Professional Development Courses

Below is a list of Professional Development courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Professional Writing Development (PD101)

This course is designed to develop students’ professional writing skills as related to natural health professions and explores topics such as personal biographies, academic writing, and writing for various forms of online and print media. Students discover the importance of audience-centered, clear and concise writing. The layout of the course is interactive and dynamic and encourages critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The course helps students build confidence in their natural writing tone and style, and enables them to feel embodied in their written expression.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Self-Care for Caregivers (PD131)

This course teaches the practice of self-care for practitioners. Content includes meditation, breath work, energetics, therapeutic movement, and yoga practices to care for all layers. These techniques and practices serve well during both healthcare studies and professional practice, and can provide value to clients.

Topics covered in this course include increasing body awareness, repetitive stress injuries and how to prevent them, proprioception, dissociation, connecting energetically with clients, avoiding enmeshment and transference, and basic anatomy. Student learn exercises for the practice for each topic.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 1.5    Hours: 22.5

Fundamentals of Public Speaking (PD201)

This course develops students’ ability to prepare and present speeches in various venues to small and large audiences. Students are introduced to the importance of developing an engaging speech, overcoming fears of public speaking, maintaining a flow of thought, and practicing delivery of speech.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Patient Communication/Therapeutic Relationships (PD211)

This course provides students with basic principles and techniques of good patient communication and rapport-building. Topics include connecting with patients, identifying differing sources of motivation in the therapeutic context, working with shock, trauma, and difficult circumstances, sensitivity to varying viewpoints and cultural backgrounds, patient/practitioner roles and more. This course is designed to be relevant to any healing practitioner, regardless of their modality and helps to ensure effective interprofessional communication with other health care providers.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Inclusiveness in a Clinical Setting: Implementing Best Care Practices for Trans* Patients (PD213)

This course covers the social, genetic, and biochemical factors associated with gender transition, with some discussion of more broad LGBT related topics. An emphasis is placed on best professional practices, and the specific factors contributing to an inclusive and welcoming therapeutic environment. Topics covered include the hormonal controls of growth and development in utero, hormone actions and interactions in the body, the genetics of gender, and the mechanisms of action for the most common drugs and herbs associated with transgender patients available in both Canada and the US. Socially, the cultural challenges and impacts on patients are discussed, along with common concerns, which are connected to best practices in a therapeutic setting. The intersectional and self-reinforcing natures of discrimination are addressed, especially in relation to other LGBT-focused topics. The course is structured to be highly participatory, with students given the opportunity to examine specific questions that may arise both privately and as a class.

Prerequisites: BMS211, PD211

Community Development, Planning and Facilitation (PD221)

The course helps students become effective change agents in their communities. Students are introduced to tools and techniques to assist with community organizing and facilitation. Students learn to observe and assess the social and spatial landscape that they are working in as well as engage in self-reflective practices, as a process leading up to community consultation in design projects.Various techniques for leading group facilitation and conflict resolution are explored, and different case studies of types of community projects are examined.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 4    Hours: 63

TCM Ethics (PD301)

This course covers medical ethics and legal considerations with regard to clients’ rights and privileges, patient care and privacy considerations.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Winter, Summer    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Business Development and Practice Management (PD302)

This course provides students with information necessary to utilize their education and qualifications in a professional capacity. Students learn about business planning and development, marketing strategies, systems for business set-up and record keeping/financials. Each student should understand that businesses are dynamic. Skills such as creativity, resourcefulness and critical thinking are vital to succeeding in the business arena where change is constant and decisions are based on variable factors. The primary project for this course is completing a formal Business Plan.

Prerequisites: 80 program credits or permission from Program Dean    Semester: Fall, Winter, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Phytotherapy Ethics (PD303)

This course covers medical ethics and legal considerations with regard to clients’ rights and privileges, patient care and privacy considerations.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Research Skills Development/Research Project (PD304)

This course develops students’ ability to research and write a professional level manuscript, which will be submitted for international publication. Short lectures are given at the beginning of each class to advance specific writing topics, with the remainder of the time left for student peer-review workshop sessions and one-on-one assistance for the student’s individual research project. Students are instructed on the components of a research paper (introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusions), the importance of logical flow of thought, research methods, and ways to correctly cite within a paper.

Prerequisites: PD101, 80 program credits or permission from Program Dean    Semester: Fall    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Professional Practice (PD305)

This course prepares students to transition into professional herbal practice by gaining practical professional skills. Skills for appropriate patient file keeping and dispensing records are covered, including necessities for shared dispensary environments and outsourced dispensing. Sourcing and ordering of herbs is discussed, including customs regulations, as well as well as requirements for maintaining cultivated and wildcrafted apothecaries. Inventory management skills are covered, including basic use of spreadsheets and batch tracking. Basic financial considerations are covered to complement skills gained in business studies. In addition, self-care and goal setting is taught and practiced. Students gain practical skills and confidence to start and maintain a basic dispensary and clinical practice. There are no prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended to be taken in the final year of study.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 2    Hours: 30

Acupuncture Professional Practice (PD306)

This course explores the essentials of running a safe and successful acupuncture practice. Topics include mitigating risks to patients, colleagues and staff, ensuring that all equipment is safe and functional, and the exploration of practitioner self-care.

Prerequisites: 80 program credits or permission from Program Dean    Credits: 2    Hours: 30

TCM Professional Practice (PD307)

This course builds on material covered in PD306 Acupuncture Professional Practice with the addition of professional practice topics essential to safely and effectively running a herbal dispensary and prescribing TCM herbs.

Prerequisites: PD306 or concurrent enrolment    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Business Development and Project Management (PD311)

This course explores tools and processes that help graduates to launch successful careers. Topics include proposal and grant writing, business planning, and funding options. Students have the opportunity to “pitch” their future business plans and goals in a formal presentation style that helps to prepare students for pitch scenarios. Outside business experts are invited to view and provide feedback on these presentations.

This course also focuses on project management, specifically within the context of permaculture design projects. Students are provided with tools and frameworks to use when working with stakeholders who desire landscape, garden and/or permaculture system designs.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 7    Hours: 105