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Therapeutic Interventions for Healing

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe an overview of mind-body-spirit healing interventions and to discuss their therapeutic uses and benefits.
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The therapeutic interventions of music, art, dance, humor, and animal-assisted therapy can be integrated into mainstream medicine and should be considered as complements to, not replacements for, mainstream medical treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is evaluating these therapeutic interventions and research is demonstrating that they are not only safe but effective as well.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the therapeutic uses, beneficial effects, and physiological responses of music.
  • List the types of music therapy intervention.
  • Describe art therapy interventions and settings in which they are used.
  • List the goals, types of interventions, and benefits of dance and movement therapy.
  • Describe the psychological, physiological, and spiritual benefits of laughter and therapeutic humor.
  • Differentiate between the types of therapy animals, and describe three theories that explain the effects of animal-assisted therapy on health and well-being.

Music, art, dance, humor, and animals all have the ability to soothe, comfort, heal, and lift the spirits. These healing interventions have a powerful effect on an individual’s physical, spiritual, and mental health. Most people engage in these activities without being fully aware of the beneficial effects on their health and well-being.

Music has been used to facilitate healing throughout history and has been a vital part of all societies and cultures. For example, Aristotle believed the flute was powerful. Pythagoras taught his students to change their emotions of worry, fear, sorrow, and anger by singing and playing a musical instrument daily. The Lacota sacred teachings refer to music as medicine (Stevens, 2012).

Modern-day music therapy began after World War I when community musicians played for hospitalized veterans. Those who attended the concerts demonstrated a significant change in their physiological and emotional wellbeing. Today, music is often integrated as a spiritual practice in compassionate health care (American Music Therapy Association, 2017).

Art has been used as a visual means of communication and expression since prehistoric times. Art therapy began as a treatment modality in the 1930s when the healing potential of artistic self-expression was realized and integrated into the fields of psychology and art. The use of art therapy can help to clarify an individual’s existential or spiritual issues (American Art Therapy Association, 2017; Gabriel et al., 2001).

Dance is universal. Throughout the world, people have danced to celebrate, to bond together as communities, to share sentiments, and to heal the sick. Dance therapy is concerned with genuine, creative movement and establishing unity of mind, body, and spirit. Dance is the essence of embodiment. Marian Chase founded the American Dance Therapy Association in 1966 (American Dance Therapy Association, 2017; Block & Kissell, 2001).

Humor is a complex phenomenon and an essential part of human relationships. According to anthropologists, no culture devoid of humor has ever been found at any time in history. A sense of humor involves not only a perspective on life (a way of perceiving the world), it is also a behavior that expresses that perspective and is crucial to healing. Although humor is often lighthearted, it also serves a profound social, emotional, and cognitive function (Wooten, 2013; Martin, 2007).

Animals have been used in cultures throughout the world for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years, and their use is increasing in hospitals, nursing homes, and psychiatric institutions. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is being used more and more often to treat acutely and chronically ill clients (Fine, 2015; Stanley-Hermanns & Miller, 2002). 

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

February 01, 2023

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.