Health, Safety & Wellness
Health, Safety & Wellness Courses
English for Speakers of Other Languages for Nursing Assistants-NEW!
This DPH approved 14-week program introduces you to the fundamental nursing assistant, career readiness, and English language proficiency skills to prepare for the state (MA) examination to become a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Nurse Aide) to be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry and also become a Home Health Aide. These contextualized courses are for English language learners who enroll in the CNA Healthcare Pathway. Students will improve their English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, while preparing to enter CNA training. The curriculum will incorporate the ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards) for English language, healthcare vocabulary and common phrases used in hospitals and acute care settings, along with standard conversational content. Emphasis is placed upon communication, safety and infection control procedures and basic personal care skills for patients/residents in sub-acute, long term care and in an individual’s home. Other topics include dementia care, vital signs, documentation and the legal and regulatory practices. This full-time, daytime program is held at the Lawrence campus and includes classroom instruction, skills practice and clinical experience at a local long-term care facility under the supervision of a registered nurse and CPR instruction. It is a great option to enter the in-demand direct care field and can also serve as a gateway to other health care professions. The program is funded by the TRAIN grant and is free to students, based on availability (includes MA State American Red Cross testing, books, supplies, uniforms, support services, CORI/SORI fees and more).
Student Requirements Prior to Admission:
- High school diploma or GED
- Valid photo ID
- Literacy Assessment
- CORI/SORI background check
- Physical examination
- Immunization Records
*Students who successfully complete this program and pass the Massachusetts CNA exam may also earn 6 credits as the equivalent of HES 112 applicable towards the NECC Health Care Technician Certificate Program.
For more information:
Phone: Kizzy Borbon, 978-655-5846
Email: Kizzy Borbon at email@example.com
Beyond Weight Loss: Your Journey to the Best Version of
Get inspired, motivated, and educated to become the best version of yourself while losing weight with the confidence that you will keep it off forever. I did, you can too. Come learn from my journey, and the facts about everything from fats, to fiber, carbs to proteins, labels to ingredients, water, personal development, goals, movement and more. Discover the secret ingredient: designing your environment to unlock your awesome potential!
Instructor:Richard Curtin, successful life coach with 25 years’ experience helping and inspiring people in weight loss, wellness, personal development, and inner happiness.
Latin Social Dancing
Learn how to dance Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. We will learn to find the beat in the music and practice beginner footwork (right and left turns as well as the cross body lead). We will also learn how to dance with a partner (lead and follow). This is a great way to learn something new, make new friends and stay physically active. Bring comfortable shoes.
Instructor: Deborah Hilse, Social dancer and experienced instructor with over 20 years experience in East Coast Swing, Latin Dance and other partner dances.
Health Care Provider CPR
Intended for the healthcare provider who cares for patients in a variety of settings, this course teaches CPR for victims of all ages. Topics include ventilation with a barrier device, bag-mask device, oxygen, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). Includes the adult signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and choking. Students are encouraged to register early, obtain their books from our office one week prior to class start, and become familiar with the contents prior to the start of class.
Lunch on your own.
Book and training shield included in materials fee and available in the classroom!
Instructor(s): Experienced providers of CPR instruction in a variety of settings
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Health Care Provider CPR – Recertification
Additional Health Care Provider CPR courses for the late spring/summer time frame will be available. Please contact Dianne Lahaye at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-556-3065.
Tai Chi for Health, NEW!
This popular pogram was developed for the Arthritis Foundation. It includes a warm-up for the joints followed by QiGong meditation to blend your mind with your Chi. This seminar includes the Sun Form for balance and strength.
Guided Healing Imagery, Stress Management & More, NEW!
Tap into the self-healing power you were born with, and take more control over your health! Create your own healing sanctuary, learn to relax yourself with self-hypnosis and explore holistic therapies such as Acupressure, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Essential Oils, Bach Flower Essences & homeopathy. The healing power of laughter and the importance of maintaining a positive frame of mind will be discussed. Every class concludes with a guided healing imagery session that you may record if you wish to.
Instructor: Josephine (Jossie) Howland, hypnotherapist since 2004 and a Usui Reiki Master since 2002
Understanding Natural Skin Care, NEW!
Learn about natural ways to take care of your skin using creams, oils and toners made from herbs and flowers. In this class, we learn what works for many different skin types and we will discuss how to address skin concerns with all natural products we will make in class..
Instructor: Allison Maroun, Certified Herbologist
Gentle Yoga, NEW!
Gentle Yoga is appropriate for beginners as well as the student who prefers a softer, more meditative approach to yoga. Classes include warm-up stretching, postures, breath work, and deep relaxation, as well as an introduction to the larger philosophy of yoga. These practices promote strength, balance, flexibility, and mental focus, which in turn enrich one’s life “off the mat”. The instructor will offer a variety of modifications. Please bring a yoga mat to class.
Instructor: Amy Cameron, a 200-hour Certified Kripalu Yoga instructor with a Master of Arts in teaching with a passion to help people experience yoga as a tool for self-transformation
Weight Management & Lifestyle – New!
Have you seen this on T.V. “Lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks!” or “Lose 30 lbs in 30 days!? All of it is designed to play off the unrealistic dreams of consumers, who frankly, still hang on to the “magic bullet” to solve all of their weight-loss issues. There is so much conflicting information out there! This course will break it down so you will know the truth and sift through all that conflicting information. You will learn 12 various topics that all relate to weight management such as carbohydrates, digestion, how to reduce stress an lots more! You will also receive a 12 Week Transformation Journal to hold you accountable.
Instructor: Talia Erinna, Personal Trainer of 6+ years, a Gym owner, and Certified Women’s Fitness Trainer
Advanced Directives and Living Wills: Who Will Speak for You?
In the event of illness or disability, is there someone you trust who can speak for you and communicate how you wish to be cared for if you are unable to do so? Learn the different types of Advanced Directives including Massachusetts Health Care Proxy and the “Five Wishes”. Class held at Merrimack Valley Hospice’s main office at the Riverwalk (360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Entrance I, 4th floor) in Lawrence. Registration for this course is mandatory.
Promote your physical, emotional, and spiritual healing by triggering your body’s own ability to heal itself. Instruction in working with energy & the chakra system, hand positions for both self-healing & client healing. Attunement & certificate upon completion.
Instructor: Angela Sakakeeny, Reiki Master
Learn the Reiki symbols which increase the power of the hands-on healing technique & learn distance healing. Learn more about chakras and the flow of energy by doing more extensive hands-on work. Attunement & certificate upon completion.
Instructor: Angela Sakakeeny, Reiki Master
Foot Reflexology, NEW!
Learn the ancient yet modern way to bring about health and relaxation through reflexology. Learn the different points on the hands and feet that can enhance internal organ function and improve health. Be prepared to give and receive a foot treatment. Bring a foot basin and a towel to class.
Instructor: Donna Clifford, R.N., B.S.N. licensed massage therapist, certified in body-centered meditation, transformational breath work, registered polarity and a Kushi Institute trained macrobiotic teacher
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