Psychology and Mindfulness


Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

Taught by

Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies, East-West psychology, philosophy of consciousness

Mindfulness is the ability to fully attend to what is at hand and be in the present moment. Mindfulness is being applied to a variety of professional fields, including health care and education, to improve effectiveness and enhance well-being. The practice of mindfulness can increase our individual and collective resiliency to respond to changing personal and global situations in adaptive and creative ways.

The program will focus on mindfulness through theory, practice and its application in relation to developmental psychology and abnormal psychology. Questions to be explored include how is mindfulness being integrated into working with people at various developmental stages of life? How can mindfulness be applied to emotional health? How is mindfulness being integrated in working with physical and mental health?

Fall quarter will focus on developing a foundational understanding of constructive thought and emotion from both Eastern and Western perspectives based on philosophy, psychology and neuroscience. Students will also study developmental psychology of birth through adolescence in terms of emotional, physical and mental development. Winter quarter will focus on mindfulness, destructive thought and emotions through exploring habitual patterns of thought, emotion and behaviors. Students will also study human development from adult, geriatric and end of life perspectives.  Spring quarter will focus on how mindfulness is being applied in clinical settings to promote physical and mental health. Students will also study abnormal psychology and see how mindfulness is being integrated into the treatment of mental health, pain, addictions, hypertension and other health conditions. 

The four credit module will focus on mindfulness through constructive human experience (fall), destructive human experience (winter) and clinical applications of mindfulness (spring).  The sixteen credit program will look at how these dimensions of mindfulness interface with developmental and abnormal psychology.

Students will have an opportunity to learn in many ways using diverse modalities and multiple intelligences. We will integrate mindfulness practices into our studies, including movement, integrative health practices and expressive art workshops (no prior experience necessary). We will participate in community readings, rigorous writing assignments, theoretical tests and critical study of important texts. This program is designed as three-quarter program of study preparatory for careers and further study in psychology, philosophy of mind/emotion and the mental health field.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

psychology, education and human services.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day, Evening and Weekend


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online:

Required Fees

$25 in fall for art supplies, $60 in winter for entrance fees and art supplies, $25 in spring for art supplies.  

Special Expenses

Students entering in winter or spring may need to pay an additional art materials cost of $25 to be able to have a set of art supplies that were purchased in the fall for continuing students.


Date Revision
February 12th, 2015 Students joining the program in spring will need to complete some reading and have competency with algebra.

Registration Information

Credits: 4, 16 (Fall); 4, 16 (Winter); 4, 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 10205
So - Sr (4 credits): 10206

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 20146
So - Sr (4 credits): 20147

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Accepting New Students


Students joining the 16-credit module will need to read chapters 1-3 of the Abnormal Psychology textbook.  Students also need to have competency with algebra.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 30107
So - Sr (4 credits): 30108

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