Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health - Foundations 1

14.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: 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.
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Healing Effects of Physical Activity and Movement
3.0 Contact Hours
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.
Holistic and Integrative Health: An Introduction
1.5 Contact Hours
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?
Holistic Stress Management
3.0 Contact Hours
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.
Nutrition: An Integrative Approach
3.5 Contact Hours
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.
Place and Space: Healing Environments
3.5 Contact Hours
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 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.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the differences between CAM and integrative health.
  • Explain the healing effects of physical activity and movement.
  • Describe forms of stress management to support health and healing.
  • Describe the health effects of nutrition on health.
  • Explain how elements of healing environments contribute to well-being.
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 once all of the courses within the certificate program have been successfully completed per criteria above.
  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

September 11, 2018

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.