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Whole-person and Systems Approaches to Cultivate Wellness

Whole-person and Systems Approaches
to Cultivate Wellness

Course Description
Applying an Ecological approach and what we know about the Social Determinants of Health and different systems can help cultivate positive change within individuals, organizations, and communities. During this interactive course, we examine key theoretical and foundational tools and strategies that will support your efforts to impact well-being individually, in human support networks, and systematically.

This course is one of nine eLearning courses intentionally designed to support competency-building in the five domains of the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency Model. Specifically, this is the first of two courses that support the model's “Whole-person and Systems Approaches" domain. The model serves as the standard for the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) certification.
Competencies and Learning Objectives
This course supports the following wellness promotion competencies:
    • Use an ecological approach (e.g., interactions among the individual, family, organization, community and social systems) to understand the ways dynamic systems impact an individual's experience of wellness.
    • Assess individual and/or group characteristics, interests, and needs using a multi-dimensional and ecological approach.
    • Identify health and wellness resources and materials that allow for an individual's self-discovery, self-knowledge, and self-direction.
    • Apply relevant theories and models to explain the integrated role of physical, social, intellectual, emotional, occupational, and spiritual aspects in the human pursuit and experience of wellness throughout the lifespan.
See "Getting Started" below for the full list of learning objectives for this course.
Registration Info
This Course Only: $195
4-week access ("Get Started" below)

Two-course Domain Package: $365

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Improve your competencies in all five domains of the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency Model. Learn more.

Who Should Attend?
This course is intentionally designed for individuals seeking professional development in the "Whole-person & Systems Approaches" domain of the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency Model. It is applicable to those working as individual practitioners as well as professionals who promote wellness within organizations and communities.
Continuing Education Credit (CEC)
This course is eligible for 3 CECs and pre-approved for: NWI CWP (Category 1), ACSM, CHES/MCHES (Category I CC), HRCI, NBC-HWC, SHRM-CP, & SHRM-SCP. View NWI's CEC Info page for more details.
Course Requirements
This self-paced interactive eLearning course must be completed within four weeks of registering. Within the course, you’ll find knowledge checks or activities to enhance your learning as well as a variety of tools and resources you can apply in your work.

Time to complete the course varies by learner, but we suggest planning for a total of three to five hours to complete all the learning elements, including any application activities and self-reflections. You must complete the full online course and submit the course evaluation to earn your certificate indicating the number of continuing education credits earned.
Content Developer: Jane Ellery, PhD, CWP
Jane works at the intersection of Place, Health, and the Economy by focusing on collaborative change efforts, participatory approaches, and person-centered processes. After two decades working in prevention-related roles, Jane shifted from pathogenic interventions designed to keep people from getting sick to salutogenic initiatives that encourage living life to its fullest. She has a Doctorate in Public Health, graduate training in Clinical Exercise Physiology, and she is a Senior Fellow with the National Wellness Institute. Early retirement from her faculty role at Ball State has allowed her to pursue an innovative, consulting career focused on Healthy Placemaking with E2Praxis. Key to this work is connecting people and helping them develop a maker mindset...ready to “take action in the here and now.”
Content Developer: Pete Ellery, PhD, CWP
Pete works to develop socially and environmentally regenerative communities using community-centered, collaborative design processes. His current interests are focused on how we can develop “places” as educational, social, and economic opportunities and how these “places” can be used to foster thriving communities. Pete has his doctorate in physical education and recreation, specializing in adapted physical education, and is the Principal with E2Praxis.
This course was developed through a collaboration between
National Wellness Institute and Butler's Division of Professional Studies.