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If you are a busy professional, you may want to consider taking one of our user-friendly, online courses. Work at your own pace, day or night, for these four week long courses. Upon successful completion of each course, the NCDE student will receive a Certificate of Completion for ten (10) continuing education hours:

  • nurses
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  • marriage and family therapists
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Tuition for our online courses is $199.00.


 NCDE Online Course Listings

Dates: May 2 – 27, 2016

Course: DE 503 Integrative Medicine in Palliative and End of Life Care

Instructor: Kirsti Dyer

Medicine is the field of study that makes use of, or integrates, all appropriate therapies both conventional and non-mainstream. The Center for Integrative Medicine defines Integrative Medicine as “a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person(body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.” The NCCIH uses Integrative Health when discussing practices that incorporate complementary approaches into mainstream health care.

Integrative medicine/health therapies used in palliative and end-of-life care include: nutrition, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, aromatherapy, guided imagery, journaling, deep breathing, herbs, supplements and Reiki. Other complementary therapies utilized in hospice include meditation, hypnotherapy, prayer, touch, art, music and pet therapies.

Course Objectives

By the end of this brief overview of Integrative Medicine participants should be able to:

1. Define Integrative Medicine, Integrative Health, Complementary Medicine and
Alternative Medicine.
2. Describe several evidence-based beneficial integrative medicine therapies used in palliative and end-of-life care.
3. Identify additional beneficial complementary or alternative therapies to integrate into treatment plans for palliative and end-of-life care.
4. Explore using of spirituality, ritual and ceremony in integrative health and EOL care.
5. Examine three different acronym templates for taking a spiritual assessment.
6. Utilize screening questions for interviewing and selecting an integrative, complementary or alternative practitioner.
7. Research and share helpful additional resources for further study of integrative practices.