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This is the third course in the education program for Meditation Instructors. This course continues the presentation and study of meditation theory/concepts and practices at a more advanced level for students. Students will study meditation practices as an alternative and integrative healing modality and will learn benefits of meditation on various disease states. Use of meditation practice in preventative health care is also presented. More advanced content related to faith and spirituality is presented in this course as a continuance of the topic presented in MED 325. Students continue with the study of meditation concepts such as insights, attention, focusing and other facets of practice. The concepts and theories of energy and energy medicine are introduce and applied to practices of meditation. More in depth presentations are studied related to yoga and meditation practices and students learn basic techniques for use and teaching. The concept of loving-kindness meditations is also explored. A continuation of concepts of Zen are also presented and students continue to learn Zen philosophy and how it relates to meditation. Other topics studied include; movement meditation, tantric yoga, energy exercises enhancing chi, sufi-inspired dances, christian meditations, meditative labyrinth walking, and much more. Course Code: MED 355. Education contact hours = 30. Course tuition: $150.00

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

Prerequisite: you must have successfully completed MED 300 and MED 325, before you may take 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,FACHE

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in this 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.


Meditation: The Complete Guide. By: Patricia Monaghan and Eleanor Viereck. Novato:New World Library; 1999. ISBN #: 1577310888


You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Meditation Instructor. Access AIHCP Store: click here

Instructor: Your instructor for this course is Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN,BC, CH-C, FACHE, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, meditation instructor and the executive director of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. Access information.

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 American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc., and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

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* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* 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.

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

1. Discuss various disease states and the benefits of meditation as an intervention.
2. Understand the concept of psychosomatic illnesses.
3. Define and discuss various faith-based meditation modalities.
4. Discuss biofeedback and its use in meditation therapies.
5. Define and discuss the energy systems, chakras and kundalini.
6. Review concepts of states of consciousness.
7. Define and discuss uses and techniques of "trance dances.
8. Discuss the concept of shamans.
9. Define and discuss the eight steps of yoga.
10. Review and practice the postures of hatha yoga.
11. Define and understand the use of yoga as a meditative practice.
12. Discuss concepts of mind-body relaxation.
13. Discuss the use of mantras related to rituals and faith-based practices.
14. Review the concept of mindfulness meditation and techniques for use.
15. Describe the concept of loving-kindness and discuss its practice and uses.
16. Review theories and practices related to Buddhist meditations.
17. Define and discuss the practice of Zen meditation and its goals.
18. Define and discuss the concept and practice of movement meditation.
19. Define Tantric Yoga and its practices and benefits.
20. Review energy health care modalities and the enhancement of chi.
21. Define and discuss Qi Gong, its practices and benefits.
22. Learn and practice basic Qi Gong techniques.
23. Define and discuss T'ai Chi, its practice and benefits.
24. Define and discuss "fire breath" and how it is used and its benefits.
25. Discuss and understand sufi-inspired dancing.
26. Discuss the use of christian prayer as a meditative therapy.
27. Define and discuss faith-based strategies to enhance relaxation.
28. Discuss the use of inspirational readings as a meditative practice.
29. Discuss various religious groups and their beliefs about meditation.
30. Define the concept of "contemplation" and how it can be used in meditation.
31. Define and discuss labyrinth walking meditation.
32. Review and understand brain waves, brain dominance and the relationship to meditation.
33. Understand the concept and use of body scanning.
34. Define and discuss uses of meditation practices in working with grief.


Course Content

1. Disease states, meditation and healing
2. Faith-based meditation modalities
3. Biofeedback and meditation
4. Contemplative prayer and meditation
5. Energy systems and the chakras
6. Kundalini energy
7. States of consciousness and meditation therapies
8. Trance dancing
9. Shaman history and practices
10. Steps of yoga
11. Postures of hatha yoga
12. Practices and benefits of yoga as therapies
13. Body-mind relaxation therapies
14. Meditation and spirituality
15. Faith-based rituals and mantras
16. Uses and benefits of mindfulness meditations
17. Loving-kindness meditation
18. Heart-centered meditation therapies
19. Buddhist meditation practices
20. Zen meditation and practices
21. Movement meditation therapies
22. Tantric Yoga
23. Energy systems and Chi
24. Taoism practices
25. Qi Gong practices and therapies
26. T'ai Chi practices and therapies
27. Sufism and practices related to meditation
28. Fire breath
29. Sufi-inspired dances
30. Mysticism and meditation
31. Christian prayer and meditation
32. Inspiration readings and meditation
33. Beliefs about meditation of religious groups
34. Meditative labyrinth walking
35. Uses of meditation in working with grief
36. Body-scanning techniques and uses in meditation

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