Holistic Strategies for Mental Health and Well-Being Class
Instructor: Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L
Price: $39 Non-Members, $25 Full Members of the Holistic OT Community
Class Hours: 1.5 CEUs
Participants will receive a certificate of completion that may be submitted to their professional board for professional development credits. A completed course evaluation is required to receive a certificate of completion. This course meets the NBCOT requirement as a Professional Development Activity.
Mental health challenges have been on the rise. The mind and body are inextricably linked. The mind can positively affect the body, and the body can positively affect the mind. Holistic and integrative health strategies that can lower stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and physical and emotional pain will be shared during this course. Efficacy-based research will be provided to enhance health care professional’s confidence utilizing holistic approaches for self-care and providing care to clients for health, wellness, recovery, and prevention.
1. Identify the positive relationship that the mind-body as one can enhance health and wellness.
2. Gain foundational knowledge of five holistic strategies, including meditation and mindfulness, that can improve mood, lower stress and anxiety, and increase emotional regulation.
3. Identify three ways to elicit the relaxation response for stress and pain management.
4. Understand how holistic and integrative health may assist with disease prevention, health and well-being.
5. Participate in three holistic strategies to experience positive mental health states that can be used for self-care and serving clients in any health care setting.
Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L, BCTMB, ARCB is a Holistic Occupational Therapist, Intuitive Healer and Health Coach who is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She specializes in integrative health, wellness and prevention. She graduated with her B.S. in occupational therapy and psychology from St. Catherine University in 1996. She is the founder and director of the Holistic OT Community that supports OTs interested in or practicing integrative health, wellness and prevention. She has a deep understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection having provided care as an OT and integrative health practitioner in the hospital setting, nursing homes, clinics, and private practice. She is trained in medical qigong energy healing, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, intuitive development and healing, guided imagery, massage therapy, acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), and yoga. She has been studying and practicing holistic and integrative health for 20 years. She teaches continuing education and provides consultation to health care professionals about how to incorporate holistic and integrative health approaches into their practice and for self-care. She is in private practice serving children and adults in St. Paul, MN. Visit EmmyVadnais.com and HolisticOT.org.
“I always love the passion that Emmy puts through in her courses! It rejuvenates my own practice every time!” Andrea Cordis, MS, COTA/L
“Covered a lot of good information that can translate in to practice and self-care. Appreciated the research reference and resource information as well.” Angela Polk, OTR/L
“Emmy does a very good job of integrating the needs of a professional OT, i.e. framework, with the up and coming acceptance of integrative health modalities that OT’s can now bring into practice. The class is helpful in gathering resources to present to our Western healthcare counterparts. I also felt that Emmy did a good job in helping us as practitioners not underestimate the need for our own engagement of the practices! Thank you.” Carla Fanciullo, OTR/L, Transformational Coach
“Loved it – in fact it was a great reminder to get back to basics for me and practice what I preach!” Monique Portanger, OTR
“Excellent presentation on how the scope of OT is very much related to spirituality in helping people to get out of suffering.” Linda Socker, OTR
“This class provided great foundational knowledge for holistic methods of practice and provided insight for expansion upon those models.” Megan Carroll, MOT, OTR/L