The TASC is pleased to offer scholarships for different training and certification opportunities to Healthy Start programs. Below is information about past scholarship opportunities.  Information about upcoming opportunities and related announcements are distributed via the TASC’s monthly newsletter and weekly updates. If you would like to sign up to receive these communications, please email [email protected]. 


Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) Scholarships 

With support from the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (DHSPS), the TASC has provided Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) training scholarships for 40 Healthy Start Grantees. Since COVID, the Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding has offered its intensive in-person 5-day CLC training certification course as a self-paced online course. The course takes approximately 52 hours to complete, but participants have up to 6 months to complete it. For more information about the CLC training, please click here. TASC covered the cost of the online training registration and the textbook for selected applicants. Selected applicants and/or their Healthy Start program were responsible for covering the cost of the CLC certification exam, which can also be taken online.  


Fatherhood Trainings 

With support from DHSPS, TASC offered scholarships for the National Fatherhood Initiative’s 24/7 Dad Training to all Healthy Start Fatherhood Coordinators , and July 2022. Scholarships were also offered to the follow-on NFI Master Training in July 2022. A Paternal Prenatal Early Attachment training was offered in August 2022.


Mental Health Trainings 

With support from DHSPS, the TASC has provided scholarships for five mental health trainings to Healthy Start grantees! TASC covered the cost of the training registration for selected applicants. 


Postpartum Support International’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care Training 

PSI’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care Training is a virtual two-day training, which provides a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for any provider interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment, support, and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Topics include the many faces of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders; risks and exacerbating factors; special populations; trauma and culturally informed care; screening tools; intake and suicide assessment; and more. 


National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s Mental Health First Aid for Adults Training 

The Mental Health First Aid for Adults Training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Participants learn a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis: 

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm 
  • Listen nonjudgmentally 
  • Give reassurance and information 
  • Encourage appropriate professional help 
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies 


Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification Training 

TASC is committed to building, enhancing, and strengthening Healthy Start staff members’ capacity to serve their communities. As part of this commitment, TASC awarded scholarships to four (4) Healthy Start staff members to complete the Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification Training. The instructor certification training is a 5-day training, which introduces the 8-hour course, overviews adult learning styles and teaching strategies, and provides in-depth instruction on implementing and managing the program in diverse communities. The training teaches participants how to: Teach the Mental Health First Aid course, including the 5-step action plan, evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies, and prevalence data; Present the program with fidelity to the tested, core model; and tailor presentations to diverse audiences and learning environments. 


Shades of Blue’s I.N.S.P.I.R.E Method Training 

Shades of Blue’s I.N.S.P.I.R.E Method Training is a virtual two-day training, which teaches participants compassion care methods they can use in their everyday professional practice when working with and inside the community. This training is specific to care for women of color and minorities and can be implemented by doulas, midwives, clinicians and those facilitating support groups. Learning objectives include: 

  • Identifying unique stressors in Black women and minorities dealing with maternal mental health complications 
  • Implementing the I.NS.P.I.R.E method into everyday practices and prioritizing maternal mental health in our communities 
  • Understanding social determinants of health and cultural barriers; the current outlook of maternal mental health among Black women and minorities; and how to change the outlook 
  • Demonstrating the I.N.S.P.I.R.E method of compassion care, including mindfulness, hug therapy, music and more 


Institute for Wellness Education’s Wellness Coaching Certification Training 

IWE’s Level 1 Wellness Coaching Certification Training is a virtual training, which gives participants the skills they need to help themselves and others make changes in their lives that boost their personal well-being and the well-being of their families, friends, and community. This rigorous training program that gives participants the caring, conversational skills to build trusting, supportive relationships; and strategies, tools, and techniques to help people reach goals that are important and meaningful to them. 

The training is self-paced and participants typically spend 36-50 hours completing the course. In addition to the online course, participants join regular teleconferences with IWE staff to practice their coaching skills and ask questions. All participants must complete the training within 6 months of starting. Learning objectives include: 

  • List factors that enable people to make sustainable change. 
  • Describe the role Wellness Coaches can play at home, at work, and in their communities. 
  • Use tools and strategies that are part of the US National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) to facilitate the self-change process for yourself, individuals, and groups. 
  • Help others set appropriate behavioral goals based on their unique interests, needs, desires, and abilities. 
  • Demonstrate empathy, understanding, and respect for client autonomy and choice.