About this Specialization

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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

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Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices

4.6
stars
126 ratings
46 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Guided Imagery

4.7
stars
50 ratings
22 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Herbal Medicine

4.9
stars
132 ratings
57 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils

4.8
stars
102 ratings
46 reviews

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Each of the five courses is 6 weeks long, except for Mindfulness in Integrative Health, which is 4 weeks long.

  • There is no required background knowledge.

  • No, you can begin with the course that most interests you.

  • Not at this time.

  • Upon completing this specialization, you willhave the skills to:

    1) Assess patient or client need and desire for integrative therapies;

    2) Research the evidence for benefits and risks for specific integrative therapies in various situations;

    3) Educate patients or clients about safety and quality concerns;

    4) Partner with patients or clients on developing a plan of integrative care that fits their needs and preferences; and

    5) Administer the therapy or advise patients or clients on use.

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