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Mind-Body Medicine in Pediatrics

The mind-body connection represents a critical component of good health, but is not emphasized in medical education, especially in the pediatric population.

This course will help to close this knowledge gap and assist health care professionals in understanding how, when and what types of mind-body therapy approaches and interventions might be used in conjunction with conventional therapies to enhance pediatric care. This is important because an accruing number of effective, safe, non-pharmaceutical nutrition-based therapies are available for children yet not widely known or taught to clinicians. Example of this include accruing data in children on the adverse effects of chronic stress and pain, both areas where mind-body therapies have been shown to be beneficial in children.

This course covers Overview and Historical Perspective, Obstacles and Pitfalls to Mind-Body Medicine Use, Understanding Stress, Social Stressors and Mind-Body Medicine, Pain, Mindful Language, Breath Work, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenics, Biofeedback, Guided Imagery and Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Spirituality in Medicine.

Outcome Objectives

  • Identify patients that could potentially benefit from mind-body medicine treatment options.
  • Determine which medical conditions have robust supporting evidence for the use of mind-body medicine treatment options in children and adults.
  • Teach clinicians how to better educate caretakers and parents about mind-body medicine treatment options for their families.

Course completion provides a maximum of 12.5   AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.