WIC

LactaLearning offers two interactive options for WIC staff training and certification.

LCE - Lactation Counselor and Educator

This 45 hour professional lactation training is designed to specifically meet the Level Three training needed by WIC staff. This course will cover additional lactation clinical skills building upon the previous Level Two training, as well as focusing on Motivational Interviewing, how to best communicate with our clients for effective interactions.

This virtual course will consist of a hybrid model using an online learning system, Thinkific, and live Zoom Meetings. The participants will be doing 18 hour of pre-work lessons and assignments, meeting for two days of live Zoom meetings, doing another 6 hours of online pre-work, and then meeting for a final day of a live Zoom meeting. A final quiz and evaluation will finish this training. The goal of the course is to be able to take the theoretical clinical knowledge and be able to apply these skills to the actual work with families.

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WIC Senior Peer Counselor Training

Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC has developed a new 3 day training for WIC staff!

This training is designed to provide WIC Peer Counselors more information and experience in the areas of:

  1. The benefits of breastfeeding
  2. Motivational Interviewing- Communication skills
  3. Ethics- The role and responsibility of the WIC Peer Counselor
  4. How to establish an effective breastfeeding class and support group
  5. Assessing and breastfeeding mother and baby
  6. Mentoring of WIC Peer Counselors
  7. Identify barriers and finding solutions to breastfeeding problems
  8. A new look at latching and positioning
  9. Working and breastfeeding
  10. Working within WIC Peer Counselor Scope of Practice

LactaLearning Book Groups

Increase your staff’s clinical knowledge and skills via live interactive Zoom sessions with the authors of some of the top books in the lactation field. Our book groups are the perfect way to integrate the latest information into daily practice.

Depending on group size, options for WIC staff include:
• schedule a book group for WIC staff entirely from your state
• to share costs, schedule a book group for WIC staff from several states
• enroll WIC staff as individuals in a previously scheduled book group for lactation supporters in a variety of settings

Time commitment and number of CERPs vary by book. For details, click on a book cover below.

Motivational Interviewing for WIC Peer Counselors

What you will get from this program 

  • 5 E-CERPs
  • Fulfills the Lactation Education requirement for Becoming an IBCLC
  • The communication skills needed to actually with breastfeeding families
  • Is tailored for WIC Peer Counselors to be better equipped to work with their clients
  • Convenience of online learning combined with the community of live Zoom work
  • Experience of working with real breastfeeding families
  • Practice utilizing Motivational Interviewing using common scenarios for the daily work of WIC Peer Counselors
  • Access to support materials
  • Passionate, knowledgeable instructors who use the latest education methods for effective learning
  • 10 L-CERPs including 5 hour of Communication Skills

Description of program

  • 5 hours of Pre-work to be completed before the day of live 7 Hour Zoom or In-person Training. Then a 1.5 hours of a culminating assignment.
  • A short quiz at the end of the program
  • An evaluation to be completed at the end of the program

Improving Equity and Inclusion for the Field of Lactation

What you will get from this program 

  • 10 CERPs
  • An understanding of equity issues that face WIC staff each day including race, gender, and sexual orientation
  • A deep understanding of how lack of equity impacts our communities
  • Ideas for how to improve inclusion of marginalized groups in their communities
  • Live experiences with families from different back grounds sharing their experiences
  • Activities design to help participates examine, challenge, and shift their own implicit biases
  • Access to support materials
  • Inclusive, passionate, knowledgeable instructors who use the latest education methods for effective learning
  • This highly interactive program is hosted by Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC and Christine Stancle, CLC
  • 5 L-CERPs and 5 E-CERPs

Description of program

  • 5 hours of Pre-work to be completed before the day of live 7 Hour Zoom or In-person Training.
  • Finally, a 1.5 hours of a culminating assignment that will need to be submitted to our online learning system
  • A short quiz at the end of the program
  • An evaluation to be completed at the end of the program