Courses

Scroll through this page for descriptions of each Whole Health course available to VA employees, or click on the offerings below to go directly to the course page and download course materials including participant manuals and presentations.

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Offerings for All Employees

Clinical Offerings

Non-Clinical Offerings: Whole Health Coaches, Facilitators, and Partners

Whole Health TMS/Train Courses

Offerings for All Employees

Whole Health for Employees
(WH102/102F)

Enables VA employees to experience WH themselves in order to help foster a culture in VA where WH is the model of care for Veterans. Employees learn the importance of mindfulness, self-care, resilience, complementary and integrative health, and the power of community through highly experiential activities. This course is now available as an initial 4-hour introduction to Whole Health; Whole Health 101 (8 hours) may continue being offered by sites that have already been using it. Train-the-Trainer curriculum is available for this course.

  • All employees who have not previously attended a WH course
  • Half-day, in-person curriculum
  • 4 CEUs
  • 102F is designated for Flagship sites

Clinical Offerings

Primary focus: training clinicians in how to incorporate Whole Health into their clinical practice

Implementing Whole Health in Clinical Care
(WH202)

Offers an intensive, highly practical experience for busy VA clinicians and clinical teams that focuses on skills and tools to make clinical practice more effective, efficient, and satisfying. Provides clinicians and teams with a quick-start guide for helping patients optimize their own health and well-being. This course is ideal for clinicians unable to attend Whole Health in Your Practice and/or who want additional focus on local implementation. Train-the-Trainer curriculum is available for this course.

  • All clinicians
  • Half-day, in-person curriculum
  •  4 CEUs
  • Prerequisite: Any 100-series or other clinical offering listed on this page
  • Requirement: Local WH Education Champion or clinical champion to partner with FIT as course faculty

Whole Health in Your Practice

Advances skills in the delivery of personalized, proactive, patient-driven care, extending beyond disease-based care to focus on health creation. Provides up-to-date evidence-based information and case studies and Complementary and Integrative Health approaches to treating common conditions. This course is largely experiential, with a focus on Personal Health Planning and how to implement and sustain WH in practical and meaningful ways. Emphasis on clinician self-care and burnout prevention.

  • All clinicians
  • 3-day, in-person curriculum
  • 20.5 CEUs

Whole Health for Pain and Suffering

Education and skills-based practice on WH approaches to pain and suffering using complementary and integrative therapies. Provides evidence-informed, safe, and effective non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain care. Shows how mind-body approaches and self-management can support coping and well-being for Veterans with pain. Emphasis on clinician self-care and burnout prevention.

  • Providers, clinicians, and others working with Veterans experiencing pain
  •  2-day, in-person curriculum
  •  Optional 4-hour Battlefield Acupuncture training on day 3
  • 14 CEUs (plus 4 CEUs for BFA)

Eating for Whole Health

Introduces clinicians to the WH approach as it relates to a fundamental aspect of self-care: nutrition. This advanced, stand-alone course is informed by the latest research, and areas of focus include optimizing nutrition for specific disease states, preventing chronic diseases, collaborating effectively with dietitians and other care team members, and sharing nutrition success stories.

  • Clinicians supporting Veterans’ mental health, such as primary care providers and mental health professionals
  • 2-day, in-person curriculum
  • 14.5 CEUs

Whole Health for Mental Health

Explores a system of care where mental health is seamlessly incorporated as a core aspect of whole-person care. Explores how mental health can seamlessly be incorporated as a core aspect of whole-person care. This course draws on positive psychology, the recovery model, psychotherapeutic approaches, and the best that conventional care and CIH have to offer. This course is being piloted in FY19.

  • Clinicians supporting Veterans’ mental health, such as primary care providers and mental health professionals
  • 2-day, in-person curriculum
  • 14.5 CEUs

Non-Clinical Offerings

Primary focus: training non-clinicians in their role as a Whole Health Coach, Facilitator, Partner, or Mentor

Whole Health Coaching

This highly experiential and practical course provides instruction and mentoring on effective communication and coaching skills. In VA’s Whole Health Coaching model, the coach partners with a Veteran to proactively take action toward behavior change that aligns with the Veteran’s goals and values, and is present- and future-oriented. Graduates are eligible to become National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coaches.

  • Full- or part-time WH Coaches, volunteers, other non-clinical and clinical staff who incorporate WH Coaching into their interactions with Veterans
  • 6-day, in -person curriculum (two 3-day parts, 1 month apart)
  • 38 CEUs

Whole Health Facilitated Groups
(Taking Charge of My Life and Health)

This highly experiential and practical course provides instruction and mentoring on effective communication and coaching skills. In VA’s Whole Health Coaching model, the coach partners with a Veteran to proactively take action toward behavior change that aligns with the Veteran’s goals and values, and is present- and future-oriented. Graduates are eligible to become National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coaches.

  • Veteran volunteers, Peer Support Specialists, WH Partners, WH Coaches
  • 3-day, in-person curriculum

Whole Health Partner Training

WH Partners receive training in how to recruit and engage Veterans in the WH System. Partners learn how to guide Veterans through various offerings within the WH Pathway, as well as resources available in Wellness and Complementary and Integrative Health circles. Partners become well-versed in the Circle of Health, Four-Stage WH Process for navigating change, and the Personal Health Inventory.

  • WH Partners and WH Program Managers, Veteran volunteers, peers,
  • 2-day, in-person curriculum
  • Prerequisite: WH Coaching or WH Facilitated Groups

Whole Health Mentor Course
(Pilot)

Learn to support, enhance, and ensure the fidelity of the services provided by the Whole Health Pathway including Whole Health Coaches, Whole Health Facilitators, and Whole Health Partners. Mentor participants will learn how to provide ongoing skill training and mentoring to staff through effective feedback techniques, continuing education, and skillful coordination with supervisors and clinical staff. This course is being piloted in FY19.

  • For professionals who will provide ongoing mentorship and training for WH Partners, WH Coaches, or facilitators at their facility
  • 2.5-day, in-person curriculum
  • Prerequisite: WH Coaching, WH Facilitated Groups, and/or WH Partner

Whole Health for Skill Building

The Whole Health skill-building courses are designed to be taught by a Whole Health coach or other educator to a group of Veterans who are interested in advancing their Whole Health. There are eight courses, one for each of the eight self-care circles in the VA Circle of Health.

Whole Health TMS/TRAIN Courses