2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

East-West Integrated Psychology

Revised Last Updated: 02/24/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Jamyang Tsultrim philosophy of mind/consciousness, East-West psychology, Buddhist philosophy/psychology, clinical application of mindfulness

Faculty Signature Required: Faculty signature required winter and spring quarters.

Major areas of study include East-West psychology, philosophy of mind/consciousness, and empirically supported mindfulness studies.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. First class Spring Quarter will meet in Sem2 A3109.

In fall quarter this program will focus on developing a foundational understanding of mind and emotion from both Eastern and Western perspectives based on scientific dialogues between noted philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists and the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Are constructive and destructive emotions innately embedded in human nature? Can they be developed or eradicated? In recent years, a growing body of Western research has examined these and other questions through the perspectives of Eastern psychology and philosophy which view destructive emotions, perceptions, and behaviors as the primary source of human suffering. To alleviate this suffering, these Eastern traditions have developed a rich and varied methodology for recognizing, reducing, transforming and preventing these destructive forms of mind and emotion.

After examining the main constructive and destructive emotions, students will choose one emotion or state of mind to study in-depth and develop effective East/West interventions to transform this emotion/state of mind. As an integral part of this foundational work, each student will develop an individual mindfulness practice to deepen their awareness of various states of mind and emotion and their impact on one's own daily life.

In winter quarter, students will explore the correlation between habitual patterns of thought and the actual physiology of our brains. We will examine the validity of direct human experience as a way of knowing reality, drawing from Eastern and Western psychological models of mind/emotion as well as a traditional epistemological model of cognition based on Indo-Tibetan studies. In what ways do our emotions and perceptions obscure our ability to see reality? Are there effective methods for training the mind to overcome these obscurations?

Students will deepen their consciousness studies with new research and writings spawned by a decade of groundbreaking collaboration between Eastern and Western scholars organized by the Mind-Life Institute and major research universities. The emphasis of this quarter will be the analysis of constructive emotion/thoughts, their influence on our mental stability and brain physiology, and methodologies for influencing and improving mental development and function. Students will develop individual programs for personal mental development in addition to continuing to gain skills in mindfulness practice.

In spring quarter, the emphasis of the class will be on understanding and practicing the clinical applications of the mind/emotion theory and research studied in fall and winter. In particular, researchers in the fields of health and psychology have proven the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation as a clinical application to treat conditions such as stress and pain, addictions, chronic depression, anxiety, hypertension and other health conditions. This class will explore the similarities and differences between Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Western cognitive therapy. Applying East-West counseling and psychological approaches, students will gain practical skills to help alleviate the psychological suffering of others while maintaining emotional balance and professional ethics. Students will have opportunities for personal practice, observational learning, and the development of counseling skills through role-play, reading and discussion.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in psychology, philosophy of mind, and mental health fields including counseling psychology.

Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class
November 17th, 2008 Requirement of faculty signature added for winter and spring quarters.
December 2nd, 2008 Additional winter quarter enrollment details added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring class location added.
February 24th, 2009 Spring Quarter enrollment details added.