Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Training Information

Find Upcoming Training Opportunities

For upcoming training opportunities go to the MDH Maternal & Child Health training registration system. This system allows you to find all upcoming MCH trainings, including Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) trainings, and to register online.

Request a C&TC Training

If the training you would like is currently not scheduled (refer to the MDH Maternal & Child Health training registration system above), you can request a training by completing an online C&TC Training Request Form. For descriptions of available trainings, refer to Training Descriptions below.

Training Descriptions

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC): Comprehensive Screening Components Training (formerly C&TC 3-Day)

Training objectives and 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. An on-site clinical consultation is arranged within 3-6 months from completion of this training.

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 (formerly C&TC 1-Day)

Training objectives and content

Who should take this training

This workshop includes an overview of C&TC and provides information on evidenced-based best practices and components of a complete C&TC well child exam. Methods to deliver culturally competent care are discussed as well as a step-by-step approach in developing quality community child health screening programs. Program activities of outreach, screening, results, referral and follow-up are explored including strategies for collaboration with community partners.

This training is designed for those who assist in the provision of C&TC screening, such as:

  • C&TC Providers (MD, NP, PA)
  • Nurses (RN, LSN, PHN, LPN)
  • Medical assistants (CAN/CMA)
  • 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 MCH county/tribal coordinators,
  • C&TC and MCH Outreach Workers
  • Clinic and public health administrators
  • Health Plan Representatives

C&TC: Refresher Training

Training objectives and 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 will include a return demonstration of a physical exam by participants. This training meets the requirements of a C&TC Refresher training for those PHNs who provide C&TC screening services. PHNs are required to attend a refresher training if they have actively provided C&TC screenings and have attended a C&TC Comprehensive Screening Components (formerly C&TC 3-day training) within the last 4 years.

This training is designed for:

  • Public health nurses (PHNs), physicians, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants who provide C&TC screening services

Hearing and Vision Screening Workshop I - Basic Level

Training objectives and content

Who should take this training

The Hearing and Vision Screening Workshop I - Basic Level 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 nurses, 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 Workshop II - Advanced Level

Training objectives and content

Who should take this training

The Hearing and Vision Screening Workshop II- Advanced Level 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 professional personnel who perform advanced hearing and vision screenings for children in:

  • C&TC exams;
  • Early Childhood Screening; and
  • Other settings (e.g. Head Start, clinics, and schools).

Anticipatory Guidance for Families with High Risk Infants

Training objectives and content

Who should take this training

This workshop covers competencies and vulnerabilities of the high risk newborn/infant, signs and symptoms of maternal and infant depression, complications related to prematurity, strategies in caring for families of preemies and low birth weight infants, and infant anticipatory guidance for parents. Offered in collaboration with Family Home Visiting.

This training is designed for:

  • professional personnel who work with families of high risk infants, especially in Family Home Visiting and Child and Teen Checkups.

Other Child & Adolescent Health Trainings

Training objectives and 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.