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Certificate Description

The concepts of alternative, holistic, and integrative medicine have their roots in various healing traditions that have been around for thousands of years. Yet, this philosophy is receiving much attention today due to the changing health care climate, a growing need for a “different” health care system, and a recognition of the benefits of combing the external, physical, and technologic successes of medicine with the internal, nonphysical exploration of healing.
This certificate program focuses on foundational concepts in holistic and integrative health including stress management, physical activity and movement, nutrition, and healing environments.

Courses Included

The past several decades have brought tremendous growth in the numbers of health care facilities and providers offering integrative health care training and services. Consumers in the United States use these complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in greater numbers than ever before. Why is this occurring? How do integrative medicine and traditional medicine differ in their approach to care from conventional Western medicine? What integrative health care practices do practitioners and patients use?
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. This course describes the stress response and explores holistic stress management techniques.
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. This course will examine the physical and psychological effects of physical activity and movement and describe ways to help initiate a fitness/movement program.
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? This course examines the concept of holistic nutrition and examines the profound impact of food on our health.
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. This course will provide an overview of the elements of healing environment and its effect on health and describe how to create a healing environment.

The goal of this certificate program is to provide the learner with an overview of holistic and integrative therapeutic modalities and their role in health and healing.

Certificate Objectives - Upon completion you will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the differences between CAM and integrative health.
  2. Explain the healing effects of physical activity and movement.
  3. Describe forms of stress management to support health and healing.
  4. Describe the health effects of nutrition on health.
  5. Explain how elements of healing environments contribute to well-being.

Certificate Content

Target Audience

Nurses, health care professionals, and interested individuals

Criteria for Successful Completion

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course Evaluation Form.

Certificate of Completion is provided for individual courses once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

Certificate of Completion is provided for certificate programs once all of the courses within the certificate program have been successfully completed per criteria above.

Practice Level (For Occupational Therapy Only):  Beginner/Introductory

Content Focus (For Occupational Therapy Only):  Occupational Therapy Process

Commercial Support No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Advance Practice

Brain Health


Complementary and Alternative Health

Healing Environments

Holistic Health

Home Health

Integrative Health

Men’s Health



Occupational Therapy


Pain Management

Palliative Care


Psychiatric Health

Social Work


Stress Management


Women's Health




Health Care Administration

Health Education

Marriage and Family Therapy

Massage Therapy



Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy


Respiratory Therapy

Social Work

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