Freebie Week Day #3: Freebies for those in HELPING PROFESSIONS including a webinar, a 15-hour training program & 3 short training courses

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center for adolescent studies CASWell, it’s day #3 of FREEBIES! Today is your lucky day because again, there’s a few different freebies offered including a webinar (pre-registration ends today!), 3 short online self-paced courses and a 15-hour training program for those in helping professions – all for free. So keep scrolling down to learn about each free opportunity – all offered by the Center for Adolescent Studies.

Author’s Note & Disclosure: All of today’s freebies are from the Center of Adolescent Studies (CAS). I am in no way affiliated with CAS. I am disseminating CAS’s free offerings because I believe that lactation specialists and those aspiring-to-be ARE in the helping profession and WE can benefit from what CAS has to offer. While these offerings are not directly related to lactation per say, the subjects these freebies delve into including but not limited to –  mindfulness, compassion, providing trauma-informed care, counseling skills, working with teens and vulnerable populations and the importance of self-care are vital skills that will only make us better, stronger, more compassionate, knowledgeable and resilient lactation specialists (and those aspiring-to-be).  So let’s get to it!

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Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. & Licensed Psychologist

To the best of my knowledge, all courses, webinars and training programs are taught by Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. & Licensed Psychologist.

First up, CAS is broadcasting a free webinar titled, “Compassion as a Resilience Tool for Helping Professionals in Trying Times.” Last day to pre-register is TODAY – Thursday, May 7, 2020! So if you’re interested, hurry up and register here. It goes live tomorrow, Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:30AM PST (USA & Canada). If you miss the live version, don’t sweat it, as long as you’re registered, a replay will be sent out to you.

Second up, a free 15-hour completely online and self-paced course titled, “Resilience and Self-Care Basics for Helping Professionals.” For more details and to register, see here.

And last but not least, 3 more FREE completely online and self-paced courses. Just click the hyperlinked title for more information and to register.

***Disclaimer: Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are offered for the free online courses, training programs and webinars offered from the Center for Adolescent Studies (CAS). However, as of the date of this post, they are NOT lactation-related CERPs, instead they are CEUs for psychologists, social workers and other types of healthcare professionals. You can read more about the CE details here. I am in no way affiliated with the CAS, so any questions or concerns, please contact them directly.

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Cheers, Tamara xx



Wellstart International FREE Lactation Management Self-Study Module

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Table of Contents for Wellstart International Lactation Management Self-Study Module, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Wellstart International has released it’s current evidenced-based Lactation Management Self-Study Modules (Level 1). 4th ed. Edited by Audrey J. Naylor & Ruth A. Wester (2014). This 151 page lactation training manual consists of 3 modules, a pre and post test to test knowledge gained, case studies for application of knowledge and a comprehensive annex full of useful resources such as an extensive list of lactation management and breastfeeding promotion websites, guidelines for topics like milk storage, guidelines for hand expression, Provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and infant feeding in emergency situations (and more). The information is certainly not limited that that merely mentioned, there is more. Best yet, this training module is FREE! 

You can find the Spanish version here.

Not only is it a excellent training resource for lactation managers, but it can also be utilized as a study tool for those of us preparing for the IBCLC exam.

Wellstart International points out that:

“This educational tool is downloadable without charge.  Visitors are invited but not required to help this tool to continue to be available by donating any amount they wish to Wellstart International, a US based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.”

This Self-Study Module can be used by physicians, nurses and other maternity care staff to satisfy a portion of the 20 hour Baby Friendly® Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) training. Please refer to the Important Notice for U.S. Users of Wellstart International’s Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1, Fourth Edition 2013 for further details.

Did I mention that the annex has little cheat sheets you can print off and take along with you on home or hospital visits? Very helpful! Here’s a quick peek, but download the actual module for higher quality formats.

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