Integrative Health & Lifestyle (IHeLp)
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Applications are now being accepted for IHeLp. Progam starts January 13, 2014.
Application deadline has been extended to December 10th.
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IHeLp Application Eligibility
Application-based enrollment, limited class size. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required. Applications open to licensed, registered, and/or certified health professionals*.
*No one eligible to apply for the AzCIM Integrative Fellowship may enroll (no MD/DO, NP, PA, CNM). Please explore our Fellowship in Integrative Medicine if you fall into this category.
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 program is student-centered and community focused. It consists of approximately 120 hours of engaging online curriculum, ongoing self-care assignments, faculty-moderated dialogues, and an experiential-focused 3-day educational retreat in Tucson.
- 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