives of people in North Carolina, including community-based organizations, healthcare systems, health departments, community activists, and others.
 
03/15/2023 Wednesday
9:00 AM

Treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
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In this training, participants will identify principles of effective treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD). Participants will examine evidence based practices used to target the symptoms of these mental health diagnoses and will explore the role of parents and caretakers, school professionals, and mental health professionals in addressing challenges associated with ODD and CD. Participants will examine treatment strategies used in two common practices used to treat ODD and CD: Parent Management Training Programs and Individual and Family Psychotherapy. Through experiential exercises, video clips, and discussion, participants will learn practical treatment approaches and will discover the importance of collaborating with children, families, and professionals in order to effectively address the disruptive behaviors and underlying struggles often associated with ODD and CD diagnoses. The training will equip participants with a number of useful treatment strategies to enhance their practice with children, adolescents, and their families.
Audience - This workshop will benefit mental health practitioners, educators, human service professionals, and community advocates interested in this topic.
 
6:00 PM

Make Sure You Are In Compliance: DANB's New Infection Control Two Hour Credit Requirement
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As of Jan. 1, 2016, all certificants must earn a minimum of two CDE credits in infection control topics annually. The annual federally mandated OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard training does not count toward this requirement. This two-hour infection control CE course is designed to meet this DANB requirement. The focus of this course will be instrument sterilization and reprocessing. The foundation for the course will be based on the Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Setting: Basic Expectations for Safe Care introduced in 2016 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Audience - CDA and DAs
 
03/23/2023 Thursday
3:00 PM

NC AHEC Faculty Development Webinar Series – Student Interactions and Evaluations: Evaluating Student Performance and Providing Feedback

NC AHEC Nurse Council continues its commitment to faculty development in 2022-2023. Join us for the final webinar in the 4-part series focusing on impactful interactions and evaluations in educational settings.
Audience - All nursing faculty: seasoned, new, and anywhere in between. You bring the popcorn - we’ll provide the credit.
 
04/13/2023 Thursday
9:00 AM

Health Disparities Among Older Adults
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This program will cover the topic of Health Disparities in Older Adults. Participants will gain an understanding of various health disparities and why older adults are particularly susceptible to the effects of such health disparities. The presenter will share the latest research in health disparity prevalence and trends. In addition, the workshop will cover how health professionals’ awareness of health disparities can help reduce them and support care recipients. This program will further explore the impact of intersecting identities as they impact older adults. Special emphasis will be spent talking about how COVID has impact this population.
Audience - Health and Human Service Professionals who work with Older Adults and their caregivers.
 
04/18/2023 Tuesday
9:00 AM

A Difficult Duo: Domestic Violence and Substance Use Disorders
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This program is designed to support substance use treatment professionals in their effort to serve those with past or present domestic violence (DV) exposure. Involvement in domestic violence, as victims and/or batterers, can complicate a clients’ ability to participate in treatment and can be difficult for providers to respond to. With a deeper understanding of the nature, prevalence, and impact of co-occurring substance use disorders and domestic violence clinicians will feel more prepared to serve this population. Additionally, this program will introduce evidence-based and promising practices for working with this clientele.
Audience - This program is designed for substance use or mental health professionals
 
04/28/2023 Friday
9:00 AM

The Art of Promoting Culturally Sensitive Practices in Clinical Supervision
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The vast majority of clinical supervisors have long learned skills that may inspire cultural competence and sensitivity in supervisees. In order to foster personal and professional growth, in both supervisor and supervisee, the infusion of cultural sensitive practices and intentional activities into clinical supervision is an integral next step. Culturally sensitive supervision practices are not solely aimed at teaching knowledge or skills. By providing supervisees and supervisors with opportunities to reflect on one’s own cultural identity, attitudes and experiences in the context of clinical supervision, understanding, sensitivity and awareness will be deepened. This training focuses on assisting clinical supervisors to be more culturally sensitive and self-aware through experiential activities, active discussion and participation.
Audience - Clinical Supervisors with at least 5 years supervisory experience.
 
05/02/2023 Tuesday
9:00 AM

Motivational Interviewing I – Introduction
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Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). This 2-day workshop is designed for practitioners either new to MI or wanting a full refresher to the concepts and an opportunity for supervised practice of skills. Participants will be introduced to this evidence-based approach through an interactive, fun workshop focusing on knowledge-building and fundamental skill practice. Learning methods include: Interaction and discussion, Written exercises, Didactic presentation, MI instructional videos, Small group exercises with coaching and feedback
Audience - Helping professionals who support clients in making change in their lives.
 
05/11/2023 Thursday
10:00 AM

Effective Providers for Victimized Children
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This program has been developed and endorsed as part of the Defending Childhood Initiative of the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, as well as by the American Psychological Association. The program focuses on increasing the capacity and effectiveness of mental health professions providing services to children victimized by violence. Information about children exposed to violence, including a deeper understanding of the provenance and impact of violence on children will be examined. Information about trauma-focused assessment tools and evidence-based treatments will also be provided. Participants will learn about the importance of family-centered, collaborative approaches to victim services. Finally, the importance of self-care will be discussed as an essential tool in providing effective services for victimized children.
Audience - This workshop will be beneficial to mental health and substance abuse professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors and substance abuse counselors.
 
10/13/2023 Friday
8:30 AM

15th Annual Clinical Lab Day
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Join us this fall for a one-day conference focused on you! We are all partners in public health, and the XXth Annual Clinical Lab Day highlights the many collaborations that are key for disease monitoring and response in North Carolina and beyond. This event is co-sponsored by the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and the NC Public Health Association.
 
Online  
 

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.
 
 

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.
 
 

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.
 
 

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, 2023.) To receive nursing contact hours, participants are required to complete 100% of the webinar and the evaluation tool(s) as directed. None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

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, 2023.) To receive nursing contact hours, participants are required to complete 100% of the webinar and the evaluation tool(s) as directed. None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Compassion, Resiliency & Self-Care: Frontline Caregivers Coping with COVID-19

** Webcast ** 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. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2023.) To receive nursing contact hours, participants are required to complete 100% of the webinar and the evaluation tool(s) as directed. None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

Webinar (Recorded) Teen Dating Violence: Prevention and Trauma-Informed Response for School Personnel

* Webcast * This 90-minute training will provide an overview of the dynamics of teen dating violence, including incidence and prevalence rates, myths and facts often held in our society, and risk and protective factors for teen dating violence among young people. Participants will learn about how school personnel can work to prevent and respond to teen dating violence in a K-12 context.
 
 

Under the Microscope: How to Spot Elder Abuse Part 1 Foundations and Screening

** Webcast ** According to the 2020 Census, over 40 million Americans are over age 65. Unfortunately, about 10% of elderly patients and up to 30% of disabled patients experience neglect and abuse from caregivers. Many of these cases are missed in healthcare due to lack of knowledge and pathways for response. These sessions will provide general education on elder/vulnerable adult abuse as well as information on screening and reporting requirements. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2023.) None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

Under the Microscope: How to Spot Elder Abuse Part 2 Reporting and Documentation

** Webcast ** According to the 2020 Census, over 40 million Americans are over age 65. Unfortunately, about 10% of elderly patients and up to 30% of disabled patients experience neglect and abuse from caregivers. Many of these cases are missed in healthcare due to lack of knowledge and pathways for response. These sessions will provide general education on elder/vulnerable adult abuse as well as information on screening and reporting requirements. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2023.) None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

Intimate Partner Violence Foundations and Screening (Session 1)

**Webcast** Intimate partner violence (IPV) has only become more widely accepted as a healthcare issue within the last several years and is a prevalent health challenge. With limited time and resources, integrating IPV into primary care can be challenging for many healthcare providers. A crucial step in IPV management in outpatient care should increase knowledge and awareness and provide effective resources for addressing the health and safety impacts of IPV. Better identification, screening and management of IPV allows healthcare clinicians to provide optimal care and improve health outcomes for the survivor. Join us for three comprehensive webinars that will provide overall IPV education, screening tools, reporting requirements, resources and more. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2023.) None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

Intimate Partner Violence - Best Practices in Intimate Partner Response (Session 2)

**Webcast** Intimate partner violence (IPV) has only become more widely accepted as a healthcare issue within the last several years and is a prevalent health challenge. With limited time and resources, integrating IPV into primary care can be challenging for many healthcare providers. A crucial step in IPV management in outpatient care should increase knowledge and awareness and provide effective resources for addressing the health and safety impacts of IPV. Better identification, screening and management of IPV allows healthcare clinicians to provide optimal care and improve health outcomes for the survivor. Join us for three comprehensive webinars that will provide overall IPV education, screening tools, reporting requirements, resources and more. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2023.) None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

Intimate Partner Violence - Creating a Culture of Care for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (Session 3)

**Webcast** Intimate partner violence (IPV) has only become more widely accepted as a healthcare issue within the last several years and is a prevalent health challenge. With limited time and resources, integrating IPV into primary care can be challenging for many healthcare providers. A crucial step in IPV management in outpatient care should increase knowledge and awareness and provide effective resources for addressing the health and safety impacts of IPV. Better identification, screening and management of IPV allows healthcare clinicians to provide optimal care and improve health outcomes for the survivor. Join us for three comprehensive webinars that will provide overall IPV education, screening tools, reporting requirements, resources and more. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2023.) None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.
 
 

Spring Forward with HPV Vaccination: Working Towards Improving HPV Vaccination Rates and Reducing HPV-Related Cancers in North Carolina

**Webcast** This educational activity is designed to equip medical providers, nurses, pharmacist, dental and public health professionals, health educators, and other health care team members with current data, evidence-based practices and strategies to effectively counsel parents about HPV vaccinations for their children and increase vaccination rates in the health care setting. Additionally, participants will learn about the impact of HPV related cancer such as cervical and head/neck cancers that can occur in adults. (Expiration date with potential for renewal: June 30, 2023.)
 
 

Supporting Professional Resilience: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Well-Being of Healthcare Workers and Patients

**Webcast** In this training, we will explore the concept of burnout and compassion fatigue within healthcare careers and the ethical implications for our professional and personal lives. We will center our discussion around the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased stress felt by healthcare professionals in managing personal and professional demands within a changing practice landscape. We will review indicators of burnout among healthcare professionals, strategies for building professional self-awareness as a healthcare provider, and approaches for addressing the impact of burnout in personal and professional domains. We will also examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patient well-being and identify behavioral health indicators of stress and overwhelm among patients seeking medical care. We will review practical strategies for healthcare providers to use in reducing patient stress level and supporting patient well-being.
 
Wake AHEC Health Careers Program Listing
  
10/18/2022 Tuesday
 

Virtual Mini-Medical School Camp-October 2022 - * Waiting-List-Only *

Wake AHEC’s Mini-Medical School Camp, Virtual Edition, is a live, intensive, week-long online camp that uses computational science (computer simulation) and hands-on activities (virtual dissection) to study key aspects of medicine. Topics include anatomy & physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, epidemiology, health careers round table, 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. Please make sure to indicate your your preferred t-shirt size in the registration.
Audience - 9th-12th graders