Training Information - Child and Teen Checkups Program

Child and Teen Checkups Training Information

Child and Teen Checkups provides training to primary care providers and clinic staff, local public health, Head Start, schools and other people involved in screening children and teens in the state of Minnesota. These trainings are offered in various locations throughout the state.

Online Training Resources

There are several online e-learning modules to supplement in person trainings. For a list of online learning courses see E-learning.

Recorded webinars:

Find Upcoming In-Person Training Opportunities

For upcoming training opportunities related to Maternal Child Health, including Child and Teen Checkups, go to the MDH Maternal & Child Health training registration site. This site lists all upcoming MCH trainings, including Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) trainings, and allows you to register online. New trainings are usually posted within 6-8 weeks before the training date. Watch for announcements for new trainings, or check the website frequently.

Request a C&TC Training

To request a training, please submit a C&TC Training Request Form online. For descriptions of available trainings, refer to Training Descriptions below. In-person trainings are available several times per year in various regions of the state. Even so, these trainings may not be available at the time and location most convenient for all participants. (For additional training resources and support, refer to the C&TC Fact Sheets, C&TC e-learning courses, other C&TC online resources, or contact one of the C&TC consultants.)

Training Descriptions

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Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC): Comprehensive Screening Components Training (This is a 3-Day training)

Training content Who should take this training
This workshop includes an introduction to C&TC screening, standards and components and provides a systematic review of a physical exam, range of normal findings, common problems that may be encountered and referral criteria. In addition, a practicum of instructor demonstrations and participant return demonstrations with child models is included to enhance participant physical examination skills. This training includes preparation homework, practicing with a mentor in your own clinic and an on-site clinical consultation. This training is designed for registered nurses and public health nurses who:
  • Plan to actively provide C&TC screenings within 3-6 months and have not previously attended the C&TC Comprehensive Screening Components training session; or
  • Currently provide C&TC screenings but have not attended the C&TC Comprehensive Screening Components training session in at least 6 years; or
  • Have not actively provided C&TC screenings and have not attended C&TC Comprehensive Screening Components training session in at least 4 years.

C&TC: Best Practices in Well Child Screenings

Training content Who should take this training
This workshop includes an overview of Child and Teen Checkups and provides information on evidenced-based best practices and the required components of a complete C&TC well child exam. Program activities of outreach, screening, results, referral and follow-up are included with strategies for collaboration with community partners. This training is designed for those who provide and assist in the provision of C&TC screening, such as:
  • C&TC Providers (MD, NP, PA)
  • Nurses (RN, LSN, PHN, LPN)
  • Medical assistants
  • Head Start staff
  • Trained staff/aids that assist with child health screenings in a variety of settings (e.g. tribal clinics, schools, Head Start)
  • C&TC and Maternal Child Health (MCH) county/tribal coordinators
  • C&TC and MCH Outreach Workers
  • Clinic and public health administrators
  • Health Plan Representatives

C&TC: Refresher Training

Training content Who should take this training
This training is designed to update participants on current C&TC content and screening procedures, and will enhance knowledge and skills needed to provide C&TC services consistent with program standards. This training meets the requirements of a C&TC Refresher training for those PHNs who provide C&TC screening services RNs/PHNs should attend a Refresher training at least every 5 years if they actively provide C&TC screenings. Nurses who would like a more in-depth review of complete C&TC screening visit exams and return demonstration of a complete screening physical exam may choose to repeat the 3-day C&TC Comprehensive training instead, if desired. This training is designed for registered nurses and public health nurses who:
  • Who provide C&TC screenings and have attended a C&TC Comprehensive Screening Components training.

Hearing and Vision Screening for Screeners

Training content Who should take this training
The Hearing and Vision Screening for Screeners covers best practices for hearing and vision screenings in children. The workshop includes recent updates and advances in hearing and vision screening and criteria for referral. This workshop is especially designed for those new to hearing and vision screening, including clinic assistants, volunteers, and others who perform vision and hearing screening for children (such as Head Start staff or Early Childhood Screeners). The workshop includes instructor demonstrations of the basic components of hearing and vision screening and return participant demonstrations. The practicum offers opportunity for participants to gain experience and confidence in their screening skills, including the proper use and care of audiometers. This training is designed for professional personnel who perform basic level hearing and vision screenings for children in:
  • C&TC exams;
  • Early Childhood Screening; and
  • Other settings (e.g. Head Start, clinics, and schools).

Hearing and Vision Screening for Nurses

Training content Who should take this training
The Hearing and Vision Screening for Nurses covers best practices for hearing and vision screenings, including recent updates and guidelines for referral. Common abnormalities are presented as well as the wide range of variability in normal findings. A practicum of instructor demonstrations and return participant demonstrations for all the components of a vision or hearing screening offers an opportunity for participants to gain experience and confidence in their screening skills including the proper use and care of audiometers, tympanometers, OAEs, ophthalmoscopes, and otoscopes. The meaning of instrument readings and other screening component results are presented. This training is designed for nurses who perform hearing and vision screenings for children in:
  • C&TC exams (PHNs)
  • Early Childhood Screening; and
  • Other settings (e.g. Head Start, clinics, and schools).

Other Child & Adolescent Health Trainings

Training content Who should take this training
MDH also provides additional trainings (e.g. developmental screening, mental health screening, and adolescent health) based upon the identified needs of those providing C&TC services in the public and private sectors.
  • Staff recommendations vary.
  • Other health care professionals who provide C&TC services to children, adolescents and their families.

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