Exercise Medicine Australia

Tai Chi for Mental Health and Cognition

tai chi for mental health
5 students
$850.00 $495.00

Course Introduction

Mental health disorder and dementia have been identified as national and international health priority. Globally, depression is estimated to be the number one cause of disability in both developed and developing countries by 2030. As the ageing population expands rapidly, dementia is emerging as one of the fastest growing sources of major disease burden and the leading cause of disability in the elderly population.

A recent systematic review of 17 randomised control trials has concluded that Tai Chi is effective in improving mental health and wellbeing, and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. There is also growing evidence that Tai Chi is effective in reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia, and contributes to cognitive improvement. A recent systematic review of 11 randomized control trials concluded that Tai Chi significantly improved executive function and global cognitive function.

Based on the compelling research evidence and guided by exercise prescription principles and safety guidelines, ©the Tai Chi for Mental Health and Cognitive Improvement Program, also known as ©Tai Chi for Mental Health and Cognition, is designed to achieve mental and physical relaxation; reduce stress, anxiety and depression; facilitate motor skills and motor sequence learning and executive control through specially designed motor task training techniques; prevent cognitive decline and dementia; reduce disability and behavioural and psychological symptoms; and improve functional abilities and the quality of life.

What To Learn

The course contains practical and theoretical module

Practical Module 

  • Step by step teaching and practice of the targeted Tai Chi intervention program
  • How to teach and practice the program safely and effectively

Theoretical Module 

  • Epidemiology of mental health disorders and dementia 
  • Risk factors of mental health disorder and dementia
  • Introduction to Tai Chi
  • The Tai Chi for Mental Health and Cognitive Improvement Program and the research evidence and exercise science underpinning
    the Tai Chi intervention program
  • Teaching and practice guidelines

Why Choose the Course by EMA

  • Based on compelling research evidence
  • Informed by exercise science
  • Guided by exercise prescription principles and safety guidelines
  • Accredited or recognized by national or international professional governing bodies
  • Over 20 years of excellence in continuing education for professional development for health and exercise professionals
  • High level of course participants’ satisfaction (refer to course feedback on the Homepage)
  • Gaining accreditation for teaching/practicing the program
  • Advancing your professional development with 15 CPD / CECs
  • Complete learning resources (course manual and step-by-step teaching video) provided

tai chi and cognition

How To Enrol In This Course

This course is available face to face; real time teaching over Zoom; and self-paced online learning. To enrol in this course as a face-to-face course or Zoom course, click the ‘ENROL IN FACE-TO-FACE COURSE’ button for the course dates and registration. Click here to view the course dates

To enrol in this course as a self-paced online learning course, click the ‘ENROL IN ONLINE COURSE’ button for the course registration. You have the freedom to complete the course at your own pace in your own time and space.

Cost

AU$850
Special:
AU$545+GST for 2-day face-to-face or Zoom training course;
AU$450+GST for online course

Further discount is available for course updating/renewal. Please contact EMA for details.

 

Terms and conditions are specified at the bottom of the page.

Mental health disorder and dementia

Alice L Yuan

Alice L Yuan is an exercise specialist and leading international authority in evidence-based Tai Chi, Qigong and Mulan exercise programs for prevention and rehabilitation of chronic conditions and fall, and improvement of mental health, cognition, functional abilities and quality of life. Alice has conducted accreditation courses in evidence-based Tai Chi, Qigong and Mulan exercise programs for health and exercise professionals in Australia and internationally for over 20 years

Alice is also the director of International Tai Chi, Qigong and Mulan Health Institute. She is a past gold medallist in national and international competitions and frequently invited to judge at national and international Tai Chi, Qigong and Mulan competitions.

 

Dr Henry Zheng

Dr Henry Zheng is a professor in exercise intervention for primary prevention and rehabilitation. He received a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of New South Wales, Australia. His doctoral research focused on quantification of the effect size and dose-response of physical activity interventions in reducing the risk of and preventing coronary heart disease.

Dr Henry Zheng’s research interests span exercise interventions for prevention and rehabilitation of chronic conditions and falls, improvement of mental health and cognition, and promotion of active and healthy ageing. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Epidemiology, the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of Infection Control, the Journal of International Body Composition Research, the Journal of International Institute on Ageing (BOLD), United Nations, and Wound Practice and Research.

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