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Certificate Description

Optimal Healing Environments (OHEs) are those environments in which characteristics of the individuals and various elements of the organization are focused on social, psychological, physical, cultural, and spiritual components that support and enhance the inherent healing capacities of the individuals who live and work in the environment. Healing relationships, the powerful effect of evidence-based design and all its elements (color, sound, light, art), a focus on nature, the impact of technology on health, and the important environment aspects of health such as clean air and water are all explored in this innovative certificate program. The goals of this certificate program are to examine the various elements of optimal healing environments, explore how they impact the health of individuals and communities on a physical, social, psychological, and spiritual level, and describe methods of enhancing personal and work environments so they support the health of individuals and surrounding communities in a sustainable, healing manner.

Certificate Purpose

The goals of this certificate program are to examine the various elements of optimal healing environments, explore how they impact the health of individuals and communities on a physical, social, psychological, and spiritual level, and describe methods of enhancing personal and work environments so they support the health of individuals and surrounding communities in a sustainable, healing manner.

Courses Included

The Power of Design – Healthy Buildings, Healthy Communities

  • Contact Hours: 2.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.20

Today’s health-care leaders face myriad challenges in providing safe, effective, high-quality care for patients while creating a work environment that supports the health and well-being of staff. The design of their facilities plays a critical role in these two vital aspects of care.

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Creating Healing Relationships

  • Contact Hours: 1.50

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.15

A healing relationship involves two major elements: a relationship with the self (intrapersonal relationship) and relationships with others (interpersonal relationships). Each is critical to creating a healing environment for an organization’s staff and clients. Healing relationships support the social, spiritual, psychological, physical, and behavioral components of people and the organization. These relationships stimulate the healing abilities inherent in patients/clients, employees, and families. Optimal healing environments support and enhance the intentions, health behaviors, treatments, and buildings of all who share the space.

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Color and Health–Exploring the Connection

  • Contact Hours: 2.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.20

The use of color in healing has a long history. A fundamental aspect of environmental design, color has also been linked to physical, psychological, and social reactions in all of its uses. Color’s characteristics can influence how it is used and what effects it might produce.

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Light, Health, and Healing

  • Contact Hours: 2.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.20

Light has been a part of all life since the beginning of time. It plays a critical role in the health and well-being of every living thing on the planet. As humans have evolved, they have often moved away from the natural light of their ancestors and have increasingly been exposed to artificial forms of light. The effects on their health have been profound. As we increasingly focus on improving the design of health-care environments, it is only natural to examine the role of light in those environments.

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Sound and Art: Using The Ears And Eyes To Heal

  • Contact Hours: 2.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.20

Music and art have tremendous healing powers. Creative expression offers patients and staff the ability to heal on multiple levels. Understanding of the intricate relationship between stress and the health of our body, mind, and spirit continues to grow, and we have discovered that healing therapies which incorporate art and music can actually change a person’s physiology. They connect individuals and communities, as well.

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Nature And Healing – The Power Of Connection

  • Contact Hours: 2.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.20

Walking barefoot on the grass, listening to the ocean or the rush of a river, hearing the sounds of baby birds chirping in the spring, smelling the desert after a summer thunderstorm, or watching the silence of a winter snowfall. These sensory experiences can help us feel peaceful, awe-struck, humbled, exhilarated, and connected to the grander world beyond ourselves. The use of natural elements to heal or to support well-being is as old as human history, but it fell out of favor in the health-care profession for many decades. Now, the realization of the power of nature to heal is undergoing a tremendous resurgence and is providing additional therapies and tools for health care providers to help support the well-being and healing among patients, clients, staff, and community members.

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The Air We Breathe – How Air Quality Affects Health And Well-Being

  • Contact Hours: 1.50

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.15

The quality of the air we breathe is essential to our overall well-being. Contaminants in our external air, as well as the air we breathe in our homes and workplaces, play a role in many diseases. In high enough concentrations, these contaminants can be fatal. Creating optimal healing environments requires close attention to air quality, temperature, humidity, and odors.

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How Safe Is Your Water?

  • Contact Hours: 1.50

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.15

According to the World Health Organization (2008), access to safe water is essential to health and a basic human right. Yet globally, unsafe water causes millions of deaths from diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition, and drowning. The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world. However, national statistics do not tell us about the specific quality and safety of the water coming out of our tap. In addition, more and more reports are surfacing about the types of contaminants in the U.S. water supply. Health care professionals play an important role in preventing waterborne illness and in educating the public about potential health risks related to exposure to microbial and chemical contaminants in their drinking water.

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Our Rewired Brains – Technology and Health

  • Contact Hours: 1.50

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.15

Technology is an important and beneficial part of modern life. It can save us time, help us work more efficiently and effectively, and support personal and global changes. Yet many individuals never fully disconnect from their technological devices, and social, physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties can occur as a result. Called “technostress,” this condition is often related to multitasking and can lead to loneliness, frustration, anxiety, and depression. Yet there are many ways to manage technostress and learn to use technology wisely.

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Certificate Objectives

Upon completion you will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the importance of healing relationships in creating healing environments.
  2. Explain the relationship between color and health.
  3. Discuss the role of clean water in healing environments.
  4. Explain the relationship between light, health, and healing.
  5. Discuss the role of nature in the healing process.
  6. Explain how technology affects health.
  7. Describe the impact of sound, music, and art on healing.
  8. State the role of air quality in health and well-being.
  9. Explain how the power of health care design elements can influence health and well-being.

Topics

  • Advance Practice
  • Brain Health
  • Cardiology
  • Community Health
  • Complementary and Alternative Health
  • Education
  • Healing Environments
  • Holistic Health
  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Integrative Health
  • Meditation
  • Men’s Health
  • OB/GYN
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Perinatal
  • Psychiatric Health
  • Social Work
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Wellness
  • Women's Health

Professions

  • Acupuncture
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Education
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Other
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work

Accreditation

American Board of Managed Care Nursing - The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).

ANCC—American Nurses Credentialing Center - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AOTA—American Occupational Therapy Association - American Occupational Therapy Association

California Board of Behavioral Sciences - California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider Number PCE 1564. Course meets the qualifications for the stated hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

California Board of Registered Nurses - Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 14693 for the number of hours stated.

California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section - The California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section accepts continuing education offered by CA-BRN approved providers.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE BROKER after successful completion.

Florida Board of Massage Therapy - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Florida Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of nursing (CE Provider # 50-12076).Courses are automatically submitted to CE Broker.

Florida Board of Nursing — Certified Nursing Assistants - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Board of Respiratory Care - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

NAADAC—The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors - ALLEGRA Learning is an approved provider with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (Provider #813).

NCBTMB—National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider Number 451562-11.

State Accreditation

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in...

  • All States
  • Cost: $96.00

  • Contact Hours: 16.00

  • AOTA CEUs: 1.60

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