Center Courses

Fall 2014 Courses

The Center for Spirituality & Healing offers many courses for students pursuing a wide array of academic interests. Learn more about registering for our courses at OneStop. You may also view a listing of all Center courses at OneStop.

Fall Courses
  • CSPH 1001 Principles of Holistic Health and Healing

    Principles/measures of holistic health that promote health and well being. Theory, how holistic health is incorporated into health care delivery system. Application/integration of holistic health into daily personal life.

  • CSPH 3001 Introduction to Integrative Healing

    Current US health care system/US cultural views of health/wellness. Various complementary/alternative medical systems/practices that might be integrated into current way of thinking about health/wellness/treatment of illness/disease.

  • CSPH 3101 Creating Ecosystems of Wellbeing

    Information, practices, and tools that enable individuals and communities to build capacity for wellbeing. Factors and ecosystems that contribute to health, happiness, and wellbeing. Students develop a personal plan for health and well-being and one for a community.

  • CSPH 3201 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

    Techniques by which stress endemic in a fast-paced competitive culture can be reduced or worked with constructively. Students practice/apply techniques of mindfulness. Recent medical-scientific literature on physiological/psychological elements in the stress response.

  • CSPH 3211 - Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose, and Community

    Explore questions of meaning/purpose. Explore other people's ways of living on purpose. Consider big questions that shape present/future. Build framework to lead purposeful life. Primarily Online Course with 3 in-person meetings

  • CSPH 3301 Food Choices: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves

    Link between our food/diet, agricultural practices, and health of planet. Food security. Cultural/personal context of food choices. Ways that food is produced, especially industrial monoculture. Food choices and the earth's bio diversity. Land use, water use, pollution, energy needs, climate change. Alternatives: organic/sustainable, fair trade. Economic policies/choices. Global tradeoffs.

  • CSPH 4311 Foundations of Hatha Yoga: Alignment & Movement Principles

    (3.0 cr; Prereq-[Prerequisite PsTL 1135 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent], # (prerequisite course may be taken concurrently); fall, summer, every year)
    Anatomical considerations/understanding critical to executing safe/effective Hatha Yoga instruction. Overview of human gross anatomy/bodily systems essential to Hatha Yoga. First in sequence of three courses in University of Minnesota Yoga Teachers Education & Training Sequence. Students who complete sequence may be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

  • CSPH 5000-001 Horse as Teacher: Equine Assisted Therapies

    Equine Animal Assisted Therapy course - Online from 10/23 - 12/10. Weekend intensive 11/20-22 at University of Minnesota Nutrena Conference Center, Leatherdale Equine Center 1801 Dudley Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55108.

  • CSPH 5000-002 Fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine

    Topic prereq -Jr or sr or grad student; Biology or Physiology course, or Health Sciences student; or instr consent. This course provides a foundation in the theory and clinical application of lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle medicine aims to address the behavioral and lifestyle bases of common illnesses by promoting healthy activities and reducing harmful behaviors. In this course, we will explore optimal nutrition, lifestyle, physical activity, and attitudes. We will examine the emerging evidence base of lifestyle medicine and how it relates to health promotion and disease prevention. Participants will be introduced to common laboratory and imaging findings, and how they relate to optimal health.

  • CSPH 5000-003 Mindfulness in the Workplace: Essential Skills

    The Mindfulness in the Workplace is an experiential course designed to teach core mindfulness skills while also exploring specific applications to the workplace setting. The course will connect mindfulness and mindfulness skills to: - personal wellbeing and resilience - emotional and social intelligence at work - purpose and meaning in the workplace - development of key leadership qualities such as focus, clarity, creativity, compassion, intuition, accountability and responsibility - the neuroscience undergirding mindfulness and mindfulness techniques. By exploring the above topics from the perspective of the workplace, students will gain an understanding of how to practically apply scientifically-based techniques to help them succeed on the job.

  • CSPH 5000-004 Therapeutic Application of Hatha Yoga 1

    Yoga therapy is an emerging and exciting discipline. Holistically-minded health professionals have an opportunity to meet this growing interest by incorporating yogic principles into their current treatment protocol. Experienced yoga teachers are also suited to serve their students in this capacity by infusing therapeutic techniques in their practice. Through study and application, students in this course will employ yogic philosophy, ethics, postures, breathwork, and meditation techniques to investigate how these tools can promote wellbeing for their patients, clients, or students. This class is particularly suited for health professional students, practicing health professionals, and yoga instructors. Yoga tools and techniques will be explored and critically evaluated for their complementary use with more conventional health-promotion approaches.

  • CSPH 5000-005 Wellbeing & Resilience for Health Professionals

    This course considers the stressors common in health professions and the role of the work environment in individual wellbeing. It discusses self-assessment strategies to determine where changes might be beneficial and explores models of behavior change and the various strategies each offer. A large component of the course is activities and practices for self-care, including skills in non-judgmental self-awareness.

  • CSPH 5101 Introduction to Integrative Healing Practices

    Cultural contexts of healing traditions. Integrative therapies presented by practitioners, including traditional Chinese medicine, meditation, mind-body healing, spiritual practices, energy healing, naturopathy, herbalism, movement therapies, homeopathy, manual therapies, nutrition.

  • CSPH 5102 Art of Healing: Self as Healer

    (1.0 cr; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student or #; fall, spring, every year)
    Introduction to individual transformational journey as part of health science education. Students become aware of their responsibility/resources to facilitate development of the self. Research data, experience of self that is part psychoneuroimmunology, mind-body-spirit approaches. Lecture, scientific literature, meditation, imagery, drawing, group interaction.

  • CSPH 5111 Ways of Thinking about Health

    If you are prompted for a permission number please contact On several occasions the scheduled class time will be re-formed into field trips and on-site learning experiences. The first field trip will be to White Earth Indian Reservation. Other trips include American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Dream of Wild Health, Midtown Global Market among others. While attendance is not mandatory, the experiential learning afforded by these field trips is highly valued by students and is a centerpiece of the course.

  • CSPH 5211 Peacemaking and Spirituality: A Journey Toward Healing and Strength

    (2.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student or #; fall, summer, every year)
    Influence of spirituality upon process of resolving conflict and making peace in intense interpersonal/intrapersonal conflicts in multiple health care and social work settings, including in families, between patients/clients and nurses/social workers, within communities, among friends, between co-workers, or within ourselves.

  • CSPH 5215 Forgiveness and Healing: A Journey Toward Wholeness

    (3.0 cr; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student or #; spring, summer, every year)
    Impact of forgiveness on process of inter-/intra-personal healing. Forgiveness/healing in health care and social work settings from multiple spiritual/secular traditions.

  • CSPH 5225 Meditation: Integrating Body and Mind

    Meditation as a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual inquiry. Students examine a variety of texts and develop ability to enter a state of calm, meditative awareness.

  • CSPH 5226 Advanced Meditation: Body, Brain, Mind, and Universe

    (1.0 cr; Prereq-[5225, [jr or sr or grad student]] or #)
    Students work to integrate meditation practice into daily life, cultivating awareness of the fundamental oneness of body, brain, mind, and universe. Mind-body interactions in health. "Hard problem" of consciousness in brain science. Emergence of compassion, wisdom, and healing in non-discursive awareness.

  • CSPH 5313 Acupressure

    This course takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii January 4-15, 2015. Call 612-624-5166 for course fee information.

  • CSPH 5315 Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing

    (2.0 cr; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student or #)
    Ethics, spirituality, and healing from perspective of traditional Tibetan medicine. Belief that illness results from imbalance and that treating illness requires correcting underlying imbalance. How to apply these principles, integrate them into clinical practice, and consult with a traditional Tibetan doctor.

  • CSPH 5331 Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing

    (2.0 cr; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student or #; S-N or Aud)
    3-day retreat intensive. Shamanic philosophies, ritual etiquette, Core beliefs common to all shamanic healing practices. Cross-cultural healing beliefs/practices, unique psychology for understanding them, their use with contemporary healing practices and for personal growth.

  • CSPH 5341 Overview of Idigeneous Hawaiian Healing

    Traditional Hawaiian healing. ho'olomilomi (massage), la'au lapa'au (herbal medicine) and ho'opoonopono (conflict resolution). Hawaiian epistemology, traditions, and cultural values compared with western. The science of traditional ecological knowledge for healing and self-reliance.

  • CSPH 5343 Ayurveda Medicine: The Science of Self-healing

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles of Ayurveda, the Science of self-healing. It will also cover evidence based information available on Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda emphasizes balance of body, mind and spirit to achieve the optimum health through natural means. Course content will include Ayurvedic constitutional types and practices including food, herbal medicine, detoxification and massage. Students will examine how Ayurvedic principles and practices can be integrated into personal plans for health and well-being and how Ayurveda is being integrated into healthcare settings.

  • CSPH 5421 Botanical Medicines in Integrative Healthcare

     The growing interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by medical practitioners has been accompanied by an information deficit. Many practitioners are unfamiliar with complementary therapies, and know little about their therapeutic rationale, efficacy (or lack thereof), potential applications, or potential hazards, even though their patients may utilize such therapies. This is particularly the case when it comes to the use of botanical medicines and dietary supplements. Botanical dietary supplements are widely sold, promoted and denounced in the media, and increasingly popular, yet many health care providers are uninformed about them. Often, practitioners' lack of knowledge makes it difficult to advise patients regarding their uses, and possible safety concerns, and patients use botanical supplements without the knowledge of their health care providers. Botanical medicines may be viable alternatives to conventional pharmaceuticals, yet many practitioners are unaware of these alternatives or reluctant to advise their patients on their use. This course is intended to provide consumers and patients with a knowledge base that will enable them to make informed decisions about whether and how to use botanical supplements, and how to engage in productive discussions with their health care providers regarding this use. The course is also designed to provide health care professionals with the knowledge base needed to provide informed advice to their patients on the appropriate uses of supplements, and how to integrate them into their own practice should they wish to do so. This course will focus primarily on the most popular and widely used botanical medicines. The information will be presented from a biomedical perspective, although discussions of alternative therapeutic systems, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Ayurvedic Medicine, will also be included to provide balance. Students will be introduced to information resources pertinent to the use of botanical medicines, and there will be discussion of how this topic is treated in both the scientific literature and the popular press. The botanical characteristics, traditional uses, and chemical properties of the active constituents will also be covered. Therapeutic applications, appropriate uses, potential hazards, dosage, drug interactions and other safety considerations, will be addressed. Quality control issues in the manufacture of botanical supplements, and the regulatory environment governing their manufacture and sale, will be addressed. The applications of particular botanical medicines will be discussed and related to required and recommended readings and online resources; emphasis will be placed on information derived from clinical and pre-clinical studies published in current scientific literature. The information presented will be organized according to bodily systems and processes affected, e.g. the immune system, the cardiovascular system, etc.

  • CSPH 5431 Functional Nutrition

    This course will present a novel approach to the principles of nutrition as they relate to optimal health and the prevention, control or intervention in a disease process. This is a model of nutrition application that complements and expands beyond normal growth and development, an approach that attempts to reduce chronic disease by looking for underlying factors or triggers of disease. This model of nutrition considers system dysfunction a pre-disease state and looks for ways to apply nutrition and restore function. The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of this novel application of nutrition. The course will emphasize the importance of nutrition as a component of self-care.

  • CSPH 5503 Aromatherapy Fundamentals

    For health professional students/practicing health professionals. Essential oil therapy and current aromatherapy practices in clinical settings. Key safety/toxicity issues. Critique scientific/historical evidence about the therapeutic qualities of six essential oils in common use by the public and in clinical settings.

  • CSPH 5522 Therapeutic Horticulture 

    This course is designed to provide an evidence-based understanding of the central elements of therapeutic horticulture in the context of multiple health care settings. Students will learn the history, principles, precepts, and practical application of therapeutic horticulture. At each session students will investigate the current research of therapeutic horticulture as treatment intervention in relation to various target populations. These findings will be analyzed and synthesized as it pertains to the focus of target population.

  • CSPH 5533 Intro to Energy Healing

    This course will introduce students to healing techniques that use energetic systems in the body to enhance the body's ability to heal. Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Reiki, acupuncture, reflexology, magnets, homeopathy, and many other modalities will be explored. Scientific theories explaining the mechanisms of energetic medicine and ways to measure energy will be investigated. Students will interact with practitioners of energy healing and describe the outcomes of such a practice.

  • CSPH 5535 Reiki Healing 

    Students will learn the history, principles, precepts, and practical application of Reiki energy healing. Alternative energy healing modalities and current research findings will be discussed. Following activation of the Reiki energy, participants will learn the hand positions used to perform a treatment. A portion of each class meeting will be used to provide Reiki treatments and to discuss findings.

  • CSPH 5536 Advanced Reiki Healing: Level II

    Students will learn advanced principles and application of Reiki energy healing. The four levels of healing will be further explored, with emphasis on healing at the spiritual level. Following activation of the Reiki energy, participants will learn the energy symbols that allow for energy transfer through space and time. Students will learn to use second level Reiki energy for both distance healing and the standard Reiki treatment. A portion of each class meeting will be used to provide Reiki treatments and to discuss findings. Current literature and research findings will also be discussed.

  • CSPH 5541 Emotional Healing & Happiness

    Experiential training in the cultivation of happiness, emotional health, and healing for multi-disciplinary professions. Ancient/contemporary, eastern/western approaches. How to increase positive emotions and mind states. Meditation, integrative approaches. Case examples.

  • CSPH 5601 Music, Health & Healing

    Music therapy, music medicine, music psychotherapy. Techniques/interventions. Hypotheses/rationale related to interventions. Related research.

  • CSPH 5605 Movement and Music for Wellbeing and Healing

    Music therapy/medicine. Dance/movement therapy. Laban movement analysis. Somatic studies. Health care settings, patient populations, illnesses/diagnoses. Research surrounding approaches. Readings, lectures, discussion.

  • CSPH 5701 Fundamentals of Health Coaching I

    Tenets of health coaching model. Tools for self development, deep listening, communication. Building blocks for optimal health from holistic perspective. How to identify/benchmark stages/patterns of change, interface with interdisciplinary health care providers, educate clients on self-care practices.

  • CSPH 5703 Advanced Health Coaching Practicum 

    Case-based. Identify/utilize broad-based resources in guiding/supporting individual client cases. Application of theory/process from earlier courses. Ethical issues, professional boundaries, referral processes, client selection.

  • CSPH 5704 Business of Health Coaching Practicum 

    Applying health coaching knowledge/skills in service delivery venues or private practice. Starting business. Business models. Student determine structure/venue appropriate for them. Legal/ethical considerations.

  • CSPH 5711 Optimal Healing Environments

    Development/implementation of optimal healing environments. Evidence base supporting structural, architectural, human, and care processes. Emphasizes identifying models of optimal healing environments and leadership strategies that support diffusion of innovation.

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