Certificate in Healing Environments for Body, Mind, and Spirit
The design of a health care facility can contribute greatly to the well-being of patients, staff, and the wider community. In this innovative certificate program, you'll examine how Optimal Healing Environments (OHEs) impact the health of individuals and communities on a physical, social, psychological, and spiritual level.
You'll learn how evidence-based design can create environments that foster healing and support the mission of health care facilities. At the end of this course, you'll appreciate all aspects of a healing environment and be able to describe methods of enhancing personal and work environments so they support the health of individuals and surrounding communities in a sustainable, healing manner. (16 contact hours)
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are approved for continuing education credit for diabetes educators. All ANCC accredited courses are accepted for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider Number 451562-11
This activity is being provided by ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and jointly provided by Cengage Learning, Inc.
Expiration Date: 11/16/2021
Duration: 6 Weeks
Session Start Dates:
About the Instructor
Cyndie Koopsen is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of “Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.”
Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes research experience, workshop presentations, and instruction. She has designed, developed, and instructed numerous integrative health programs for diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. Young is the co-author of “Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.”
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
The Power of Design: Healthy Buildings, Healthy Communities
Today's health-care leaders face myriad challenges in providing safe, effective, high-quality care for patients while creating a work environment that supports the health and well-being of staff. The design of their facilities plays a critical role in these two vital aspects of care. The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to describe design elements that support healing environments, including evidence-based design (EBD), green practices, sustainability, physical security, cultural responsiveness, building design, furnishings, and wayfinding in health-care facilities.
Creating Healing Relationships
A healing relationship involves two major elements: a relationship with the self (intrapersonal relationship) and relationships with others (interpersonal relationships). Each is critical to creating a healing environment for an organization's staff and clients. Healing relationships support the social, spiritual, psychological, physical, and behavioral components of people and the organization. These relationships stimulate the healing abilities inherent in patients/clients, employees, and families. Optimal healing environments support and enhance the intentions, health behaviors, treatments, and buildings of all who share the space.
The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the elements of intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships that support healing, examine components of the C.A.R.I.N.G. model of self-care, explore the role of balance and thriving in healing relationships, describe the dimensions and characteristics of a healing presence, and explore the principles of relationship-centered care (RCC).
Color and Health: Exploring the Connection
The use of color in healing has a long history. A fundamental aspect of environmental design, color has also been linked to physical, psychological, and social reactions in all of its uses. Color's characteristics can influence how it is used and what effects it might produce. The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the history of color and healing; examine the characteristics of color; and describe the healing benefits and impact of color, types of color therapy, and guidelines for using color in healing environments.
Light, Health, and Healing
Light has been a part of all life since the beginning of time. It plays a critical role in the health and well-being of every living thing on the planet. As humans have evolved, they have often moved away from the natural light of their ancestors and have increasingly been exposed to artificial forms of light. The effects on their health have been profound. As society increasingly focuses on improving the design of health-care environments, it is only natural to examine the role of light in those environments. The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the characteristics of light, compare and contrast the types of light, discuss the role of light in sight and people's overall health, and describe how to incorporate light into healing environments.
Sound and Art: Using The Ears and Eyes to Heal
Music and art have tremendous healing powers. Creative expression offers patients and staff the ability to heal on multiple levels. Understanding of the intricate relationship between stress and the health of the human body, mind, and spirit continues to grow. Healing therapies which incorporate art and music can actually change a person's physiology. They connect individuals and communities, as well. The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to discuss the role of art and music in health, discuss the effects of art and art therapy on health, and describe how music and art can be incorporated effectively into healing environments.
Nature and Healing: The Power of Connection
Walking barefoot on the grass, listening to the ocean or the rush of a river, hearing the sounds of baby birds chirping in the spring, smelling the desert after a summer thunderstorm, or watching the silence of a winter snowfall. These sensory experiences can help people feel peaceful, awe-struck, humbled, exhilarated, and connected to the grander world beyond themselves.
The use of natural elements to heal or to support well-being is as old as human history, but it fell out of favor in the health-care profession for many decades. Now, the realization of the power of nature to heal is undergoing a tremendous resurgence and is providing additional therapies and tools for health care providers to help support the well-being and healing among patients, clients, staff, and community members. The goal/outcome of this course is to describe the effects of nature on health and well-being.
The Air You Breathe: How Air Quality Affects Health and Well-Being
The quality of the air you breathe is essential to your overall well-being. Contaminants in the outdoor air, as well as the air you breathe in your homes and workplaces, play a role in many diseases. In high enough concentrations, these contaminants can be fatal. Creating optimal healing environments requires close attention to air quality, temperature, humidity, and odors. The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the components of external and indoor air pollution, describe their effects on human health, and identify methods of reducing or eliminating external and indoor air pollution, especially in health-care environments.
How Safe Is Your Water?
According to the World Health Organization, (WHO) (2011), access to safe water is essential to health and a basic human right. Yet globally, unsafe water causes millions of deaths from diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition, and drowning. The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world, but national statistics do not tell individuals about the quality and safety of the water coming out of their own taps. In addition, more and more reports are surfacing about contaminants in the U.S. water supply.
Health-care professionals play an important role in preventing water-borne illness and in educating the public about potential health risks related to exposure to microbial and chemical contaminants in drinking water. The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the scope of the issue of water safety, types of contaminants found in public drinking water, water-related diseases, guidelines for water safety, and the information health-care providers need to know to effectively educate the public about their water and their health.
Rewired Brains: Technology and Health
Technology is an important and beneficial part of modern life. It can save you time, help you work more efficiently and effectively, and support personal and global changes. Yet many individuals never fully disconnect from their technological devices, and social, physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties can occur as a result. Called technostress, this condition is often related to multitasking and can lead to loneliness, frustration, anxiety, and depression. Yet there are many ways to manage technostress and learn to use technology wisely. The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the use of technology in modern life, define technostress and technosis, identify health impacts of technology, and describe methods of managing technostress.
- Internet access
- One of the following browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
- Google Chrome
- Adobe PDF plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
I will pay much more attention to the careful planning and design of my future facility. This course will enable me to have a broader perspective when working with clients.
I will continue to push for the inclusion of more horticultural therapy and time for patients and staff to spend in the natural environment. I will also promote meditation as a form of stress relief.
I really enjoyed this course. It is so fascinating how all of our surroundings affect us.
I now have an arsenal of data to share with my family, neighbors and community as well as health care providers.
I will pay more attention to the space in which I see clients. The color of the walls, water features and the quality of air. Plan on spending more time without noise, white or other wise.
As a building designer, I will pay more attention and incorporate what I have learned into building designs for healthcare environments.
This was an eye opening course that made me more aware of the hospital, clinic and office environments.
I will be more attentive to all details of environmental design, as I now understand how these details have an impact on patient health and well-being.
I will try to incorporate things like color and music to help in the healing process.