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Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care


Required Courses
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.00 credits
CIT 621Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care3.00 credits
CIT 622Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care3.00 credits
CIT 623Cross Cultural Issues3.00 credits

Course Descriptions

CIT 503 Holistic Living For The Caregiver - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to take students on an experiential journey toward a holistic way of living that emphasizes a mind-body-spirit approach. Emphasizes development of healthy, nutritious eating, effective exercise, and guidelines for incorporating basic supplementation. Students stress reduction and management techniques including breathing, walking and music. Integrates spiritual concepts.

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CIT 621 Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care - 3.00 credits

This course offers health care professionals the guidelines and tools necessary to provide compassionate spiritual care to patients and their families at the end of life, by examining spiritual beliefs, rituals and opportunities through the combined effort of patient, family and a multidisciplinary health care team. Techniques will be explored that acknowledge and support individual goals, values, and wishes, through discovery, reverence, and tending of the spirit. This course will examine the ancient texts of death and dying, the use of scripture, and the unique energy of the ancient hospices in Europe.

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CIT 622 Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care - 3.00 credits

This course introduces health care professionals to the use of complementary and integrative therapies (CIT) used during the end of life. Methods for assessment, the influence of the environment in healing, and therapeutic interventions for various stages of patient concerns will be explored. The current use of proven modalities in end of life care will be discussed, as well as the potential for expanding current practice. Care of the dying will be viewed from many disciplines, clinical and domestic.

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CIT 623 Cross Cultural Issues - 3.00 credits

Culture plays an important role in an individual's view of death and in a health care provider's provision of care at the end of life. This course will explore culture, the learned behaviors, beliefs, and values that define an individual's experience, affecting their views of health, illness, dying, and life after death. The health care provider will develop skills necessary to recognize, assess, and address the psychological, social/religious issues, and cultural taboos realizing that different cultures my require significantly different approaches, ultimately, providing a meaningful context for dying.

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