Certificate in Meditation

Although there are many ways to meditate and many different forms of meditation, they all share a unifying characteristic: Each focuses on intentionally training a person's attention and concentration. Meditation practices have been used by cultures around the world for thousands of years.

In this certificate program, you'll explore the many meditation techniques that can be used to support the mind-body connection and promote healing and wellness. The course is designed for health professionals and nurses as well as general consumers. As you'll learn, meditation's health effects have been well documented. The practice offers improvement of the symptoms of various diseases and allows practitioners to experience a deeper spiritual connection. This course will guide you as you discover how the practice of meditation can be used to increase mindfulness, reduce stress, deal with pain and illness, and support overall well-being. (8 contact hours)

Details
Learning Type:
Instructor-Led Course

Hours: 8.00

Duration: 6 Weeks

Session Start Dates:
Apr 17
May 15
Jun 12
Jul 17

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 Health Effects of Meditation

Meditation is a mind-body practice with many methods and variations that are all grounded in the silence and stillness of present-moment awareness. Evidence of meditation's health effects has been well documented: the practice offers improvement in the symptoms of various disease conditions in addition to the experience of a deeper spiritual connection. The goal of this course is to describe the health effects of meditation, including its psychological and physiological effects.

Meditation Types and Practices

There are many types of meditation. Some types appeal to people of an intellectual nature, while other types appeal to those who prefer the path of love and surrender. Individuals with an active approach to life may prefer meditation techniques involving movement, while other individuals enjoy using a mantra, visualization, or concentration. Although there are many other types of meditation, this course covers Transcendental Meditation, guided imagery and visualization meditation, mindfulness meditation, Osho Kundalini Meditation™, Vipassana meditation, walking meditation, laughter meditation, centering prayer meditation, and concentration meditation. The goal of this course is to explore the different types of meditation, techniques, and practices and examine the role of meditation in health and wellness.

Meditation and Religious Traditions

Although there are many ways to meditate and many different forms of meditation, they all share a unifying characteristic: each one focuses on intentionally training a person's attention and concentration. Meditation practices are used by diverse cultures to promote healing, are rooted in the traditions of the great religions, and have been practiced for thousands of years. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the meditation practices in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Sufism.

Mindfulness Meditation

Widely accepted, used, and studied within mainstream medicine, mindfulness meditation involves paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment. The health benefits of mindfulness meditation include improvements in dealing with stress, pain, and illness. Anyone can engage in this form of meditation, which places no emphasis on religious or faith practices. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of mindfulness meditation, describe the health benefits of mindfulness meditation, discuss mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and examine the techniques and practices for mindfulness meditation.

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Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • 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.
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Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

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 took this course for my personal benefit. I wanted to gain knowledge and experience to improve the quality of my life and overall health. I now practice meditation twice a day and focus on my thoughts.

I work in the dental setting and I see many patients who are clenching and grinding their teeth due to stress. I can now educate them on meditation as a form of stress reduction.

I really enjoyed this class. The material was very interesting and informative.

Loved the course, I'm a very happy camper now!

I will be more mindful and aware of what I am doing and thinking. I believe I can use the information taught in this course to better my living conditions, especially lowering my blood pressure.

I work at a retirement community. This knowledge will help me work with residents who are nearing the end of their lives.

I can now help my nervous massage clients that are willing to do the homework to set up relaxation programs for themselves.

The raisin and chocolate exercise is excellent for teaching seniors meditation, through mindfulness. This would be a great future class to do at a senior center. It was helpful to learn the different types of meditation based on culture and religions.

This is exactly what I was looking for! I am very happy that I saw it offered. I have wanted to learn meditation for a long time. I like the format, as it allowed me to do it when I could. Thank you so much!

I am now more likely to introduce meditation to more of my psychotherapy clients. I may even start a meditation group for those with anxiety disorders.