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Healing Traditions
  Healing Traditions – Format: Webinar (Live) Lecture and Discussion, Case Studies / Story, Assigned Readings, Literature review, Writing assignments
Course Description: 

People’s healing traditions reflect cultural beliefs, thoughts, rituals and practices associated with their understanding of the human experience of health, illness, healing, suffering and curing. Healing traditions have endured the test of time and are preserved in health systems, which continue to thrive in society alongside biomedical culture and health care technologies. Indigenous Knowledge Systems, health beliefs and practices are passed from generation to generation in indigenous societies and ethnic communities through such activities as storytelling, prayer, and sharing recipes for making medicines from plants. Healing traditions are inherently holistic (involving spiritual, emotional, mental, and physiological domains) and include a broad definition of science that is connected with the environment. In addition to their own personal cultures, nurses, midwives, and other health practitioners working in the biomedical domain, are parts of a professional culture with their own sets of beliefs, thoughts, rituals, practices, and healing traditions. Nurses’ centuries-old healing tradition includes providing holistic care and leadership in health care reform that changes the lives of people and communities.

This course provides an opportunity for historical reflection and learning about health beliefs, systems, rituals, and practices associated with nursing’s and other culture’s healing traditions. The course will root your understanding of the principles and practice of holistic integrative care and health diplomacy in the lessons learned from history while strengthening your identity as a holistic nurse, health practitioner, health coach, cultural diplomat, educator, policy maker, researcher or leader. This Healing Traditions course draws primarily on examples from the healing traditions of Nurses and Midwives but is designed for and taught to anyone who is interested in the science, art, and tradition of healing and who seeks inspirational foundation for new directions in practice. For those seeking additional and advanced study on Healing Traditions see program information on becoming an Herbal Diplomat®.

Course Topics Include:
  • Nursing’s Professional Culture and Health Beliefs
  • Foundations for Nurses’ Healing Traditions: Self-Care Support, Health Promotion, Holism, and Healing Environments
  • Elements of Care: The “Sick Room” as the Laboratory of the Nurse Scientist
  • Recipes and Remedies – Continuing the Herbal Tradition
  • Healing Traditions of African-American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, First Nation and European-American Communities
  • Historical Roots of Health Diplomacy
  • Spirituality and Ritual
  • Midwives, Women Healers, Witches and the Inquisition
   Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course the attendee will be able to:
  1. Differentiate the concepts: healing traditions, complementary therapies, alternative medicine, biomedicine, indigenous healing, and orthodox healthcare.
  2. Explain the role of health belief in healing traditions and professional healthcare practice.
  3. Discuss cultural, ethnic, and folkloric perspectives of traditional healing and indigenous knowledge systems.
  4. Compare and contrast healing traditions in professional healthcare practice with the self-care practices of the family caregivers.
  5. Report on two modalities (therapeutic techniques or applications of care), health/nursing concepts, or beliefs associated with healing traditions.
  6. Identify healing traditions themes represented in 18th and 19th century American healthcare history.
  7. Analyze how knowledge of healing traditions might be translated to contemporary practice, research, and education in the healthcare professions and in the American healthcare system.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
  • Evaluation:  500 Point Scale   (388 – 500 )    P   Pass;  (0 – 387)   F    Failure
  • Participation in 4 Webinar Discussions  = 80 points (20 each)
  • Translational Nursing Paper  - 2 Papers = 300 points (150 each)
  • Preparation for Webinar – 3 Prep Forms = 120 points (40 each)
  • Completion of Course Evaluation

Required Texts:

  • Enlightened Charity. by Libster, M. & McNeil, B.  (ISBN - 9780975501825)
  • O’Connor, B. (1995). Healing Traditions. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Perrone, B. , Stockel, H. & Krueger, V. (1993). Medicine women, curanderas, and women doctors. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
  • The Nurse-Herbalist: Integrative Insights for Holistic Practice by Libster (ISBN - 9780975501849)
  • Other readings as assigned.
Registration Fee: $595. 

2-Month Course Includes:
  • 30 Contact Hours and Certificate of Attendance
  • Book: Enlightened Charity
  • Participation in 4 Webinars
  • Guided Self-Study Course Materials
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Continuing Education Credit