Class 1: The Fundamentals of Mind Body Medicine
This interactive 4-week course provides valuable, evidence-based insights on the basic principles of mind body medicine. Enhance your clinical practice by helping your patients understand the science of how stress impacts health.
The course provides an overview of mind/body interactions and a deeper understanding of how mind body therapies decrease stress and enhance well-being. It strengthens your knowledge and clinical skill set for recognizing early warning signs, weighing the relative risks of various conditions, and ultimately helping your patients alleviate stress and either prevent or relieve medical conditions.
This is the first in BHI’s three-part online course catalogue and a requirement for participation in a SMART Implementation Training.
Class 2: Using Mind Body Techniques
“Using Mind Body Techniques in Your Health Care Practice” is a four-week course that provides participants both a broad and deep look at the many methods to elicit the relaxation response. Participants learn how to build their own meditation practice along with effective approaches for instructing their clients to do the same. The interactive learning environment provides CME/CE credits, and is appropriate for both beginners and those with some experience in eliciting the relaxation response.
All techniques taught in this course involve the two essential elements required to elicit the relaxation response: 1) a sustained mental focus, often achieved by repeating a word, sound, prayer or phrase, and 2) an attitude of open receptive awareness achieved by gentle disregard of thoughts.
These mind body approaches presented here have been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for patients with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others.
Specific methods taught include “mini” meditations, imagery, mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, contemplation and empathy. A multitude of scripts and sample meditations are provided throughout the course for you to practice and use with clients.
- Interactive discussion boards allow for a rich, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and feedback between professionals from across the United States and around the globe.
- Weekly call-in times allow you to ask questions and have direct dialogue with course faculty.
- Course assignments include online lectures, recommended readings, interactive discussion forums, and weekly conference calls with faculty and all participants.
This flexible course schedule lets you complete assignments whenever your practice schedule allows, and the course content is fully accessible via smartphones and tablets.
This course is the second in BHI’s three-part online CME course catalogue.
Class 3: Cognitive Reappraisal
The Benson-Henry Institute’s expert faculty will help you understand how stress both causes and worsens health conditions. The course will examine the physiological impacts of stress and the influence stress has on disease and medical symptoms.
The course will help you refine your knowledge and skill in using interventions that offset the harmful influence of stress. Many of these interventions are lifestyle changes that you can use to build long-term resiliency in your patients. The course includes content on the importance of sleep, proper nutrition, relaxation techniques, adequate social support, exercises that reduce stress, and much more. You learn how to guide your patients towards these behavior changes that promote health. This is ideal for clinicians in all practice settings across mental health, primary care, nursing, social work, psychology and more.
The course includes an array of resources, videos and other materials to guide you through your learning experience. All content and assignments can be completed whenever your schedule allows. Weekly call-in times allow faculty to hear and respond to your questions directly, and an interactive discussion board lets you post your own questions and interact with peers from across the United States and around the world. Plus, the course is accessible via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.
This course is the third in BHI’s three-part online CME course catalogue.