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Many clients receiving conventional evidence- based treatment for mental or substance use disorders may also try various nonmainstream, or complementary, health approaches to treat their disorders or to relieve symptoms; some may do so without professional guidance. Clients may also independently turn to complementary products or practices to address co-occurring medical issues such as pain or to achieve personal health and wellness goals such as weight loss. At the same time, an increasing number of medical facilities and behavioral health programs are including complementary health approaches in their menu of services.

Complementary therapies vary in their safety, cost, and evidence of effectiveness. Clients may spend a great deal of time and money on products and services without knowing whether or how they work. In addition, clients may be unaware that some complementary therapies can have side effects or adversely interact with medications


1. The term complementary health approaches encompasses a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine.

  • True
  • False

2. Generally speaking complementary therapies have been evaluated as extensively and rigorously as practices in conventional medicine:

  • True
  • False

3. Ayurvedic medicine is described as:

  • A system of medical practices based on the theory that any substance that can produce disease symptoms in a healthy person can cure those symptoms in a sick person
  • An alternative medical system that proposes that a healing power in the body establishes, maintains, and restores health.
  • A system of traditional Indian medicine that aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit
  • None of the above

Course Description:

This 3 CE home study course discusses the topic of complimentary health approaches. Gives examples of the types of practices and products considered complementary such nonconventional medical systems including Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathy. Discusses what types of practices are considered complementary such as manipulative and body based therapies, mind and body medicine, natural products, and how practitioners can offer guidance to clients regarding the benefits and risks of adopting such approaches.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe complementary health approaches.
  • Discuss what types of practices and products are considered complementary.
  • Discuss the efficacy of complementary health approaches.
  • Explain the appeal of complementary health approaches for behavioral health treatment.
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