Healing Arts

Bucks County Community College is proud to offer courses in the Healing Arts and Holistic Healthcare, one of the most exciting and expanding fields today. Holistic Healthcare involves a variety of factors, such as dealing with the root cause of an illness, increasing patient involvement, and considering both conventional and alternative therapies.

Our current courses include:

If you have additional questions, please contact Maryann Brennan at 215-968-8104.

Applying Mental Health Practices in the Workplace (9 hrs)

This course is geared toward healthcare personnel and anyone interested in learning more about mental health. The course is designed to help participants become more comfortable and competent when working with individuals experiencing psychological distress. Participants will obtain a greater understanding of the basic principles of mental illness and recovery, develop ways to improve communication to foster positive relationships, and learn about basic therapeutic techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Positive Psychology into their daily activities at work. Participants will learn how to recognize a psychiatric crisis and implement basic intervention techniques to ensure everyone’s safety. You will be able to convey hope and foster a better quality of life to those affected by mental illness. John Brodt MS, CPRP
Newtown Campus/$125/RHEAL 1020 WB1/3 Thu, 10/2 – 10/16, 6 pm - 9 pm

Self-Care for the Caregiver (6hrs)

This course is designed to assist healthcare workers and individuals who provide social, medical, holistic, or other supportive services to individuals in need. Helping others is one of the most effective ways to boost our own internal happiness and self-worth. However, if you do not keep your own internal battery charged you may find that you are not as effective at work, feel increasingly annoyed or depressed, and care less about quality of the services you are delivering. It is not uncommon for people in the helping professions to experience compassion fatigue or burnout as it is sometimes called. Fortunately there are many techniques that can be used to help ensure that you are able to deliver excellent supportive care without compromising your own emotional and mental health. This course will cover a variety of ways to invite happiness into your life that will help you become more successful with helping those in need. Participants will learn stress management strategies such as guided imagery and relaxation techniques, complete a self-inventory of their supports, and examine what their strengths are and how to incorporate them into all areas of life. John Brodt MS, CPRP
Newtown Campus/$85/RHEAL 1021 WB1/2 Thu, 11/6 & 11/13, 6 pm - 9 pm

FREE Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) Orientation/Interview Session

The MBSR program is a highly researched eight-week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness more than 25 years ago. Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally, most simply described as the intentional cultivation of nonjudgmental moment-to-moment awareness.” Those who wish to take the course are required to attend this session. Edie Eileen Elkan, B.A., M.A.
Newtown. Next Offering: Fall, 2014

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) (27 Hrs)

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Cen-ter for Mindfulness more than 25 years ago. Since then, this eight-week program has been offered in a variety of international settings. Mindfulness in MBSR can be most simply described as the intentional cultivation of nonjudgmental moment-to-moment awareness” (Kabat-Zinn, 1996). “Three key elements of the definition—intentionality, present-centeredness and absence of judgment—are repeated and reinforced through the MBSR teachers in classes unfolding week by week around the world” (McCown, Reibel, Micozzi, page 64). This course follows the model MBSR 8-week plus a full day of mindfulness. Edie Eileen Elkan, B.A., M.A.
Newtown/ Next offering, Fall 2014


Introduction to Holistic Health Series (3 hrs/course; 18 hrs/series) 

Whether you are a healthcare provider or a consumer you can learn more about a range of holistic therapies through the series of classes.  You can take the whole series and receive a certificate of attendance or sign up for individual classes.  These introductory classes provide you with a broad understanding of these therapies and to stay current with emerging trends.  The ability to understand the many types of therapies available is essential to providing safe, effective care in any setting.  The series is relevant for nurses, nurse's aides, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physical therapists, physical therapy aids, respiratory therapists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, dieticians, educators, pesonal care assistants, chiropractors, physical fitness professionals, as well as consumers wishing to learn more.   Dr. Leena Guptha, D.O., M.B.A.

Newtown Campus/ $59 per course

Tai Chi, Qigong and Feng Shui

Mon., 9/15, 1pm-4pm
OHEAL 1000 WB1

Ayurveda, Aromatherapy and Reflexology
Mon., 9/29, 1pm-4pm
OHEAL 1001 WB1

Nutrition, Herbalism and Detoxification Therapy
Mon., 10/13, 1pm-4pm
OHEAL 1002 WB1

Chakra System, Shiatsu and Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Mon., 10/27, 1pm-4pm

Self-care, Stress Management, Guided Imagery
Mon., 11/10, 1pm-4pm
OHEAL 1004 WB1

Natural Health Philosophy, Hydrotherapy and Manual Therapy
Mon., 12/8, 1pm-4pm
OHEAL 1005 WB1

For information about Introduction to Holistic Health Series, please contact 215-968-8025, select option #4


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