PSYC E-1611 Mind, Body, Medicine, and Health
Fall term 2017 CRN 14597
The mind/body interaction has important implications for the way we view illness and treat disease. This course provides knowledge and skills for health and wellness coaches and related professionals to effectively examine and apply mind/body medicine. In this course students learn how to facilitate, in themselves and others, the goal of self-care, a complement to the conventional medical paths of surgery and pharmaceuticals. They consider the bio-genomic-neural basis for both illness and related effective treatments. Physical health is influenced by thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and conversely, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be influenced by physical symptoms. Social factors are important as well. Mind/body medicine recognizes resiliency as a public health initiative and promotes resiliency practices through lifestyle behaviors for disease prevention and treatment. Students learn how they and their clients can take control of their lives, as well as ways to use their own healing power to reduce stress and other negative behaviors and thoughts in order to maintain or regain health. Students also develop awareness and skills in a variety of mind/body practices including environmental strategies that influence health and resiliency and meditation methods that elicit the relaxation response. In addition, students practice successful methodology to enhance mind/body practices in various patient populations, in particular, those who are socio-economically compromised.