Be an informed advocate

of Integrative Care for

yourself or your loved one!

Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care

Empowering Education for Patients and Family Members

• Discover whole-person care for yourself or a loved one.
• Learn how integrative therapies help specific symptoms.

• Be empowered to advocate effectively for optimal care.

Meet Your Faculty

A distinguished faculty of national experts lead this online program on the evidence-informed use of integrative therapies in palliative care settings.

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Leila Kozak, PhD

Program Director | Integrative Palliative Care Institute

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William Collinge, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Program Director | Integrative Palliative Care Institute


Susan Kristiniak, BSN, MSN, DHA

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions


Daniel Hinshaw, MD

University of Michigan School of Medicine, and VA Ann Arbor


Gary Deng, MD, PhD

Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Patricia Dewey Lambert, PhD,

Patricia Dewey Lambert, PhD

Arts in Healthcare Management, University of Oregon


Caroline Hurd, MD

Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington

Candace Chaney, RN, PhD

Candace Chaney, RN, PhD

Hospice Director, C-Integrative Health Services, LHC Group

David Zucker, MD, PhD

David Zucker, MD, PhD

Cancer Rehabilitation Services, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle

Lu Marchand, MD, RN

Lu Marchand, MD, RN

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Washington

Gayle MacDonald, MEd, LMT

Gayle MacDonald, MEd, LMT

Oncology Massage Education Associates, Portland, Oregon

Harold Bob, MD

Harold Bob, MD

Five Star Physician Services, and Center for Reiki Research

What You'll Learn

This 8-course program will empower you to make informed choices about using integrative therapies in your own care or in advocating for the care of a loved one.

Course 1: Introduction to Integrative Palliative Care provides a cross-cultural perspective on the evolution of “whole-person care” and “integrative care” in the US and abroad.

Courses 2 through 8 present the evidence-informed applications of the most common integrative therapies available to palliative care settings:

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Biofield Therapies
  • Expressive Arts
  • Massage and Touch Interventions
  • Mind-Body and Contemplative Therapies
  • Movement-Based Therapies

For each modality you will learn:

  • Theory and mechanisms of action
  • Common uses in palliative care populations
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Safety precautions
  • Logistical and practical needs for delivery
  • Cost and payment strategies
  • Credentialing of providers
  • Evidence for symptoms seen in palliative care
  • Common questions and myths
  • How to communicate about the modality with health professionals


  • Resource links in the courses provide access to more detailed information online as well as key studies.
  • Evidence tables (downloadable PDFs with live PubMed links) summarize key studies on use of modalities with common symptoms seen in palliative care.
  • Grading system based on the quality of evidence gives confidence ratings on use of specific treatment modalities for specific symptoms.

Practical and Evidence-Informed

This program is a product of a research project sponsored by the National Cancer Institute to teach health care providers how integrative therapies can improve patient care and quality of life. This valuable learning is available now to patients and family members who want to be active participants in their own care or that of a loved one.

The teaching emphasizes practical understanding and practical applications, not complex scientific concepts.

Gain valuable insight into how you can talk with health care providers about integrative therapies, what you can ask for, and how you can advocate for yourself or a loved one.

You're In Charge!

All courses are "self-paced" — you can learn at your own pace, review or repeat material whenever you wish, and easily skip over material that is not of interest to you. All content is in streaming video format so you can watch it at your convenience.

Choose the Full Program or Individual Courses

Full Program

Tuition: $199

Individual Courses

To enroll in or learn more about an individual course just click its link below. Contact us for more information or support.

Course 1: Introduction to Integrative Palliative Care

Course 2: Acupuncture

Course 3: Aromatherapy

Course 4: Biofield Therapies

Course 5: Expressive Arts Therapies

Course 6: Massage and Touch Therapy Interventions

Course 7: Mind-Body and Contemplative Therapies

Course 8: Movement-Based Therapies

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