Health Care Professional Development

Mental Health First Aid: Youth

This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.

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Mental Health First Aid: Adult

This Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help an adult who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in the community.

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Approaches to Optimal Health

This course is designed for any healthcare provider interested in the diverse field of Integrative Health (IH) & Medicine (IM). The class will focus on strategies and therapy options to optimize health though evidence-based integrative approaches and healing practices that fall outside of pharmaceutical and surgical treatments. Course topics include the healing power of nutrition, alternative medical systems, mind-body interventions, and biological and manipulative based therapies to optimize all aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

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Spanish Medical Terminology

This course is intended for health care professionals or interpreters working with Spanish-speaking patients, but is open to anyone. It focuses on medical technical language in both English and Spanish. Students gain increased familiarity with medical terminology, thereby enhancing patient communication. Medical terminology will be presented according to body systems, clinical specialties and sub-specialties. The student will master both vocabulary and knowledge needed for a wide number of medical settings. Bringing a laptop, tablet or iPad is recommended but not required.

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Madison School Nurse Assistant

This course is designed to prepare the learner to assist the school nurse and/or the program support nurse in the integration of the MMSD's Vision of School Health Services into the running and maintaining of a school health office. Students will acquire entry-level knowledge in a range of common chronic and acute childhood illnesses; apply a working knowledge of where to find information within the MMSD Health Services Guidelines for the Management of Illness and Injuries in the School Setting; demonstrate ability to perform procedures and protocols identified in class; and apply an understanding of developmental issues of school-aged children. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee a position with the Madison school district. Training does not apply outside of the Madison school district, and this course is not part of the Madison College Nursing Assistant program.

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