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This online Continuing education course continues where SM 550: Relaxation Strategies left off. Participants study theories and practices of many different meditation techniques. Learning which occurred in the first course (MED 300) become more applicable as participants explore the world of meditation. Participants will study meditation from various traditions, including practices used in religious settings. Such practices include "Zen" theory and meditation, Buddhist meditation practices, and Christian meditations. Continued explorations occur in relation to common meditation practices of today's western world. New breath work techniques are studied, as well as new ideas related to concentration and mindfulness meditation. Taoist meditation is also studied. Hatha Yoga is also presented, as are mantras, included sacred Hebrew mantras used in meditation practices. Other topics that are presented include, Chi, progressive relaxation techniques, dreaming, deep meditation, mantras and vibrations, centering prayer and more. Participants come away with this course with the knowledge and skills to work with clients using meditation modalities and techniques. Course Code: MED 325. Education contact hours = 30.

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 550: Relaxation Strategies 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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E-mail: info@aihcp.org

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.


  1. Learn to Meditate: A practical guide to self-discovery and fulfillment. By: David Fontana, Ph.D. San Francisco:Duncan Baird Publishers; 1999. ISBN #: 0811822508
  2. The Beginner's Guide to Meditation. 2 tape audio cassettes/ or CD set. By: Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. The Hay House: California; 2000.

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook and the set of tapes/CD's. Please be sure to order your book and tapes 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 "Stress Management." 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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* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* 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. Understand and discuss the theory and practice of Zen and meditation modalities.
2. Define distractions which hinder heightened awareness.
3. Discuss common mistakes made when learning meditation.
4. Define the effects of meditation on emotions.
5. Discuss factors which impact the learning of mediation practices.
6. Define and discuss "attention" as it applies to meditation practices.
7. Understand and teach ways to focus attention in meditation practices.
8. List and describe the mind benefits of meditation.
9. Review and discuss Buddhist teachings related to dealing with negative emotions.
10. Define and discuss potential side effects of meditation.
11. Understand effective strategies for dealing with distractions during meditation.
12. Define recommended time-frames for practicing meditation.
13. Discuss how rituals may be effectively used in meditation practices.
14. Review and discuss correct posturing in meditation practice.
15. Define and discuss strategies that will sharpen the awareness of breath.
16. Contrast types of breathing patterns as they related to meditation.
17. Define the effects of ego on relaxation of the conscious mind.
18. Discuss various religious affiliations and types of associated meditation practices.
19. Define, discuss and practice Taoist meditation.
20. Define and discuss Hatha Yoga.
21. Review the concept of "tree of life" and how it relates to mediation.
22. Discuss various types of sacred mantras used in meditation practices.
23. Define outcomes of altered states of consciousness from meditation.
24. Define and understand "meditative dreaming" and "mindfulness dreaming."
25. Define and discuss effects of abdominal vs. chest breathing.
26. Review and understand study outcomes related to progressive relaxation.
27. Discuss "chi" and its major sources.
28. Describe 3-Dontian breathing and meditation including its techniques.
29. Define and discuss "deep meditation" and how it is achieved.
30. Discuss mystical experiences related to meditation practices.
31. Discuss and understand the relationship of meditation practices to spirituality.
32. Compare and contrast meditation with "prayer."
33. Discuss and understand what is meant by the "relaxation response."
34. Define and discuss "concentration" meditation and how it is achieved.
35. Review concepts related to "mindfulness" meditation practice.
36. Define and discuss "centering prayer."
37. Understand time-frames of meditation practice related to good outcomes.


1. History and theory of Zen philosophies
2. Zen and meditation
3. Common mistakes made in meditation practice
4. Meditation and effects on emotions
5. Outcomes, benefits of meditation practice
6. Foundations for effective learning of meditation
7. Techniques of meditation practices
8. Focusing attention
9. Mind benefits of mediation
10. Buddhist teachings and meditation
11. Potential side-effcts of mediation
12. Dealing with distractions in meditation
13. Time-lines for learning meditation
14. Use of rituals in meditation
15. Appropriate postures used in meditation
16. Explorations of the mind
17. Breathing techniques
18. Uses of deep breathing
19. Effects of various uses of the breath
20. World religions and meditation
21. Taoist meditation practices
22. Meditations used in western traditions
23. The tree of life concept/theory
24. Hatha yoga and meditation
25. Sacred Mantras
26. Altered consciousness outcomes
27. Altered states of consciousness
28. Dreams and meditation
29. Outcomes of breathing patterns
30. Focused attention and physiological outcomes
31. Sources of Chi
32. Three-Dontian meditation
33. Deep meditation states
34. Mysticism, spirituality and meditation
35. The relaxation response
36. Centering prayer
37. Concentration meditation
38. Mindfulness meditation
39. Physiological responses and benefits of meditation

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