About this Specialization

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What you will learn

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    Assess the current and potential role for integrative therapies in health and healthcare, including your own workplace.

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    Discuss the evidence base for use of integrative therapies, including the historical, clinical, and research data.

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    Assess if a therapy is appropriate, Educate patients about benefit and risk, Administer or advise on use, and Evaluate if the therapy was useful.

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    Partner with patients to incorporate integrative therapies for specific symptom management or enhanced health and wellbeing.

Skills you will gain

wellbeingpatient-centered careimproved symptom managementintegrative medicineevidence-based practice

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

While this specialization is targeted at health providers, anyone can benefit from taking these courses for their own personal use.

English

Subtitles: English...

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Hands-on Project

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices

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This introductory course provides a framework for incorporating integrative therapies into your work with clients or patients. By the end of the course, you will be able to assess if integrative therapies are good options in specific situations, as well as educate patients and colleagues about benefits and risks. You will be confident discussing the evidence base for integrative therapies in general, with an understanding of some of the challenges of research in this area, and able to identify reliable sources of evidence-based information. You will leave with the skills to partner with patients or clients around use of these therapies and a plan to introduce integrative therapies in your work or other setting. Continuing Education Credit This course has been designed to meet 15 hours of Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements and may be eligible for CE credit from other professional boards. Retain the certificate of completion for this course to complete records that may be required to document continuing education activities. This course is also approved by ICHWC (Health Coaching) for 15 continuing education units (CEP # 100057). For example, this course is approved by ICHWC (Health Coaching) for 15 continuing education units (CEP # 100057)....
Course2

Guided Imagery

In this course, you will learn how you can use imagery and imagery interventions to help with symptom management and healing, as well as to enhance overall health and wellbeing. You will experience a variety of imagery interventions and evaluate how they might be helpful in providing relief or enhancing quality of life. By the end of the course, you will know how to assess if guided imagery is appropriate in specific situations or with specific patients. You will be able to find and evaluate guided imagery scripts and recordings you might use. Most importantly, you will learn how to write and record effective guided imagery scripts of your own for specific needs at work or in your personal life. Continuing Education Credit This course has been designed to meet 14.5 hours of Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements and may be eligible for CE credit from other professional boards. Retain the certificate of completion for this course to complete records that may be required to document continuing education activities. This course is also approved by ICHWC (Health Coaching) for 14. 5 continuing education units (CEP # 100057)....
Course3

Herbal Medicine

There is strong demand for alternatives to pharmaceuticals for a variety of common illnesses due to concerns of safety, efficacy, and a desire for more “natural” products. Despite this growing interest, “conventional” healthcare providers may have little to no knowledge about herbal medicines, which is further compounded by the sometimes misleading information in the media and on the internet. This course provides the necessary background for providers to begin to incorporate herbal medicines into their practice, particularly in regards to their therapeutic properties, efficacy (or lack thereof), and safety concerns, including quality control and potential adverse effects. Continuing Education Credit This course has been designed to meet Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements and may be eligible for CE credit from other professional boards. Retain the certificate of completion from for this course to complete records that may be required to document continuing education activities. This course is eligible for 16 contact hours of continuing education....
Course4

Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils

This course provides an overview of essential oil therapy and current aromatherapy practices in clinical settings and gives you the skills to bring aromatherapy into your own practice. By the end of the course, you will be able to able to: a) explain what essential oils are to a patient and how they work; b) assess if an essential oil might be beneficial to a patient, considering patient preference and the research evidence, as well as any safety issues or counter-indications; and c) suggest a protocol for use in a clinical setting....

Instructors

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Amy Taylor, MD

Assistant Professor
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
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Robin Austin, DNP, DC

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing
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Janet Tomaino, DNP

Associate Professor
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
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Susan Thompson, DNP

Teaching Faculty
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
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Alex Haley

Assistant Professor, Mindfulness Program Lead
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
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Louise Delagran

Mindfulness Teacher and Director of Learning Resources
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
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Teri Verner, DNP, RN

Graduate Faculty
Earl E Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing

About University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • 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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