Designed by Integra College to equip practitioners to interact with seniors in meaningful and compassionate ways, the Senior Wellness Practitioner program is the first of its kind in North America. Senior Wellness practitioners are trained in our VitalityPlus© Coaching System, which works to support seniors to stay independent, healthy and happy during their retirement years
About the Senior Wellness Practitioner Program
The Canadian senior population is growing at almost four times the rate of the total population. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, as of July 1, 2015 more than 18% of the Baby Boom generation, born between the years of 1946 and 1965, had reached the age of 65 or older.
Boomers, often referred to as one of the most influential generations in recent history, are at the tipping point of affecting change yet again. As they age, their interests are sharply pointed at health and wellness so they can stay healthy and active. This alone will underpin a whole new industry dedicated to helping people embrace aging. New employment opportunities will arise, and practitioners will need to equip themselves with a whole new dimension of skills to meet this growing demand.
“Currently people over 65 years number 483 million in the world and by 2030 the number will reach 974 million. By the year 2025 approximately 18% of the world population will be seniors.” Source: World Health Network.
With senior citizen wellness programs courses such as Senior Wellness Practitioner, Integra College educates professionals with the skills needed to become trusted advisors to the people who are re-defining aging.
Details of the Program
The Senior Wellness Practitioner Program is a six-month diploma program focused on senior health care, where practitioners are trained in Integra’s VitalityPlus Coaching System. With this training, Senior Wellness practitioners can help seniors develop and implement lifestyle strategies that will empower them to remain confident, independent and active.
Through coaching, Senior Wellness practitioners help their clients delay or prevent common wellness issues related to aging so that their clients remain vital and engaged in life.
The Senior Wellness Practitioner Program is combination of online learning and practical wellness coaching experience with senior volunteers.
The Senior Wellness Practitioner Program costs $995 US for the entire program which includes the following courses:
Introduction to the Seniors Wellness Practitioner Program (Unit: Introduction)
Principles of Professional Practice (Unit 1)
Healthy Aging (Unit 2)
VitalityPlus Coaching System (Unit 3)
Professional Vitality (Unit 4)
Effective Communications (Unit 5)
Understanding Age-relate Health Conditions (Unit 6)
Students also have the option to take each unit individually, at a cost of $195 US. Please note: students must complete the program introduction course and all 6 units in order to achieve certification as a Certified Seniors Wellness Practitioner.
Seniors Wellness Practitioner Program Frequently Asked Questions
The Seniors Wellness Practitioner Program is recognized by the International Alliance for Seniors Wellness Practitioners www.iaswp.org. Integra College is registered with ESDC – Employment and Social Development Canada, which enables us to provide Federal Tuition T2202A tax receipts to our students.
The program was designed with the full time worker in mind. The SWP program is delivered through a state-of-the-art online learning management system known as NEO and students can expect to spend 15 hours per week working on the online modules. There are various points in the program where students will connect with their community, to develop networking opportunities with other professionals and to practice their wellness coaching skills on senior volunteers.
In order to encourage professional development and maintain the highest standards in senior wellness, Seniors Wellness Practitioners will be required to obtain 12 CE credits every two years.
With the population of developed countries around the world experiencing a surge in the number of seniors, there is a growing movement to help seniors “age in place”. This means providing them with the supports they’ll need to satisfy their wellness needs. This is an ideal time for Certified Seniors Wellness Practitioners, as the burden to support seniors will shift from the public sector to the private sector.
The program, which is six-months in total, costs $995.
Graduates of this program will go on to become self-employed in their own Seniors Wellness practices. We are at the forefront of a new mindset towards the aging process, and predict that there will be a high demand for Seniors Wellness Practitioners in the future. This is due to the Baby Boomer generation, who are starting to retire and focus more on wellness, and overall health.
The aging population in B.C. has been incredibly receptive to incorporating chair massage into their weekly schedules. And now, with the growth of the Baby Boomer demographic, we are seeing more of a demand for comprehensive wellness services that move beyond just massage. Our answer to this demand is to provide enhanced services to assist seniors to reach their own personal wellness goals. And, based on the fact that our senior population in Canada will double in the next 20 years, Seniors Wellness Practitioners are well-poised to be in demand for as long as they choose to practice.
Online Registration Form
Complete online form that will take approximately 5-10 minutes to fill out.
Click the Register Now button below to register online. You can choose to sign-up for the complete program (at an attractive bundle price), or you can choose to sign up for the individual courses within the program. Please note: students must complete the program introduction course and all 6 units in order to achieve certification as a Certified Seniors Wellness Practitioner.