A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Holistic Stress Management
Stress affects each of us every day and while some of us rise to the occasion, others experience a myriad of physiological, psychological, and spiritual effects. How we cope with stress can determine the current and future state of our health and well-being. Our bodies react to the signals sent to us by our brains during stressful episodes and these signals affect every system, especially the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.
There are many holistic stress management techniques including self-awareness, cognitive restructuring, effective communication, guided imagery, social support, art therapy, and journaling. The goal of this course is to describe the concept of stress and explore holistic stress management techniques.
Lesson 02 - Healing Effects of Physical Activity and Movement
Physical activity and movement are essential elements of any program designed for obtaining or maintaining health and well-being. While most individuals associate physical activity with aerobics, many activities comprise a well-rounded and interesting physical fitness and movement program.
The goal of this course is to examine the profound physical and psychological benefits of physical activity and movement. The various types of physical activity and factors of an effective exercise program are described, along with their associated benefits and risks. The course also reviews the mechanics of breathing and two types of movement activities: yoga and Tai Chi Chuan. Finally, the important steps required for initiating a physical activity program are outlined.
Lesson 03 - Nutrition: An Integrative Approach
What we eat profoundly impacts our health and well-being, yet many of us eat when we are rushed; we don't know where our food originated; we eat toxic, irradiated, or genetically altered foods; and we eat more than we need. How can we revise our eating habits and become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, and how it is prepared?
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the role of food and health in human history. The various elements of nutrition, some of the most common types of diets, and the roles of nutraceuticals and supplements are explored. Types of toxins and the effects of irradiation, genetically altered foods, and food allergies are discussed. Finally, the role of herbs and herbalists, herb processing, how herbalists are trained, and issues facing herbal use are reviewed.
Lesson 04 - Place and Space: Healing Environments
Health care providers can assist clients with their healing process through the creation of healing environments—spaces that support the individual's inner healer and utilize the environment to maximize its healing effects.
The goal of this course is to provide health care professionals with an overview of healing environments, their historical evolution, and their unique elements. Specific considerations for designing healing environments for children are briefly discussed, and the role of communication, education, and health care providers in developing healing environments are explored.