"This program has enlightened me
on so many non-pharmacological
options for the hospice community
I serve. I am incredibly grateful for
this experience." — Nurse

Integrative Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care Program

Two Formats Available: Self-Paced "FastTrack", or CE/CME Format with 9 Credits

• Help your patients have effective whole-person care.
• Gain new confidence in recommending integrative therapies.
• Increase patient and family satisfaction with your services.
• Help your organization be a leader in Integrative Care.

Meet Our Distinguished Course 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 Get with this Program

This 9-course outcome-tested program gives you everything you need to take your practice or organization to a new level of skill and effectiveness in delivering truly integrative care.

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 patients, family members and colleagues

Course 9Transforming the Culture of Care addresses organizational culture change to embrace integrative care, how integrative therapies enhance the patient experience and satisfaction, payment and funding models, and the roles of caregiver education, community resources and academic partnerships.


  • 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.
  • Certificate in Integrative Palliative Care from IPCI on completion of the 9 course program.

Proven Impact on Practice!

The National Cancer Institute sponsored the original development and evaluation of this educational program. In a randomized controlled trial with 170 physicians, nurses, social workers and other palliative care professionals, the program led to highly significant changes in practice behaviors that promote integrative care including:

  • 78% increase in confidence understanding integrative therapies — safety precautions, evidence-based recommendations, explaining the modalities to others.
  • 68% increase in practice behaviors promoting integrative care — direct actions taken with patients, advocacy and organizational change strategies.

Publication of study results is forthcoming, and will mark this as the first online continuing education program with documented impact on practice behaviors that promote integrative care.

High Relevance and Satisfaction

Participants in the research rated the program's relevance for symptom management, care planning, and improving services; their satisfaction with the overall content, teaching methods, and time invested; and their likelihood to recommend the program to a colleague. All ratings averaged 4 to 5 on a 5 point scale.

Two Formats Available

Self-Paced "FastTrack": For those who don't need CE/CME credits. Learn at your own pace, and stream all content without quizzes or tests.

CE/CME Format: Receive 9 CE/CME credits from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), a Jointly Accredited Provider of Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. See full details on accreditations here.

Choose the Full Program or Individual Courses

Full Program

Self-Paced "FastTrack" Format: $299

CE/CME Format: See NHPCO Options.

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

Course 9: Transforming the Culture of Care

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