Community Health Worker Certification
Certified in 2012 by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), El Buen Samaritano’s bilingual Community Health Worker Training Center provides comprehensive bilingual certification to become Community Health Workers (CHW’s). El Buen has certified over fifty-five CHW’s through our training program and over 125 CHW’s have received (CEU’s) through our Spring and Fall Training Series. El Buen’s training center graduates are culturally competent as well as trained in the CHW Core Competencies for application of these skills to diverse employment opportunities throughout the State of Texas.
The next Community Health worker Certification course will be held this Spring 2024 beginning March 1 and ending April 26, 2024.
Classes will be held at El Buen Samaritano, 7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin, TX 78745
Classes will be in person each Friday from 8am – 5pm.
The reduced cost for the course is $450.00.
To be added to the waitlist, please click the link below.
Registration for the CHW Certification Course is now closed but you can still join our waitlist by completing the above form.
Spring 2024 CHW CEU Training Opportunities
This Spring, el Buen will host our sixth CHW training series for Community Health Workers and wll who are interested. The series will be presented virtually and will offer Continuing Education credits as noted for CHW’s, CHWI’s, and Social Workers.
The goal of this course is to provide Community Health Workers with an overview of trauma, how it affects the brain, how it impacts health behaviors and outcomes, the six principles of a trauma-informed approach, and an opportunity to apply at least one trauma-informed strategy in their work with clients. This course consists of 2 hours of pre/post work and a 2-hour live Zoom session. After successfully completing the course, learners may receive 4 hours of DSHS certified CHW CEUs.
February 28, 2024
10am – 11:30am
The goal of this course is to provide Community Health Workers with an overview of unconscious bias, culture, and identity; and to learn strategies to disrupt bias interpersonally and institutionally; participants will have the opportunity to apply those strategies to their work with clients. This course consists of 2 hours of pre/post work and a 2-hour live Zoom session. After successfully completing the course, learners may receive 4 hours of DSHS certified CHW CEUs.
April 10, 2024
10am – 11:30am
Accessing Healthcare at Planned Parenthood – Answering Sexual Health Questions
This course centers on accessing services at Planned Parenthood with concerns about current laws, funding and parental permission for youth. The discussion will offer a detailed overview of skills needed to answer sexual health questions using age-appropriate language and trauma informed messaging.
May 8, 2024
10am – 12:00 noon
Trauma Informed Care 201: Vicarious Trauma and Traumatization
Trauma Informed Care 201 will focus on the effect that working with survivors of trauma and violence can have on service providers. The course will define and describe vicarious trauma and stress strategies for promoting longevity in service provision fields.
May 22, 2024
9am – 11am
Advanced Motivational Interviewing
The goal of this course is to provide Community Health Workers with a space to practice and improve advanced motivational skills (MI) through roleplay. A prerequisite e-learning module, “How do I Help my Clients Make Changes to Improve Their Health? An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for CHWs” is required to join the live Zoom training, however, this course is not meant as an introduction to MI. This training will offer CHWs familiar with MI an opportunity to practice 1) coding sessions for effective use of OARS, 2) ‘defusing discord’, 3) using OARS in a role play, and 4) crafting complex reflections. This course consists of 2 hours of pre/post work and a 2-hour live Zoom session. After successfully completing the course, learners may receive 4 hours of DSHS certified CHW CEUs.
May 29, 2024
10am – 11:30am
Compassion Fatigue, Burn Out and Self Care
This training will focus it’s discussion on says to support ourselves as we support our clients and communities in the work that we do.
June 5, 2024
9am – 11:00am
Substance Use & Mental Health
The goal of this course is to provide Community Health Workers with increased awareness about issues related to mental health and substance use, including signs and symptoms, and give CHWs tools to help their clients. This course consists of 2.5 hours of pre/post work, including a required prerequisite e-learning module, “Raising Awareness and Offering Help for Mental Health and Substance Use”; and a 1.5-hour live Zoom session. The course is being submitted for CHW and CHW-I CE. We anticipate that after successfully completing the course, learners may receive 4 hours of DSHS certified CHW CEUs.
June 26, 2024
10am – 11:30am
- Collaboration on research related to CHW
- Specialized training packages for organizations working with CHWs
- Consulting on CHW program planning and implementation.