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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation Day.  International Translation Day provides an opportunity for translators and interpreters to sponsor activities which highlight and celebrate a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in a globalizing world. It is also an opportunity to involve the media so that through education and promotion, public awareness of the many facets of the profession can be increased. Class will meet Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Cost for registration is $45.

"Hormones, Health and Love" (WKS-1921-E1) is designed for mental health practitioners and others who counsel same and/or opposite sex couples who are in mid-life and beyond. The focus will be two-fold; first, to define the most common physiologic changes and challenges faced by men and women in their 50s, 60s and early 70s and second, how these health challenges commonly effect individuals and couples as their contact with and dependence on health care systems and providers increases. Special attention will be paid to how shifts in health status and treatments for morbid conditions can and do affect self-image and sexual intimacy. Emphasis will be placed on how to help clients adopt health-seeking behaviors that will facilitate a greater sense of empowerment versus infirmity in their intimate relationships as they age, feel more liberated to adopt new and appropriate expectations for sexual satisfaction, and increase their literacy regarding sexuality and aging. Class meets Friday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost for registration is $45.

For more information about these workshops, information on CEs or to register, visit the website.  Professionals and the general public are welcome to attend but advance registration is required.

In addition to these planned workshops, the Collaborative is also introducing an AHEC Health Scholars' Program at BCC this fall. AHEC Health Scholars is a program for health careers students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in local community needs. This program offers a defined set of academic and community-based activities that is supported by interdisciplinary curricula.  For more information, contact Michele Darroch at 413-236-4525 or by email.

The Collaborative was created between BCC and Berkshire AHEC in the fall of 2017. Its purpose is to jointly create and launch two new non-credit, continuing education programs; to explore the possible development of for-credit health professions student education; and, to develop a shared vision for a long-term partnership/integrated organization and develop a five-year strategic plan, including some short- and mid-term financial projections.

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