Essentials of MindBody Medicine – PSY 506

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Can consciousness heal the body of disease as claimed in all spiritual traditions and as vindicated by the data? We explore this question with the definition and importance of mind/body medicine, reviewing the most cogent experimental data. We then address the many ways that mind/body effects are useful in medicine and healing, from relaxation to stimulating healing responses, to gaining insight and helping to change lifestyle patterns. The ubiquitous role of imagery in mind/body medicine is woven throughout the course, with personal experiments providing the opportunity to explore the mind/body/spirit from this perspective. The roles of prayer, spirituality, and community are considered, and finally, the role of the counseling relationship in mind/body healing.

 

 

COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

This course is divided into ten, one-hour sessions. The introductory session, What is MindBody Medicine and Why Is It Important? is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

Session 1 | What is MindBody Medicine and Why Is It Important?
Session 2 | Meditation and the Relaxation Response
Session 3 | The Roles of Imagery and Healing
Session 4 | Strengthening Resources With Imagery
Session 5 | Gaining Insight Into Illness
Session 6 | Turning Insight Into Action
Session 7 | Prayer and Spirituality
Session 8 | What Can We Do About Suffering?
Session 9 | Family, Community, and Social Support
Session 10 | The Counseling Relationship


LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS COURSE

Outcome 1: Students will be able to describe the roles
of mind/body effects in medicine and healing.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to recognize and differentiate
between realization techniques, meditation, hypnosis, and imagery.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to utilize a process
for turning insights into action plans for change.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to describe their understanding the
importance of social relationships in health and techniques for improving them.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to define an interactive, supportive
aspect of the counseling relationship for enhancing mind/body effects.

 

PROFESSOR

Martin L. Rossman, M.D. – University of Michigan Medical School. Clinical Associate, Dept. of Medicine, UC Medical Center, San Francisco. Adjunct Teaching Faculty, CA School for Professional Psychology. Founder and Director of the Collaborative Medicine Center, Mill Valley, CA. Codirector, Academy for Guided Imagery, Mill Valley, CA. Author, Healing Yourself – A Step by Step Program for Better Health Through Imagery, and Guided Imagery for Self-Healing.

 

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PURCHASE AUDIO / VIDEO

The lecture series from this course is also available for independent study.
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