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Integrative Health

Integrative Health Workshop

Monday, November 13, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5.0 contact hours

GSSW gratefully acknowledges The Bard Family Foundation for sponsorship of this workshop, and the ability to offer discounted registrations for all attendees.

$79 for professionals and community members
$59 for DU affiliates (DU faculty, staff and alumni)
$29 (for current students with valid ID)
Includes lunch ​

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One of the most exciting developments in the healthcare industry today is the emphasis on integrative care, which switches the focus from disease to wellness through the coordinated delivery of several types of health disciplines. Under this new vision of healthcare, providers work in collaborative teams to deliver patients to wellness through a whole-person approach.

This enlightened vision requires that practitioners, who tend to work in silos, and health organizations, which support those silos, need to break out of their traditional protocols and establish new ways of providing client-centered care. How can you, as a medical professional, mental health provider, educator or social worker, participate in this growing movement?

Join three esteemed practitioners and researchers for an engaging and motivating look at:

1) the evolution of integrative health and why the U.S. is undergoing a systemic change in healthcare, 2) the physiologic basis of the whole person approach, 3) the many ways that healthcare professionals from all disciplines might work together, 4) the benefits that patients will reap, and 5) specific ways that you can participate in this new way of providing care.

Presenters and their topics include: 

Introduction to the History of Social Work in the Medical Field Presenter:
Michael Talamantes
Social Work has a long history of collaboration with health care providers. For example, in the early 1900s, Social Worker Ida Cannon worked closely with Dr. Richard Cabot at Massachusetts General Hospital to improve patient outcomes and to better understand the complexities of the patient in their environment and how this impacts their health and well-being. Over the next century, social work practice in health care has evolved, as have all aspects of medical practice. Today, you will find social workers practicing in diverse health care settings and working on comprehensive interdisciplinary teams. As our health care system shifts its focus from disease and pathology to prevention, wellness and well-being, social work is well positioned to be an integral member of this movement; as long as it is open to understanding the foundation of the integrative health movement and how social work can contribute to this important component of health care.

Integrative Health in the United States: Past, Present, and Future Presenter:
Leonard Wisneski
The revolutionary movement of evolving from a health system focused on disease to one of prevention, wellness and well-being is in the early stages of crystallization and is rapidly moving to fruition. This presentation will trace the evolution of this movement and discuss the present status and future trends at this critical time in history. It is important for all medical practitioners to understand the fundamentals of this transformation in order to develop a health delivery system based on inter-professional collaboration, pluralism and health creation for the population.

Mind-Body Research Presenter:
Nicole Nicotera
This presentation will share a succinct overview of evidence for the impact of mind-body practices on mental health and wellness. Professor Nicotera will present preliminary findings from her own social science research into the positive impact of trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness on sexual assault survivors and incarcerated young women, as well as wellness programming to promote wellness in helping professionals.

Psychoneuroimmunology: The Physiology of Behavioral Health Presenter:
Leonard Wisneski
This presentation will elaborate upon the physiology of the mind-body connection in which will be discussed research findings regarding the effect of negative and positive emotions on pathophysiology and wellness, the biochemical basis of meditation, and the important role of the pineal gland as an environmental transducer. The field of Psychoneuroimmunology is the missing link upon which the new bioenergetic and environmental approaches to behavioral health will be understood both from a research and clinical therapeutic aspect.

Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session for participants to ask the experts questions.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this afternoon lecture will:

  • Gain an improved understanding of the care modalities available for their clients and patients
  • Discover ways that they can join and champion the integrated care movement
  • Enjoy the opportunity to ask experts questions about this exciting topic



Read about Michael Talamantes and his presentation: 

Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate a beginning level of knowledge of the history of social work in health care settings and an understanding of the role of social work in a variety of health care multidisciplinary teams including the possibility of integrative health care settings.


Talamantes has been an appointed Clinical Associate Professor at GSSW since 2013. He has been a social work educator and licensed clinical social worker in multidisciplinary healthcare settings for over 25 years. He has laid the foundation for expanding GSSW's, and subsequently the social work profession's, presence in integrated health care settings by coordinating the Health and Wellness. He has trained and supervised graduate level social workers by serving as a GSSW field instructor for almost 20 years. Talamantes has an appointment as a clinical instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he teaches advanced psychosocial genetic counseling to graduate level genetic counseling students. In 2015, I was named the co-chair of the Colorado State Innovation Model's (SIM), Workforce Work Group.

Read about Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP and his presentations: 


Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP is Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University, and is on faculty at The University of Colorado. He holds Fellowship positions in The American College of Physicians, The American College of Nutrition, and The American Institute of Stress. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, a board member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and has published over 30 scientific articles and a textbook, "The Scientific Basis of Integrative Health".  

Dr. Wisneski has engaged in the clinical practice of integrative medicine and endocrinology for over three decades, during which time he co-founded and served as the regional president and medical director of American WholeHealth, an integrative, multi- practitioner center. He also served in the role of Medical Director of Integrative Medicine Communications, a publishing company which produced textbooks and newsletters. He served as Corporate Medical Director of Marriott International, Inc., and Director of Medical Education at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, an affiliate of George Washington University Medical School.  

Dr. Wisneski is currently engaged in facilitating a National University Library consortium of integrative medicine book collections with one of the core collections being The Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Library and he also leads an initiative to integrate integrative health throughout the University system. He served on the steering committee of the National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine whose mission it is to facilitate education of integrative and preventive healthcare.

Read about Nicole Nicotera, Ph.D. and her presentation: 

Learning Objectives

  1. Share a succinct overview of evidence for mind-body practices impact on mental health and wellness.
  2. Present preliminary findings from Professor Nicotera's social science research on the influence of trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness on sexual assault survivors and incarcerated young women as well as wellness programming to promote wellness in helping professionals.


Professor Nicole Nicotera, Ph.D., is a social work educator and coordinator of the clinical skills training and the mind body courses for the Master of Social Work program at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work where she also teaches mixed methods and qualitative research for the Ph.D. program. She is also a licensed independent clinical social worker with training and practice experience in the use of experiential therapies, expressive arts therapies, and other modalities with youth, families, and family-youth groups. Her research and scholarship focus on: promoting health and well-being across the life span, civic engagement and mindfulness practices as pathways to well-being, measuring civic development and civic engagement, interventions to enhance civic leadership and positive youth development, the role of risk, protection, and resilience in health, and the issues of unearned privilege and oppression in social work practice, education and research. She is an active community engaged scholar and collaborates with community agencies to conduct research on their programs and help them use the results of that research to create stronger programs.



For registration and information contact the Center for Professional Development at  or 303-871-4161

This program is approved for 5.0 contact hours. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.