What is mind body medicine?
Mind body medicine focuses on the interactions between the mind, body and behaviours, and the powerful ways in which emotional, social, spiritual and behavourial factors can directly affect health. It provides therapies that can be implemented to mobilise resources for individual patients, according to their specific needs.
In 1946, the World Health Organization defined health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease’. Mind body medicine regards as fundamental an approach that respects and enhances the individual’s capacity for self-awareness and self-care, and emphasises techniques that are grounded in this approach.
Chronic stress has been identified as a contributing factor to many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more. In mind body medicine, behavioural, psychological, social and spiritual techniques are used to enhance the mind’s capacity to affect the body, and thus to positively influence and preserve health.
This course reflects the significant and increasing body of research concerning the influence of mental and emotional factors on physical health and wellbeing. Mind body medicine techniques concentrate on cognitive-emotional wellbeing, life planning and health promoting nutrition.
Why study mind body medicine?
Mind Body Medicine, as a field of study in this course, is underpinned by the belief that all living forms possess an innate ability for self-healing. This ability, or vital force, operates in an intelligent, orderly fashion.
All natural approaches to health care are aimed at supporting and enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself.
The term ‘innate’ refers to characteristics or qualities, which are present in an individual from birth- they are part of the essential nature of something, rather than something that is learned, or gained through experience.
Innate Healing therefore, refers to the natural inclination of the body to both resist disease, & heal one-self.
In Iconic Health Academy’s Mind Body Medicine courses, this traditional method is based on the skillful integration and application of behavioural, psychological, social and spiritual techniques to support an individual on their healing journey. An understanding of health promoting nutrition also supports these techniques.
What will the Iconic Health Academy Bachelor of Mind Body Medicine do for you?
Iconic Health Academy’s Bachelor of Mind Body Medicine provides the graduate counsellor with a deep knowledge of mind body medicine, together with a foundational understanding of health promoting nutrition.
The qualification includes biological health sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and differential diagnosis, together with social sciences, and practice management.
As a higher education level qualification, this course also includes studies in critical thinking, to ensure you have the necessary skills to remain up to date with your knowledge, and understand the importance of evidence-based natural health.
At the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and skills to be able to analyse a client’s health status, including current medical treatments. Based on this assessment, graduates can design and implement individualised treatment protocols for health management.
It is equally important for graduates to understand their limitations, and identify ‘red flags’ which would require referral to a medical practitioner, to diagnose any serious underlying conditions.
Upon completion of this course, graduate counsellors will be equipped to practice autonomously in their own professional clinic or work within an established health care practice.
The educational material is designed in accordance with the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 6, and the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 7, specifically at undergraduate Bachelor level. Once you have completed your Bachelor of Mind Body Medicine, you will receive a certificate of completion from Iconic Health Academy.
Graduates will be eligible to become professional members of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists, which is recognised in:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States
This course is assessed using self-paced Multiple Choice Questionnaires, which can be used as formative or summative assessment, and provide immediate feedback. The questions are designed to assess what you have learnt, and challenge your ability to apply concepts, and analyse and evaluate information.
Each module has its own assessment plan, and some include written assignments, student forum participation and online presentations. Students are also required to complete practical components, including webinars and supervised clinical elements.
The Iconic Health Academy Bachelor of Mind Body Medicine is designed to be delivered over 3 years; it is offered in a full time format, which is delivered over 18 months, and a part time format, which is delivered over 36 months. To ensure currency of information, students are required to complete their studies within 6 years.
The Bachelor of Mind Body Medicine is structured to include the following Modules, which may also contribute to other courses:
|AP1||100||Anatomy and Physiology 1||4|
|HSF||Bridg.||Health Sciences, Foundations||0|
|NP||100||Natural Health Philosophy||4|
|AP2||100||Anatomy and Physiology 2||4|
|CT1||200||Critical Thinking 1||4|
|FMB||100||Foundations of Mind Body Medicine||4|
|WM||200||Wellness through Mindfulness||4|
|FW||100||Food for Wellness||4|
|MP||200||Microbiology & Pubic Health||4|
|CP1||300||Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)||8|
|DD1||300||Differential Diagnosis 1||4|
|TPMBM1||300||Treatment Protocols (MBM) 1||4|
|CP2||300||Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book)||8|
|CSE||300||Clinical Safety and Exit Exam||4|
|CT2||300||Critical Thinking 2||4|
|DD2||300||Differential Diagnosis 2||4|
|TPMBM2||300||Treatment Protocols (MBM) 2||4|
|Total Credit points||144|
The full time course will be delivered online, two modules at a time. Two bridging courses are also included, Health Sciences, Foundations and Chemistry, Foundations, to set students up for success. You will be required to pass each pair of modules, before advancing to the next. Modules are delivered in the following pairs:
|Health Sciences, Foundations||Natural Health Philosophy|
|Medical Terminology||Nutrition 1|
|Anatomy and Physiology 1||Professional Development|
|Chemistry, Foundations||Critical Thinking 1|
|Anatomy and Physiology 2||Practical Counselling|
|Foundations of Mind Body Medicine||Pathology|
|Clinical Studies||Food Philosophy|
|Flower Essences||Wellness through Mindfulness|
|Food for Wellness||Microbiology & Public Health|
|Clinic Administration||Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)|
|Differential Diagnosis 1||Treatment Protocols (MBM) 1|
|Applied Neuroplasticity||Emerging Genetics|
|Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book)||Practice Management|
|Differential Diagnosis 2||Treatment Protocols (MBM) 2|
|Clinical Safety and Exit Exam||Critical Thinking 2|
NB: Students will also be required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate, which is not offered by Iconic Health Academy, prior to commencing their supervised clinic elements.
The part time course will be delivered online, one module at a time. Two bridging courses are also included, Health Sciences, Foundations and Chemistry, Foundations, to set students up for success. You will be required to pass each module, before advancing to the next module. Modules are delivered in this order:
|Natural Health Philosophy|
|Health Sciences, Foundations|
|Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|Critical Thinking 1|
|Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|Foundations of Mind Body Medicine|
|Wellness through Mindfulness|
|Microbiology & Public Health|
|Food for Wellness|
|Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book)|
|Differential Diagnosis 1|
|Treatment Protocols (MBM) 1|
|Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book)|
|Differential Diagnosis 2|
|Treatment Protocols (MBM) 2|
|Critical Thinking 2|
|Clinical Safety and Exit Exam|
NB: Students will also be required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate, which is not offered by Iconic Health Academy, prior to commencing their supervised clinic elements.
Anatomy and Physiology 1
This module introduces students to the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body, including the chemical, cellular and tissue levels of organisation. Students will also learn about the structure and specialised functions of the integumentary, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems, as well as gaining a basic overview of human metabolism.
Anatomy and Physiology 2
This module follows AP1, providing information on the structure and specialised functions of the lymphatic, immune, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. Key concepts associated with fluid, electrolyte and acid-base homeostasis are also introduced.
This module integrates knowledge of various neuroplasticity techniques designed to effect change in the therapeutic encounter, with regard for ethics in practice and evidence-based medicine.
This module teaches chemistry and organic chemistry principles, and relates biochemical structure to the function of substances within the body. It provides a basic understanding of biochemical processes and metabolic pathways of macronutrients and energy production.
This module introduces basic chemistry and organic chemistry principles, and relates biochemical structure to the function of substances within the body. It will provide an introduction to biochemical processes and metabolic pathways of macronutrients and energy production.
This is the first in a series of modules designed to give students practical experience within an operational clinical practice setting. Students will be introduced to administrative systems, clinical practice guidelines, marketing strategies, and occupational and health safety requirements. Students will be taught how to interact with the public in a retail or clinic setting, including marketing duties, and professionalism with respect to attendance, punctuality, appearance, communication, time-management and working within a team.
Clinical Practice 1
This is the first of two modules which are managed via a student log book, which includes checklists designed to give students practical experience within a real or simulated operational clinical practice setting. CP1 students will progress through reception duties, clinic dispensary duties. Students will observe other consulting practitioners and/or students. They may also undertake mock consultations with peers. They will assist in developing treatment protocols to client needs with respect to current evidence. Students will also explore how to write effective referral letters, as well as critically analyse claims of therapeutic actions of natural therapies. By the end of this module, students will start to engage in health consultations with clients, to propose his/her own treatment protocols. Under direct supervision, students will prescribe appropriate therapies and educate their clients with regard to natural medicine philosophy and evidence-based practice. They will learn to recognise limits of competency and identify when referrals to other health practitioners are appropriate.
Clinical Practice 2
This is the second of two modules which are managed via a student log book, which includes checklists designed to give students practical experience within a real or simulated operational clinical practice setting. CP2 students may continue to undertake mock consultations with peers. They will assist in developing treatment protocols and applying knowledge of appropriate modalities to client needs with respect to current evidence. Under direct supervision, students will prescribe appropriate therapies and educate their clients with regard to natural medicine philosophy and evidence-based practice. They will learn to recognise limits of competency and identify when referrals to other health practitioners are appropriate.
Clinical Safety and Exit Exam
This module focuses on safety in practice, including prioritisation and appropriate action with respect to red flag signs and symptoms, a review of CAM-drug interactions and restricted herbs in pregnancy, interpretation of pathology test results, and communication with medical practitioners. Students will expand and cultivate their clinical reasoning capabilities by working through real clinical cases. The exit exam is the final assessment for all degrees (non-accredited) awarded by the college, and can only be attempted when all other course work and assessments have been satisfactorily completed.
The Clinical Studies module will teach students case-taking and diagnostic skills in order to carry out a thorough health assessment. A range of diagnostic and examination techniques pertaining to all systems of the body will be discussed.
Critical Thinking 1
In this module, students will explore the theoretical assumptions underpinning quantitative and qualitative evidence and utilise an appraisal framework to evaluate the quality of research. They will learn to identify bias in research and to communicate their findings within a team setting. Academic writing sills, referencing styles and plagiarism will also be discussed.
Critical Thinking 2
This module follows on from CT1, further developing critical appraisal skills. Students will learn to search for studies based on a hierarchy of evidence and implement a systematic approach to the management of information. They will develop further skills in the review and assessment of scientific literature.
Differential Diagnosis 1
This module integrates the knowledge gained in the previous biological science modules to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. Based on their clinical findings, students will learn to understand likely underlying pathology and prognoses, and decide on appropriate further investigations and referrals. This module will cover differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal, hepatic, metabolic, integumentary, immune, respiratory and urinary tract disorders.
Differential Diagnosis 2
This module follows DD1, to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. This module will cover differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive disorders.
Epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression that do not require adjustment to the underlying DNA sequence. Epigenetic change is a regular and natural occurrence but can also be influenced by several factors including age, the environment, nutrition, lifestyle, and disease state. This module looks into studies that provide evidence of changes in gene expression associated with interventions.
From the evolution of flower essences to modern day manufacture and use, this module identifies and describes the properties of Bach Flower Essences and Australian Bush Flower Essences in relation to a variety of emotional states. Case studies are provided to assist students in recognising emotional imbalances and selecting appropriate remedies based on flower essence theory.
Food for Wellness
In this module, students will explore the evidence for the therapeutic benefits and health outcomes of a balanced whole food diet. Food culture is explored across various ethnic groups and religions, and topics including traditional dietary paradigms, modern food production and genetic modification will also be discussed. Most sessions include insights into specific beneficial foods.
Exploring the history of food and economic and environmental issues from a global perspective, this module looks at differences in food choices, preparation and sources across cultures, religions, families and individuals. We also explore food ethics; analyse the evidence for the impact of food choices on mind, body and spirit; and discuss how traditional diets can improve the health and wellbeing of individuals.
Foundations of Mind Body Medicine
This module discusses historical and cultural aspects influencing the evolution of mind body medicine. Students will explore neurolinguistic repatterning, mindfulness, nutritional medicine and vibrational medicine, among other mind body medicine modalities, and understand the role of the therapist in the healing process. We will also analyse evidence for the benefits of prayer, faith, beliefs, attitudes and affirmations, and explore the impacts of both happiness and stress on health.
Health Sciences, Foundations
HSF is a self-paced learning module for students without prior human biology studies. It introduces the structure and function of the human body and the major body systems, together with an introduction to pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.
Specifically designed to teach students to effectively and efficiently communicate with other health professionals, this module analyses the structure of medical terms, diagnostic tests and referrals.
Microbiology & Public Health
Beginning with the history and chemical principles of microbiology, this module discusses the classification and nomenclature of microorganisms, with consideration of the effects of their lifecycles and pathogenicity. Food- and water-borne pathogens, and microbial diseases of specific body systems, will also be covered.
This module explores the emerging understanding of the biological link between the mind and the digestive system, based on recent developments in neuroscience, and latest discoveries concerning the human microbiome. Upon conclusively demonstrating the link, we then explore how this may be applied to benefit mental and physical health.
Natural Health Philosophy
Exploring the cultural origins, philosophies and historical development of modern day natural therapies, this module will outline the philosophical foundations of natural medicine and provide an overview of various modalities. Theories and applications of specific natural therapies are compared with each other and biomedical practice.
This module explores the underlying concepts of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and discusses ethics, limitations and scientific evidence. Students will apply understanding of the concepts of timestreams, preferred representational systems and underlying beliefs to analysis of interactions, and modify communication methods with reference to verbal communication, hypnotic language, abstract and specific communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.
This module provides a broad overview of nutrition, including an introduction to macro- and micro-nutrients, energy requirements, exogenous factors affecting nutrition, and dietary guidelines. The student will learn how to perform a basic nutritional assessment, and to plan and implement dietary modifications based on healthy eating guidelines. We will also look at nutrition in respect to different life stages, weight management and food reactions.
Expanding on NU1, Nutrition 2 provides students with an in-depth look into specific micro- and macro-nutrients, including their food sources, physiological function, metabolism, and deficiency and excess symptoms. Students will explore therapeutic applications of nutrients and rationales for supplementation, as well as gaining an understanding of current TGA regulations.
Integrating knowledge of anatomy and physiology, students will learn to apply knowledge of pathological processes to clinical outcomes. Diseases states are identified and discussed in terms of their effects on cell structure and function, as well as their underlying risk factors. Appropriate pathological tests and the interpretation of their results are also discussed.
Pharmacological principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics are applied to define drug actions and interactions. Students will learn to classify drugs according to mechanisms of action and reflect upon the legal and ethical responsibilities of practitioners and the media.
In this practical module, various counselling theories will be explored and applied to different situations and personality types. Students will discuss the impact of judgement and compassion in the therapeutic encounter, as well as analyse case studies, in which they will learn to recommend therapies and identify warning signs that may indicate the need for referral.
This module will develop awareness of the necessary factors involved in operating a complementary medicine practice, including financial considerations, taxation requirements, record keeping, legal issues, implementation of systems, policies & procedures, and statutory & regulatory requirements. Students will create a business plan, formulate marketing strategies and materials for use in practice, and learn the basics of managing human resources.
In this module, we will explore techniques for effective communication, including the use of micro-skills, to enable students to develop oral and written communication skills to enhance the therapeutic encounter. We will also discuss self-esteem, self-concept, self-presentation and social psychology, as well as professional boundaries and legal and ethical considerations.
Treatment Protocols (MBM) 1
This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to critically analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based mind body medicine treatment protocols for gastro-intestinal, hepatic, integumentary, immune, respiratory, urinary tract and metabolic conditions. Treatment protocols will be critically evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.
Treatment Protocols (MBM) 2
This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to critically analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based mind body medicine treatment protocols for musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive conditions. Treatment protocols will be critically evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.
This unit discusses historical and modern day use of vibrational medicine and explores the current evidence. Students will analyse case studies to identify emotional imbalances and select appropriate vibrational medicine modalities, and will learn to recognise appropriateness, limitations, scope of practice and safety of vibrational medicine, and decide when referral is necessary.
Wellness through Mindfulness
After defining mindfulness-based therapies, students will explore their appropriateness and contraindications for use in clinical practice. Aiming to establish or reinforce personal health strategies, students will undertake a personal exploration of mindfulness meditation practices. The module will analyse personal attributes that contribute to and impede one’s sense of wellness, and will develop an ability to engage with the reflective cycle in relation to one’s own professional identity. Current evidence-based research supporting the use of mindfulness based therapies in wellness is discussed.