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Spiritual Inventory

This project was a great way to put my inner self in order. The questions help identify positive and negative people and environments. Having everything on paper allows me to track how I am doing. Sometimes when things are going well you may not even realize you are taking it for granted. By documenting things I believe it helps problem solve and stay humble. This is a simple strategy that any client can do and benefit from.

spiritual inventory

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Contemporary Nutrition

I will show examples three topics covered in Contemporary Nutrition was types. The first topic is the different types of diets. There are so many diets on the market today. Learning the science beyond these diets will help differentiate the truth vs the fiction. The second topic is nutrition related to cardiovascular health. Poor nutrition can lead to a variety of heart related diseases and conditions. The third topic is the impact nutrition  has on body composition. You are what you eat. Processed and sugary foods lead to obesity.

There are many resources online, within the community and at local hospitals. Income disparities directly impact the health of the community. Wealthier communities have less nutritional related health problems. Part of this is education, but the other part is access. The internet has opened the door for the lower income communities and government health initiatives are giving people more access.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Syllabus

Course Syllabus

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This course will be taught over a three-week period starting March, 1 2020. It will run one night per week, Wednesday for 90 min. Students will learn the basics about acupuncture and soft tissue treatments. These techniques are sometimes used alone, but more commonly these practices are integrated into traditional western medicine treatments. Understanding that there are many ways to treat injuries and illness is crucial when developing a patient’s care plan. This course was created to help people better understand how the body functions and the benefits of non-surgical treatments such as acupuncture and ART.

Instructor: Charles DeFrancesco, 

Week 1

Introduction – During this portion of the class we will take the time to get to know each other. It is important for everyone to feel comfortable and be able to speak freely.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define complementary and alternative medicine
  • Understand how to identify the root of a particular dysfunction
  • Define what a functional integrated approach is
  • Importance of a comprehensive medical history
  • Understanding of muscle and joint movement


Research a website that outlines the importance of complementary and alternative medicine and find a local provider for these types of services. We will discuss all findings in class.

Week 2

Review- Class will start with a review of the key points in week 1 and the homework assignment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of treating soft tissue manually
  • Recognize the impact injury has on soft tissue
  • Understand ART
  • Define the cumulative injury cycle
  • Finding a provider


Students will research ART online and learn the benefits.

Week 3

Review- Class will start with a review of the key points in week 2 and the homework assignment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the general principles of biomechanics relating to treatments
  • Recognize the impact injury has on soft tissue
  • Importance of patient observation
  • What it means to functionally analyze patient information
  • Basics on electro-acupuncture


This course is taught using a power point. There is a handout broken into three parts to keep notes and follow the lectures.

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[spiderpowa-pdf src=””]handout