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Integrative Health & Healing

IHH 1100 -- Introduction to Holistic Healing,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course gives students an overview and foundation of the field of integrative health and healing. Students will explore the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit of the human system as well as healing through social, cultural, environmental and global perspectives of healing. Students will also discuss and evaluate emerging trends in holistic health and the complexities around current healthcare models. This course is strongly recommended as a first class for those with no previous integrative health and healing experience.


IHH 1102 -- Energy Healing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

Introduction to concepts and theories of energy, energy structures, bioenergetic auric field and the life force. Utilize the concept of the energy matrix to explain the energetic connection among individuals and the environment and examine the impact of energetic interactions and energy transfer on healing. Specific energy healing therapies will be discussed.


IHH 1103 -- Movement and Body Manipulation Therapies,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an introduction of movement and body manipulation therapies including chiropractic, osteopathy, massage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, qigong, tai chi, and yoga. Students will learn the uses and benefits of each therapy and have the opportunity to create a personal preventative body movement plan for self-care.


IHH 1105 -- Introduction to Massage/Reflexology,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading

This course provides an overview of massage therapy and reflexology as it relates to Integrative Health and Healing. The student will learn basic techniques through theory, demonstration and practice. Students will explore legal and professional ethics relating to touch and identify research supporting massage and reflexology in healthcare.


IHH 1110 -- Aromatherapy,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level reading

This course will introduce the concepts of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils to promote health and well being. Students will explore the art and science of aromatherapy and the effects on the body, the chemistry of essential oils, therapeutic actions and important safety guidelines.


IHH 1200 -- Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading

This course will provide an overview of the holistic philosophy of care associated with clients at the end of life. The student will learn to establish physical, mental, spiritual methods, emotional and therapies to promote self-actualization of the client and to promote self-care for families and other caregivers.


IHH 1205 -- Cross-Cultural Issues Related to Dying,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading

This course provides an understanding of the healing traditions and belief systems of many cultures. Various spiritual and religious views of dying will be discussed. Other content areas include historical perspectives, gender issues, cultural traditions, and rituals, and practices used to honor patients and families. An exploration of the individual student's attitudes toward death will enable the student to be comfortable asking the right questions of clients to support their culture and beliefs.


IHH 1300 -- The Aging Transformation and Geriatric Holistic Health,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level reading

This course will identify demographics of the geriatric population and understand the aging process myths and facts. Cognitive, physical, emotional, social and environmental impacts of aging will be discussed. The use of holistic therapies and their benefit to the geriatric population will be explored. The legal and ethical issues related to aging, such as advanced healthcare directives and living wills will be discussed.


IHH 1305 -- Integration of Holistic Therapies in Geriatric Care,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level reading

This course will identify the use of holistic therapies and the geriatric population. Students will learn how to identify appropriate clients for these therapies and how holistic therapies can improve an individual's quality of life. Discussions will include the use of modalities to relieve pain, decrease anxiety, decrease agitation, decrease sensory impairment, help prevent falls, and increase mobility.


IHH 2100 -- Holistic Healing Systems,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an understanding of various holistic healing systems such as Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American, Tibetan practices, and others. Students will identify and describe the key beliefs, underlying principles and theoretical basis for each. Examine social, cultural, environmental and global perspectives of healing within these healing systems.


IHH 2101 -- Mind/Body Connections,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisities: BIOL 1104 and PSYC 1110

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an understanding of how mind/body medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. Students will define the principles and philosophies of the new field of psychoneuroimmunology and mind/body therapies including guided imagery, music therapy, art therapy, aromatherapy, meditation (different types), mindfulness, biofeedback, breathing, and journaling.


IHH 2102 -- Food as Medicine/Biologically Based Therapies,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an introduction to nutrition basics and the importance of nutrition for a healthy body, mind and spirit. Students will learn the role nutrition can play in both prevention and treatment of most chronic illness and discuss how environmental and cultural issues affect nutrition. Students will also learn about the history, demographic use, FDA regulation, scientific research and issues of dietary supplements and constituents and properties of herbs and their impact upon the indications and contraindications for herbal use.


IHH 2103 -- Spirituality and Healing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course introduces students to the impact of belief and spirituality on healing. Students will identify personal core belief systems and values in relation to spirituality and healing and learn cultural aspects of healing, spirituality and ritual. Students will learn about the spiritual components of an illness or disease experience and the nature of life-changing aspects of a chronic illness or terminal illness.


IHH 2104 -- Health and Wellness Coaching Skills,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an introduction to coaching for health and wellness. Students will define coaching, distinguish between coaching and therapy and learn coaching skills and strategies for holistic health. Students will learn about the behavior change process and develop tools to help clients in the coaching process. Students will describe strategies to create healthy boundaries and ethical responsibilities within the coaching role.


IHH 2105 -- Basics in Business and Ethics in Holistic Healing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an overview of business management including finance, insurance and legal aspects specifically related to holistic healing. Students will learn organizational culture, change and how to effectively implement holistic healing initiatives. Learn about the ethical roles and responsibilities of self and the organization and how to handle ethical dilemmas in the practice of holistic healing.


IHH 2106 -- Introduction to Qigong,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an understanding of Qigong. Qigong is a form of meditation exercises that help people increase self-awareness, build internal energy and develop a healthy body physically and spiritually. Describe the history of qigong, general principles of qigong, 3 main elements of qigong, yin/yang philosophy, study of the Universe, 5 keys to success, 5 causes of energy blockage and demonstrate exercises to open energy blockages.


IHH 2107 -- Healing Touch,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: IHH 1100

This course provides an understanding of the human energy system relationship to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and energy principles basic to Healing Touch. Students will assess the energy field and energy centers. Identify a basic Healing Touch sequence and demonstrate specific intervention techniques used in Healing Touch. Discuss applications of Healing Touch in personal and professional practice and develop interviewing and additional assessment skills.


IHH 2110 -- Optimal Healing Environments,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading

Creating the Optimal Healing Environment incorporates the ancient Chinese Art of placement or Feng Shui to create a harmonious healing environment. These principles will be learned to create healing environments for hospice and palliative care as well as working with the geriatric population. Techniques can also be applied to create your own healing space to enhance the quality of your own life.


IHH 2280 -- Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care Capstone Class,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: IHH 1200 and permission of program director

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading

In this capstone class the student will incorporate holistic therapies into hospice and palliative care. The differences and similarities of various healthcare settings that provide holistic therapies will be discussed. Specific holistic therapies will be explored and utilized with hospice staff and families to create a holistic culture of care. This course will include a clinical learning experience.


IHH 2285 -- Holistic Geriatric Care Capstone Class,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: IHH 1305 and permission of the program director

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level reading

In this capstone class students will integrate theory and skills for a holistic approach to different stages of aging and geriatric care. Students will utilize critical thinking and decision-making while creating a therapeutic environment for clients within their cultural context. Students will explore various settings providing a continuum of care where holistic therapies can be applied with the geriatric population. Students will write their own life review/their story and create an opportunity to apply a holistic therapy in a geriatric population setting.


IHH 2297 -- Internship,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: IHH 1100, BIOL 1104, and permission of program director

The internship is an individually-designed, industry-based learning experience, approved by the faculty and the on-site project supervisor, in a setting consistent with the student's program goals in which the student can integrate skills and knowledge gained in the program.


IHH 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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