Psychology and Mindfulness

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Spring 2017
Day and Weekend
Credits per quarter

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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 abnormal psychology and clinical healthcare practice. We will explore such questions as how mindfulness can be applied to mental and physical health.

The four-credit module (weekend only) will focus on clinical applications of mindfulness. Mindfulness will be explored through theoretical, applied and expressive arts projects. In addition, students in enrolled in the sixteen-credit module (week days and weekend) will also look at how these dimensions of mindfulness interface with developmental and abnormal psychology. Sixteen-credit students will study abnormal psychology and see how mindfulness is being integrated into the treatment of mental illness, pain, addictions, hypertension, and other health conditions. Students will also study quantitative reasoning skills for social sciences.

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. The program will include a full day mindfulness retreat.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: psychology, philosophy of mind/emotion and the mental health field.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Special expenses:

Students may need additional art materials (approximately $25).


 $75 for art supplies.


Students need to have competency with high school math for quantitative reasoning work connected to social science study.

Scheduled for: Day and Weekend

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

4 credit component will meet Sat, 9a-4:30p, Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3

First 16-credit option class meeting: Tuesday, April 4 at 10am (Sem II B2105)

First 4-credit option class meeting: Saturday, April 8 at 9am (Sem II D1107)

2016-02-24New spring opportunity.