A 6-hour training with James Figueiredo, MEd.
May 4, 2023
PRESENTATION: Education for healthy behavior change means providing people with information, tools, and encouragement to help them improve their health and stay healthy over time. Professional helpers respect peoples’ experiences and their abilities to learn, take advantage of resources, and set priorities for changing their own behavior. This course helps equip participants with evidence-based approaches from the fields of education and public health. It includes strategies for working with clients, coworkers, and providers to address issues that may limit opportunities for healthy behavior. As professional helpers, we act as educators and coaches, using a variety of techniques to motivate and support behavior change to improve health. In this session we will apply various proven techniques for helping people understand and feel empowered to address health risks for themselves. Participants will be familiarized with learning theories and introduced to practical tools for more effective educational messaging. We will learn about setting communication goals, how people take in information, responding to ambivalence, customizing our messaging, and supporting people with low levels of literacy.
- Understand the principles of adult learning to health education strategies.
- Learn approaches for working in cooperation with clients that recognize and build upon their goals, strengths, and current abilities.
- Apply multiple techniques (e.g., motivational interviewing, harm reduction, coaching, informal counseling) for helping people understand and feel empowered to address health risks for themselves.
- Increase understanding of the characteristics of effective and ineffective educational messaging.
- Learn to recognize and effectively respond to challenges related to low health literacy.
- Recognize strategies for clearer and more purposeful communication with clients.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: James Figueiredo, M.Ed. is the Executive Director and Founder of Community Workforce Initiative. He has over 3 decades of experience working in the public health field throughout the United States and internationally. His work is focused primarily on the professional development of frontline workers and their supervisors. James has extensive experience developing and delivering trainings on cultural competency, suicide prevention, HIV/AIDS, and leadership development. James has served as lecturer at Tufts University and was selected as an author for the Foundations for Community Health Workers textbook slated for release in early 2023. During the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, James worked as a community health work on an integrated clinical team at the Cambridge Health Alliance. He spent another decade at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI) as the Director of Education and Training, where he served as co-chair of the Diversity Committee, oversaw, and led trainings throughout sub-Saharan Africa. James speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Cape Verdean Creole. He holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management from Boston University. As an undergraduate he studied English Language and Literature at West London College in the United Kingdom. He most enjoys spending time with his spouse and children on backpacking trips. He aspires to be a coffee grower, avocado farmer, and beekeeper when he retires.
REGISTRATION FEE: *NHADACA Members $50. *Non-Members $60. *NBCC add $5. Lunch will be on your own. For registration information contact: 603-225-7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 3, 4
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 5-7, 11, 15-18
CPS Domains: 3, 6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form. For multiple registrants you must register each one individually. Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received. Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration. Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received. We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics. Thank you.
This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.