Integrative Health Institute


The Integrative Health Institute (IHI) was established in January 2022 to transform the education of health professionals, educators, and other inquisitive adult students through an innovative curriculum in the science, tools and skills of health care and education. In addition, our aim is to create a new generation of health and wellness practitioners and educators who are skilled at dealing with the pressures and extreme challenges in healthcare today, embody health and well-being themselves, and can provide integrative evidence-based approaches to their diverse patients, clients, and students.

The IHI curriculum will include master’s programs in integrative health and holistic practices, as well as integrative health coaching and continuing education programs for individuals and organizations in the following areas:


  • Health and Wellness Coaching I Certificate
  • Holistic Stress Management certification – Classes start June 1, 2022

Continuing Education

  • Self-Care
  • Creativity
  • Resilience

Graduate Certificates of Completion

  • Integrative Health and Healing – Classes start May 23, 2022
  • Learning and Thinking – Classes start May 23, 2022
  • Consciousness Studies – Classes start July 5, 2022

Continuing Education and Integrative Health Workshops


– Classes Start May 23, 2022
Health and Wellness Coaching Overview
The 10-week IHI Health and Wellness Coaching Certification program is designed to provide basic competency in core coaching skills for working with a diverse set of clients or patients, with a specific focus on integrative health coaching. The program is designed serve and educate professionals interested in coaching others to optimal health and wellness. Students will develop the skills necessary to build the coaching relationship from start to finish.


– Classes May 4, May 11, and May 18, 2022 (Wednesdays for two hours each -synchronous, like zoom webinars)
During this course based on the HeartMath® system of scientifically validated tools and technology, students will learn powerful and practical self-care skills for reducing the negative impact of stress while regaining energy and vitality. HeartMath is known for its innovative use of Heart Rate Variability to measure and train our physiology into optimal states. Topics include Stress Reduction, Nutrition, Sleep, Overwork, Nature, and Movement.
* HeartMath is a registered trademark of Quantum Intech, Inc.


– Classes are June 2, June 9, June 16, and June 23, 2022 (two synchronous hours each)
Most people have not tapped into an unlimited supply of creative energy designed into them. This course is a multi-modality exploration of your personal creative gifts through music, art, dance, creative writing, and photography. As a result of research in emotional well-being, immune function, resilience, longevity, disease prevention, and optimal health, it has been proven that being creative actively boosts immune and cognitive function, while also being great for our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.


– Classes start June 1, 2022
This certification workshop is designed to train health educators with an interest and background in Holistic Stress Management to teach, direct, or facilitate quality presentations/workshops at their worksite or private practice. The focus of this workshop is holistic, honoring the integration, balance, and harmony of mind, body, spirit, and emotions for optimal well-being.
54 contact hours through the Association for Addiction Professionals, NAADAC
54 professional contact hours (CEs) through the American Holistic Nursing Association
11 core competency and 14 resource competency hours through the International Coaching Foundation (ICF)
24 CHES professional contact hours through NCHEC for Health Educators

Graduate Certificate of Completion Programs


– Classes start May 23, 2022
Students in the Integrative Health and Healing certificate program examine health as the optimal alignment of body, mind, and spirit — not merely the absence of disease. Students will have the opportunity to explore innovative contemporary methodologies as well as ancient mind-body practices for optimal health and well-being.


– Classes start May 23, 2022
During this certificate program in innovative approaches to Learning and Thinking – specially designed for teachers — students will examine philosophies of education rooted in relationship, holism, and meaning. The program nurtures the growth of a collegial learning community dedicated to learning together, while cultivating new inspiration for working with students of any age. This certificate of completion may be taken on its own or as part of the master’s in education.


– Classes start July 5, 2022
The certificate program in Consciousness Studies is designed for students to explore the growth, development, and awakening of human consciousness. Students examine diverse systems, theories, and concepts of the nature of human consciousness and engage with somatic awareness practices that help re-establish the integration of mind-body-spirit. Students learn to access intuition and embodied wisdom through personal and transpersonal activities. Practices of mindfulness and dialogue are cornerstones of the program.


Bruce Cryer, Executive Director
man wearing blue shirt with tie and jacketBruce Cryer has been involved with integrative health, both personally and professionally, for more than four decades. He has been adjunct faculty at Stanford University since 1997 and was one of the original creators of the HeartMath system, serving as CEO for 11 years. Bruce has consulted the Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Duke Healthcare, and the NHS (UK) and has worked with tens of thousands of health professionals and the general public on four continents. He was previously CEO of The Graduate Institute, whose core holistic programs will be featured through IHI. Today, Bruce enjoys a robust lifestyle that is now 12-years cancer free.




Dr. Kirsten Ferguson, Director of Integrative Health Programs
blond woman wearing black shirt

Dr. Kirsten Ferguson, DC, CFMP, has been practicing chiropractic since 1996. In addition, she is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Certified yoga instructor, and Certified breath coach. Since 2012, she has participated in course development and served as adjunct faculty with numerous universities. Her areas of expertise include Anatomy & Physiology, Neurology, Myology, Kinesiology, Functional Health & Wellness, Nutrition. Dr. Ferguson’s philosophy is that optimal health starts within. She has a passion for empowering others to manage their own health journey through education and action.



IHI is built on a foundation of collaboration with leaders from academic institutions, nursing and medical associations, health sciences, integrative and holistic nursing, holistic health and medicine, integrative health coaching, psychophysiology, neuroscience, resilience, breath science, learning, leadership, and trauma-informed therapies.

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