Practical training takes the form of a series of case studies, research assignments, Online Practitioner Training Clinics, and participation in webinars and other online student platforms.
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This course includes 4 modules made up of 15 sub-modules.
It is structured as a self-paced online course. This makes it the ideal choice for you, if you are in full-time employment and ultimately wish to change your career, through self paced studies. This course additionally offers you the opportunity to learn more about the value of taking control of the therapeutic aspect of your family’s food and health profile.
Core modules include
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|Integrative Skills in:|
|1||The Role of Clinical Therapeutic Food Management in Integrative Practice|
|2||The Role of Life Management Tools & Coaching in Integrative Practice|
|3||The Role of Holistic Therapies as Integrative Support Strategies|
|4||Business Practice Skills for the Practitioner in the Modern Online World|
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN YOUR COURSE:
THE ROLE OF
CLINICAL THERAPEUTIC FOOD MANAGEMENT
IN AN INTEGRATIVE PRACTICE
|“The Lee Principle of Nutrition states that a vitamin as it appears in nature is never a single chemical, but rather it is a group of interdependent compounds that form a ‘nutrient complex’ so intricate that only a living cell can create it. And just as no single component of a watch keeps time, no single compound in a vitamin complex accounts for the vitamin’s nutritive effect in the body. Only through whole, unprocessed foods can the synergistic effect of a true vitamin be delivered.”
— Mark R. Anderson
Clinical Therapeutic Food Management is the science of food and its utilisation by the body. It can also be described as the relationship of foods to the health of the human body. The two are inseparable – The Human Body cannot stay alive without Food. The quality of this food will dictate an outcome of either positive physiological and mental health or illness and disease (dis-ease). Many people are completely unaware of this, and many more know it has some impact, but are unaware of how critical a role quality food plays.
As our student, you will learn which (often surprising) foods are ‘burdens’ to health, and which (often equally surprising) foods are health enhancing. You will learn to create what we refer to as ‘Medicine in Meals’. Learning how to create Therapeutic Recipes will help you acquire the skills to target therapeutic ingredients, that contain nutrients scientifically shown to support specific health conditions, body systems and organs. Examples of these recipes include:
Anti inflammatory, Pain Killer Biltong
Weight-loss and Blood Sugar Balancing Coconut ice fudge & ice cream
Liver & Immune Support Veg Hot Pot
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Sub-Module One: Integrative Anatomy & Physiology, and Biochemistry
Our modern lifestyles have served up enhanced technology and the ‘convenience factor’. This has had a very useful impact on our lives…at a significant cost. Examples of the price we have paid are:
- Severely depleted energy levels
- Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF),
- Long work hours
- Unrelenting stress levels,
- Emotional upheaval
The poor eating habits we have developed, often to self-medicate these areas, have exacerbated deteriorating health profiles and led to a concerning rise in the incidence of:
- Autoimmune conditions such as Graves and Hashimoto’s thyroid conditions
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes,
- Endocrine disorders such as adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue syndrome
- Obesity and weight management difficulties
- Imbalances in blood sugars and metabolism
- Cardiovascular issues
- Liver dysfunction and gallbladder problems
- Kidney difficulties
- Microbiome imbalances
- Digestive issues such as IBS, Candida, low stomach acid and Rosacea
- Allergies such as eczema, and psoriasis
- Reduced fertility and increased miscarriages
- Mental and neurological difficulties such as
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Many autistic spectrum disorder
- The schizophrenias
The tragedy is that these are becoming common health problems in our society today. It is indeed a VERY steep price to pay!
Effective health care has moved away from the traditional ‘single organ or body system’ focus, and is being replaced with a more integrative, functional approach to diagnosis and treatment protocols. The awareness that many symptoms do not originate in the organ or body system where they manifest, has led practitioners to consider the overlaps between function in various parts of the body. Excellent examples of this include:
- How thyroid hormone conversion requires optimal function of the liver, digestive system and kidneys
- How liver enzymes are raised by various stress hormones
- How female hormone issues can originate from raised stress hormones, liver or digestive dysfunction
- How cardiovascular symptoms such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure originate in the endocrine system when stress hormones increase
- How mental health issues, including the depressions and the schizophrenias can originate in digestive dysfunction, including low stomach acid, low gut bacteria, or inappropriate bacterial ecology (the Microbiome).
- How issues such as eczema, psoriasis and Rosacea manifest on the skin as an inflammatory condition, but should be investigated and treated at the ‘root cause’ levels of digestion, low stomach acid and allergies.
‘Root Cause Resolution Medicine’ is an emerging field of practice globally, and one that is not only fully embraced by the directors at the Academy of Wellness in their own Healthcare Practices, but is also taught throughout our courses.
This module teaches you, the student, to understand how food influences the biochemistry in our bodies. You will have an understanding of the metabolic pathways of biochemistry, and which food and environmental toxins can block the way that nutrients work in the many biochemical pathways, leading to severe disruption of organs and body systems, and ultimately physical, emotional and neurological health.
Food and environmental toxins include:
- BPA in the lids of take-away coffee cups
- Plastic food containers and Cling film plastic wrap
- Infants’ bottles
- Feeding utensils
- Children and Pets’ toys
- Growth hormones and antibiotics used in animal derived foods
- Heavy metals such as mercury fillings in teeth
- Heavy metals such as aluminium foil, eating utensils and cookware
- Xeno-oestrogens in water and food packaging
- Xeno-oestrogens in the pesticides used in farming methods of non organic fruit and vegetables
Very few symptoms actually originate where they manifest!
You will also learn how the various body systems and organs interact with one another, in order to better understand the origin (or source organ/body system) of your clients’ symptoms, in order to assess the underlying imbalances. It is by now well understood in Functional Medicine, that very few symptoms actually originate where they manifest! Practitioners who still attempt to go down the conventional treatment path of ‘just treating the symptom’ inevitably end up with disgruntled clients who keep moving from one healthcare provider to another, in a desperate attempt to find someone who can help them with a solution to their health problems.
As an Academy of Wellness Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (IHWP) you will know how to create a participatory treatment programme that supports as many aspects of healing relevant to the targeted biochemistry, body systems and organs, to ultimately support your client to improved health.
Sub-Module Two: Principles of Epigenetics in Nutrition & Wellbeing
“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
— Dr. Royal Lee, 1951
Sub-Module Three: The Use of Culinary Herbs & Spices in Clinical Therapeutic Food ManagementNutrients are a category of one of many essential supportive epigenetic environmental stimuli, that have a positive impact on the expression of health in the body. Inadequate supply of the quantity or quality of any one, or combination of many nutrients, can significantly compromise the tissues, organs and body systems that must function normally over long periods of time, to ensure optimal health. Deficiencies can result in inappropriate cellular function, cell death, and inappropriate gene expression – often resulting in severely reduced quality of life, disease and death. This module aims to teach the student how to assess underlying deficiencies, and identify which body systems require support to ensure improved assimilation of nutrients by the client, thereby encouraging them to make better food and lifestyle choices, to lead them down the path of an improved health profile, and greater longevity.
This is a specialist module where our students learn to use food in Therapeutic Cooking and Therapeutic Recipe Creation. Our students learn to implement different foods and herbs as a therapeutic strategy for supporting a client’s health profile. Examples of this include the creation of Therapeutic Recipes for:
- Colds, flu and other immune systems imbalances
- Pain management
- Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
- Stress and anxiety management
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Diabetes and other conditions related to blood sugar dysregulation
- Thyroid and other endocrine imbalances
- Sports performance enhancement and exercise recovery
- Heartburn and other digestive disorders
- Weight loss and management
Sub-Module Four: Effective Weight Management Strategies in an Integrative Practice
It has been realised a long time ago that weight loss and weight gain are such complex subjects, and are not as simple as ‘eat less and exercise more’ or ‘eat more if you want to gain weight’. It has been these very short sighted suggestions that have in fact often led to exacerbating the weight issue that people face. The frustration and desperation that people face daily with these challenges is palpable, and often finding a non-judgemental,understanding, kind and patient,and knowledgeable practitioner can be very daunting. Our students are trained in assessing the body systems and organs of each client, in order to see why they gained the weight, or cannot gain the weight. Emotional factors (past and present) or future fears etc, are identified and addressed in the Integrative Health Treatment Plans recommended to the clients. Our students receive intensive mentoring training to teach and practice patience, kindness, focus, and support every step of the way.
Sub-Module Five: Basic Understanding & Assessment of Functional Blood Chemistry
This new and exciting module takes our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners to ‘another level’.
Many practitioners who graduate are slightly (or extremely) apprehensive about looking at a client’s blood tests, as they do not receive sufficient training to equip them to even understand the basics of what the biomarkers (or analytes) mean. In addition to training our students in this basic understanding, we equip our graduates with an enhanced knowledge of HOW THE BIOMARKERS RELATE TO VARIOUS BODY SYSTEM AND ORGAN FUNCTION.
We teach our students not to WAIT until illness strikes in their clients, but to be able to assess dysfunction in the early stages when it still does not significantly compromise the client’s health. And if illness DOES strike, our Integrative Health & Wellness practitioners have the knowledge to explore and identify, and then create an appropriate personalised Health Support Plan to address the UNDERLYING REASONS for the condition, as opposed to simply addressing symptoms. By recognising the interplay between the body systems and organs, and understanding the highly sensitive nature of ratios, when it comes to assessing a client’s blood test results, our graduates are positioned very competitively with many practitioners who are not comfortable with, or sufficiently trained in, supporting their clients at this level.
It is well known amongst Health Care Providers that if you can figure out what’s wrong with somebody and know the right treatment, but you can’t educate them or communicate in a way that they understand what’s going on with them, then to some extent you’ve lost. You know you’ve lost because ultimately they won’t follow through. Study after study validates that a client’s compliance with a required and recommended treatment increases dramatically when they fully understand what’s going on with them, and they trust their healthcare provider – not only in their knowledge, but in being able to relay the information in a way that is positive, life affirming, and easy to implement at a pace the client can coppe with. Trust is an essential component of client compliance, and when you have it, your client will take that ‘supportive hand’ that you reach out to them, and willingly and gratefully allow you to walk alongside them throughout their health journey.
When a client receives a very comprehensive and professional set of reports with practical client centred information about what’s going with them, versus a lab report with a bunch of numbers and written out fancy names of analytes, with a couple of written scribbles and scratches on it, the difference creates the outcome – with both client compliance, and a successful treatment programme. Subsequently this leads to happy clients, and more client referrals – the very best way to grow your practice!
Many practitioners report that their clients are ‘jaw droppingly impressed’ to know that they’re going to leave the office with a full report that describes every single biomarker tested, and what it means to them relative to their symptoms. Most clients have never experienced sitting down with their Healthcare Providers and hearing words to the effect of “You’re about to learn more about your body than you ever have before. And by the way, it’s all printed out for you and instead of the few pages that you typically have gotten from doctors in the past, I printed out these 23 pages, which explains everything to you.” They all sit back in their chair and breathe a sigh of relief because, at last, somebody is explaining their health to them in an easy to understand, human english, as opposed to an abbreviated version of technical medical jargon. It is being suggested that Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis is the ULTIMATE Functional Medicine Assessment Test, because having the proper blood tests in hand and knowing how to do a thorough functionally-oriented analysis of the results can empower the practitioner to enact science-based disease-prevention programmes that could add decades of healthy function to your clients’ lives. Knowing AND understanding the clinical implications for values that fall outside of the optimal range helps our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners to be more effective health educators – No more telling clients that their lab work looks “normal’.
One of the MOST essential aspects of any treatment plan is CLIENT PARTICIPATION. The client MUST be in agreement, and WILLING to actively participate in their treatment programme. This makes the difference in successful treatment because you’ll have a client that’s well educated, who understands the need for, and the rationale behind, their recommended treatment programme. And moreover, they are motivated to return for their follow up consultations because they see it as an important learning experience that empowers them to take better control of their own health.
Sub-Module Six: Introduction to Additional Essential Laboratory Tests in an Integrative Practice
In many cases, having a thorough understanding of which symptoms are related to which body systems and organ function, is sufficient to make an outstanding improvement to a client’s health outcomes. Our graduates have this knowledge. However, also having a broader understanding of additional available laboratory tests is an exceptionally useful addition to any healthcare practice.
There are many diverse and often quite confusing ranges of lab tests offered to clients and practitioners nowadays. they can be extremely useful in identifying specifics and key areas for health improvement, and can make the difference to targeted treatment plans versus a bit of well educated guesswork We teach our students to know which tests are best for assessing targeted body systems, should the symptom assessment not create sufficient information to support the client adequately.
From Blood test Nutrient and Heavy Metals Evaluations, and Male or Female Hormone panels, to salivary Endocrine profiles with Immune Markers, Digestive Stool Analyses with Parasitology and Urine Toxic Elements Clearance Profiles, or Organic Acid Tests and DNA tests, to name but a few, it can be a minefield to negotiate without the proper training.
As a result, many practitioners do not avail themselves of these very useful resources, thereby potentially compromising the effectiveness of their client’s treatment programme. Our graduates will not fall prey to this difficulty, as this module is packed with comprehensive training to ensure the exemplary standards of our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners.
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, and 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, as well as the biochemical causes that can lead to emotional responses and behaviours. This gives them the cutting edge in creating a personalised Integrative Health Treatment Plans 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 to 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.
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 self esteem are crucially intertwined with achieving 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.
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.
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.
THE ROLE OF
AS INTEGRATIVE SUPPORT STRATEGIES
At The Academy of Wellness we believe in teaching our students to support themselves, and subsequently their clients after they graduate, to greater Self-Empowerment, both through developing strategies for them to support themselves physically, and also by helping them to change the stress triggers and stuck emotional beliefs they hold about life, themselves, and their roles in the community, that do not serve them positively.
A knowledge of a range of Holistic Therapies affords our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners an excellent additional set of resources to support their clients to greater self-empowerment. The human being often responds best to a combination of useful support strategies, as opposed to the traditional ‘single modality’ approach, e.g. nutrition, or acupuncture, or massage and/or chiropractic manipulation, or medical drug intervention, or psychology/counselling sessions. Stress has such a complex impact on both physiology and psychology, and these aspects typically feed into dysfunction in both areas. Our students will have a practical knowledge of various supportive Holistic Therapies, to support the whole client profile when they graduate. An example of this is a stressed out 30 year old, overweight woman trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. Our graduate would assess all her body systems by understanding how her symptoms and lifestyle relate to and impact the functioning of her various organs and body systems. Her emotional status as well as nutritional profile will be assessed, and her personalized programme will be discussed with her and agreed upon. Our graduates know how to negotiate with her to ensure her WILLING PARTICIPATION in her ‘Integrative Health Treatment Plan’ which could include recommending the following Top Ten Health Improvement Strategies to be introduced gently, over a paced time period during supportive follow up sessions:
1.The daily use of relaxing essential oils
3. A diverse range of stress busting Therapeutic Foods, spices and culinary herbs to introduce into her food programme
Food and Drink burdens to be reduced gently over the follow up sessions, to support her stress levels and physical health profile
4. Introduce a range of relaxing massages and spa days into her lifestyle at reasonable intervals
5. Introduce a range of stress and weight management regenerative supplements that target the organs and body systems that show dysfunction.
6. Useful software and aids, like blue light filter glasses, to reduce computer and phone related stress on vision, which negatively impacts the stress managing organs in the body
7. Changes to her sleep patterns
8. Several Short Life Management Sessions to create practical and appropriate Emotional Tools for her to manage stressful situations and self-confidence.
9. Introducing more physical movement into her lifestyle – exercise and ‘non-exercise’ both at work and after hours
10. Building in Lazy days and daily outdoor time with her bare feet in the grass and in the sunlight to recharge her energy levels.
Sub-Module One: Meridian Therapies in an Integrative Practice
Meridian Therapies is an umbrella term that refers to various treatment support strategies. Reflexology, Massage Acupuncture, and Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)) are but a few examples of Meridian based Supports. The body has pressure points from top to toe, that relate to organ and body system function, as well as support emotional well being, whether the point is gently massaged or stimulated, or an acupuncture needle or small therapeutic electro stimulus, or magnet is applied. Many of these do not require a client to see a practitioner, as they can learn and apply easy techniques at home to support themselves when they need immediate support. This gives the client a greater sense of Self-empowerment over their physical and emotional health as they do not need to rush off to a practitioner every time they have a crisis.
It is the clinical experience of the partners of the Academy of Wellness that this does not reduce business to our graduate practitioners. It has the very opposite effect, as it encourages many and ongoing referrals – the very best, least expensive, and most joy filled marketing tool to grow our practices.
It also gives our graduate practitioners a sense of achievement and joy at REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE in people’s lives.
Sub-Module Two: EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Integrative Practice
EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Techniques”
Over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals, including dozens of clinical trials, have shown that emotional trauma contributes greatly to both minor and major negative physical health symptoms and disease. Research has also confirmed that once distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress.
By using the elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combining them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points, EFT has demonstrated that it is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, and other problems.
It is a powerful self-help method that our graduates can teach their clients to use privately and immediately as and when they need it, as opposed to having to ‘schedule in a session’ when the intensity of (and damage caused by) the situation has already passed.
Experience is always the very best way to learn anything. Our students learn and practice these techniques on themselves throughout the duration of their course before they teach them to clients after graduation. The added benefit therefore is that they acquire tools to support their studies, as well as any ‘life pressure’ they may experience.
Sub-Module Three: Essential (Herbal) Oils in an Integrative Practice
Herbs offer us such an abundance of support in our daily lives.
From enhancing the taste and texture of our food, to being an outstanding source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and unique medicinal properties, the health benefits of herbs fill volumes of scientific and medical literature.
Whether consumed in food or tea form, applied as a compress or in a massage oil, or breathed in as an essential oil, herbs and spices help to improve both physical and emotional health and can help you maintain a healthy body weight, as many of them promote weight loss.
“Herbs” and “spices” are often used interchangeably, however there are key differences between them. Roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark, are the sources of spices. Spices have a higher potency and a stronger flavor than herbs, and are therefore usually used more sparingly. On the other hand, herbs are commonly used in larger amounts than spices. as they are less potent and not as intensely flavoured as spices.Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous or non-woody plants and come in various forms, including dried leaves and teas. These oils have their own set of uses and benefits, including skin therapy, food preparation, home hygiene, insect repellants,and many other practical uses.
This module focuses on herbal, otherwise referred to as essential, oils. Our graduates will be able to teach their clients which oils they can purchase, or safely make and combine at home, to best support their clients’ health profiles. Our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners will be able to recommend the different ways that essential oils can be taken or used, be it cooking, inhaling,
Herbal/Essential oils are extremely therapeutic and can be fun to use as well. Knowledge of these outstanding oils is another outstanding self-help tool that our graduate practitioners can teach their clients.
BUSINESS PRACTICE SKILLS
FOR THE PRACTITIONER
IN THE MODERN ONLINE WORLD
Cognisant of the fact that Information is the new commodity of the 21st century, it is critical that the capability to disseminate it effectively should be part of any serious training program. Many people have accumulated certificates over the years which they do not know how to use besides hanging them on the wall with fast fading nostalgia. The lack of hands-on practical training is the main reason why so many passionate graduates find themselves lost and alone, with nothing but a certificate in hand, faced with that daunting question “Where to from here?”. They only then realise that THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW OR WHERE TO START PRACTICING!
At the Academy of Wellness we have sought to counter this ‘half-baked-graduates’ dilemma by carefully designing the Business & IT Skills module. This module is deliberately placed as the last module as it aims not only to prepare but to practically guide and support the graduates in setting up their online practices and businesses. And, what an opportune time for our graduates to learn how to fully utilize cutting-edge IT resources, understand what they can do for them, and run successful practices.
Delivery Method & Course Content
The ‘Business & IT’ and ‘Online Marketing ‘ training sub-modules will be supported through several one-to-one training & tutored sessions conducted exclusively online, as well as practical homework tasks that will form part of the assignments and marking process. By the time you graduate you will already have chosen your Startup Business Name and created a web page for your business. You will also have created a Facebook business page which you will have started marketing, through the use of video streaming, online Blogging, Vlogging and Blog Radio. Free Online Marketing resources like Mailchimp and Calendly will be familiar to you , and you will have identified key marketing strategies to encourage your chosen targeted client base to seek your support.
Sub-Module One: Essential Mentoring and Support Skills for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner
Far too many excellent newly qualified Graduate Practitioners fall dismally by the wayside after graduating. This is due to very poor or non existent support from the institutions where they placed their money and faith, throughout their studies. By enrolling with the Academy of Wellness, we know that you investigate your study options, and choose most carefully where to invest your haad earned money, and which college will provide outstanding information to support your new chosen career path. The disappointment is palpable in graduates who have been through this process, and then feel wholly unsupported after they are ‘unleashed’ on the world to fight their way through a maze of unknown variables in setting up their practice!
We are determined that this WILL NOT BE YOUR EXPERIENCE when you enrol as a student at the Academy of Wellness. SUPPORT is our middle name – both throughout your studies (via your Personal Allocated Tutor), as well as after you graduate. You can either choose to team up with a new Academy of Wellness approved mentor, or continue your post graduate relationship with your ‘Student Personal Allocated Tutor’ for a small Mentoring fee, and as your new ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’ he/she will guide and support you through that first critical year when so many Graduate Practitioners fall by the wayside. Remember that you will already have the practical knowledge that you gained in your final module, through your interaction with your ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’ who mentored you.
The Mentor Sub-module is a critical element in training our students to learn how to be effective and supportive mentors, by engaging in this role with each other throughout Modules 1, 2 and 3 of their IHWP course, and then after graduation, by engaging with an experienced Academy approved ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’, and filling the role as a ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’ for final module students.
In this way we help to build a community of Health Practitioners who are armed to support the health of the greater community in the world.
Sub-Module Two: Essential IT and Article Writing Skills for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner
How many a time do you stare at a blank screen, unsure how to start converting those thoughts and ideas into effective written content? Do you get frustrated and give up before you even type a single sentence, convinced that this ‘writing thing’ is just not for you? Are you so overwhelmed by the seeming complexity of the digital world that you just don’t know where to start? Well, do not beat yourself up – it is a common challenge and this module is precisely designed to help you overcome these fears and ‘blocks’
As an IHWPC student, you will learn that article writing is a simple science which you can fully utilize to grow your practice. You will acquire the essential knowledge and skills required to create great content and run successful Social Media promotion and marketing.
|Some of the basic skills you will learn in this module include:
Sub-Module Three: Essential Online Marketing Training for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner
As one of our Graduate Practitioners, you will be your OWN BOSS, and well equipped to market your business online, even before you graduate! These essential and very practical skills will be learned and honed as part of the assignments for marking during your final module. By the time you graduate, you will have your business name, website and a blog, and social media pages set up. You will have run some low cost adverts and interacted on the forums associated with your chosen niche target market.
A summary of the areas covered include:
Targeted Niche Marketing
Our graduates are trained to be Online Healthcare Practitioners, thereby broadening the scope of their client base to a global field. Because this is such a very large field, we teach our students to ‘niche down’ to the market they wish to serve. We help them to identify their personal passion in terms of their health coaching and support skills. By the time our students graduate, they will have done extensive workshopping of their ideal clients, and will begin their careers as Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners, better equipped than many newly qualified graduates. They will already have identified, found, and started their interactions and marketing to their ideal client base, and should not feel the trepidation that befalls so many new practitioners.
Creating your own website & Blog
The purpose of the course is to enable the student to build from scratch a functional website and a blog for their practice. Students will learn to enhance their article writing skills, to ensure content that is recognisable as professional and of journalistic quality.
Social Media Marketing
The student will learn how to set-up and utilise the largest and most influential platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Google+. Students will also learn the essential skills behind creating and managing effective social media strategies and campaigns as well as the basic guidelines of effective blogging.
Other activities include creating your own online course, creating digital newsletters, creating eBooks, creating webinars and videos, learning specific posting strategies for different platforms, scheduling social media posts, where to find content, utilizing Google Drive and many other applications that make a practitioner’s work automated, smooth and efficient. Course content also includes tips, techniques and tools to understand and harness the opportunities provided by the digital marketing world.
Become an Academy of Wellness Certified
Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (IHWP)
|If you would like to become more proficient in supporting your own health and those you care about, or making a career out of helping others achieve physical, mental and emotional balance (and learn to teach others to do the same), please contact us in one of the following ways:
SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR PERSONAL TUTORS
or MASTER TRAINERS
or email: email@example.com
FIND OUT HOW TO REGISTER HERE
‘INTEGRATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS PRACTITIONER’ COURSE (IHWPC)
COURSE FEES, DISCOUNTS
INSTALMENT PLAN OPTIONS
New Course Prices range from R25 000 to R31 476 depending on your choice of payment plan below. The Once off Payment Plan and the 10 and 20 month Instalment Plans are interest free, and attract sliding scale discounts.
|NEW COURSE FEES (01 April 2017) PAYMENT & INSTALMENT PLANS (all fees are quoted in South African Rands)|
|Module- Based cost||Discount||Balance before Deposit||Deposit||Balance after Deposit||Months||Monthly Instalment||Comments|
|30 000||5000||25 000||25000||0||0||ONCE OFF PAYMENT|
|30 000||2000||28 000||4000||24 000||10||2 400||
|30 000||1000||29 000||3000||26 000||20||1 300||
|30 000||0||31 476||1600||29 876||36||830||
Short Courses: Coming Soon
At the Academy of Wellness, we are not only in the business of training future Practitioners, We are dedicated to helping as many people as possible to empower their health and the health of their families and friends. In view of this, we are creating short courses to specifically cater to the educational needs of specific target audiences e.g. Children’s health, Hormone health, Stress and Lifestyle Management to name a few.
We are also offering these short courses to support practitioners who just wish to brush up, or enhance an additional area of their knowledge base e.g. Integrative Anatomy & Physiology; Laboratory Testing; Functional Blood Chemistry Testing; Holistic INtegrative Therapies; Life Management Skills and Counselling Tools, and Business & IT Skills to name a few.
‘Short Course Completion’ Certificates will be issued once you have completed your course. This acknowledges that you have satisfied the theoretical and practical requirements to ensure your proficiency in the Short Course you have chosen.
These short courses will be published on the website as they become available.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
JOIN OUR QUEST TO EDUCATE THE PLANET
UPLIFT HEALTH GLOBALLY
LAUNCHING THE ALL NEW “RAP”
We are delighted to invite you to participate in our new exciting
income generation opportunity, and help us spread the word!
The encouragement, gratitude and enthusiasm so frequently
expressed by so many of of our students and friends of
The Academy of Wellness, as well as the referrals
and shared posts on social media
have resulted in several recent student enrolments.
This has led us to feel that it will be
a wonderful gesture of appreciation for us to create a
where any referrals that result in an enrolment, will attract a
Referral Affiliate Commission
in gratitude for your support.
If you are interested in helping us
IN OUR QUEST TO EDUCATE THE PLANET
AND UPLIFT HEALTH GLOBALLY
please have a look at the RAP COMMISSIONS BELOW
as this is a wonderful opportunity
to bring in an additional income to support your world!
FANTASTIC INCENTIVISED REWARD EARNINGS
to improve your quality of life with some extra income
to pay your instalment fees for your studies
|TABLE 1: RAP REWARDS CREDITED TO YOUR u-RAP ACCOUNT ONCE THE STUDENT’S DEPOSIT IS PAID|
|Deposit||Months||Monthly Instalment||RAP Commission Payments on deposits|
|2% 1st to 4th enrolment in 1 calendar month||7% 5th to 9th enrolment in 1 calendar month||10% 10th + enrolment in 1 calendar month|
|ZAR 25,000||0||ZAR 0||ZAR 500||ZAR 750||ZAR 1,250|
|ZAR 4,000||10||ZAR 2,400||ZAR 80||ZAR 120||ZAR 200|
|ZAR 3,000||20||ZAR 1,300||ZAR 60||ZAR 90||ZAR 150|
|ZAR 1,600||36||ZAR 830||ZAR 32||ZAR 48||ZAR 80|
|ZAR 650||48||ZAR 650||ZAR 13||ZAR 20||ZAR 33|
|TABLE 2: RAP REWARDS CREDITED TO YOUR u-RAP ACCOUNT AS EACH MONTHLY INSTALMENT IS PAID|
|Deposit||Months||Monthly Instalment||RAP Commission Payments on monthly instalments|
|2% 1st to 4th enrolment in 1 calendar month||7% 5th to 9th enrolment in 1 calendar month||10% 10th + enrolment in 1 calendar month|
|ZAR 25,000||0||ZAR 0||ZAR 0||ZAR 0||ZAR 0|
|ZAR 4,000||10||ZAR 2,400||ZAR 48||ZAR 72||ZAR 120|
|ZAR 3,000||20||ZAR 1,300||ZAR 26||ZAR 39||ZAR 65|
|ZAR 1,600||36||ZAR 830||ZAR 17||ZAR 25||ZAR 42|
|ZAR 650||48||ZAR 650||ZAR 13||ZAR 20||ZAR 33|
|TABLE 3: TOTAL RAP REWARD PAYMENTS OVER THE DURATION OF THE INSTALMENT PLANS|
|Deposit||Months||Monthly Instalment||RAP TOTAL Commission Payments|
|2% 1st to 4th enrolment in 1 calendar month||7% 5th to 9th enrolment in 1 calendar month||10% 10th + enrolment in 1 calendar month|
|ZAR 25,000||0||ZAR 0||ZAR 500||ZAR 750||ZAR 1,250|
|ZAR 4,000||10||ZAR 2,400||ZAR 560||ZAR 840||ZAR 1,400|
|ZAR 3,000||20||ZAR 1,300||ZAR 580||ZAR 870||ZAR 1,450|
|ZAR 1,600||36||ZAR 830||ZAR 630||ZAR 944||ZAR 1,574|
|ZAR 650||48||ZAR 650||ZAR 637||ZAR 956||ZAR 1,593|
|TABLE 4: POTENTIAL RAP REWARD EARNINGS BASED ON PROJECTED NUMBERS OF ENROLMENTS|
|Deposit||Months||Monthly Instalment||POTENTIAL RAP EARNINGS|
|Total on 4 enrolments (R500-R637 / enrolment)||Total on 9 enrolments (R638-R813 / enrolment)||Total on 10 enrolments (R700-R891 / enrolment)||Total on 15 enrolments (R883-R1125 / enrolment)|
|ZAR 25,000||0||ZAR 0||ZAR 2,000||ZAR 5,750||ZAR 7,000||ZAR 13,250|
|ZAR 4,000||10||ZAR 2,400||ZAR 2,240||ZAR 6,440||ZAR 7,840||ZAR 14,840|
|ZAR 3,000||20||ZAR 1,300||ZAR 2,320||ZAR 6,670||ZAR 8,120||ZAR 15,370|
|ZAR 1,600||36||ZAR 830||ZAR 2,518||ZAR 7,240||ZAR 8,814||ZAR 16,684|
|ZAR 650||48||ZAR 650||ZAR 2,548||ZAR 7,326||ZAR 8,918||ZAR 16,881|
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE ACADEMY OF WELLNESS:
We are always looking for dedicated and creative people
to embrace positions in the enrolments field:
We also have a Global Affiliate programme
for those motivated people who wish to promote the Academy of Wellness courses
in counties outside of the UK and South Africa
If you are interested in knowing more about any of these positions
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive a Proposal for the role you feel drawn to.