Professional Development Resources to Add Continuing Education Courses on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Professional Development Resources has announced the release of a series of new online courses on complementary and alternative medicine. The Florida company, which provides continuing education to psychologists, social workers, counselors, speech-language pathologists, registered dietitians and occupational therapists, has announced that it is in the process of expanding its offerings on such topics as mindfulness, herbal therapies, and applications of yoga.
Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) August 04, 2011
Professional Development Resources has expanded its course catalog to include a variety of new continuing education (CE) courses dealing with various aspects of complementary and alternative medicine. New topics include mindfulness meditation, yoga as medicine, self-healing through breathing exercises, and the use of herbal medicines. The courses are intended to introduce health professionals to the healing power of traditional approaches to health and wellness.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM), defining complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is not easy. It is generally considered to be a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. “Complementary medicine” refers to use of CAM together with conventional medicine, such as using acupuncture in addition to usual care to help lessen pain. “Alternative medicine” refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. “Integrative medicine” (also called integrated medicine) refers to a practice that combines both conventional and CAM treatments for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness.
“We think it is important for clinicians to be familiar with these approaches for two reasons,” says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. “First, many of the clients we see are using such treatments, so we need to know about them. A recent survey indicated that about 38% of adult Americans use CAM. Are the treatments safe? Do they work? We need to worry about interactions between certain herbal supplements and prescription medications. Second, researchers are starting to produce a body of scientific evidence on the efficacy of complementary and alternative approaches. As new and effective treatments become available, we need to be in a position to discuss them with our clients.”
Among the new courses offered by Professional Development Resources are these:
Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship (5 hours CE), Healing the Whole Person: Applications of Yoga Psychotherapy (4 hours CE), Alternative Therapies: Herbs I (What Every Clinician Should Know) (1 hour CE), and Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing (2 hours CE).
Christie adds “we emphasize in our courses that ““ as with any medical treatment ““ there can be risks with CAM therapies.” These general precautions from NCAAM can help to minimize risks:
- Select CAM practitioners with care. Find out about the practitioner’s training and experience.
- Be aware that some dietary supplements may interact with medications or other supplements, may have side effects of their own, or may contain potentially harmful ingredients not listed on the label. Also keep in mind that most supplements have not been tested in pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children.
- Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use.
About Professional Development Resources, Inc.
Professional Development Resources is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1992 by licensed marriage and family therapist Leo Christie, PhD. The company, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) ““ as well as many other national and state boards ““ has focused its efforts on making continuing education courses more cost-effective and widely accessible to health professionals by offering online home study coursework. Its current expanded curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical topics intended to equip health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients.
Leo Christie, PhD, CEO
Professional Development Resources, Inc.
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