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NOTE: This course is part of both the Lifestyle Medicine Certificate Program and the Professional Therapeutic Yoga Certification. Details about both of these programs can be found below.
High stress is a worldwide threat to our health. A poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that 85% of working adults rate the efforts of their workplace in reducing stress as fair or poor. And 43% of working adults report that their job negatively affects their stress levels, which sends a clear message. We need to be taking action to reduce stress at work, since it spills over into our home and impacts every area of our personal lives and health.
What’s more is nearly 30% of those workers also reported that stress impacts their eating habits, sleep, and ability to manage their weight. Weight is clearly a risk factor for osteoarthritis development, one of the many reasons patients end up in our office as clinicians. The John Hopkins Arthritis Center states that overweight women have nearly 4 times the risk of knee OA and overweight men have 5 times greater risk of OA. And that being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 40-60 pounds with each step. Nutrition and sleep also play a remarkable role in health and well-being. Nutrition is addressed in Module 3, and sleep science and intervention is included in this module.
In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control declared sleep deprivation a public health epidemic, with over 70 million adults suffering from disordered sleep. A 2013 poll reported the average American sleeps only 6.8 hours a night, less than the recommended amount. And 40% of Americans log even less time than that. People are sleeping less than ever in recorded history (at the turn of the 20th century people slept, on average, 9 hours a night);, and it poses serious health risks. Research links sleep issues with depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s, for starters. In 2015, $52 billion was spent on sleep-related products in the US by consumers.
There are many holistic, low-cost, and low-tech ways to tackle the epidemic double threat of sleep deprivation and emotional distress. This webinar will tackle these issues by teaching you concrete ways to improve emotional and whole body health through two major modes of intervention: sleep and sound medicine. Psychologically informed therapies, meditation and mindfulness, music and sound interventions, and how to use the voice to optimize therapeutic landscape and patient outcomes will be included as practical, immediately-applicable modalities to add to your clinical and self-care toolbox.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Discuss the evidence base that correlates emotional distress and its comorbid conditions with poor health.
- List screening tools for stress, depression and anxiety.
- Describe the role of the doctor/therapist in addressing emotional health through voice and sound.
- Identify red flags that would necessitate referral to a mental healthcare professional.
- Describe healthy self-regulation through an understanding of polyvagal theory.
- Cite the evidence that supports positive psychology as a part of lifestyle medicine.
- Compare and contrast the different types of stress.
- Cite the evidence that supports Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in affecting self-regulation and perceived stress states.
- Identify the major facets of using meditation and MBSR in practice.
- List types of meditation practices.
- Describe how mindfulness can be of benefit to the clinician and patient.
- Describe the role of music and sound in empathy, attunement, and resonance in patient-provider relationship.
- Describe how vocal quality affects mind-body psychophysiology.
- List the major components of the Orofacial Examination.
- Cite the evidence base for including Vocal Functioning Exercises in practice to affect vagal tone and vocal therapeutic impact.
- Identify the major components of Vocal Functioning Exercises and vocal practice.
- List the parameters for trauma-informed music and sound selection to impact well-being.
- Identify how vocal production and preservation can improve physical health, core stability, effective leadership and public speaking.
- Cite the evidence that supports sleep’s role in health and functioning.
- Describe the role of light and melatonin production in sleep.
- Describe the role sleep plays in emotional well-being.
- Identify inventories used to screen for sleep disorders.
- Describe at risk populations for disordered sleep.
- List 5 biopsychosocial interventions for improving sleep hygiene.
This course is part of the Lifestyle Medicine Certificate program & Professional Yoga Therapist Certification (PYT). Requirements for each of these programs is outlined below:
- LIFESTYLE MEDICINE CERTIFICATE
- Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MYT) Modules 1-4 (2o on-line hours)
- 2 Elective Modules (4 on-line hours)
NOTE: This program can be completed entirely online. No other modules are required, however, we do strongly recommend you consider completing the PYT Certification, as it goes hand in hand with the Lifestyle Medicine (LM) curriculum. It offers hands-on experience with implementation of everything you learn in the online LM Certificate program.
- PROFESSIONAL YOGA THERAPIST CERTIFICATION
- Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MYT) Modules 1-4 (20 on-line hours)
- Level I – Module 5 (27 live, on-site hours)
- Level II – Module 6 (28 live, on-site hours)
- Level III – Module 7 (38 live, on-site hours)
- Case Community Competency project (variable hours) – The CCC is a karma yoga project carried out in your community with the mentorship of an assigned faculty mentor. The CCC is included in M7 tuition.
For further information about either or both of these programs go to proyogatherapy.org.
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as Certified Athletic Trainers
as CSCS / CPT
Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 20 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.