CHW Training

Community Health Worker Training

Community Health Workers

A Community Health Worker (CHW) or “promotora” is a trusted member of the community who has a uniquely close understanding of the community served. This relationship enables community health workers to serve as a bridge between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. Community Health Workers are an essential workforce contributing to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

El Buen Samaritano has played a key role in the strengthening and sustainability of the Community Health Worker workforce in Austin, Travis County since 2012.

Fall 2022 CHW CEU Training Offerings

Presented by El Buen Samaritano in collaboration with CARDEA, UT School of Nursing, and Planned Parenthood.

This Fall, El Buen Samaritano’s Community Health Worker Training Center will host our fourth CHW training series. The series will be hosted virtually and open to all whom are interested. CHW and other Continuing Education Credits, such as those for social workers will be available for most of these trainings, as noted.*

Adult Eductaion Program

Certified Health Worker Certification

El Buen hosts the only bilingual certified Community Health Worker Training Center in Central Texas, which provides comprehensive bilingual certification for community health workers. Certified in 2012 by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), El Buen has certified over fifty-five CHW’s through our training program, and over 125 CHW’s have received bilingual continuing education units or CEUs. The individuals that participate in our program have competencies not only in skill, but also in cultural relevance that can be translated throughout the State of Texas and beyond.

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How to Access Services

  • Certification Training: Certification Training: In this current semester, we offer CEUs only. We will provide updated information on the availability of our CHW Certification Course. Our CHW Certification training will begin August 25th, 2022.
  • Continuing Education Training: El Buen continues to offer ongoing CHW CEU Training series per semester. We work together with local organizations to provide topics such as teen dating violence prevention, adolescents and consent in Texas, and Trauma Informed Care among others. You can find detailed information on this semester’s series as well as information on registration above.

Where

Classes will include one virtual day and one day in person at El Buen each week.

Registration

Subsidized Registration Fee is $450
Call 512.439.8900

Scholarships may be available.

Our Fall 2022 Training is at Capacity

Upcoming Events

Adult Eductaion Program

Navigating the Maze: Consent, Confidentiality, and Access to Healthcare for Texas Youth

Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Texas youth face many barriers to accessing health services, including complicated funding streams and confusing laws around consent to healthcare. This hands-on training will provide a deep dive into the laws that regulate legal consent to healthcare for minors, with a focus on reproductive and mental health care. We will also discuss best practices in patient confidentiality and reporting requirements. We will then provide an overview of the programs that provide reproductive care in Texas (including Title X) and the consent requirements within these programs. The training will include activities to identify personal value systems and beliefs that practitioners may bring into the clinic.

When

August 31st, 2022
9AM-12PM

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Unconscious Bias

CARDEA

Enroll to learn more about how unconscious bias can affect services and health outcomes.
Our view of the world is shaped by the values we were taught, how we see others, what we assume, and what we expect of others. This is not always a bad thing, but it can be harmful when unconscious biases affect other people. It can lead to worse health outcomes, and it can make our work harder. How can we see our own bias, and how can we create a safe and affirming space for our clients?

This is a four hour course that will be presented in two sessions on September 14. The sessions will run from 10:00am to noon, and 1:00 to 3:00pm, Central time. Attendance at both session is required in order to receive credit.

Limit: 40 registrants

Trainer: Andrea Cosme and Cynthia Cervantes

Credit: Cardea is in the process of applying for CHW continuing education.

When

September 14,
10-12pm and 1-3pm Central Time.
*Note that both sessions must be attended to complete the course*

Adult Eductaion Program

TIC201: Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, & Burnout

Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

In this course, participants will learn about the types of trauma, how they affect the brain, the impact of trauma on behaviors and health outcomes, and ways to provide trauma-informed care.

When

Oct 12, 2022
9:00 AM

Adult Eductaion Program

Reproductive Health – Basic Background, Anatomy, Birth Control, Gender Neutral Language

Planned Parenthood

Join us at this training for CHW’s or other professionals who provide sexual and reproductive education and/or resources to adults and youth. Participants will learn a basic background of Reproductive Health and will explore topics that include Anatomy, Birth Control and Gender-Neutral/Diversifying Language.

When

Oct 26, 2022
10:00 AM

Adult Eductaion Program

Presentation and Facilitation Skills Session

CARDEA

Enroll to learn skills and techniques to improve presentation and facilitation activities.
What is the difference between facilitation and presentation? What skills do you need for each? What do you do to keep learners engaged and motivated to learn? This interactive session will help you become a better trainer and facilitator. Be prepared to show off your new skills!

This is a four hour course that will be presented in two sessions on November 2. The sessions will run from 10:00am to noon, and 1:00 to 3:00pm, Central time.  Attendance at both session is required in order to receive credit.

Limit: 40 registrants

Trainer: Mar Padilla

Credit: Cardea is in the process of applying for CHW continuing education.

When

November 2,
10-12pm and 1-3pm Central Time
*Note that both sessions must be attended to complete the course*

Adult Eductaion Program

Motivational Interviewing Skills Learning Session

CARDEA

Enroll now to develop and practice intermediate and advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills. In order to attend, you must have basic knowledge of the skills, techniques and spirit of motivational interviewing. The course consists of 2 hours of pre and post-work, and 2 hours of live instructor-led training via Zoom.

Limit: 40 registrants

Trainer: Mar Padilla

Credit: 4 CHW CEs (Includes 2 hours of self-paced pre and post-work, and 2 hours of live instructor-led training via Zoom

Prerequisites: Participants must have prior knowledge of MI.

When

November 16, 2022
10-12pm Central Time

Past Events

Adult Eductaion Program

Covid 101

El Buen Samaritano

Join us at our interactive virtual 2022 COVID 101 training for CHW’s, Community Block Educators, and others working to increase access to COVID education and resources. Topics include: What is Hesitancy, Motivational Interviewing, Communication Skills, and tools to manage difficult conversations about COVID/vaccinations.

When

February 16th, 2022
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Unnatural Causes: Inequality is Making Us Sick

El Buen Samaritano

This course will address the impact of how race and social class impact our health. We will discuss and examine how racial inequality imposes an additional burden on people of color and negatively impacts their health.

When

March 2nd, 2022
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Gender and Sexual Diversity

CARDEA

Participants will: explore the dimensions of gender and sexuality, including sex or gender assigned at birth, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity; examine the impact of stigma and discrimination; and strategies for creating safer spaces in our agencies for these clients.

When

March 23rd, 2022*
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Mental Health – COVID

CARDEA and UT School of Nursing

In this course, participants will explore mental health and discuss the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental health of individuals.

 

When

April 6th, 2022*
9AM-11AM

Adult Eductaion Program

Motivational Interviewing

CARDEA and UT School of Nursing

In this course, participants will learn and practice the underlying philosophy and spirit of Motivational Interviewing that helps people want to make health-related behavior changes. You will also practice core skills to start a behavior change conversation that engages and empowers your clients to take next steps.

When

April 20th, 2022*
9AM-1PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Trauma Informed Care

CARDEA

In this course, participants will learn about the types of trauma, how they affect the brain, the impact of trauma on behaviors and health outcomes, and ways to provide trauma-informed care.

 

When

May 11th, 2022**
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood

Join us at this training for CHW’s or other professionals who provide sexual and reproductive education and/or resources to adults and youth. Participants will learn a basic background of Reproductive Health and will explore topics that include Anatomy, Birth Control and Gender-Neutral/Diversifying Language

When

May 19th, 2022
1PM-5PM

Additional Resources

  • Collaboration on research related to CHW
  • Specialized training packages for organizations working with CHWs
  • Consulting on CHW program planning and implementation.