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Community Education & Training

The Epilepsy Foundation Oregon offers Community Education and Training Programs that provide awareness of epilepsy-related topics. In a continuous effort to bring knowledge and education to the community about epilepsy, EFOR staff and volunteers conduct large group Epilepsy 101 and Seizure Response trainings. Additionally, specific training programs are available for school personnel, school nurses, first responders (EMT’s, Police, Fire) and employers.

For further information or to arrange training sessions, Contact the EFOR office.
503-205-1404 or email:


Managing Students with Seizures

The School Nurse Training Program is a continuing education training program designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by:

  • Supporting positive treatment outcomes
  • Maximizing educational and developmental opportunities
  • Ensuring a safe and supportive environment

Individual online is available at the National School Nurse Association at Click on Continuing Education and then either Managing Students with Seizures for general information or Online Continuing Education for the online course.

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First Responders Training Program

Law enforcement may encounter people with epilepsy having seizures that may be mistaken for illegal or uncooperative behavior. Properly training law enforcement personnel to recognize seizure related activity can help diffuse potential problematic situation or even, in some cases, save lives.

Emergency medical technicians may also need additional education and training on how to respond to and treat people having seizures. EFOR provide basic epilepsy awareness and seizure response training to first responders through eduational presentations and video seizure demonstrations.

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Community Awareness Training Program

Many people in the community do not know how to recognize or respond to seizures. EFOR will provide education and training to groups of any size in the community. Most education can be done online or by providing materials about epilepsy and seizure response. However, if the group would prefer an in-person training, EFOR will work hard to find a local representative to give the training in-person at no cost.

To view an online Epilepsy 101 overview, click on the video below.

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EFOR Conferences and Seminars

The Epilepsy Foundation Oregon also provides conferences in Portland and Bend each November that the public is invited to attend. These conferences host physicians, community advocates and noted professionals who present information about a variety of topics relating to epilepsy. Topic areas covered previously include “Women in Epilepsy”, “AntiEpileptic Drug Therapy”, “Your Human Rights”, “Parenting Children with Epilepsy” and many other areas.

Check the Upcoming Events page for event and conference schedules.

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