Here's a list of several short courses I had developed and taught over the years. They were delivered over one to two days and geared toward heathcare professionals of various health & medical disciplines, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, massage therapists, as well as for the general public.
The Layers of Health (5 lecture hours)
An introduction to the concepts and philosophy of natural wellness education, health maintenance, disease prevention, and the determining factors to sustaining wellbeing.
Systems of Medicine (5 lecture hours)
An introductory course to Naturopathy, Functional Medicine, and the commonalities between traditional systems of healing.
The Art of Physical Exam & History Taking (5 lecture hours)
A course on the comprehensive physical assessment of clients using simple observation techniques to reveal nutrient deficiencies, body systems imbalances, constitutional predisposition, and personality tendencies.
Wellness Trends: Past, Present, and Future (5 lecture hours)
An introductory course to the evolution of the wellness industry and current trends in health. This course explores the use of genetics, epigenetics, digital technology, and the role of environment in promoting optimal health and wellbeing.
Wellness Language & Communication (5 lecture hours)
A course focusing on the language and communication styles used in providing impactful health advice for clients, focusing on positive, affirmative language, as well as applying a broad spectrum of terminology to health-based services.
An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (5 lecture hours)
An introductory course to the basic concepts of motivational interviewing, covering the traditional and broadening use of MI, key concepts and guidelines for identifying stages of change, recognizing ambivalence / discrepancy in behaviors & speech, and eliciting change talk in clients.
Tools & Techniques for Stress Management (11 lecture hours)
An introductory course to understanding and effectively managing stress in patients. This course explored the use of heart rate variability assessment to identify and correct nervous system imbalances. Additional tools & techniques demonstrated include: Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenics, Guided Imagery, Meditation, and prescribing natural dietary supplements.
The Biochemistry of Detoxification (6 lecture hours)
A comprehensive course on each step of the detoxification process in the liver, including the biochemistry of each Phase of detoxification, the essential nutrients that maintain the detox process, and how to best prescribe diet and lifestyle interventions for effective detoxification.
The Digestive System and GI Health (6 lecture hours)
A basic overview of the digestive system and the various stages of food breakdown, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients for maintaining healthy function of the body. This course features clinical strategies and key targets for natural digestive support along the entire gastrointestinal tract.
Functional Medicine Approach to Hormone Balance (6 lecture hours)
A comprehensive approach to balancing hormones, focusing on the HPA axis, reproductive hormones, and thyroid function. This course explores the metabolic fates, hormonal interactions, and natural ways to promote balance of the endocrine system.
Cognitive Health and Strategies for Preventing Dementia (4 lecture hours)
A brief course on the common causes of dementia risk factors and natural ways to promote cognitive health. Topics covered include neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, as well as diet and lifestyle activities that preserve cognitive function.
Here's a list of several original and comprehensive courses I had developed and taught over the years. These courses were carried out over a duration of weeks to months. Similar to the short courses listed above, the students were mostly heathcare professionals of various health & medical disciplines, including doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, pharmacists, naturopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists, as well as non-medical attendees.
Nutrition Research Interpretation for Health Professionals (20 lecture hours)
A comprehensive course on the interpretation of health & nutrition research, including qualitative assessment and evaluation of research studies for accuracy, efficacy, and their role in informing on routine clinical practice. This course was designed for health professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other healthcare practitioners, for honing their skills to quickly and accurately assess health & nutrition research.
Micronutrients: Guidelines for Safe & Effective Prescribing (40 lecture hours)
A comprehensive 5-week course that provides an in-depth look at the role of micronutrients in human metabolism, as catalysts, cofactors, and independent biochemical agents responsible for maintaining healthy function of the body. This course reviews all basic vitamins, minerals, and other specialty nutrients, presents updated evidence for their use in various health conditions, and discusses the safe and effective protocols for prescribing them in the clinical setting.
Beyond Placebo: The Clinical Application of Homeopathy (35 lecture hours)
An introductory course to the theories and clinical application of acute and constitutional homeopathy for the healthcare professional. This course takes a look at the origins of Homeopathy, its evolving usefulness in various health conditions, and its clinical utility as a cheap and effective therapeutic agent. In addition, the evidence regarding the placebo response is explored in context of Homeopathy and potential mechanisms of action.
Mind-Body Techniques for Stress Reduction (20 lecture hours)
A comprehensive course that explores the sequential stages of the stress response and the role of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis & autonomic nervous system in the stress response. Several techniques are covered that induce the relaxation response, cultivate mindful awareness, and restore homeostasis to the mind and body. Ideal for the general public or healthcare professionals looking to integrate MBSR into practice and benefit the lives of their patients.
Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine: Theory & Practice in the Modern World (40 lecture hours)
An original and comprehensive course that provides a basic understanding of Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine (TAIM), how it relates to other forms of alternative medical systems, and its application in the modern age. Based on the principles of Unani medicine, this course covers the history and evolution of ancient medical practices in the Middle East and surrounding regions, citing the collective works of Hippocrates, Galen, and Avicenna’s classic text, The Canon of Medicine. By the end of this course, the student will gain an appreciation for the contributions made by TAIM to our modern understanding of medicine and how to adapt these ancient theories & practices to modern healthcare.
— Dr. Nattida S., (Medical Doctor)
"Dr. Jason is a brilliant teacher! His enthusiasm about the course curriculum (Homeopathy) and engaging style of lecture made learning easy and fun.
I found the course to be fascinating and relevant to my work as a medical doctor."