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Whole Health for Employees
(WH102/102F)

Whole Health 102 is a 4-hour experience designed to guide participants in exploring Whole Health and considering how it can be used to improve one’s own health and well-being. The goal of this program is to help each participant identify their mission, aspiration, and purpose, and understand how they can make changes in their lives to help them work towards achieving their personal goals.

  • Course Participants: All employees who have not previously attended a WH course
  • 4 hours - Virtual learning (Zoom)
  • 4.0 CEUs
  • 102F is designated for Flagship sites

Clinical Offerings

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

Applying Whole Health in Clinical Care
(WH202)

Whole Health 202 is an intensive, highly practical 4-hour experience for busy VA clinicians and clinical teams that provides additional skills and tools to make clinical practice more effective, efficient and satisfying. According to research, the vast majority of patients with chronic disease do not feel they are able to effectively support their own self-care and self-management. Whole Health 202 provides clinicians and teams with a quick-start guide for helping patients optimize their own health and well-being.

  • Course participants: All clinicians
  • 4-Hour Half-day - Virtual learning (Zoom)
  • 4.0 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

Designed to support VA clinicians with effectively incorporating the Whole Health approach into their care of Veterans. Advances skills in the delivery of personalized, proactive, and patient-driven care. Working with your fellow participants, you will move step-by-step through applying each of the key elements of personal health planning and by the time the course is complete, you will have co-created a Personal Health Plan for at least one partner, and they will have done the same for you.

  • Course participants: Physician Assistants (PAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Medical Doctors (MDs), Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) and other clinicians
  • 20.5 course hours - 30-minute orientation plus five 4-hour course sessions over 1 week - Virtual learning (Zoom)
  • 19.0 CEUs

Whole Health for Pain and Suffering

Whole Health for Pain and Suffering: An Integrative Approach (WHPS) is an advanced clinical education course designed to support VA clinicians work with patients who experience pain in its various forms. Use the Whole Health model to expand your understanding of the root causes of pain conditions. Consider pain and suffering in the broader context of modern health care, and reflect on what you need for your own well-being as you provide care to people with severe pain.

  • Course participants: VA clinicians working with patients who experience pain in its various forms.
  • 16 course hours - 30-minute orientation and 4 course sessions - Virtual learning (Zoom)
  • 13.5 CEUs

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.

  • Course Participants: VA staff interested in learning more about the Whole Health approach to food and drink and how it interconnects with other aspects of Whole Health
  • 14 course hours, 30 minute orientation and 4 course sessions through Zoom virtual platform
  • 16.75 CEUs

Whole Health for Mental Well-being

This course is designed for all clinicians who support Veterans who have mental health conditions. It is intended to support anyone who would like to focus more on “Power of the Mind” as they are helping health Veterans create Personal Health Plans. Explore the power of the Whole Health Approach when it comes to working with mental health conditions, moving beyond models that treat mind and body as separate. Explore evidence-informed use of integrative care to support mental health.

  • Course participants: All clinicians who support Veterans who have mental health conditions.
  • 16 course hours - 30-minute orientation and 4 course sessions - Virtual learning (Zoom) with class discussions, partner activities and small group activities.
  • 13.5 CEUs

Whole Health Clinical Care Symposium

The Whole Health Clinical Care Symposium is designed to provide training, coaching and group work time for site-based teams charged with advancing Whole Health clinical care at their sites. Four-member teams from a variety of sites nationwide will be selected to participate (brochure has details) including Physicians, Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers with leadership support/prerequisite completion. To participate, a team will need formal endorsement from senior or executive leadership, with express permission to dedicate the time needed to attend the course.

  • Course participants comprised of four-member teams from a variety of sites nationwide that will be selected to participate
  • 5 course sessions, virtual learning (Zoom), 22.5 course hours
  • 22.5 CEUs

Whole Health for All: Social and Structural Determinants of Health

As a primary and mental health care provider, I know that social and structural issues affect my patient’s health. And I need to address them. But I’m already overwhelmed. What can I do?

Whole Health for All: Social and Structural Determinants of Health is a skill-based course designed to equip clinicians providing primary and mental health care with the awareness, skills, and tools needed to promote health equity and inclusion, regularly address social and structural determinants of care in clinical practice, and support Whole Health for all Veterans in VA.

  • Course participants: Clinicians providing primary and mental health care with the awareness, skills, and tools needed.
  • 30-minute orientation, 4 course sessions, 16 total hours - Virtual learning (Zoom)
  • 14.0 CEUs

Whole Health for Nurse Leaders: Empowering and Equipping Staff

How do I help nurses become more resilient? How do I provide them with the tools they need to take charge of both their own and their patients’ health and well-being?

Join us for Whole Health for Nurse Leaders: Empowering and Equipping Staff, a skills-based course designed to equip formal and informal nurse leaders with the awareness, skills, and tools necessary to incorporate Whole Health approaches into their own self-care and the care of patients.

  • Course participants: Nurse leaders who need to acquire the awareness, skills, and tools necessary to incorporate Whole Health approaches into their own self-care and the care of patients
  • 1 session, 2 hours, Virtual learning (Zoom)
  • 2.0 CEUs

Whole Health for Nurses: Inpatient Care

How do I help patients take charge of their own health and well-being? How do I align the plan of care to what matters most to my patients? How can I use complementary and integrative health modalities such as mindful awareness, breath work, or acupuncture to empower and equip patients and myself?

Join us for Whole Health for Nurses: Inpatient Care, a course designed to empower and equip nurses with the skills needed to incorporate a Whole Health approach into their nursing practice in an inpatient setting.

  • Course participants: Nurses with the skills needed to incorporate a Whole Health approach into their nursing practice in an inpatient setting.
  • 1 session, 2 hours, Virtual learning (Zoom)
  • 2.0 CEUs

Whole Health: Leading Change (Leading for Whole Health System Transformation)

Whole Health: Leading Change (Leading for Whole Health System Transformation)​​​​​​​ is a course for those who want to be leaders in the VA’s Whole Health Cultural Transformation. We’ll cover the key players on your local Whole Health Team, how to collaborate and coordinate Whole Health work, and how to equip and empower other leaders to support the Whole Health transformation. During this course you will be invited to understand your role as a Whole Health Leader, identify your Whole Health team and their roles and responsibilities and understand how to coordinate activities across the larger facility and VISN-level strategy. See the course brochure to see a full list of course learning objectives.

  • Course participants: Whole Health leaders, and those who want to be leaders
  • 2 hours and 15 minutes, Virtual
  • ACCME, ACCME-N, ACPE, APA, ANCC, ASWB, CDR, NYSED SW contact hours available

Whole Health: Empowering Your Team (Transformational Leadership Skills for Supervisors and Managers)

Whole Health: Empowering Your Team is a course designed for Supervisors, and is focused on how to apply principles of transformational leadership to lead others as part of the Whole Health Cultural Transformation. During this course you will be invited to understand principles of transformational leadership, apply tools to embody Whole Health in your own life to enhance wellbeing and motivate your team to understand and deliver the vision of Whole Health transformation. See the course brochure to see a full list of course learning objectives.

  • Course participants: Supervisors and those focused on how to apply transformational leadership principles to lead others.
  • 2 hours, and 15 minutes, Virtual
  • ACCME, ACCME-N, ACPE, APA, ANCC, ASWB, CDR, NYSED SW contact hours available

Pathway & Coaching Offerings

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

Whole Health Coaching

The virtual Whole Health Coaching training integrates principles of change theory and practice to support Veterans in realizing their health potential. Whole Health Coaches play an integral role in Veterans’ behavior change and the radical redesign of health care, and the OPCC&CT is committed to providing optimally trained Whole Health Coaches for Veterans. Health coaches can provide individual and group coaching services not only within the Well-being Program but also within Whole Health Clinical Care.

  • Course participants: please see course brochure.
  • 75 hours+32 hours of both triad and asynchronous training - Virtual learning (Zoom). Class discussion, WH coaching practice, skills practice in small groups.
  • 69.5 CEUs

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

Taking Charge of My Life and Health Facilitator Training (TCMLH-FT) is an experiential training specifically designed to teach Veterans and other peers some of the skills necessary to become group facilitators who will lead the Whole Health group-based program. The focus is on effective group facilitation skills and exposure to the 9-week curriculum through actual practice with feedback. TCMLH Facilitator Training is designed for Veteran peers and volunteers who may or may not have a clinical background. Graduates are eligible to become National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coaches.

  • Course participants: Veteran volunteers, Peer Support Specialists, WH Partners, WH Coaches
  • 1 hour orientation 5-day training 25 course hours - Virtual learning (Zoom) involving class discussion, partner activities and small group activities.
  • 19.0 CEUs (FY 21)

Whole Health Partner Training

Whole Health Partner Training is designed to train Whole Health Partners in several roles in order to promote and support fellow Veterans in effective utilization of the Whole Health (WH) Pathway. 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.

  • Course participants: WH Partners and WH Program Managers, Veteran volunteers, peers.
  • 1 hour orientation, 3-day course, 12 course hours - Virtual learning (Zoom) involving class discussion, partner activities and small group activities.
  • 12.5 CEUs (FY 21)
  • Prerequisite: Attending either the Taking Charge of My Life and Health (TCMLH-FT) Facilitator training or the Whole Health Coaching (WHC) training.

Whole Health Pathway/Coaching Mentor Course

Whole Health Pathway/Coaching Mentor Training is an experiential, 4-day virtual training course, designed to empower and equip participants (Whole Health Mentors) to support and enhance the services provided by the Whole Health Pathway staff, including WH Coaches, TCMLH Facilitators and WH 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.

  • Course participants: For professionals who will provide ongoing mentorship and training for WH Partners, WH Coaches, or facilitators at their facility.
  • 20 course hours; 1 hour orientation + 4-day, 5 hour/day course - Virtual learning (Zoom) Class discussion and mentoring practice in small groups.
  • 17.0 CEUs (FY 21)
  • Prerequisite: WH Coaching, WH Facilitated Groups, and/or WH Partner

Train the Trainer(Taking Charge of My Life and Health)

Taking Charge of My Life and Health Facilitator Training Train the Trainer course is an experiential, 5-day virtual training, designed to equip education specialists and others, with skills necessary to train Whole Health Facilitators to implement Taking Charge of My Life and Health Facilitator Training for Veterans. Having a Certified Trainer of the TCMLH-Facilitated Training provides a responsive approach to organizing trainings. With staff changes and newly hired Whole Health Pathway positions, having this local trainer allows for flexibility to train staff to deliver TCMLH courses, as needed.

  • Course participants: VA staff who are identified as the VISN Trainers, by the Network Wide Whole Health Education Champions, in addition to: Network wide Education Coordinators, Whole Health Education Champions, Health Behavior Coordinators, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Coordinators, Highly Skilled WH Coaches, Whole Health Program Manager, Patient Centered Care Coordinator and others.
  • 5-days training, 25 course hours
  • 21.0 CEUs

Whole Health Coaching Skills for Clinicians

Whole Health Coaching Skills for Clinicians places an emphasis on taking coaching skills back to clinical practice. The focus is on identifying stages of change, providing information in a Veteran-centered fashion (a ‘coach approach’), and supporting action. In addition to practicing these skills as a clinician, participants will have the opportunity to experience these skills from the perspective of a patient throughout the course.

  • Course participants:Physicians, Nurses, Psychologist, Social Workers
  • Six-hour virtual course(zoom) will be offered in 4 x 120-minute modules; one module per week over 4 consecutive weeks.

Whole Health Pathway/Coaching Symposium

The Whole Health Pathway/Coaching Symposium is designed to empower and equip facility/VISN-based teams to advance implementation of Whole Health Pathway/Coaching services. The symposium will bridge the learning gap by demonstrating strong practices focused around advancing implementation, offer classroom-to-practice skills, change management principles and an assessment tool to track and evaluate overall implementation.

  • Course participants:Four to five member teams from a variety of sites nationwide will be selected to participate
  • 5-days training, 20 course hours

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

Accredited learning modules including Clinician Self-Care, Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Approaches, Mindful Awareness, Eating for Whole Health: Functional Approaches to Food and Drink, and the Whole Health for Pain and Suffering video series. Non-accredited modules include Whole Health Foundation: A Personal Experience and Facilitation Tips and Techniques.

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