Module Two

MODULE TWO

 

THE ROLE OF

                             LIFE MANAGEMENT TOOLS & COACHING                               

                   IN AN INTEGRATIVE PRACTICE

The Integrative medicine model recognizes the critical role that the practitioner-client relationship plays in a client’s overall healthcare experience. It seeks to care for the whole person by taking into account the many interrelated physical and nonphysical factors that affect health, wellness, and disease, including the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of people’s lives.  Our students learn to understand the relationship between emotional  responses and physical expression of these emotions in the body, as well as the biochemical causes that can lead to emotional responses and behaviours. This gives them the cutting edge in creating Personalised Integrative Health Treatment Strategies for their clients, once they graduate as practitioners, as they will be equipped to identify and  counsel emotional well being issues that are impeding health or lifestyle progress in the lives of their clients

Health coaching is poised to make a real difference in fighting the global health crisis

Health coaches provide instruction, tools, information and facilitation of behaviour change that leads to the creation of health, instead of the suppression of symptoms of disease. Our students are trained to educate and support people to find their way to better health. As our Graduate Practitioner, you are trained to not only provide physical and structural support for your clients, but you will also have acquired training and practical skills to help your clients manage their emotional wellbeing more efficiently, and implement tools to improve their lifestyle choices.  By understanding the impact of stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression, and their resulting corrosive effect on overall health, you will have the knowledge to support your clients to create balance in the interplay between their emotions and their physiology.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

Sub-Module One 

Emotional Wellbeing Support Skills in an Integrative Practice

In this incredibly overloaded world of stress and excess, many people are ill equipped to deal with their sadness, depression and anxiety, and many try to heal themselves (self-medicate) with food – usually the very foods (unbeknown to them) that actually aggravate the symptoms they are trying to resolve!. This tactic often leads to overeating, unwanted weight gain, and other health imbalances which subsequently lead to further depression, anxiety and sadness. Self esteem and loneliness result in too many individuals caught in this spiral towards greater misery and ill health. Confidence levels take a knock and this in turn often affects both personal and career relationships. Low confidence levels and low self esteem are crucially intertwined with physical health as well as achieving one’s goals and dreams.

As an Academy of Wellness  Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (IHWP) in addition to being a caring and supportive ear and sounding board, you will be trained in Life Management Skills Coaching, to help your clients with practical tools to elevate their self esteem and self confidence levels. The personal reward in watching your clients transform their lives, and reach their goals and dreams, far exceeds any financial rewards. And financial rewards are not far behind, as these will be the very clients who build your business and client base through referrals.  It is no secret that people talk about people who have helped them.  Both Mary-Lou and Prof. Celene have built their health practices over the last 30 to 40 years, on very little advertising, and predominantly through the referrals of very happy clients who love them dearly.

Our students learn how to explore the connection  between food and emotions, and are taught Integrative Counselling and Coaching strategies to support their clients to the best possible outcome, at a pace that the client can manage. These strategies are incorporated into the ‘Integrative Health Treatment Plan’, to monitor and encourage the overall physical and emotional health improvements of the client.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

Sub-Module Two 

Effective Parenting in the Health & Well Being of  Future Generations

As early as conception, and in fact even before conception, the science of Epigenetics clearly demonstrates how a child’s lifelong health profile is influenced by the health of their parents prior to conception, the mother’s health and stress levels during pregnancy, as well as the child’s actual early years life experience,  These aspects are critical to ensure their positive health and wellbeing throughout the course of their lives into old age. It is now a well known and studied fact that from conception to pregnancy, birth to breastfeeding, to emotional nurturing and food, these all epigenetically influence the health outcomes of human beings every day that they are alive on this planet.

Where children grow up with secure relationships, safe home-learning environments, adequate housing, and have good nutrition, the probability of lasting positive health and wellbeing, to the day they draw their last breath in old age,  is strong.

On the other hand, adverse childhood experiences in the early years such as poverty, child abuse and neglect, or parental substance misuse, and inappropriate nutrition, not only impact negatively on children’s health and wellbeing, but can affect a wide range of future outcomes including learning, anti-social behaviour, and premature ill-health and death.

Early intervention means (intervening) encouraging parents to make different choices prior to even getting pregnant, and to take different actions based on more knowledge, patience and care,at a young age or early on in the life course, while prevention refers to encouraging parents to make different choices as early as pregnancy and birth, and) avoiding the negative impacts of the social determinants of health.

This module teaches all these critical aspects of a child’s health, and our Graduate Practitioners will be well placed to support parents to identify and support improvements in not only underlying difficulties giving rise to conception (infertility issues in both parents) or miscarriage issues in the mother, but will be able to support the development of the child both during pregnancy (by supporting the mother’s and family emotional and nutritional well being, etc) and after birth as the child grows and develops.  Our Graduate practitioners will give attention to both structural health and emotional health development in the child, as well as providing life management support for the family in times of need.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

Sub-Module Three 

    The Essential Role of ‘Community’ in Optimal Health and Longevity              

The Key To Success with your Health Goals

 ‘Friend Power + Will Power’ 
This is a much more effective formula than ‘Will Power alone’ !

 Research clearly shows that ‘Community’ is the biggest driving force behind health and longevity.  Studies on large groups of people have demonstrated that the two leading causes of Death by all causes’ is loneliness and ‘overt rejection’ (such as divorce, bullying, isolation in old age, etc)…and the antidote to this has been shown to be ‘COMMUNITY’!

It is also well known in the literature, that the peoples of the world where longevity prevails, are actively involved in their communities, and additionally have a sense of purpose in their communities.

We teach our students how to foster this community spirit, in their studies with us, not only to nurture themselves to greater health, but also to learn how to guide their clients after they graduate. Our students learn to explore activities that foster community, from small gatherings to larger groups…whether engaging clients in social cookery groups, or small education or mediation groups, or whether encouraging group activities like dance or yoga or tai chi classes, or exploring education classes that enhance the client’s sense of purpose in their community.

This Community focus is built into the module that teaches Assessment and Monitoring Criteria, when evaluating clients’ overall emotional, physical and lifestyle health profiles.

As Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners, our graduates keep focused attention on identifying loneliness in their clients and whether or not they are experiencing overt rejection from any key members in their lives. In the event of this, our practitioners are trained to give their clients the appropriate counselling support to create effective  practical tools that are appropriate to the client’s life and means, to manage and improve these situations.

Our students are also encouraged to stay connected with the Academy of Wellness Online Student and Graduate Community, which inspires compliance to the health and learning programmes, encourages conversation, lends support, creates new friends, and improves your overall health.


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