Community Health

Program Description

Family-to-Family Program                                                  

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Greater Mississippi Valley

This 12-week evidence-based program is specifically for family members, caregivers and friends of individuals dealing with a mental health condition and is sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Greater Mississippi Valley (NAMI).

Although the course is not diagnosis-specific, it covers information about Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The curriculum includes:

  • Family responses to trauma
  • Diagnosis and dealing with critical periods
  • The biology of the brain
  • Problem solving workshop
  • Medication review
  • Understanding the inner experience of living with a mental health condition
  • Communication skills workshop
  • Self-care
  • Rehabilitation services available
  • Advocacy and fighting stigma

Each 2 ½ hour class is taught by trained family members who share the same lived experience. Join the many families who have gained information, insight, understanding and empowerment from attending this program.

After registration, one of the instructors will contact each registrant for a conversation before the program begins.

All course materials furnished at no cost.

Registration deadline Tuesday Sept. 5th.

12 Thursdays   Sept. 7 – Nov. 30        6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
CRN 81301      Outreach – Rm. 106    Fee: FREE

(No class Nov. 23)
FREE; however, registration is required. Call 309-796-8223.

For additional information, please call NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley 563-386-7477.


Loosen Up and Lighten Up
Instructor: J. Grice, LPN, CPR Certified Instructor, CPI
Let the good times roll as you learn the importance of laughter to balancing your total well-being. Laughter is a powerful antidote that benefits your physical, mental and social well being. LOL coming your way in this class. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEs provided for Social Workers and Massage Therapists.

1 Thursday       Sept. 7                       6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81302      Outreach – Rm. 105    Fee $19

1 Thursday       Jan. 18                       6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11051      Outreach – Rm. 106    Fee $19

(Registration for this class begins Nov. 7, 2017)


Caregiver Boot Camp
Instructor: J. Grice, LPN, CPR Certified Instructor, CPI
Being a family caregiver can be a challenge but you don’t have to do it alone. Get help navigating the challenges of care giving. Learn about the aging process, memory loss and common chronic diseases. Take home new communication skills and techniques for handling difficult situations. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEs provided for Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants.

1 Thursday       Oct. 5                         6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81303      Outreach – Rm. 105    Fee $19


Alzheimer’s Awareness
Presenter: Jerry Schroeder, Senior Program Specialist of Alzheimer’s Association
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. Join us as we learn the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as what causes Alzheimer’s, the risk factors, if there is anything you can do to prevent it, the signs and stages, the diagnosis process and what treatments are available. We will also learn what resources are available if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or if you are a caregiver and how the Alzheimer’s Association can help.

1 Tuesday        Oct. 17                       6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81547      Outreach – Rm. 408    Fee: FREE

FREE; however, registration is required. Call 309-796-8223.


Adult Mental Health First Aid USA Training                  
Program presented by Bridgeway
This course is designed to teach the community and professionals how to respond when a person is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Please note – This course does not teach how to diagnose or counsel, but how to help a person needing early intervention or crisis assistance.

Participants will:

  • Understand the prevalence of mental illness in the United States.
  • Understand the importance of stigma reduction.
  • Learn risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, self-injury, eating disorders, psychosis and addiction.
  • Engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness.
  • Learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with the appropriate professional care.

Manual and lunch included.

1 Wednesday   Sept. 20                     8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81322      Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee: FREE

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 8 CEs provided for Social Workers, Massage Therapists, and Nursing Home Administrators.


Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Training                  
Program presented by Bridgeway
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach the community and professionals how to respond when a youth is experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with youth ages 12-18. They will gain knowledge of the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse disorders, self-injury, disruptive disorders (including ADHD) and eating disorders. The class will include a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care.

Please note – This course does not teach how to diagnose or counsel, but how to help a person needing early intervention or crisis assistance.

Manual and lunch included.

1 Tuesday        Sept. 26                     8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81323      Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee: FREE

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 8 CEs provided for Social Workers, Massage Therapists, and Nursing Home Administrators.  


Parenting the Love and Logic Way  
Instructor: D. Harris
Are you interested in raising self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world? This class will give you loving, yet powerful tools for parenting children of all ages. Leave each class with practical strategies for increasing your children’s cooperation, responsibility and resiliency. All this while making parenting fun and reducing, even eliminating family conflicts. The instructor has practiced Love and Logic as an educator and father for 15 years. This class is useful with children of all ages. A $10 workbook fee is due to the instructor at the first session. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 12 CEs provided for Social Workers.

6 Thursdays     Oct. 12 – Nov. 16        6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81305      Outreach – Rm. 104    Fee $55


Meditation 101
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.
Scientists are studying it. Doctors are recommending it. Authors are writing about it. Millions of Americans are practicing it every day. In this course you will learn about the various kinds of meditation, the benefits of meditation, and the basic techniques and practice of meditation. Come learn how easy it actually is and discover new ways to manage thoughts, of perceiving people and experiencing the world! Professional Continuing Education Credits: 6 CEs provided for Social Workers and Massage Therapists.

4 Tuesdays      Oct. 3 – Oct. 24          6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81306      Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $39

4 Tuesdays      Nov. 7 – Nov. 28          1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
CRN 81307      Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $39


Cultivating Wellness
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.
Training the mind can help us alleviate stress, relieve suffering and cultivate well-being. This course aims to provide students with the tools to improve quality of life by engaging in various techniques such as mental and muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, mindfulness and meditation. We will cover topics such as mind/body connection, the benefits of practicing gratitude and forgiveness, and much more! Professional Continuing Education Credits: 6 CEs provided for Social Workers and Massage Therapists.

4 Tuesdays      Nov. 7 – Nov. 28          6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81308      Outreach – Rm. 204    Fee $39


My Life is Stressful
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.
Everyone’s life is stressful, especially during the holidays, but how you handle the stress can help you stay focused and stay healthy. Give yourself the gift of calm by discovering the countless benefits of meditation and learn some basic meditative techniques you can use TODAY! By learning to breathe properly and using the power of your breathing, you can reverse the negative physiological responses that can bring down your holiday spirit. Meditative breathing also reduces physical tension, promotes mindfulness, and helps you relax.

1 Wednesday   Dec. 6                        6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81309      Outreach – Rm. 204    Fee $19


Introduction to Aromatherapy
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR
The use of aromatherapy dates back to ancient times where it was used for therapeutic, spiritual, medicinal, hygienic and ritualistic purposes in many cultures. This blending workshop will recognize fifteen essential oils and their individual properties and will consist of customizing aromatherapy blends and how to use them in your everyday life. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 CEs provided for Massage Therapists.

1 Tuesday        Sept. 26                     5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81310      Outreach – Rm. 406    Fee $19


Aromatherapy — Using Essential Oils for Relaxation and Sleep
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR
Do you suffer from stress, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and fatigue? Do you have trouble unplugging, winding down or sleeping? Specific essential oils and blends of those oils known for their soothing and calming properties have been used for thousands of years to help people relax and sleep better. Enjoy an evening learning how to improve your sleep and ultimately your mood! Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 CEs provided for Massage Therapists.

1 Tuesday        Oct. 3                         5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81311      Outreach – Rm. 406    Fee $19


Aromatherapy — Using Essential Oils to Energize Your Life
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR
Feeling drained? Not ready to face the day? Learn how aromatherapy using specific essential oils alone or blends of essential oils can help to energize and revitalize you! Specific essential oils can help stimulate thinking, decrease headaches and irritability as well as increase focus. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 CEs provided for Massage Therapists.

1 Tuesday        Oct. 10                       5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81312      Outreach – Rm. 406    Fee $19


Health Benefits of Aromatherapy
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR
Want to find a possible alternative to traditional medicine? Utilizing essential oils for medicinal purposes has been around for thousands of years. Joint pain, common cold, influenza, nausea, chronic pain, neck pain, sore feet and tension headaches are just a few health issues that can be improved through aromatherapy. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 CEs provided for Massage Therapists.

1 Tuesday        Oct. 17                       5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81313      Outreach – Rm. 406    Fee $19


Reflexology I
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR
Reflexology involves pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumbs, finger and hand techniques. Rest your feet and revive your interest in health and wellness with this fun, interactive class. Learn the basic reflexology points that you can use on yourself for better health every day. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 3.0 CEs provided for Massage Therapists.

1 Tuesday        Sept. 19                     5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
CRN 81315      Outreach – Rm. 406    Fee $39


Reflexology II
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR
A continuation of Reflexology I, this class takes a more in-depth look at the practice of pressure techniques. Rest your feet and revive your continued interest in health and wellness with this fun, interactive class. Delve into the reflexology points that you can use on yourself for better health every day. Professional Continuing Education Credits: 3.0 CEs provided for Massage Therapists.

1 Tuesday        Oct. 24                       5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
CRN 81314      Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $39


5K Your Way!
Instructor: E. LaMadrid
Walkers, joggers and runners welcome! Join us as we help you to develop an individualized plan to walk, jog or run a 5K, whether it is your first 5K or 50th! Our experienced instructor can help you build the stamina to complete a 5K and/or help you structure a plan to improve your time. This course will cover pre- and post-workout stretching as well as how to deal with typical exercise injuries. Class will meet at the outdoor track at Black Hawk College (weather-permitting) as well as the indoor track. The course fee will include your registration fee for the Saturday, Nov. 11 Black Hawk College 5K Hustle – For the Hill of It.

8 Tuesdays      Sept. 19 – Nov. 7                                6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
CRN 81316      Bldg. 3 – Outdoor Track          Fee $59

(Indoor track if inclement weather)  


Zumba – Find Your Way to Fun and Fitness            
Instructor: T. Gomez
Combine motivating music and high energy with unique moves and combinations that allow you to dance away your worries. It is fun, easy and can be done at your own level. The music will move from today’s songs to Latin and international. Routines will feature aerobic/fitness with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.

6 Thursdays     Sept. 7 – Oct. 12         7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81317      Bldg. 3 – Lower Gym   Fee $36

6 Thursdays     Oct. 26 – Dec. 7          7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81318      Bldg. 3 – Lower Gym   Fee $36

(No class Nov. 23)


Belly Dancing
Instructor: B. Lancial
For centuries, this dance has been used to maintain good health for the mind, body and spirit. You will be introduced to the basic principles of belly dance, as well as some more advanced movements, giving the knowledge to create your own routines whether for performance or a fun workout at home. This class is welcoming to all shapes and sizes. Wear comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement.

6 Wednesdays  Sept. 6 – Oct. 11         7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81319      Bldg. 3 – Lower Gym   Fee $36


Introduction to Hoop Dance
Instructor: C. Bishop
Everyone loves hooping! Want a great workout while having a lot of FUN? Come join us as we burn more than 400 calories while having a great time. We welcome all shapes, sizes, skill levels and ages (16 and up) to join us for Hoop Dance fun! Hoop Dance is no-impact to low impact and no prior hooping experience is necessary as the classes and movements can be scaled to every level. A $10 usage fee is due to the instructor the first class. If you would like to purchase a hoop, you can do so by paying the instructor $30 instead.

6 Wednesdays  Oct. 25 – Nov. 29        7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81320      Bldg. 3 – Lower Gym   Fee $42


Yoga
Instructor: L. Miotto
Bring your body and mind together into one harmonious experience. Improve your breathing capacity and increase your flexibility and strength through a focus on traditional yoga poses, breath work, balance and relaxation. All levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat or a large towel and dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

6 Tuesdays      Nov. 7 – Dec. 12         6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81321      Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $42

Directions to Bldg. 3 – Lower Gym

Enter the Northwest door to Bldg. 3. Take an immediate left down the stairs to the bottom floor. At the bottom floor, turn left and enter through the 2nd set of doors on the right. The lower gym is located in the middle of the track (second door on the right–next to the weight room.)


Family & Friends® CPR
Instructor: J. Grice, LPN, CPR Certified Instructor, CPI
Learn the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only™ CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Family & Friends CPR is for individuals (16 and over) who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life.

1 Thursday       Oct. 26                       6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
CRN 81334      Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $50