Educational Programs

Knowledge Is Power

Keeping our community connected with the knowledge and resources they need means making sure all of those living with epilepsy in New England can access Educational Programs designed with students, parents, educators, and professionals in mind.

School Nurse Training

Seizure Training for School Nurses: Caring for Students is a program designed to provide school nurses with information, strategies and resources that will enable them to better manage students with epilepsy.
7 Modules
1. Seizures and the Epilepsies: What are they?
2. Seizures and the Epilepsies: Part 2
3. Treating the Epilepsies
4. Impact of Seizures
5. Seizure First Aid
6. Using Rescue Therapies
7. Seizure Action Plans and Delegation in Schools
The Objectives are to be able to:

Identify 2 common seizure types in students with epilepsy, potential triggers, and risk factors for seizures and emergencies.

Describe the importance of interprofessional collaboration to assess the impact of epilepsy and its treatment on a student’s health, safety, and learning.

Apply 2 strategies to alleviate psychosocial challenges relating to epilepsy for students, parents and school personnel.

  • Implement 3 first aid steps in helping a student during and after a seizure.

Feel confident creating a seizure action plan for a student with epilepsy using safe practices for medication administration and delegation. 

Training is free!
This educational activity is approved for up to 5.75 continuing education units.
The nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
1. Complete the entire program.
2. Complete a pre-test and post-test and obtain a minimal passing score of 80% on the post-test to receive a Certificate of Completion.  
Learn more and register to take the training online:
School Nurse Training - Managing Students with Seizures

School Personnel Training

Seizure Training for School Personnel is designed for all school staff (faculty, administration, specialists, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, school psychologists, cafeteria workers, and bus drivers). The program helps school staff to recognize the most common forms of seizures likely to be seen in school, explains the appropriate first aid response, and provides ways to provide social and academic support to the student with epilepsy.

The curriculum may be offered live as a professional development workshop or be taken online. The program features an informative Powerpoint presentation along with video footage of these common forms of seizures.

Learn more about School Personnel Training:
Seizure Training for School Personnel

Take Charge of the Facts

A 40 minute program to teach teens about epilepsy, seizures, first aid and most importantly understanding and acceptance. 

Take Charge of the Facts Teen Video

Child Care Personnel Training

Seizure Training for Child Care Personnel is a curriculum developed by the Epilepsy Foundation for child care providers instructing them on proper seizure first aid for young children.

To request the Seizure Training for Child Care Personnel program kit - which includes a facilitator’s guide, handouts, evaluation instruments, a CD-ROM with a Powerpoint presentation, a DVD, and parent resource materials - contact the Epilepsy Foundation New England:
Seizure Training for Child Care Personnel

My Friend Matty

Schools participating in My Friend Matty programs will find that the easy to follow curriculum that not only builds epilepsy awareness, but is also a fun and exciting way to educate children on the significance of acceptance and the value of celebrating diversity. It empowers students as they learn what to do in case they witness someone having a seizure.

Learn more about The Matty Project and about scheduling a presentation for your students:
My Friend Matty - The Matty Project

Take Charge Jr.

A 25 minute program for elementary grade students to promote understanding and acceptance of the child living with epilepsy.

3” Video for Young Children

First Responder Training

In support of our law enforcement and EMS personnel (who do an outstanding job recognizing and handling individuals experiencing seizures) the Epilepsy Foundation New England (Epilepsy Foundation New England), in partnership in conjunction with the national Epilepsy Foundation, can provide Seizure Training for First Responders.

This training is essential in providing first responders with the tools they need to be aware of the many different presentations which can be associated with a person who is having a seizure. In limited cases, because seizure disorders present in many different ways, first responders may respond with inappropriate force secondary to behaviors associated with seizures, interpreting undirected, involuntary, and unorganized movements as aggression. The results can be fatal for the person with epilepsy, especially when dangerous restraint practices are used.

Training for First Responders is offered three ways:

  • Accredited live, classroom-based training conducted by the Epilepsy Foundation New England.
  • DVDs and training manuals for first responders are available at the national Epilepsy Foundation online store: Visit the online store.
  • Online training available through the national Epilepsy Foundation. To register and participate in online training, click here: First Responder Training

Training Program for Caregivers and Senior-Serving Organizations

The Epilepsy Foundation New England and national Epilepsy Foundation provide training to caregivers and personnel who serve seniors. Seniors & Seizures Training is designed to provide caregivers and staff of adult day care centers, senior centers, long-term facilities, nursing homes, and other senior-serving organizations with strategies to better recognize and respond to seizures among older adults.

Upon completing the training, participants will be able to

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy and how it affects the older population
  • Identify, recognize, and respond to different types of seizures in older adults

For further information regarding our Seizures & Seniors Training program please visit:
Seniors & Seizures Training

Epilepsy Training Video Library

Looking to expand your knowledge of seizures and epilepsy? Below, you’ll find a selection of training related videos made available to Epilepsy Foundation New England and our epilepsy community through the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

Click Below To Explore the Video Library:

Brief videos illustrating Focal Seizures from the “Share My Seizure” Campaign

Focal Seizure

Focal Seizure

We also recommend this series of videos made available through Epilepsy Ottawa, Canada. This videos will teach viewers how to identify three common types of seizures and how to respond when you see someone having one of these seizures.

Explore Videos from Epilepsy Ottowa:

please click the corresponding link below to request a community education program: