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 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.
Seniors Wellness Practitioner Program Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The program, which is six-months in total, costs $3,995.
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.
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Online Registration Form
Complete online form that will take approximately 5-10 minutes to fill out.
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.