Healing Arts Certificate ProgramArts-In-Medicine
The Healing Arts Certificate Program at UNM is designed to provide an introduction to the healing arts for all interested students, members of the community, and professional health care workers.
The term ‘healing arts’ refers to a wide range of creative and disciplined practices that foster an individual’s innate healing potential thereby promoting health, wellness, coping skills, and personal change.
The program will not focus on any one particular healing art but rather provide an overview that includes examination of current research, exposure to various historical, cultural, and spiritual approaches to healing, and clinical observation and experience. Although participants will be required to obtain further training in their chosen area of expertise, the program will provide a substantial theoretical grounding for all potential healing arts practitioners and an introduction to the Arts-in-Medicine Program at the University of New Mexico Hospitals.
FIVE COURSES REQUIRED
- Course #1, #2, #3 and #4 can be taken in any order and have no prerequisites.
- Students can choose between course #4 and course #5 to fulfill the fourth course of the certificate program.
- Course #5 has a prerequisite of course #1, #2, and #3.
- Four courses must be successfully completed before applying to take course #6. If application is approved, students may register for course #6 with instructor approval.
- Participants can register as UNM students or as community members (call 277-0404 for more information).
1. WHOLE PERSON CARE: Healing Arts I (FA*401)
Through readings, discussion, research assignments, small community projects, observation of the Arts-in-Medicine Program at University Hospitals, and a wide range of creative encounters in the classroom, participants gain an overview of diverse practices and methodologies that make up the healing arts. Teaching style will be based on principles of adult learning as espoused in holistic, experiential, project-based, self-directed and transformational learning theories. (The former ‘Arts-in-Medicine I’ course can substitute for ‘Whole Person Care’.)
2. INTERSECTING CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION, AND COLLABORATION: Healing Arts II (FA*402)
3. BODY AS LIVING STORY: Healing Arts III (FA*403)
From this expanded view of healing, participants will investigate how “dis-ease” within the body may reflect a person’s “living story”. Common symptoms will be explored including the multidimensional nature of pain and suffering. Teaching style will be based on principles of adult learning as espoused in holistic, experiential, project-based, self-directed and transformational learning theories. This course is particularly appropriate and useful for healthcare workers in the community who may be interested in taking one course only as an introduction to the healing arts. Participants can register as UNM students or community members (call 277-0404 for more information).
4. ARTS-BASED COMMUNITY ENGAGED PROJECTS: Healing Arts IV (FA*486)
community project in collaboration with a local organization. This work will integrate the following core values as a framework to guide implementation practices: appreciative inquiry, active imagination, deep listening, positive feedback, reflection and resolution. Students will develop a variety of skillsets needed to design, implement, manage, document, and assess projects including but not limited to community organizing and communications, event/volunteer coordination, public relations, graphic design, and fundraising. Students from many different backgrounds and majors will benefit from taking this course including healthcare workers, artists (musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists, writers), educators, for- profit and nonprofit business leaders, and community activists. (In some years this course may also take place abroad.)
5. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN THE HEALING ARTS: Healing Arts V (FA*487)
6. PRACTICUM: Healing Arts VI (FA*497)
The internship will consist of 65 hours (undergraduate) or 75 hours (graduate) over the course of one semester at a particular site, plus additional meetings with instructor and/or other students. The course can be repeated if the student would like experience in different venues.
Healing Arts Certificate Program for undergraduate and graduate students, healthcare professionals, and the community-at-large. One of the six courses offered is an optional study abroad course in southern Africa
Work with various international organizations and universities to promote and develop arts and healthcare programming in other countries; several projects currently underway in southern Africa