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Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health: Foundations 2

Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health: Foundations 2

$115.00 (USD)

Offered in partnership with West Valley College



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.

Week 1
Lesson 01 - Ayurvedic Medicine: Ancient Foundations of Health Care

Ayurvedic medicine is a highly sophisticated religion, philosophy, and system of medicine that has been practiced in India for over 2,500 years. As with other forms of complementary and alternative medicine, it focuses on the whole individual and one's relationship to one's environment. Health, vitality, and longevity are achieved through a balance within the body and between the body and the external environment. 

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of Ayurvedic medicine. The principles of Ayurvedic medicine, causes of disharmonies and diseases, diagnostic methods, and treatment methods will be explored. Specific elements of an Ayurvedic lifestyle will also be discussed.

Lesson 02 - Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Ancient Approach to Healing

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the oldest professional continuously practiced medicine in the world, with origins dating back more than 2,500 years. TCM emphasizes the holistic view of the human being and encompasses many different treatment modalities such as acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, and Qigong.  

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of traditional Chinese medicine, including the basic concepts of qi, yin and yang, and the five elements, the role of the basic substances and the meridian system in health. Causes of disharmony, types of examinations, and the most common treatment methods are also discussed.

Week 2
Lesson 03 - Health and the Human Spirit

Spirituality plays an important role in health and healing. This course will explore the forms and expressions of spirituality; discuss culture and its relationship to spirituality; examine the relationship between spirituality and aging; explain spiritual interests within the health care system; describe the role of spiritual care providers in administering spiritual care; and describe the relationship between spirituality and health conditions, therapeutic interventions, and healing environments.  

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to spirituality, health, and healing; discuss the multidimensional aspects of spirituality; describe a spiritual assessment; and describe the vast diversity of spiritual expressions.

Lesson 04 - Healing Elements of Meditation

Although there are many ways to meditate and many different forms of meditation, they all share the characteristic of intentionally training a person's attention and concentration. Meditation practices are used by diverse cultures, are rooted in the traditions of the great religions, and have been practiced for thousands of years to promote healing.  

The goal of this course is to explore the practice of meditation, discusses various meditation traditions, examines meditation techniques, and explains the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation.




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