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Health Care & Social Services

Learn about emerging issues in healthcare and social service courses. Offering a wide range of course topics, health care and social service providers can build upon their credentials and breadth of knowledge. Community members may also find courses to suit their interests.


Addressing Rage in Adolescent Males
This workshop will provide strategies for addressing rage among adolescent males. Topics will include the relationship between violence and rage, 25 risk factors from birth to adolescence, differences between adolescent male and female rage, intervention strategies, and strategies for keeping yourself and your facility safe when working with adolescent males.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist Certification--16 Hour Course
This course will cover recognizing child firesetters, prevention education and invention strategies evaluation tools, Illinois juvenile laws and court system, explosive devices and the Internet. Resources will include treatment programs and establishing a network and coalition.

Child Sexual Predators: Protecting Children Online
Topics during training include profiling the Internet child sexual predator, the progression of child pornography, techniques and software used to identify online child molesters, evidence identification and evaluation, indicators of online abuse, and the special needs of the victim.


Communicating with Nonverbal Patients/Communication Disorders in the Elderly
Learn strategies for helping elderly patients understand and communicate in cases of dementia, stroke, Parkinson's disease and other diagnoses. A variety of topics on communication and communication disorders and techniques are discussed.

Geriatric Assessment
This seminar presents information for healthcare professionals on the aging process and senescence. Participants will learn changes associated with aging, common drug prescriptions, pathology, and age-related conditions and risk factors.

The Aging Heart
Participants will learn the anatomic and physiologic changes that occur with the aging cardiovascular system. The seminar will review important components of the patient's medical history and physical exam used in assessing the older patient, pathophysiology, and other clinical conditions.

Neurology of Aging
This course will discuss the changes the brain undergoes during the process of senescence. Topics will include normal age-related declines in cognitive function, the brain's ability to produce new neurons, and common neurological diseases associated with aging.

Pharmacology of Aging
This overview of drugs and the elderly patient will cover age-related physiologic changes that occur in the liver, the kidneys, the GI tract, the lean body composition, and the major roles of fat and water distribution in how drugs are handled by the older patient.

Alzheimer's Disease: Beyond the Basics
This interactive workshop provides participants with an overview of Alzheimer's Disease, typical symptoms and behaviors that may be encountered in these individuals and general caregiving and communication tips.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This series is intended for family members, friends or long-term care providers. Participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Cardiovascular Pharmacology
This seminar provides an update on the treatment of common cardiovascular conditions and therapies. Common clinical conditions such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, chronic heart failure, the aging heart, the diabetic heart and other conditions will be discussed.

Drugs: Do's, Doses and Don'ts, Your Prescription for Safe Practices
This workshop will help healthcare professionals to organize their thinking about medications by learning the indications, contraindications, side effects, warnings, interactions and laboratory tests required to minor therapy.

Alternative Therapies

Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies
Participants will learn why people are using alternative medicines and treatments and how it affects the healthcare industry.

A Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This course will explore the use of many non-traditional medicinal practices currently referred to as "complementary" or "alternative" medicine. This course will review homeopathy, Western herbalism, reflexology, massage therapy, aromatherapy, Back flower remedies, Chinese medicine, reiki, relaxation techniques, breathwork and more.

Understanding and Using Medicinal Herbs -- Beginning
This course is designed to offer an introduction to medicinal herbs and their history of use in healing. Topics include a brief history of herbal medicine, how herbs work in the human body, basic botany and herb identification, important medicinal herbs and their use, herbal preparations, and case histories.

Medical Chi Gong
In this course, participants will learn how to increase and direct their Chi, as well as purge "pernicious chi" which practitioners may encounter during treatment. Participants will use a variety of exercises, techniques, and madras to clean and protect the practitioner.

Hand-Aid: Healing the Whole Body from the Hand
Participants will learn how to locate and stimulate the points with pressure, heat, magnets, gold and silver pellets, or laser. The session will also review the anatomy of the hand, treatment for common conditions, and energy balancing for securing treatment.

Hand-Aid II: Treating the Whole Body from the Hand
Learn how to determine yin and yang pulse and correct them from the hand, ring therapy to treat organ and energy imbalances as well as diagnostic and corrective applications.

Massage Cupping Therapy
This course is designed for massage therapists, nurses, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and physical therapists. This course will cover stationary and flash cupping, advanced techniques and movement, aromatherapy cocoon, anterior face and neck, face lifting and neck, face lifting and drainage, magnetic micro cups, equipment choices, safety and contra-indications.

Biological Rhythms
Barb Bancroft will answer a variety of questions regarding the clinical implications of biological rhythms including body daily patterns, pharmaceutical reactions, and timing

Biorhythms in Health and Disease
This seminar provides an overview of biological rhythms. Topics include chronobiology and circadian rhythms, important body rhythms as related to the various body systems, nursing assessment with biological rhythms, and treatment options.

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals
This workshop is designed for health professionals and will focus on the clinical and therapeutic uses of aromatherapy. Practical applications and techniques for healing, emotional balancing, and stress reduction are demonstrated.

Advanced Aromatherapy for Health Professionals: Essential Oils
This course will focus on an in-depth view of formulae and blending for specific physical, emotional, and stress-related conditions. Students will learn the basics of reflexology and mixing for therapeutic and skin care blends experientially.

Introduction to Herbalism for Health Professionals
This course offers an introduction to medicinal herbs and their history of use in healing. Topics include the history and application of herbal medicine, herbal properties and characteristics and demonstrations of application preparation.

Understanding and Using Medicinal Herbs: Level III
This course will deepen participants' exposure to and understanding of medicinal herbs. Topics include specific disease conditions, male and female health issues, pregnancy and childbirth, and key herbs.

Facial Fung Shui and Anti-Aging Facial Massage
The focus of this session teaches participants how to look good and feel better using Chinese Manual Therapy. Learn how to read the features of the face to determine internal conditions of the body, reduce signs of aging, treat the whole body through structural and organ points of the face.

Facial Fung Shui II
This class will combine homeopathy, acupressure, and laser pen stimulation, using an ancient Vietnamese form of facial reflexology to revitalize the face as well as treating the organs, meridians, and the structure.

Qualification to Instructor Therapeutic Tai Chi in-a-Chair
This course covers the history, development and adaptations of tradition Qigong and Tai Chi. Participants will learn how to use this full-body/full-range fitness routine for daily physical activity to treat a myriad of conditions.

Sotai Japanese Whole-Body Balancing
In this workshop, participants will learn how to analyze the structure from 16 different perspectives, and how it has re-morphed to compensate for trauma. Participants will learn how to analyze joint movement based on the Ba Gua and will allow practitioners to teach clients simple exercises that will give them instant measurable results.

Holistic Counseling and Therapy
Learn to help clients use their chosen spiritual path to resolve problems and enhance their healing and growth. The course will cover coaching and new and existing therapies that will enable clients to heal and overcome subconscious obstacles.

Scientific Investigations

Clinical Supervision in Behavioral Health
This workshop will promote understanding of clinical supervision and its critical role in professional growth. Participants will explore the various components involved in effective supervision, compliance with agency and regulatory requirements, development of supervisory relationships, documentation, and case review.

Forensic Science: The True Witness
This seminar will teach participants basic scientific techniques used to sole crimes such as weapon identification, blood typing, forensic entomology, blood splatter composition and bone identification. Participants will work in detective teams, collecting crime science evidence to solve a mock crime.

DNA Fingerprinting
Learn how crimes and legal cases are solved using DNA to determine a victim's identity, paternity and the perpetrator's identity. Participants will learn how to fingerprint a strong of DNA through electrophoresis and will perform a fingerprint on a DNA string to solve a mock crime.

Entomological Evidence from the Death Scene
Participants will learn how to apply the science of entomology in the criminal justice system to answer questions pertaining to criminal activity and specifically to elements of human death. The workshop will provide knowledge of entomological techniques used in recognition, recovery, documentation, preservation and shipment of insect at the site of investigation.

Medicolegal Death Investigation Seminar
This seminar is designed for professionals who investigate deaths or are first responders on the scene of a death. Topics include crime lab processes, forensic pathology cases, anthropology investigations, and fire-related deaths.

Multi-Disciplinary "Team" Child Abuse Investigative Techniques
This powerful, victim-oriented seminar will be divided into two training modules: techniques for interviewing the abused child and investigative techniques related to child sexual abuse and exploitation. The training will focus on developing and utilizing the "team" approach to the identification assessment, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse allegations.

Substance Abuse and Addictions

Critical Skills for Addiction Professionals
This workshop identifies strategies to help addictions professionals further develop empathy, influential advocacy, cultural sensitivity, client asset building, self-care and assessment, improvement, and more.

Ethics and Self-Care in Substance Abuse Counseling
This workshop will examine the areas of what is a client, areas of confidentiality, and boundary maintenance. It will also examine the need for the counselor to maintain and protect the health of the counselors themselves to ethically treat the client.

New and Designer Drug Identification
This workshop is intended for police officers, firefighters, EMTs, school teachers, attorneys, judges, social service and healthcare professionals. Participants will learn the physical signs of abuse, slang, and laws associated with illegal and legal drugs.

Drug Update: The Dramatically Changing Drugs of Abuse
This workshop will highlight current data relevant to drugs of abuse, bio-psycho-social research and treatment implications of the rapidly changing illicit drugs that are in use today including marijuana, cocaine/crack, heroin, and methamphetamine.

Current Trends in Methamphetamines
The presentation is designed to educate the audience about the current domestic and international manufacturing and distribution trends involving methamphetamines. The presentation will also look at the economic and social impact that the abuse of methamphetamines has on a local community.

Strength-Based Counseling with Chemically Dependent Clients
Participants will leave this interactive, skill-building workshop with tools to help facilitate change from a strength-based approach, which optimizes the capability and resources available to the client. The course will cover strength-based models, substance abuse prevention, and recovery movements.

Group Therapy with Chemically Dependent Clients in the 21st Century
This interactive workshop will address such issues as explosive and psychotic group members, short lengths of stay, rapid group turnover, cross-cultural tension, personality disorders, chronic relapsers, multi-problem and difficult clients and more. Participants will learn the stages of group development and how to handle difficult group dynamics.

Developing a Comprehensive MISA Treatment Program that Works and Pharmacotherapy Issues for Substance Abuse
Participants will learn how to overcome the challenges of providing effective services for Dual Disordered clients. Topics will include the seven steps to developing a comprehensive MISA program; how to decrease dual denial, strategies for motivating dual disordered clients to recover, and much more.

Connecting the Dots Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse Diseases
This beginning of the three part series "Connecting the Dots" highlights the similarities and differences of each disease and treats the clients as a whole. Participants will leave this interactive workshop with the tools to understand the dually diagnosed (MISA) client, and understanding of mental illness and substance abuse and treatment options.

Avoiding the Revolving Door Syndrome
This workshop will focus on the ten primary reasons clients relapse including: isolation, criminal thinking, powerful negative emotions, trauma, unresolved grief, etc. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively address these issues with clients.

Women and Substance Abuse
This workshop explores key concerns related to the physiological, sociocultural and psychological differences and consequences with substance abuse disorders in women. The keynote presentation addresses treatment issues, treatment models, family concerns, and barriers to treatment.

Helping Chemically Dependent Clients Cope with Loss
This interactive, skill-building workshop will prepare participants to help chemically dependent clients cope with the wide range of losses they experience. Topics will include unspeakable death; first degree grief secrets, effective grief counselors, gender differences in grief work, story telling as grief work, grief stages, termination phase of therapy and more.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addicted Clients
This workshop will discuss key criteria for diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical implications when working with a dually diagnosed client, similarities seen in clients with PTSD and those who are addicted, concerns for relapse and recovery, and therapeutic interventions that can be used for dually diagnosed clients.

Working with Physically Challenged or Deaf Addicted Clients: Be Ready to Meet Their Needs
This workshop will help the social worker to fully assist clients with addictions by presenting the issues, unique challenges, and needs of clients who deal with addictions who are also deaf or physically challenged.

Antisocial Personality Disorders and Addictions
Participants who work with clients in prisons and treatment centers will find this especially helpful for dealing with their clientele who have borderline personality and anti-social personality disorders. The course will review understanding the DSM IV criteria for diagnosis, two basic thinking errors, strategies to confront and redirect, and basic patterns of behaviors for dealing with borderline personality.

Integrative Treatment for Dually Diagnosed Clients
This interactive, skill-building workshop provides an "Evidence Based Practice" approach to treatment. Participants will gain the tools to understand integrative treatment and will become more educated about how this treatment approach can benefit dually diagnosed clients, treatment programs and families.


Interpretation of Lab Tests
This seminar will assist health care providers working in all types of clinical settings as they interpret lab tests related to specific clinical conditions. Topics will include hematopiesis and factors affecting bone marrow production of cells, the interpretation of CBCs and differentials, RBCs and anemias, lymphocytes and viral infections, AIDS, platelets, and other disorders and conditions.

Healthcare Documentation Issues
This workshop will teach the principles which govern patient information and recent trends in documentation. Participants will compare different types of legal health records and will review real case studies.

Principles of CPT Coding
This course will address each section of CPT medical coding including guidelines that affect each area of coding. This hands-on coding course will review evaluation and management services, office procedure, surgical coding and guidelines, lab and X-ray services, diagnostic medicine sections codes, therapeutics codes and more.

Pediatric Physical Assessment
This workshop will address general considerations and basic techniques for performing a thorough, gentle physical exam. Topics will include preparing for the physical assessment, techniques of a physical assessment, physiological measurements, general appearance and skin, physical anatomical assessment.

Basic Parish Nurse Preparation
This course is based on the curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Core concepts include individual spiritual formation and growth, professionalism, health and wholeness, and incorporation of community culture and diversity in a health ministry.

Critical Thinking in Nursing
Participants will learn the concepts of critical thinking and how they are related to the nurse's role. This fun, hands-on workshop will include case studies, scenarios and small group activities to address the demands of the every changing healthcare climate.

The Still Side of Radiography: Forensic Radiology
This lecture will cover the "medical examiner system" vs. "coroner system," the role of the radiographer in forensic investigation, cases requiring medial imaging, types of radiographic equipment, the art of identifying the unknown, unusual imaging skills in forensic radiology, and criminal scene imaging skills and investigation.

The Essence of Person-Centered Care
This workshop will include developing the essential roles of a caregiver, coordinating information about resident, focusing on individual styles, developing individual visions on personal-centered care and much more.

Treating Eating Disorders
This seminar is designed for professionals treating eating disordered individuals in a therapeutic setting. Topics include reviving the spirit, effective treatment modalities, case supervision and working with aggressive patients.

Journey through the GI Tract
This workshop covers the anatomy and pathophysiology of the GI tract and its related disorders. Clinical manifestations, lab tests, pharmacologic therapies and common complementary and alternative therapies will be discussed.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder
This seminar seeks to provide insights on bipolar disorder beyond DSM IV and focuses on the nuances of case management and care of the fascinating and complicated disorder that affects more than five million people per year.

Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery
Participants will review the national statistics, health concerns, contributing factors and potential solutions to the obesity epidemic. The course will also explore weight loss surgeries, misperceptions, complications, pre- and post- operative evaluations, and much more.

Diabetes Update and Overview
This seminar offers comprehensive information about Type I and Type II diabetes. Participants will learn the current thinking on the pathophysiology of the two types, anatomical complications, the clinical manifestations, drug treatment, and insulin resistance.

Women's Health Issues Through the Lifespan
This seminar provides an overview of women's health issues from birth to older adulthood. Topics include prenatal events, nutrition in the womb, changes at puberty, apoptosis, menopause, brain development, Alzheimer's disease, and breast cancer.

Hormonal Chaos
This discussion will explore the role of hormones in health and disease from the moment of conception until the end of life. Estrogen, testosterone, growth hormone, progesterone, and more will be discussed.

STD Update
Participants will learn about the trends and risk, effectively recording a patient's history, criteria for screening patents at risk for STDs, signs, symptoms and treatment of some STDs, ways to help patients improve their self-prescription of risk and counseling an infected patient. Resources for referrals will also be discussed.

Pain Management
This workshop focuses on identifying and managing varying degrees of pain in patients. Participants will learn how to identify, assess and document symptoms and responses to interventions of pain.

Neuro for the Not-So-Neuro-Minded
In this seminar, participants learn the concepts of neuroembryology, the origins of schizophrenia, functions of neurotransmitters, correlations of various drugs with neurotransmitters, differences of depression based upon gender, clinical conditions of seizures, treatments and much more.