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Approx. 15 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Describe the field of integrative health.

  • Evaluate the state of the research evidence and reliable sources to use.

  • Discuss the overall safety of these therapies and how to optimize safe use.

  • Create a plan to successfully introduce integrative therapies into your work or other setting.

Skills you will gain

wellbeingEvidence-Based Practicespatient-centered carecomplementary therapiesintegrative nursing

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Beginner Level

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Approx. 15 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introduction to the Field of Integrative Therapies

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 35 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Setting the Context6m
What are Integrative Therapies?4m
Why You Should Know About Integrative Therapies4m
What Is the Role of the Provider?7m
What Is the Role of the Patient?4m
Talking to Patients4m
6 readings
Definition of Integrative Health5m
Types of Integrative Therapies5m
Optional but Interesting: Integrative Therapies Around the World5m
Eight Principles of Patient-Centered Care10m
Checklist: Determining Patient Preferences5m
Week 1: References and Resources2m
2 practice exercises
Your New Role6m
What, Why, and How of Integrative Therapies15m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Types of Integrative Therapies

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 41 min), 15 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
Mind-Body Therapies: Safety and Use2m
What Are Biologically-Based Therapies?4m
More About Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy6m
What are Energy Therapies?3m
What Are Manipulative Therapies?4m
What Are Whole Systems?6m
More Whole Systems6m
15 readings
Mind-Body Therapies At a Glance2m
Do a Deeper Dive: Relaxation Techniques10m
Biologically-Based Therapies at a Glance2m
Energy Therapies at a Glance2m
Do a Deeper Dive: Reiki20m
Manipulative and-Body-Based Therapies at a Glance2m
Do a Deeper Dive: Chiropractic20m
Whole Systems at a Glance2m
Do a Deeper Dive: Traditional Chinese Medicine25m
Summary on Mind-Body Therapies5m
Summary on Biologically-Based Therapies5m
Summary on Energy Therapies5m
Summary on Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies5m
Summary on Whole Systems5m
Week 2: References and Resources2m
6 practice exercises
Relaxation Techniques5m
Research an Herb10m
Traditional Chinese Medicine6m
Types of Integrative Therapies

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Evaluating the Evidence

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 31 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Advantages of an Evidence-Informed Approach4m
An Evidence-Informed Case Study2m
Challenges and Barriers In Integrative Therapy Research4m
Evaluating Health Research8m
Identifying Reliable Information about Integrative Therapies6m
3 readings
Learn More About Evidence-Informed Practice20m
Worksheet: Evaluating Web Sources10m
Week 3: References and Resources2m
2 practice exercises
Check Your Knowledge: Evidence-Informed Practice6m
Evaluate a Website on Integrative Therapies40m

Week 4

4 hours to complete

How Safe Are Integrative Therapies?

4 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 16 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
Natural Does Not Mean Safe7m
8 readings
Symptom Management During Chemotherapy30m
Additional Resource on Integrative Nursing
More Information About Safety of Integrative Therapies10m
Checklist for Safe Use5m
Case Study10m
More Resources about Safety10m
Peer Review Project Overview5m
Week 4: References and Resources2m
4 practice exercises
Symptom Management4m
Safety Considerations10m
Researching Safety of Therapies30m
Part 1 of Your Project1h



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About the Integrative Health and Medicine Specialization

If you want to help your patients or clients manage conditions or symptoms such as pain and anxiety, this specialization will provide the knowledge and skills needed. In these five courses, you will explore integrative therapies, including herbal medicine, guided imagery, aromatherapy, and mindfulness. For each therapy studied, you will gain skills to: Assess if a therapy is appropriate, Educate patients or clients about benefit and risk, Administer or advise on use, and Evaluate if the therapy was useful (our AEAE approach). By the end of this specialization, you will be familiar with application methods, mechanisms of action, and the research evidence for specific therapies, as well as safety and quality considerations. In short, you will be ready to partner with patients on developing a plan of integrative care that fits their needs and preferences. Note that while the primary focus is on working with patients or clients, the information is also immediately applicable to your own health and wellbeing...
Integrative Health and Medicine

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