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The Spirituality, Health, and Healing certificate program provides health care professionals in a wide range of careers with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the needs of a spiritually, religiously, and culturally diverse patient and client population. Today, opportunities exist in the fields of nursing, parish nursing, teaching, hospice care, service, administration, and research. Opportunities also exist within government programs and agencies; public and private institutions that provide health, education, and social services; research centers; special interest groups; colleges and universities; and corporate human resources divisions.
This certificate is relevant for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, practical nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, administrators, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, dieticians, educators, personal care assistants, volunteers, physicians, physician's assistants, chiropractors, clergy, physical fitness professionals, and adult children of aging parents.
Note: All healthcare providers are responsible for checking the "Accreditation" list to determine if this course awards contact hours for their profession.
The Spirituality, Health, and Healing certificate program consists of a total of 12 courses:
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Expiration Date: 11/15/20
Course Revised March 2014
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.
While theorists and researchers have yet to agree on a single, universally accepted theory or definition of spirituality, few would deny its existence or impact on health and healing.The goal of this course is to offer health care providers an overview of the characteristics of spirituality. Theories of spirituality, its many definitions, and essential elements will be discussed. The stages of spiritual development and the connection between spirituality and healing will also be described.
The relationship between health care provider and client can provide both with a sense of strength, healing, inner peace, and an interconnectedness that gives meaning to the relationship.The goal of this course is to provide an overview of that relationship and offer health care providers an understanding of the types of spiritual care generalists and specialists, as well their roles in providing spiritual care. The influence of a health care provider's spirituality on his or her ability to provide spiritual care, as well as the barriers to providing spiritual care to clients will also be discussed. Finally, the course provides a discussion of the moral and ethical issues that should be considered when providing spiritual care.
The spiritual rituals of prayer, meditation, guided imagery, gratitude, spending time in nature, and art can all help people connect to their inner being, to others, and to a divine spirit or Sacred Source. A part of spiritual and cultural traditions, rituals help to provide awareness, meaning, intention, and purpose in life. The goal of this course is to provide health care professionals and spiritual care providers with an understanding of spiritually healing rituals that they can incorporate in the care of their clients and for themselves.
Health care professionals and spiritual care providers face many challenges in becoming prepared to administer holistic, respectful, culturally, and spiritually competent care for their patients and clients.The goal of this course is to introduce the health care professional to the relationship between spirituality, culture, and health. They are essential components of every individual, and each one influences the other. Health care professionals cannot address them as separate entities. Major health belief systems and major health care systems will be discussed as well as spiritual, cultural, and health care practices of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Arab Americans.
Spiritual care is an important and necessary part of appropriate patient care, yet many health care professionals feel ill equipped to provide it to their clients.The goal of this course is to help health care professionals understand the elements of spiritual care and a spiritual assessment, understand the importance of providing this aspect of care, and learn strategies that can ensure a successful spiritual assessment. Several models will be discussed, and the various types of alterations in spiritual integrity will be explained. Finally, considerations for the appropriate planning, implementation, and evaluation of spiritual care will be examined.
The therapeutic interventions of music, art, dance, humor, and animal-assisted therapy can be integrated into mainstream medicine and should be considered as complements, not replacements for, mainstream medical treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is evaluating these therapeutic interventions and research is demonstrating that they are not only safe but effective as well.The goal of this course is to provide an overview of these mind-body-spirit healing interventions and to discuss their therapeutic uses and benefits.
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Excellent Information and excellently presented - the information and reference resources will be helpful to me in the future - wonderful experience – thanks
I appreciate the opportunity to take a course on this important and underrepresented topic
WOW~~ I never fully realized the differences yet so many similarities between different beliefs, I learned quite a bit!
I enjoyed all the information that you put together . I have been studying spirituality for 18 years and I still learned a lot from this course. Thank you for your effort to bring the best to this course.
I thank you for giving me the opportunity to obtain more knowledge about spirituality. I learned a lot in this few lessons and I will continue reading them over and over.
Wow, the reading was great! I have always believed that nurses sought to be part of the profession because of a spiritual calling (It can't be money or prestige). I have found that it is often easier to develop a therapeutic relationship with clients because I can approach the relationship with "no baggage" and clear boundaries, in return the clients seem to "bare" their soul because they can choose what to share and therefore maintain their spiritual autonomy - all valid points made in the reading.
I will have a greater understanding of the spiritual needs of my clients and therefore will be able to offer better care. Also, I have a better understanding of cultural differences which will help me to better assess the spiritual needs of my clients.
Looking forward to taking more of your online courses. Thanks for putting together such an interesting and enlightening class.
Thank you for the Spirituality, Health and Healing course....it was excellent and very thorough. I LOVED it and it has given me much to think about on my own spiritual journey.
I deal with many seniors who are facing the death of a spouse or their own death (many are in their 90's) this class opened my eyes to many ways to help and talk with these people. The quote from the course "it’s harder to grow old than grow up" is so true. The physical disabilities and limitations plus the knowledge that you are growing old is very hard to take sometimes. Giving up the ability to drive is a turning point for some people, many of my seniors say "it won't be long now" when they lose the ability to drive and become dependent on children. This course gave me a wonderful understanding of the spirit in health and healing.
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