Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program (CFSPP)?

The certificate program is designed specifically for healthcare practitioners who are able to give nutrition and lifestyle advice to their clients. As part of your credentials, you must be able to provide health-related advice to your patients/clients and to be in compliance with the regulations of the state and/or country in which you live.

What constitutes a “health professional”?

  • Energy Medicine Practitioner (Healing Touch, Reiki)
  • Health Coach
  • Nutritionist/Dietitian
  • Personal Trainer
  • Primary Care Practitioner (MD, ND, DO, DC)
  • Yoga Practitioner

I’m currently a student. Am I able to enroll in the program?

To enroll in the program, you need to be a healthcare practitioner, not be a student in the process of obtaining your qualifications. If you are already qualified and have enrolled in another program and/or are studying for additional qualifications, you may be eligible; however, we would prefer that you not be in school when enrolling in the CFSPP and instead reserve your energies for your studies and check back in with us about the next CFSPP offering when you are done your program.

What is the format of the CFSPP?

The program is online and consists of two parts: 12-weeks of online training and an 8-week online mentorship practicum. The 12-weeks of online training includes recorded webinars that you can listen to at your convenience on the program dashboard. You will have a short quiz at the end of each lesson. Every week, you will have a 30-minute live check-in with Dr. Deanna Minich. If you miss these check-ins, you can listen to the recording at a later time. The purpose of the live check-ins answer any questions you may have about the material. In addition to the dashboard and the 12 webinar check-ins, there is a private chat forum where you can discuss the material with your classmates. A Teaching Assistant who is a Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner provides support on the forum. Successful completion of this section requires a 70% grade or higher on the final exam.

The second part is 8 weeks long and is an online practicum where you get to put the “Food & Spirit” methodology in motion with one or more clients/patients under the mentorship of Dr. Minich. The format will be outlined to you after you’ve completed the first phase of the program. You will be able to select your client/patient for inclusion into the practicum session, and you will have weekly online calls with Dr. Minich to ask questions. At the conclusion of the 8-week practicum, you will write up a case study and submit it as the final requirement for the certificate of completion for this program.

In summary:

  • 12 weeks: Training portion of the course with weekly lessons and webinar check-ins to review case studies
    Successful completion of this part of the course requires a 70% or higher grade on the final exam
  • 8 weeks: Clinical, practicum mentorship portion of the course with weekly check-ins
    Successful completion of this part of the course requires a passing grade on the submitted case study

How can I successfully complete the program?

The successful completion of the course requires passing a final exam (a grade of 70% or higher is required), completing the 8-week practicum component and writing up a case study based on your practicum experience. You need to successfully complete the final exam before your practicum begins on January 21, 2019. Your practicum case study is due no later than April 15, 2019.

Will I be able to do this if my life is busy?

We want to see you succeed. Our program has been designed to take 12 weeks of online instruction plus 8 weeks of practicum to give you time to do course work and digest what you are learning.  We record the webinars so that you can go back and view what you learned at your own pace at a later time.  The course requires that you complete reading and course work. On average, the time commitment per week is about 5 hours. Ultimately, it is your decision whether you at able to commit the necessary resources to excel in the program.

When is the next program?

No dates have been set for the next CFSPP. If you are interested in being notified about the next offering, please sign up using the form on our homepage.

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