Psychology of Mind Body Medicine
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This program will explore how psychology is being integrated in the theory and practice of Mind Body Medicine in diverse health care settings nationally and internationally. The program will study the field of abnormal psychology through both evidence based medicine and traditional holistic medical models from civilizations including China, India and Japan. The program will look at how clinical psychologists and health psychologists are working in primary care settings in collaborative care practice models.
Fall Quarter will introduce integrative health models of how mindbody medicine is being used to treat disorders in systems of health and healing from multicultural medical perspectives that are based on seasons, diet and emotional intelligence. Winter and Spring Quarters will continue the study of multicultural systems of health in the context of abnormal psychology, diet and interpersonal neurobiology. The program will explore how emotional intelligence is becoming an integral part of health care treatment in both psychology and allied health fields within a multidisciplinary health team to provide the best patient outcomes. Students will have the opportunity to design their own integrative health based project studies during the first part of Winter Quarter, implement their projects over Winter - Spring and assess their efficacy during the last part of Spring Quarter.
Students will have an opportunity to learn in many ways in diverse modalities, including working with multiple intelligences and mindfulness practices. We will integrate somatic learning into our studies, including movement, qigong (a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control), and expressive arts workshops. Our inquiry will ask us to attune ourselves to the wisdom that is available and present in our mind-body awareness through somatic and expressive arts labs. We will participate in community readings, rigorous writing assignments, and critical study of important texts. Some of the authors we will read include Dr. Norman Doidge, Paul Pitchford, and Dr. Daniel Siegel.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
psychology, counseling, health care, social work
Credits per quarter
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
$65 student fee each quarter will cover the cost of art supplies and Jin Shin Jyutsu health charts.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia