Theme for Semester 3:
Applying mind/body/spirit principles to other people
(family, friends, patients, and clients)
Having a deeper understanding of how seen and unseen realities co-exist and having experienced their power and potential first-hand, you are now ready to take your learned knowledge and experienced wisdom to others. This semester continues to focus on extending your grasp of healing tools and techniques and offers concrete and practical methods for offering these modalities to others.
Note that though each course builds upon the other (just as each semester builds on the ones prior,) each course is also a stand-alone course and can be taken independently from the other four.
Energy Healing Tools and Techniques:
How and Why They Work
We are resonant, vibrational beings on a resonant, vibrational planet. Tapping into the energy of that resonance to effect healing for everything and everyone around us is not only possible but assured with appropriate training. In this course, you learn the principles of resonance and how vibration significantly impacts healing and health. To demonstrate vibratory well-being, you discover how to work with traditional energy tools including tuning forks, hands-on healing, drums, and rattles, to name a few. The final session of this course makes clear how to utilize these tools and techniques to maintain your own inner balance and to help others do the same.
Engaging Self and Creating Community
Whether sitting around a campfire, movie screen, or television, stories have captured the imagination and inspired the heart. Sometimes they even terrify or become cautionary tales. Whatever type of story you enjoy, this course helps you understand that your very life is a sequential story that you continue you yourself author and populate with a host of characters both supportive and difficult. In addition to providing a history of storytelling, the course demonstrates how storytelling creates community and has a physiological impact on both teller and listener. On a practical level, how storytelling can be used in a healing capacity (including an alternate way of performing the medical history intake) is offered and more specifically, how “charged words” impact outcomes. Stories of hope, both personal and published, are shared. This is a course that has everyday application in all life’s arenas where words are used and people interact.
Addressing the Spoken and Unspoken
Needs of Caregivers
With science and medicine extending the life span of a growing population and because we are able today to keep alive those with debilitating physical challenges, there are more people in the caregiver’s role than ever before—those who work as professional caregivers and those who privately care for loved ones. Often the unique needs of these caregivers are not understood or even acknowledged. This course addresses the spoken and unspoken needs of these caregivers and the impact of caregiving on their own well-being. You receive tools to help caregivers create a support team and manage the tricky emotional balance between the caregiver and the cared-for. Finally, you explore how to manage the lifestyle transition that precipitously occurs when caregiving is no longer needed. You will also review possible next-step scenarios that can follow this transition. This is an important course for those who provide care as well as for those who support caregivers.
Important Conversations About the
Ethics of Caregiving
In this time of conflicting world views, values, and principles, it is critical that you are clear about the ethics of caregiving. In this course, you explore the parameters of ethical care and review and discuss several professional codes of conduct to understand their differences and similarities. On a practical level, you examine guidelines about how to evaluate what is ethical and non-ethical. As a follow-up, you discuss suggestions about how to proceed when you witness what appears to be unethical behavior. Finally, you consider real-life case studies and common issues so that you can complete the course having gained important skills for evaluating and responding to the ethics of caregiving.
Thanatology: Bringing Grace and Healing
to the Death Experience
So much has become known about the death experience that a dedicated healing modality has arisen and become more mainstream—thanatology—the practice of bringing peace, grace, and comfort to the death experience. Though these practices are well-known and frequently utilized by hospice workers, they are now being incorporated into hospital protocols and into alternative healing settings. This course offers you an overview of the emerging trends in thanatology and draws the parallels between welcoming a newborn into the human family and helping the dying person make their transition. You explore the power of storytelling as part of the death process and learn how sharing stories about the dying can bring comfort to both them and those who love them. The impact of thanatology on body/mind/is spirit is not only explained but also experienced through a powerful demonstration of how these principles can be applied. This course is a life-affirming and life-changing opportunity for all students.