Whole Health Practitioner
Total Hours: 803 (Classes and clinic)
The Holistic Educator/ Practitioner Program is an integrative complementary medicine program designed to meet two purposes. The first purpose is to graduate complementary medicine practitioners with an array of treatment and educational skills that help create a well-rounded, value-added clinical practice. These skills fulfill all the components of a wellness practice from acupressure massage to nutrition and lifestyle coaching. The second purpose is to graduate experts in wellness education who can assist institutions and intergovernmental agencies which are focusing more and more on wellness programs and integrative medicine. These wellness educators can help design and build wellness programs and teach the tai chi, chi gung, meditation and nutrition classes which are central components to wellness programs that empower and inform the participants on how to better manage their health. The basis of this Program is contained within year one of CCATCM’s existing Acupuncture Diploma Programs core curriculum (ie. TCM Theory, communication, acupressure, herbal medicine) and the various modalities it introduces (ie. tai chi, chi gung, reflexology.) The College’s core instructors have many years experience working with intergovernmental agencies and institutions such as recreation centers and nursing homes. They have also worked in Chinese hospitals within an integrative medical model. This past summer they launched the first of many conferences that explore the integrative medical model ( the First Annual International Conference on Acupuncture and Healing).
The goal of the program is to graduate educators who can look after the need for establishing prevention-based programs both personal and institutional, based on the model of holism and integration that is fast becoming a reality around the world, because it works. The practitioners will be equipped to design and deliver holistic self-help programs both for individual clients and for institutions like nurseing homes which have a set population with set needs and community centers and health clubs which have both general populations with general needs and specific populations with specific needs. These holistic self-help programs will be preventative in nature and also help those suffering from chronic pain, better manage their pain. They will be focused on wellness and as such will help foster higher levels of wellness. The programs will provide more holistic life style and self-care options.
The programs that will be delivered to diverse individuals and populations will all share and provide these components:
- Education in Western understanding of pathology and Eastern understanding of pathology that complement each other allowing the target audience to benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to illness and wellness based on outcomes.
- A holistic understanding of wellness that will allow clients to integrate care of the mind, body and spirit into all aspects of their lives.
- A steps-to-recovery approach to the healing process that will help facilitate passive, active and interactive steps to healing.
- Provision of classes in nutrition for the body, meditation for the mind, and meditative exercises such as Chi Gung and Tai Chi for integration of mind and body. Chi Gung and Tai Chi are very gentle and easy to comprehend. They are particularly friendly to aging and hurting bodies. A study conducted by Capital Health in Halifax found Chi Gung to be highly effective. The World Health Organization has also praised Tai Chi and Chi Gung. The Thailand government has widely implemented classes in these forms.
- Flexible means plus outcomes that are client-based.