The Power of the Mind in Healing: Foundations in Integrative Health

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Instructor: Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L

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The mind has an incredible power to heal the mind, the body, and the spirit. Research shows that Meditation, Relaxation, Intuition, and Spirituality have abilities to alter mood, emotions, behavior and physiology in positive ways. You will learn these skills for working with clients and for your own personal self care. This class will give you unique tools if you are a sensitive individual or if you work closely with people. It will give a greater connection to yourself and your Spirituality, and an ability to work more comfortably in these areas with others.

This is an Introductory Level Class taught by Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L that is available to Health Care Professionals and  anyone who wants to learn these techniques for their own self-care and personal development or to help others. These courses will enhance any Health Care Professionals skills who would like to bring a Mind-Body-Spirit, Prevention, and Wellness approach to Healing. Excellent for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Nurses, Physicians, Mental Health Practitioners, Massage Therapists, Yoga Practitioners, and any one caring for others.

Read Article in ADVANCE Magazine by Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L “The Power of the Mind in Healing”

You will Learn:

  • Mind, Body, Spirit Medicine, Prevention and Wellness Research and how it is Increasingly Being Integrated in to Health Care Settings.
  • How to manage Stress, Pain, and Anxiety with Meditation and Relaxation techniques.
  • The Relaxation Response has been shown to positively affect gene expression, which when practiced regularly, may prevent disease and improve healing outcomes.
  • How Meditation and Relaxation Techniques can assist with countering negative thoughts, emotional regulation, improve attention, and assist with organizing thoughts to carry out activities of daily living.
  • How Intuition can Assist you in Areas of Your Life: Personal Insight & Transformation, Relationships, Career, Health, & Spirituality.
  • How to use all of your 5 Senses to Connect to and Perceive Intuition.
  • How Meditation and Intuition can improve Confidence and improve Overall Mood and Well Being.
  • How Art Therapy and the Symbolic Language of Intuition can create the Relaxation Response to lower stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.
  • Energy Healing Meditations that can boost mood, assist with prevention, assist with wellness and expedite recovery.

Testimonials from Previous Students

“This was a very good introductory/foundational class for occupational therapists and other practitioners wanting to integrate mind/body practices into their practice setting. I was able to integrate a mindfulness meditation with one of my clients right away and she responded so well (decreased pain and anxiety)! The recorded platform was also very easy to use and super informative! 5 stars!” Amanda Sparks, OTR/L

“I am a person who always believed in the power of spiritualism but never brought it into my daily life. I didn’t know where to begin or if I had the time. I was very thankful to find Emmy. Because of her insight, guided practices and references, I finally know how to incorporate mind-body-spirit into my routine. I am moving forward and making decisions with less anxiety. Thank you for giving me the starting path I needed! I look forward to my future classes with holistic healing!” Margaret Planting, RN

“Having the option to take this class as a recording was so enjoyable to me. I was able to re-listen if I felt I needed to hear something more than once to really understand or connect with the information. This class has given me a much deeper understanding of myself. It is a beautiful beginning to a much more meaningful relationship with myself, with others, and with the world surrounding me. It has given me a deeper understanding that I do have special gifts that I am meant to use for a purpose. I have begun using relaxation and meditation techniques with my clients in home health, helping clients to decrease stress, depression, and pain management.” Rhonda Rubright, COTA/L

“I have taken many courses that have addressed the importance of the connection between the mind and body. With this course, however, Emmy provides powerful examples and lets participants share in their stories that help further explain the purpose of healing outcomes presented in this course. Also, Emmy gives great supporting details related to up-to-date resources and how to efficiently carry over all the strategies into our practice and the scope of occupational therapy. I can’t wait to continue through more of the coursework.” Anna Rinholen, OTD, OTR/L, LMT 

“If you have found yourself drawn into the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, and other more holistic means of healthcare, this class brings it all together within the framework of OT and backed by science. It takes a deep dive into the power of the mind in health, healing and wellness. It is fascinating and the way that Emmy has brought it all together brings a legitimacy to it that may have been difficult to conceptualize before. Well worth the money and time invested!” ~ Tanya Gauthier, LOTR

“The Power of the Mind in Healing was an incredible class! Great format. Emmy presented the material with an ease and flow and the weeks between classes allowed time to process the information. She is a wonderful teacher showing compassion and patience at all times. As a newcomer into the spiritual realm, I was ecstatic to find a course that embodies the true essence of Occupational Therapy the way it was intended to be, which is holistic and tuning into what makes a person who they truly are. Thank you Emmy, I look forward to the rest of the classes in the series.” Christina Muth OTD, OTR/L

“I really appreciated how interactive and experiential this class is. I appreciated listening to each other’s insights, practicing and building trust in my intuition, and learning how to incorporate these techniques into my professional and personal practice. It was also helpful discussing how to document these techniques. Each class provided me with valuable tools for me to begin putting into practice right away for both myself and my clients.” Deborah Rogers, OTR/L

“I would recommend the Power of the Mind in Healing class to anyone interested in looking at health care beyond the traditional “sickcare” system that is currently in place. This class reinforces the importance in looking at an individual as a whole, not just the parts and pieces that are outwardly not functioning properly. Emmy does a fabulous job at providing participation in mind, body, spirit connection techniques and demonstrating how to facilitate healing for yourself, caregivers, and patients. I am looking forward to more holistic OT classes!” Melanie Small, OT/L

“The Power of the Mind in Healing was an amazing course! Emmy provides great knowledge, resources and tools to assist you in personal growth in the areas of intuition, meditation, relaxation, energy healing and spirituality, as well as to incorporate them into your practice with clients. The class set up was also really great; I enjoyed learning from Emmy as well as all the other participants in the class. I highly recommend this course!” Heather Falanga, MS, OTR/L

“The Power of the Mind in Healing class with Emmy should be required in all OT schools! This class addresses what I believe should be the foundation for all OT sessions and will help me provide a whole new level of healing for my clients. In addition, it provided me with new tools that I will be able to use in my daily life for balance, enhanced spirituality, and stress reduction. I loved it!!” Kari Schmitz, CHHC, OTR/L

“The Power of the Mind in Healing class provides foundational information related to relaxation, meditation, intuition, and spirituality. Mind-Body connection is so important to our well being! Thank you, Emmy, for sharing all of your knowledge and experience!” Amanda Block, OTR/L

“After having taken this course, I feel much more prepared and very excited to use the strategies and tools Emmy presented. It was very interesting and informative. I not only learned invaluable ways to help my clients, but also developed more of an insight into my own life. Thank you Emmy for an amazing course!”  Cynthia A., MOTR/L

“I had the pleasure of attending a class provided by Emmy Vadnais, OTR on the Power of Mind in Healing. Emmy has a vast knowledge base of practice experience and research. She is compassionate of her treatment and implementation in OT practice. She is intuitive and has great focus and understanding with needs of others. I look forward to additional classes and training Emmy may provide myself and others in the holistic community.” Michelle Samuelson MOTR/L, BCIM/Fellow

“After taking this course I’ve learned more self awareness and the importance of self care in my life for overall health and wellness! I can’t say enough kind things about Emmy and her ability to share knowledge and also engage you into the teachings! I felt at ease with her, she is flexible through “life” happenings, and cares about the topics and us as practitioners! It was a great experience and I’m so happy to have met her, she helped reignite my excitement for what we can do as OT’s!” Melissa Mortenson, OTR/L

Through the course, “The Power of the Mind in Healing” I was able to get a good grasp on various types of meditations and relaxation tools that I can apply to my daily life as well as to the lives of my patients. I also learned to trust my intuition which is an area in which I hoped to gain confidence. I learned different areas of Holistic OT that I did not even know existed. I believe that Emmy is a great pioneer in this realm of Occupational therapy and am glad to have been taught by her.” Debbie Stengl, OTR/L

“This class was truly holistic in every sense of the word and is absolutely worth investing in! Emmy applies this holistic approach in this course by providing a fantastic balance between lectures, class participation and exercises that were experiential. I appreciated Emmy’s kind, compassionate, and mindful approach with all of her communication during and after class. Emmy’s course has empowered me as an OT to integrate these techniques into my practice due to the fact that she provided resources to support integrating these techniques into our clinical practice as OTs, documentation recommendations, and gave a firm reminder that spirituality is an integral part of our fabric as OTs!” Susan Hernandez, OTR/L

“Emmy is a great teacher and her methods of teaching are engaging and easy to follow. I enjoyed the on-line format of the class and the feeling of a virtual classroom. I feel the live student interaction is invaluable. The format easily facilitated student interaction and the nuances enhanced my learning greatly. This class will immediately enhance my current O.T. practice and my own self care and well being. Thank you Emmy. Blessings.” Jill Lingle, OT/L

“The Power of the Mind in Healing: Foundations in Integrative Health course showcases valuable aspects of the body-mind-spirit connection in a convenient yet supportive environment. There are many opportunities to interact and learn more about how complementary and integrative health techniques can be utilized to not only benefit practitioners but their clients as well. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about what it means to be a “Holistic OT!”” Tauni Malmgren, OT/S

“I would recommend Emmy’s Power of the Mind in Healing: Foundations in Integrative Health, to any health practitioner looking to deepen their understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection. Emmy examines the power of this connection in relationship to health, healing, wellness, and prevention. Not only does this course offer valuable strategies to communicate with one’s clients, it also provides important tools for the practitioner’s self-care. I loved this course, thank you Emmy for offering it!” Ellen Schaefer M.S. OTR/L, RYT200

“For an OT interested in integrative health Emmy’s classes are essential. She is truly a leader in incorporating these approaches into OT practice. Her clear, concise, yet all encompassing format takes away any confusion and hesitation regarding incorporating these untraditional and often daunting techniques into OT practice. Above all, this class has given me the confidence to incorporate integrative health approaches into my practice. The tools and information provided were both aspects I had known and novel, but having a concrete outline and having a clearer understanding of how all aspects of integrative health fit together, has given me a solid foundation and confidence to be able to share these approaches with others. Prior to this class my ideas regarding these approaches were unclear, scattered and I was unsure of how and if I could present them to patients as an OT. This class has taken the mystery and quite honestly the fear out of incorporating these holistic practices into a western model of healthcare.”  Madalyn Radler, OTR/L

Continuing Education – 12 CEUs

Health Care Professionals will receive a Certificate of Completion that may be submitted to your professional board for professional development credits. A completed course evaluation is required within 30 days after taking the class to receive a Certificate of Completion. This course meets the NBCOT requirement as a Professional Development Activity PDU ID #14.

Distant Learning
Distant Learning will meet via the internet or teleconference. You must have a working computer, high speed internet, web cam, microphone, and speakers. Once you have registered you will be instructed on how to connect. It really is easy!

Class Policy
Payment is due in full one week before the start of class. Refunds will not be given after the first class. You must attend each class to receive a Certificate of Completion. If you miss one class you will need to make it up with Emmy based on an hourly rate. If you miss more than one class in a series you will need to retake the entire level. Full refunds will be given if the entire class is cancelled by the instructor. Complaints can be handled with Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L.

 12 Hours, $299

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One Comment

  • Shannon Gruidl

    I’m also an occupational therapist. I have yet to find my passion in the field. I entered the field of OT because I was attracted to it’s holistic nature vs diagnostic therapy. I also liked that it focused on activities that improved the quality of life vs quick fixes to feel better. Now that I’m practicing, I find myself jumping from setting to setting. I like to help people help themselves but I’m not impressed with how “best practice” or productivity is carried out in most places. With that said, I’m always searching for a way to improve my practice so that therapy is more fulfilling and purposeful for (me the therapist and my clients). RIght now I work for myself in the school settings. I love a lot of things about it, particularly the smile on a kids face when they succeed. More and more in the school setting, I’m asked to be the sensory integration guru or autism specialist and frankly, this is not my area of expertise nor do I want it to be.

    I’m curious if this certification would count towards continuing education credits ? I’m also curious how many other occupational therapist take this training. Thanks, Shannon

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