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Mindfulness as a Practical Tool for Anxiety and Depression

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on April 19, 2018

Mindfulness is the practice of being self-aware and truly present. While everyone has the ability to be “mindful,” it takes time and persistence to unlock the positive impact that mindfulness can have on mental health.

PCC’s Institute for Health Professionals has mental and behavioral health classes that include mindfulness as a tool, which can be extremely valuable and empowering when treating patients with anxiety and depression.

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Topics: Healthcare, Mental & Behavioral Health

Grow Your Practice (and Ease Your Own Pain) with Soft Tissue Release

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on April 10, 2018

Many CLIMB programs help small businesses to expand opportunities and develop additional revenue streams. One of our latest workshops enables body and movement professionals to teach individuals and group classes the sports massage techniques of soft tissue release.  

Soft tissue release techniques are safe and effective manual therapies designed to ease pain — for both you and your clients. Whether you are a massage therapist or athletic trainer, a yoga instructor or a nurse, you can use these techniques in your practice and even on yourself to treat a wide range of painful conditions.

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Topics: Healthcare

New Course Explores Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on April 03, 2018

by Nick Reguero, CADCII, LPC

Can you take a drug and still be clean?

Or perhaps, a better question may be: does medication assisted treatment promote recovery?

Before we even attempt to answer these questions, we should get a lay of the land.

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Topics: Healthcare, opioid disorders

Looking to Enter the Healthcare Field in 2018?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 15, 2018

Due to a continuously growing demand for healthcare services, healthcare job opportunities continue to be among the fastest growing in the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of the 20 fastest growing jobs in the United States, 11 of those positions are in healthcare.

Employees are needed for all levels of positions, from entry-level to high-level administrators. People from unique backgrounds and with a variety of skills and life experiences are vital to ensure all community members receive quality healthcare.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers

Understanding the Symptoms and Behavior of Dementia

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 27, 2018

As more people in an aging population suffer from dementia, it’s important for healthcare providers to understand how to care for and communicate with these patients. You can improve your caregiving skills with Portland Community College Aging Adult courses.

Dementia is not just one health condition; it’s a collection of conditions that can impact memory and brain function so severely that it affects a person’s daily life. These conditions may include:

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Topics: Healthcare, Aging Adult

How Integrative Medicine Can Help Answer the Opioid Crisis

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 16, 2018

Integrative medicine combines Western approaches to medicine with more traditional ways of caring for the body and mind. These practices, when used together, can improve a patient’s quality of life. For instance, cancer patients often need treatment with chemotherapy, a type of Western medicine. However, they can also benefit from nutrition therapy and acupuncture, which can help them keep their energy up and experience less pain.

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Topics: Healthcare, Integrative Healthcare

Top 7 Misconceptions About Working in Healthcare

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 28, 2017

Of the top 20 fastest growing jobs in the United States, over half are healthcare positions. From occupational therapists to home health aides, physical therapy assistants to physicians, there’s a huge demand for healthcare workers in all areas of the field.

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Topics: Healthcare

4 Healthcare Careers Taking Off and Making a Difference

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 26, 2017

In the growing field of healthcare, you can find a job to fit your needs and skills. Whether you enjoy working face-to-face with people or enjoy focusing on little details, you can find a satisfying. Almost all healthcare careers are taking off, with hundreds or thousands of new positions added every year, so you are unlikely to have trouble finding a job opening for your abilities.

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Topics: Healthcare

Core Motivational Interviewing Strategies and How to Use Them

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 09, 2017

Originally developed for substance-abuse counseling, motivational interviewing is a powerful way to help any type of client to change. It relies on four processes — engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning — to identify and resolve internal conflicts and help motivate the client to change themselves. While the most obvious application of motivational interviewing is for counseling and therapy sessions, other health professionals (for instance, a dietitian) seeking to assist clients in changing behaviors can utilize this method as well.

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Topics: Healthcare

New Criteria in the Clinical Evaluation Process

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 31, 2017

Clinical evaluations are a tool health care professionals use to help evaluate someone for addiction and addiction treatment. These evaluation help determine if someone has an addiction to alcohol, heroin or other substances. They also help health professionals understand if they are ready to change and are in an environment that supports overcoming addiction.

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Topics: Healthcare