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Integrative health is one of the fastest growing areas in the health care industry.  Through a series of five online courses, students will learn about integrative health care and the role it plays in modern medicine.  Diet, exercise, and access to a healthy environment are essential to human health and well-being.  The aim of the Integrative Health Certificate Studies (IHCS) program is to promote, prevent and enhance patient experience as well as improve population health while reducing costs and health care workforce burnout.  The program is built on five main pillars:

  • Introduction to Integrative Health Care (required)
  • Trends in Integrative Health
  • Mind and Body
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Care

The courses may be taken individually or combined (three of the five) for completion of the IHCS. The IHCS is a non-credit program offered by UWG Continuing Education and is open to the community. Registration is open for Winter/Spring 2020 Cohort.    

  • Introduction to Integrative Health Care

    Course Description:  On a global scale, the demand for integrative health is on the rise.  Industries such as healthcare, education, business, leadership, clinician-training, government and research (to name a few), show growing interest in integrative health. This course will serve as the foundation for exploring the emerging field of Integrative Health and address the critical changes needed to transform individuals personally as well as professionally.

    Introduction to Integrative Heath Care -  IHCS Course 1/5  - Winter/Spring 2020 Cohort 
    Course Dates: 1/27/20-3/8/20 | 100% Online
    Hours/CEUS: 8 Hours | .8 CEUS
    Fee: $150 includes access to the online classroom, instruction, materials, and a certificate upon successful completion.

  • Trends in Integrative Health

    Course Description:  There are many trends related to Integrative Health. For the most part, many of them involve bringing conventional and contemporary approaches together in an organized way. This course will explore the various options currently researched and applied, as well as how to implement them to enhance well-being.

    Trends in Integrative Health - IHCS Course 2/5 - Winter/Spring 2020 Cohort
    Course Dates: 3/9/20-4/19/20 | 100% Online
    Hours/CEUS: 8 Hours | .8 CEUS
    Fee: $150 includes access to the online classroom, instruction, materials, and a certificate upon successful completion.

  • Mind and Body

    Course Description:  This course examines the integration of the mind and body as it relates to integrative health.  The importance of nutrition and exercise are major components of this course. Practices such as yoga and guided meditative movements will be explored in this course.

    Mind and Body - IHCS Course 3/5 - Winter/Spring 2020 Cohort
    Course Dates: 4/20/20-5/31/20 | 100% Online
    Hours/CEUS: 8 Hours | .8 CEUS
    Fee: $150 includes access to the online classroom, instruction, materials, and a certificate upon successful completion.

  • Mindfulness

    Course Description:  This course is an experiential journey into the practice of mindfulness. It may happen while walking on a mountain trail on a crisp beautiful fall day, or journaling the events of your life or having a spiritual experience. This state of being present and holistically involved in the moment is always available, but it can elude us especially in times of difficulty and external pressures. 

    Mindfulness - IHCS Course 4/5 - Winter/Spring 2020 Cohort
    Course Dates: 6/1/20-7/12/20 | 100% Online
    Hours/CEUS: 8 Hours | .8 CEUS
    Fee: $150 includes access to the online classroom, instruction, materials, and a certificate upon successful completion.

  • Narrative Care

    Course Description:  Stories are an essential part of our lives.  This course is designed to teach students how to tell their story and how to listen to the stories of others.  The healing nature of re-storying is the main focus of the course as it relates to community and well-being. 

    Narrative Care - IHCS Course 5/5 - Winter/Spring 2020 Cohort
    Course Dates: 7/13/20-8/23/20 | 100% Online
    Hours/CEUS: 8 Hours | .8 CEUS
    Fee: $150 includes access to the online classroom, instruction, materials, and a certificate upon successful completion.

Intended Audience

The IHCS is designed for anyone in the health-care industry (especially those who are at the bedside), hospital administrators, practitioners, mental health-care personnel, social workers, professionals in the field of education and interested individuals.

Program Content and Structure

The Integrative Health Certificate Studies (IHCS) is a series of five 6-week online courses consisting of 40 student learning hours or 4 CEUs. The courses are instructed 100% asynchronously online or entirely at a distance. Students will complete weekly modules on their own schedule and should anticipate spending approximately 2-3 hours per week for online instruction and assignments. Successful completion of the program will require satisfactory assessment of learning outcomes.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

The IHCS will prepare students to learn and develop how to implement fundamental principles of integrative health care to be better providers and practitioners.

Program Leadership

IHCS Program developer and facilitator Dr. Richard La Fleur earned his Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Consciousness and Society) from the University of West Georgia, where he currently teaches various courses in psychology. Dr. La Fleur’s research concentration has been narrative works (narrative psychology), mattering, the experiential reintegration process veterans experience post-deployment from the combat zone (phenomenology) with an emphasis on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other psycho-spiritual difficulties such as, Moral Injury. Through his ten plus years of research, Integrative Health has been a strong alternative form of care, for people who are seeking ways to find healing.

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Technology Requirements

The IHCS course are instructed 100% online through CourseDen requiring the following: Windows PC or Apple MacIntosh OS, Internet Access with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome Web Browser, Adobe Flash, Speakers, and Printer. Please use the System Checker on the Course Den Home Page

Program Contact

If you require additional information or clarification, please contact Erika McClain at emcclain@westga.edu or 678-839-6611.