Course Mindfulness and Well-Being
Instructor Alia Offman
Term Fall
Email Address alia.offman@carleton.ca
Office Location TBD
Office Hours by appointment; Mondays 17:30

Course Description:

This special topics course is focused on the current psychological understanding of mindfulness meditation and its contribution to psychological well-being.   Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental and non-reactive attitude.  The course will explore a combination of traditional mindfulness practices from the East (Burmese Vipassana tradition) with solid and well-established principles of cognitive and behavioural traditions in the West.  It will outline the important scientific research related to mindfulness and well-being, including: the model of coemergence, the neuroscience of mindfulness, learning theory and how they are integrated in modern psychological practices to increase well-being in individuals and community settings.   Class time will involve lectures, videos, demonstrations, weekly meditation practices as well as group work.  Students will be expected to develop a mindfulness practice as part of the experiential learning component of the course.

Evaluation:

Weekly critical reflections (5 worth 5% each)

Undergraduate 250 words

Graduate 500 words

Round table discussions on weekly practice and chapter readings (individual or groups of 2)

Undergraduate 500 words

Graduate 750 words

Group mindfulness project

10 min presentations 5 min. group lead questions

Comparative media analysis

Undergraduate students: 1500 words

Graduate students: 2000 words

Text:

Mindfulness‐integrated CBT for Well‐being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self‐Confidence and Relationships.  Bruno A. Cayoun PsyD,  Print ISBN:9781118509135 |Online ISBN:9781118509111 |DOI:10.1002/9781118509111.  Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

There will also be an online course pack.