The Clinical Lactation Practicum (CLP) focuses on increasing the health care professional’s knowledge of lactation problems and methods of intervention. The CLP provides an opportunity for direct observation, instruction, and hands-on demonstration of breastfeeding support and counseling. Students shadow experienced hospital- and clinic-based International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).
The Practicum is a very competitive program. Participation is limited to 2-3 students with specific dates for degreed and non-degreed students. Degreed professionals include degreed, licensed, and board certified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, and IBCLCs. Degrees should be in the health care or medical field. Non-degreed para-professionals include Peer Counselors, La Leche League Leaders, WIC Certifying Specialists, Doulas, etc. Therefore, enrollment dates and availability is limited.
This is a 2-day course with a registration fee of $65. The first day will be observation at a local hospital. The second day is at the Lactation Support Center, observing and practicing hands-on assistance with clients. Snacks and lunch are on your own.
Students not currently employed by a Texas WIC agency or hospital will need to provide proof of immunizations and a negative TB test results and may also be required to complete patient safety modules in advance to comply with the hosting hospital’s policy regarding patient safety and liability.
The Lactation Support Center will contact students with agenda, dress code, and other important information.
- Students must have successfully completed Principles of Lactation Management (POLM) and Lactation Counseling and Problem Solving (LCAPS) trainings no more than 5 years prior to attending.
- IBCLCs interested in attending a CLP rotation are exempt from these training pre-requisite courses.
* Students may register for the CLP prior to completing the pre-requisites as long as both trainings have been completed prior to a CLP dates.
If you fail to show up for your scheduled class, you will still be held responsible for the fee. Last minute cancellations and no shows will forfeit the opportunity to re-register for a period of not less than one year.
Continuing Education Credit
You must attend the entire course in order to receive continuing education contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Individuals missing any portion of either day, arriving late or leaving early will not be eligible for contact hours or a certificate of attendance.
13.0 L‐CERPs and 1.0 R-CERP recognised by IBLCE. 14 instructional hours in topics on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. IBLCE Provider Approval Number CLT113-15.
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