Psychology and Mindfulness

Spring 2017 quarter

Taught by

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


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

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.

Program Details

Fields of Study

consciousness studies psychology

Preparatory For

psychology, philosophy of mind/emotion and the mental health field.


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Day and Weekend

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)

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online

Special Expenses

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


 $75 for art supplies.


2016-02-24New spring opportunity.