Community Based Service Learning Program (CBSL)

Professional Development

Applying Cultural Competency Training to Your Community Project, Yolanda Sealey Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, and Laura Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College at Columbia University.  Take your cultural competency training to another level as you develop skills you can apply to your work with diverse communities in the Bronx as you reflect on race, culture and our community in changing times in this dynamic interactive event.  Date: Monday, March 30, 2015, 5:30-8:30 pm 

An Evening with Einstein-CAN, Einstein students in the Bronx Community, Meet members of the office of  Community Based Service Learning, learn about the resources available to volunteer, do research, and learn about the Bronx community; hear from leaders of student groups below about how to get involved while at Einstein. Tues., Sept. 2, 5 p.m. 

Health Literacy with Emily Briglia, Health Literacy Program Manager, Community Healthcare Network.  Health literacy is the capacity of professionals and institutions to communicate effectively so patients can make informed decisions and take appropriate actions to protect and promote their health. At this training, students will learn key health literacy strategies to improve communication and patient/client understanding. Through this interactive workshop, participants will develop skills to effectively use two important health literacy strategies: plain language and the teach back method. Participants will also discuss the challenges of using these strategies with patients and identify tangible solutions. Tues., Sept. 9, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Professionalism: Defining Boundaries Panel with Moderator: Maria Santos, MD; Dr. Carmelita Blake, Nurse Educator, faculty-New York University; Marilyn Otero, R-PAC -Physician Assistant, Veterans Hospital; and John Cancel, LCSW, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Coordinating Manager, Continuing Day Treatment Program, Psychiatry will explore boundary issues from interdisciplinary professionals when working with clients/patients in community settings.  How do we define relationships and responsibilities in our community service projects?  Students are encouraged to bring cases/issues encountered in their projects for discussion and reflection. DATE - to be announced 

Working with Minors: an online mini course on Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse, Ana Julia Cruz, CBSL Manager, Einstein, Date: Arranged;  Location: On-Line.  Mandatory for all students working with populations under 18 years of age. Contact CBSL Manager for log on instructions. All members of TEACH, Ei-Sci, START, BODY, Buddies, H4H and HOPE must submit certificate or transcript to CBSL office.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Designing Surveys (But Were Afraid to Ask) with Dr. William Burton.  The workshop is intended to convey knowledge and skills to enable participants to: describe different sources of survey error; construct surveys that minimize measurement error; evaluate the credibility of other people’s surveys; be educated consumers of survey data. Mon., Oct. 6, 2014, 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

The ABC’s of IRB Luncheon with Michael Reichgott, MD. This session is a must for any group conducting research, developing abstracts or presenting posters about their community projects. November, 2014 

Leadership Mid-Term Training: Program planning, implementation and evaluation are discussed along with valuable information about your budget, training members and the day to day management of your group.  Included on the agenda – Legal Implications of Your Community Projects, and developing research with Marni LoIacono Merves, LMSW, MA Administrator, Medical Student Research & SOAR.  Maria Marzan, Ed.D., MPH- Director, CBSL and Ana Julia Cruz, MA, MCDP-Manager, CBSL.  Mandatory for all E-CAN Leadership. 

End of Year Professional Development and Reflection – Maria Marzan, Ed.D., CBSL Director, Ana Julia Cruz, M.A., MCDP,  CBSL Manager. E-CAN leaders and members wrap up the year with the CBSL management team, faculty advisors, and their E-CAN team as students report back on their group activities, discuss obstacles and share and celebrate their successes.


Optional - By Request Only:   

E-CAN leaders are urged to contact CBSL about arranging for training and workshops for their project members, such as but not limited to:

Applying Motivational Interviewing Strategies with Ellen L. Short, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dept. of Counseling and School Psychology, Counseling Program, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus.  Spend 3 hours learning about Motivational Interviewing and applications for working within substance abuse or health care environments.  

Applying Basic Social Work Skills to Your Community Service with John Cancel, LCSW, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Coordinating Manager, Continuing Day Treatment Program, Psychiatry.  Learn some of the basics of social work in New York City including healthcare, housing, foster care, elder care and more. Discover ways to use some of these new skills in your community based group.  

Planning an Advocacy Campaign with Aaron Fox, MD,  MS.  Providing medical care for the uninsured is a major challenge that will persist despite health care reform. Students will learn to use a normal strategy chart in an effort to organize physicians around this issue and plan for an advocacy campaign. 



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