CSPH 3201 - Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Course Description 

Techniques by which stress endemic in a fast-paced competitive culture can be reduced or worked with constructively. Students practice/apply techniques of mindfulness. Recent medical-scientific literature on physiological/psychological elements in the stress response.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of current medical-scientific thinking on the stress response.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological and psychological origins of stress.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of stress on physical and emotional health.
  • Develop through regular practice both in and out of class the ability to reduce stress in their lives through mastery of the following mind-body techniques: mindful awareness of the state of the resting physical body through mental scanning; mindful awareness of the body in gentle lying, sitting, and standing yoga; mindful awareness of the whole being in the movements of Qi Gong; mindful awareness of the body, breath, emotions, and thoughts in quiet meditation.
  • Develop the ability to move non-judgmental, mindful awareness into the ordinary activities of daily life, such as eating, studying, working out, etc.
  • Engage in appropriate group discussions and activities in order for students to share with and support each other as they master new ideas and practices
  • Discuss approaches by which mindful awareness can be moved into everyday life after the conclusion of the class.

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Course Details

Course Format: 
In person
Course ID: 
CSPH 3201
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