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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

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About the Senior Wellness Practitioner Program

27209025_l-(1)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.

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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.

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Details of the Program

42163977_lThe 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 in-class Experiential Learning Retreats at the Integra College campus in Port Moody, BC. As a pre-requisite, applicants to the program must have a recognized, professional designation in the healthcare field (for example, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, LPN, medical physician) to be eligible to participate in this program.

The Senior Wellness Practitioner Program costs $3,995. For more information, or to register, check our FAQ or Registration sections below.

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Seniors Wellness Practitioner Program Frequently Asked Questions

Which accreditation institutes recognize this training program?

We are pleased to be registered with PTIB – Private Training Institutions Branch http://www.privatetraininginstitutions.gov.bc.ca/. Our programs are also covered by the Student Completion Fund administered by PCTIA. Our programs are also registered with ESDC – Employment and Social Development Canada, which enables us to provide Federal Tuition T2202A Tax Receipts to our students.

Can I take the program while working full-time?

The program was designed with the full-time worker in mind. 80% of the six-month program is delivered through a state-of-the-art online learning management system and students can expect to spend 15 hours per week working on the online modules. There are two points in the program where students come for an in-class experiential learning retreat. This is where students focus on learning senior wellness coaching skills and practice development. The first in-class session is two days and occurs after completion of the third module. The second session is also two days and occurs in the last section of the program.

Does Seniors Wellness Practitioner involve providing clients with a regular massage service?

Many Seniors Wellness Practitioners see the value of incorporating a weekly 30-minute chair massage session with their senior wellness coaching sessions. You can choose to complete our Chair Massage Certification Program at any time, but it’s not a requirement to be part of the Seniors Wellness Practitioner Program. The combination of the chair massage and VitalityPlus® sessions result in weekly sessions of 60 to 90 minutes.

Are Practitioners required to obtain CE credits?

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.

Is this the right career choice for me?

The primary goal of a Seniors Wellness Practitioner is to partner with clients to help them attain new and ongoing levels of wellbeing as they age. As a practitioner, you support and empower your clients by coaching them to discover and reach the goals in their wellness plan. While there are a variety of reasons that attract students to this program, we find that students, who are looking for a career that allows them to make a positive difference, who like working with seniors and who are interested in overall health and well-being, are the most successful in the field.

What is the cost of the program?

The program, which is six-months in total, costs $3,995.

After graduation, what career opportunities are there for Seniors Wellness Practitioners?

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.

Is there demand for this service?

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.

What is the upcoming course schedule?

Continuous Intakes. Please apply below.

Testimonials

I feel totally confident, knowledgeable and supported as a Chair Massage Provider. As a result of this course I'm excited about the potential in this booming industry. The comprehensive 6-day course even includes business and marketing training and materials, which other training programs don't provide.

Shari MontgomerySenior Chair Massage Graduate

The biggest benefit I received from the program is a strong and competitive start for a successful future in owning my own business. The course offered a wealth of information, and the instructors were professional and supportive. I also appreciated the online structure of the program.

Allison GostlinSeniors Wellness Graduate and Practitioner

I would recommend this program to others who are in the care field and need a change. I feel those that are in care can enhance their knowledge that they have already with this program and grow and learn so much more. Their appreciation for the older adult will be that much more plus you will feel far more relaxed and less stressed doing this program.

Karen AlbertsSeniors Wellness Graduate and Practitioner

Registration Process

Step 1: Online Application Form

Complete online form that will take approximately 5-10 minutes to fill out. Your application will then been reviewed (we are typically very prompt to review applications, but please allow 1-2 business days if you are submitting on a weekend).

Step 2: Pay Application Fee

To apply for any of our programs, a non-refundable application fee is required. We feel that it is important to spend time getting to know each applicant and determining if the program is a good fit for each person’s unique needs and desires. Our application fee helps to cover the costs associated with this intake process. You will have the opportunity to pay using your Paypal account, or with a credit card.

Step 3:  Schedule Your Intake Interview

Upon receipt of your application, you will be sent a link to book a time for your telephone intake interview. This interview is for Integra College to assess whether you have the right qualities to succeed in the program, whether you are the right fit for our program, and whether it is the best program for you at this time. It is in everyone’s best interests to ensure that only those who are right for our program are accepted. Our community of practitioners is a wonderful group of caring and dedicated people, and we are always happy to expand our group with those who share our values and vision. At the time of the interview, Bob will also be happy to answer any of your questions about the program or the field of seniors wellness.

At Integra College we are not only helping our students to create rewarding and meaningful careers, but changing cultural perceptions about wellness and vitality – to create a world filled with happy, healthy, and thriving people of all ages.