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Stress and Health: An Introduction to Mind-Body Approaches to Healing

by Mara Wai, EdD & Andrea Cincotta, MS 2 CE Credits

As the link between stress and illness becomes more apparent, it is increasingly important for healthcare providers to be aware of the variety of stress-related symptoms that can manifest in patients and become knowledgeable about effective stress management techniques, namely mind-body approaches.  Mind-body interventions, which are rooted in ancient history, are more widely turned to today to complement traditional Western medicine as they are often lower in cost than standard care and extremely efficacious in the treatment of a variety of diseases (e.g., heart disease, headaches, low-back pain), as well as in the amelioration of treatment-related symptoms (e.g., those caused by chemotherapy), just to name a few applications. This online CE course summarizes the impact of stress on health and wellness, and presents the current state-of-the-science of common mind-body interventions - including relaxation, meditation, and yoga - as a means to managing stress, preventing disease and promoting health. Research findings from the mind-body literature will be presented and implications for clinical practice will be considered.


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • What is Stress? A Brief Review of Construct and Biology
  • The Link between the Mind and the Body in Relation to Health and Wellness
  • How Much Stress is Too Much?
  • Clinical Implications for the Use of Mind-Body Approaches for Promoting Health and Healing
  • Popular Mind-Body Approaches to Stress Management
  • Meditation: Purposeful Intentional Focus
  • Yoga: Mindful Movement
  • Implications for Healthcare
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Define the construct of stress and detail the underlying biology of a stress response, including its negative impact on health.
  • Recognize a range of complementary approaches, focusing on 2 prevalent mind-body interventions, meditation and yoga (mindful movement), along with the associated findings regarding their influence on health and wellness.
  • Discuss implications for the clinical application of mind-body approaches in reducing stress and in promoting health and/or healing in at least 6 medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain).