Certificate in Healing Environments for Body, Mind, and Spirit
(16 contact hours) 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. You'll explore the effect of all the elements of an environment, including color, light, sound, and art, and the role they play in supporting physical and emotional health. In addition, the program examines how a facility can use a focus on nature to create a sense of connection, how to benefit from the use of technology while mitigating the emotional stress that can result from it, and the importance of such environmental aspects as clean air and water.
At the end of this program, 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.
The Healing Environments for the Body, Mind, and Spirit certificate program offers a multidisciplinary educational experience. Your certificate in Healing Environments for the Body, Mind, and Spirit will distinguish you as a knowledgeable, skilled, and committed professional. This program will:
- enhance your professional marketability;
- build your skills and competencies;
- fulfill continuing education requirements for many professionals
The Healing Environments for the Body, Mind, and Spirit certificate program provides health care professionals and interested individuals in a wide range of careers with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the needs of a culturally diverse patient and client population. Today, opportunities exist in the fields of nursing, social work, massage therapy, teaching, hospice care, administration, and research. Opportunities also exist within government programs and agencies; public and private institutions that provide health, education, and social services; research centers; special interest groups; colleges and universities; and corporate human resources divisions.
This certificate is relevant for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, practical nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, administrators, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, dieticians, educators, personal care assistants, volunteers, physicians, physician's assistants, chiropractors, clergy, physical fitness professionals, and interested individuals.
Note: All healthcare providers are responsible for checking the Accreditation list to determine if this course awards contact hours for their profession.
The Healing Environments for the Body, Mind, and Spirit certificate program consists of a total of 9 courses:
- The Power of Design--Healthy Buildings, Healthy Communities
- Creating Healing Relationships
- Color and Health--Exploring the Connection
- Light, Health, and Healing
- Sound and Art: Using The Ears And Eyes To Heal
- Nature And Healing - The Power Of Connection
- The Air We Breathe - How Air Quality Affects Health And Well-Being
- How Safe Is Your Water?
- Our Rewired Brains--Technology and Health
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
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There is no commercial support being received for this activity.
Expiration Date: 11/16/2021
Duration: 6 Weeks
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About the Instructor
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC 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, MPH, has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.
These authors/presenters are the Co-CEOs of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC. They have no affiliation or financial involvement that conflicts with the material or information presented in this activity. No commercial support has been received for this activity. All applicable local, regional, state, and/or national laws and regulations have been followed in the development and delivery of this activity.
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 we increasingly focus 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 our 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 our body, mind, and spirit continues to grow, and we have discovered that 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 us feel peaceful, awe-struck, humbled, exhilarated, and connected to the grander world beyond ourselves. 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 We Breathe: How Air Quality Affects Health and Well-Being
The quality of the air we breathe is essential to our overall well-being. Contaminants in our external air, as well as the air we breathe in our 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.
Our Rewired Brains: Technology and Health
Technology is an important and beneficial part of modern life. It can save us time, help us 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.
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The Certificate in Healing Environments for Body, Mind, and Spirit consists of a total of nine lessons. You must complete all lessons to receive your certificate.
To complete each lesson, click on the lesson title that you would like to complete. When you are ready to take the final for each lesson, proceed to the Finals section and select the final you wish to take.
You must pass the final exam in all lessons with a score of 80% or higher AND complete the Evaluation Form in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Finals are graded as Pass or No Pass. Receipt of your certificate indicates successful completion of the course and that you have passed all final exams with a score of 80% or greater. You may retake final exams as many times as necessary within the six week duration of the program at no additional charge.
- 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 Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
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- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
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.