An Expansion of Vitae Pondera Institute of Integrative Health and Vitae Pondera, LLC

123 N. Line St. Mineola, Texas 75773

903-569-9913 ~ 561-613-7569

www.vitaepondera.com

These degree programs redefine our current conception of death and reclaim the wisdom  of expanded awareness. By use of both Conventional, Holistic, and Naturopathic philosophies, these degree programs provide health care practitioners and those working with energetics,  a unique set of skills to deepen their understanding of the spiritual, psychological, social, and physical aspects of the dying experience.

For each degree program, various curriculum are provided to adhere to accreditation requirements, which includes 1) Lectures, 2) Question and Answers, 3) Case Studies, 4) Book reports and reviews 5) Client Clinical Studies, 6) Final Exam Theses.

 

These programs are of a 'hybrid format', providing the advantages of on-line classes, self-paced timelines, and on-site clinical study programs. The tuition for each course is $250, plus the cost of books. This amount is determined by the customization of your individual programming. There is the flexibility of which, each course can be taken individually or as a degree program. The average tuition is approximately $1,500 per year of study, depending on your own pace. (Payment options are available through PayPal.) Customized degrees programs are available on request, to accommodate special interests of practice.

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  • Associate Degree Integrative Thanatology (12-18 Month Program, 27 credit hours)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrative Thanatology  (2-Year Program; Associates Degree in Related Profession Required

  • Master of Arts Degree in Integrative Thanatology  (2-Year Program; Bachelor Degree in Related Profession Required

  • Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Integrative Thanatology  (Masters Degree in Related Profession Required

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Our Integrative Thanatology multi-level degree programs offer excellent curriculum for those seeking a holistic professional approach, working with hospice, palliative care, hospitals, and other community care settings. It is also appropriate for students as well as counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, psychologists, and others who want to broaden their work to include integrative, holistic modalities that have not been fully utilized in conventional educational settings. It is also appropriate for anyone with a sincere interest in this profound topic.

ATTENDEES WILL LEARN:

  • Holistic Modalities of Healing: Nutrition, Herbs, Homeopathy, and Vibrational Medicine.

  • The profound life-changing effects of Near Death Experiences on survivors.

  • How to work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying

  • Expanded understanding of the sacredness of the transitional process

  • How to promote wise relationships in accompanying the dying

  • The psycho-spiritual transformations of death and dying

  • The effects of compassionate presence at the end of life

 

Holistic Thanatology:

  • Soul Midwives, a movement begun by Felicity Warner, has changed the face of modern holistic and spiritual palliative care in the UK and abroad.Soul Midwives are holistic and spiritual companions to the dying. They draw on traditional skills, now largely forgotten, applying them to our modern world to ease the passage of those who are dying. Their services are used within people's own homes, in hospices, and care homes.Anyone with an open and compassionate heart and a desire to help others can become a Soul Midwife. This book will guide you through the principles and techniques that can be used to help anyone, anywhere, to achieve a peaceful and tranquil passing.

  • After-Life and The Near-Death Experience: A near-death experience (NDE) is a spiritual, transcendental or other-worldly event that can occur during a clinical, imminent or possibly imminent death situation.  The NDE can also occur while suffering from trauma or while having an intense desire to die.The content of an NDE is highly diverse, but commonly include such elements as being out-of-body, seeing others who have died,  experiencing peace, unconditional love,  a life-review, an intensely beautiful realm and/ or all-knowing light or darkness.  The experience may also be partly or completely distressing. The NDE is often profound in its message(s) or meaning leading to lasting changes in the life of those who experience it. Emotions upon returning from an NDE can be intense, running a range from ecstatic joy to sadness or to anger over being sent back.   A long period of integration typically follows an NDE. These experiences are studied through  holistic, spiritual and neuro-psychological aspects.

  • Emotional Healing with Homeopathy: This course  that combines psychology with homeopathy, detailing information on 35 major types, giving insight on diagnosis, mental and emotional traits, and physical characteristics. His broad profiles of major constitutional remedies which address grief, anger, trauma, loss, self-empowerment, acceptance, and emotional healing.

  • Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils and Flower Essence in Palliative Care: Aromatherapy, massage and relaxation are three of the most commonly used therapies in palliative care. This course offers an integrated approach to using these therapies and provides an evidence-based foundation for complementary therapists working in healthcare settings. International in its scope, the book provides essential information about the ethical and professional context in which therapists can practice and vital facts regarding medical treatment and potential side effects.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine for Emotional Health: Use Traditional Chinese Medicine of nutrition, acupressure, body movement, and herbs to manage emotional health and harmonize your mind and body.

Conventional Thanatology:

  • Bereavement: Theoretical concepts of grief and bereavement. The impact of mourning on the bereavement process. Health implications of incomplete mourning and pathological bereavement. The role of the health care professional and related personnel in providing care. Research to improve care. 

  • Children and Death A child's concept of death. Typical childhood coping patterns in response to death of self, family member, friend. Needs of the terminally ill child, the family, and the caregiver. Alternative care settings. Available resources and supports for the health professional.

  • Health Crisis Intervention: Relationships among health, emotion, destructive behavior. Development of sensitivity to behavior patterns leading to destructive acts. Role of the health professional in understanding crisis situations. Agencies designed to assist in health crises.

  • Personal and Community HealthHealth Counseling: Application of principles and methods of counseling to health problems. Case studies, identification of problems, techniques of interviewing.

  • Bioethics: Health and Medical Dilemmas: Dilemmas resulting from the practice of the health sciences including clinical care, public health practice, human subjects research, and the delivery of health services and the development of health policies. Conflicting needs and values of the practitioners, clients, health care system, and communities. Critical evaluation of proposed solutions offered by the professions, government, communities. Case study evaluations. Examination of historic and contemporary cases.

  • The Health Care Provider and Thanatological Counseling: Theory and practice of counseling the dying patient and the bereaved. Focus on personal skill development in anticipatory bereavement and postmortem bereavement counseling. Examination of group support, self-help, and individual intervention strategies. Research and evaluation of support programs and techniques.

  • Principles in the Care of the Terminally Ill and Paletory Care: Needs of the dying patient and family. Clinical approaches to care of terminally ill patients and their families. Role of the hospice as an alternative-care setting. Techniques of pain management and palliative care. The role of the health care professional and related personnel in providing care.

  • Trauma and Traumatic Grief: A study of trauma and traumatic grief. Evaluation of assessment tools, treatment modalities, and programs of prevention. Identification of the factors influencing the quality of care provided to a traumatized griever. Critique of trauma research study designs and findings.

  • Adolescents, Death, and Bereavement: Encounters with death and bereavement during adolescence. Developmental tasks and transitions during adolescence as foundation for understanding adolescent encounters with death and bereavement. Interventions with terminally ill adolescents. Interventions with bereaved adolescents. Preventive interventions. Assessment of interventions.

  • Suicide and self-Destructive Behavior: A respectfully honest approach to the attitudes in our Western cultures which spawn misinformation and misconceptions. This subject takes a courageously outward view to clarify for the purposes of healing and acceptance through compassion and understanding.

CLINICAL STUDY:

  • Internship I: Supervised internship in a health or nutrition counseling setting similar to that in which the student expects to work. Interns are expected to participate in the complete range of position-defined responsibilities and to be supervised jointly by certified counseling personnel and a faculty adviser from the Department of Health and Nutrition Scienc

 

  • DISSERTATION THESIS:

  • Theses 1 Bachelor Degree Level

  • Theses 1 and 2 : Master Degree Level:

  • Theses 1, 2, and 3:  Doctorate Level

Integrative Thanatology