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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

College of Health Related Professions


Health Career Center

Health Care Skills Workshops

Health Care Skills Workshops hosted by the Downstate Health Careers Center are designed to provide health care workers with practical skills that will enhance their ability to effectively communicate and provide coordinated, primary care. Knowledge gained from these interactive sessions will allow health care providers to meet the demands of current health care trends which indicate a shift from hospital-based care to community outreach and primary care. These small group learning sessions will engage participants with case-based discussions, communication skills practice, and group exercises. A series of interactive workshops will be held in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Some topics include: Mental Health First Aid and Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals and Team Building.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to equip participants with the skills and confidence to identify and assist someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Through role-play and simulation activities, participants will be able to assist others in initiating mental health care by connecting them with the appropriate professional, peer and self-help care12. Participants will receive a certificate from the National Council for Behavioral Health upon completion of this course. The next course will be held on January 20th, 2018.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid 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 AD/HD), and eating disorders. Participants will receive a certificate from the National Council for Behavioral Health upon completion of this 8-hour course. The next course will be held in March 2018.

Cultivating Patient to Person Centered Traits and Skills

Patient to person centered care involves fostering good communication between patients and their care team, developing and disseminating evidence-based information to inform patients, caregivers, and the medical team about treatment options; and practicing shared decision making. Through visual aids, team building exercises, role play, practice of interviewing skills, and discussion participants will learn the necessary tools to cultivate patient to person centered traits and skills that can be implemented in the provision of primary care. The next course will be held on January 24th, 2018.


Basic Life Support


Basic Life Support certification courses provide what the AHA refers to as high-quality CPR training for adults, children and infants. Not only will participants learn how to perform high quality CPR, but they will also be instructed to effectively utilize an AED, provide ventilation with a barrier device and relieve a foreign body airway obstruction for adults and infants. The AHA Chain of Survival as well as the importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR will also be covered. The next course will be held on February 10th, 2018.


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