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THERAPIST TALK: A MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP
Windsor, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Expand Your Interpreter Knowledge Therapist Talk:  A Mental Health Workshop As a Berkshire AHEC Interpreter training alumni you are cordially invited to expand your interpreting knowledge in the Mental Health field.  This 5 hour workshop will be an information session with regards to how as a Medical Interpreter we can focus on the process and emotion during a Mental Health interpreting encounter; we will explain therapy its complexity and the intense emotions all can experience. We will focus on Mood Disorders and PTSD.  Participants will be able to define transference and countertransference and understand these roles within the therapeutic relationship and their impact on the medical interpreter, therapist and client.  Be able to understand the various diagnoses classified under Mood Disorders, as well as symptoms characteristic of each disorder, understand the definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and have the ability to define interpersonal trauma and its implications for attachment, affect regulation and the development of interpersonal connection.  Also the role of acculturation; assessment and treatment implications. Location:  Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA Presenter:  Maria del Mar Farina Fee:  $50.00 Online Registration:  visit www.berkshireahec.org
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BART BLOOD DRIVE
Adams, Noon-5 p.m.
The Red Cross will host a blood drive at BArT Charter Public School at 1 Commercial Place. Walk-ins are welcome; however appointments are strongly recommended in order to ensure a shorter wait time and can be made online. Donors should be 18+ years old. However donors can be as young as 16 or 17 years of age if they have a completed a parental consent form. Forms can be found on the Red Cross website or in the main office at BART. Appointments typically take 45-60 minutes. Donors are required to bring a government-issued photo identification. Donors are invited to enjoy complimentary baked goods and other refreshments that will be provided by the event organizers, BART’s Class of 2016.

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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
North Adams, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Clark House at the Northern Berkshire YMCA, Brickyard Court in North Adams. Jan Salzer, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will present the North Adams classes.

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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
North Adams, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Clark House at the Northern Berkshire YMCA, Brickyard Court in North Adams. Jan Salzer, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will present the North Adams classes.

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PREVENTION & TREATMENT TIPS OF TICKBORNE DISEASE: AN UPDATE
Great Barrington, 5:30-6:30pm

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month - get ready!
Join Mary Agoglia, Berkshire Alliance Public Health Nurse, for a frank discussion of the myths and facts of transmission and treatment of Lyme and other tick borne diseases.
This program is part of Mason's "Nature & Environment Month" programming, and will be at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Diabetes Support Group at Berkshire Medical Center will feature a discussion on the best type of shoes for those with diabetes. The program will feature a discussion led by experts from Cooke and Burnell in the BMC Private Dining Rooms, adjacent to the Café.  The program is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, call the Diabetes Education Program at 413-395-7942. 

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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TALK
Williamstown, 6-8 p.m.
Dr. William Goodman will lead a discussion of how multiple sclerosis impacts the workplace and the workplace affects MS at the Williams Inn. This free seminar is open to patients, families, co-workers, employers and employees of those who are affected by MS. Dinner will be served. To register, call 413-664-2011.

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FUNDAMENTALSS OF MEDICAL INTERPRETING
Windsor, 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Berkshire AHEC is offering a "Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting" for bilingual and multilingual individuals in Western Massachusetts. The components of the program is provided upon completing the course and passing the final exam.  Students may receive college credits and professional contact hours in nursing and social work.  Classes will be held at a location to be determined in Springfield and/or Holyoke, MA. Required language assessments are scheduled for: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5 - 8;30 p.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room & Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8 - 11 a.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room. Check website for more details, please visit www.berkshireahec.org to register. Payment can be made with all major credit cards or electronic check or call (413) 447-2417 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL INTERPRETING
Windsor, 8 - 11:00 a.m.
September 2015 - November 2015 Berkshire AHEC is offering a "Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting" for bilingual and multilingual individuals in Western Massachusetts. The components of the program include practical applications of fundamental interpreting skills, effective communication in the triad (client-provider-interpreter), listening and memory skills, comprehensive medical terminology in target languages, human anatomy and physiology vital to effective medical interpreting, and methods of interpreting in special settings.  Role playing and medical terminology are incorporated into each session. A certificate of completion is provided upon completing the course and passing the final exam.  Students may receive college credits and professional contact hours in nursing and social work.  Classes will be held at location to be determined in Springfield and/or Holyoke, MA Required language assessments are scheduled for: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8 - 11 a.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room Please visit www.berkshireahec.org to register.  Payment can be made with all major credit cards or electronic check or by calling (413) 447-2417 between 8 - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month,  Shawn Godfrey, General Manager of the Village Ambulance in Williamstown will do a presentation on CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.

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MINDS MATTER WALK
Pittsfield, 5:15 p.m.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County will host the Minds Matter Walk fundraiser during Pittsfield’s Third Thursday to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Awareness month and to help raise awareness of the impact of mental illnesses in Berkshire County. The event will be kicked off with opening remarks from WBRK, the honorary chair of the event, and NAMI Berkshire County Executive Director Brenda Carpenter. Participants can register by visiting namibc.org and printing out the registration form, as well as from 5:00-5:30 p.m. on the day of the event at the NAMI Berkshire County booth at the corner of North Street and Columbus Avenue (Persip Park) in Pittsfield. The first 150 people to register will receive a NAMI tote bag. To participate or become a sponsor, contact Brenda at 413-443-1666 or at namibc@namibc.org.

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CANCER SURVIVOR CELEBRATION DINNER
North Adams, 4 p.m.
Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire will hold a Cancer Survivor Celebration Dinner at Noel Field. Registration required online at relayforlife.org/northernberkshirema or by phone to Laura Healey at 413-493-2100, ext. 2118.
Survivors ceremony and lap to follow dinner.

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RELAY FOR LIFE
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire kicks off with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at Noel Field and runs through Saturday, May 30. Register online at relayforlife.org/northernberkshirema or by phone at 877-957-7848.

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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month, Denise Vigna, Clinical Liaison, and Kira Beard  will discuss how to prepare for expected or unexpected hospitalizations the new programs and renovations at Sweetbrook of Williamstown.
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