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SM 570 – Alternative Therapies


This CE course presents participants with alternative care modalities that are most useful in a comprehensive stress management program. Participants will study a wide arrange of alternative supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs and nutrition and food, which have a calming effect on the mind-body-spirit. Comprehensive information is provided related to supplements including how they act on the brain, nervous system and other physiological effects on the body. Common side effects are presented along with dosing recommendations. Principles of natural care modalities are discussed, including emotions, self-esteem and other related issues which create anxiety and stress. Aromatherapy and principles of chinese medicine are also presented. Students study many types of natural healing methods, including rapid induction techniques for precipitating a relaxation response and induce mental states of “calm.” Theories of “anxiety” are re-reviewed in the context of mind-body-spirit health care. Course Code: SM 570. Contact hours of education = 25.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Certified Stress Management Consultant by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc,.

Prerequisite: you must have successfully completed SM 560 before you can begin this course.

This is a guided, independent study CEU Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There are no written assignments. It is recommended that you follow this process for completing the course:

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, CH-C

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the stress management program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There are two (2) required textbooks for this course.

1. Healing Anxiety Naturally, by Harold H. Bloomfield, MD. HarperCollins Publishers 1998. ISBN: 0-06-093035-7.

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2. Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy-to-Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body, By Paul Wilson. Plume Publishers, 1999. ISBN: 0452274338.

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 25 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 25 contact hours of CE

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss several theories of “anxiety” development.
2. Distinguish difference in anxiety experiences by gender.
3. Define and discuss “generalized anxiety disorder.
4. Discuss the concept of “worry” and differentiate it from “anxiety.”
5. Define and discuss eight types of anxiety disorders.
6. Define and discuss “childhood anxiety.”
7. Discuss issues of depression concomitant with anxiety.
8. Understand and review how the stress response correlates with states of anxiety.
9. Discuss the concept of the herbal remedy revolution.
10. Discuss the use of herbs as front-line treatment for anxiety.
11. Define and discuss the most common herbs that producing calming effects.
12. Define and discuss herbs and other supplements that act as stress adaptogens.
13. Define and discuss herbs that work to relieve depression and concomitant anxiety.
14. Define and discuss herbal antidotes for aging.
15. Discuss the most common herbs used in Chinese medicine and the role they play in calming anxiety.
16. Define and discuss how herbal scents and their use in aromatherapy can be used in a stress management program to reduce anxiety and elicit calm.
17. Define and discuss the six principles of natural self-healing.
18. Discuss the concept of anti-stress nutrition and provides examples of use in a stress management program.
19. Understand issues related to toxic chemicals in foods and how to avoid them.
20. Understand the concept of “emotions” and the role they play in wellness and in disease states.
21. Compare and contrast issues related to “anger” and “anxiousness.”
22. Discuss issues of “lose” and “change” and their role in anxiety disorders.
23. Define and discuss the concept of “spiritual” crisis.
24. Discuss methodologies that may be used to provide rapid “calmness” in states of anxiety.
25. Compare and contrast Type A and Type B personalities related to stress and anxiety.
26. Define and discuss “eustress.”
27. Discuss the use of affirmations and visualizations in modalities for inducing calm.
28. Define the “trance” state and its body-mind-spirit involvement.
29. Discuss the use of reflexology in inducing a counter effect to stress and anxiety.
30. Define and discuss the use of “biofeedback” in a stress management program.


1. Anxiety and its disorders
2. Anxiety and worry
3. Anxiety and depression
4. Generalized anxiety disorders
5. Clinical depression
6. Childhood anxiety and depression
7. Causes of anxiety and proper diagnosis
8. Exaggerated stress response
9. The herbal medicine revolution
10. Herbs for anxiety, insomnia and stress management
11. Healing anxiety
12. Anti stress herbs
13. Herbs used in Chinese medicine
14. Herbs used in Ayurvedic Medicine
15. Herbal scents and aromatherapy
16. Natural modalities for self-healing
17. Personal power concepts
18. Anger vs. anxiousness
19. Healing anxieties of loss and change
20. Spiritual Crisis
21. Anxiety self-help groups
22. Personality types and anxiety
23. Eye movement desensitization
24. Spiritual influences on mental health
25. Eustress
26. Affirmations and visualizations
27. The trance state
28. Reflexology as a modality in reducing anxiety
29. Use of biofeedback and music to induce calm
30. Rapid strategies and interventions to induce calm and relieve anxiety