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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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Integrative Health & Lifestyle (IHeLp)

This certificate program provides Nurses, Dietitians, Therapists, and other Health Care Professionals with a foundational knowledge in an integrative, healing-oriented approach to care, addressing the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, using a partnering approach with a focus on meeting the patient/client where they are. Participants will gain a broad understanding of how to utilize lifestyle approaches to improve health and wellbeing (including: nutrition, mindfulness, physical activity), techniques to both motivate change and reduce stress, along with a solid knowledge of CAM approaches such as manual medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and energy work.

This 6-month certificate program is student-centered and community focused. It consists of approximately 250 hours of engaging online curriculum, ongoing self-care assignments, faculty-moderated dialogues, and an experiential-focused 4-day educational retreat in Tucson.

Educational Goals

  • Learn to approach clients/patients as partners in health.
  • Acquire motivational interviewing skills to support successful lifestyle and behavior change in clients/patients.
  • Discuss whole health/lifestyle factors including: environmental factors, nutrition choices, levels of and ability to be resilient to stress, dietary supplement usage, physical activity, and personal relationships.
  • Gain a broad understanding of the range of beneficial health approaches available to patients, including lifestyle, mind-body, and complementary and alternative therapies.
  • Develop strong patient interviewing skills to support a whole-person approach.
  • Work effectively with and clearly communicate with integrative medicine clinicians regarding client/patients health.
  • Develop self-care techniques, goal setting and attaining strategies to improve one's own health and wellbeing.


Course work will include the following topics:

  • Stress & Health; Self-Care; Motivational Interviewing; Healing Relationships
  • Mind-Body; Spirituality, Mindfulness, Mental Health
  • Lifestyle Approaches: Nutrition, Movement, Sleep, Environment, Micronutrients and Common Dietary Supplements
  • Complementary & Alternative Approaches: Herbalism, Manual Therapies, Energy Therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Homeopathy

Apply to the Program

We are now accepting applications for IHeLp 2015 Summer. Program starts January 12, 2015 and finishes July 26, 2015.

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