Health and Social Wellbeing
A blended approach to study enables flexibility combining self-directed online study with teacher-led workshops and tutorials (currently online only).
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Full-time and part-time study options available to all students.
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Master of Arts
(Health and Social Wellbeing)
in Health and Social Wellbeing
in Health and Social Wellbeing
Unlike traditional health degrees, Nan Tien’s Health and Social Wellbeing courses focus on mindful and compassionate care, and on ‘caring for the carer’. These courses facilitate the deep personal and professional transformation of individuals and communities, empowering graduates to offer service in a way that is skillful, sustainable, and responsive.
Over the last five years, Nan Tien’s Health and Social Wellbeing program has been at the leading edge of combining science and the wisdom traditions, providing graduates with the skills to radically transform suffering on a personal, societal and global level.
Informed by the latest science on resilience, self-awareness and wellbeing, our teaching staff include psychiatrists, medical specialists, senior nurse practitioners and therapists at the forefront of their field. Such experts share knowledge arising out of decades of personal experience in applying the insights of the contemplative traditions within healthcare settings.
Buddhism has recently gained scientific recognition in the West as an ancient tradition that has the potential to equip individuals with techniques, practices, and ways of thinking and being that promote greater resilience, creativity, and the capacity to tend to suffer sustainably.
At the same time, a contemporary paradigm shift has emerged in the health and wellness movement that places compassion for self and others at the centre of caring for others and the world. The HSW courses draw on both of these trends, providing graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the ways compassion and mindfulness are currently being conceptualised and applied in health. They also provide the experiential training needed to foster a strong and life-long practice in self-compassion, self-reflection, and mindfulness.
Explore Health and Social Wellbeing Subjects
Below is a list of all the subjects available for Health and Social Wellbeing (HSW) enrolments. Access to specific subject requirements will vary depending on the course chosen (i.e. Masters, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate). Please refer to information about specific courses for details on core and elective subject schedules.
This subject examines wellness within both personal and professional contexts. It explores the psychological, emotional, physical, social, and environmental factors that contribute to, or work against, the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, and societies. It critically examines mind-body wellness research, considering its validity, limitations, and potential applications. It provides students with advanced knowledge of mind-body therapies, evidence-based interventions proven to improve mind-body wellness, and outlines methods to encourage positive work culture and societal wellbeing.
Nutrition Through the Lifespan
This subject takes a lifespan perspective to nutrition, diet and exercise, addressing nutritional requirements fundamental to human growth through the lifespan, drawing on different health and science disciplines to provide a basis for understanding nutrition. You will discuss the many factors that impact on healthy food choices and how foods can be utilised to enhance wellbeing.
Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is central to contemporary health research and practice. In this subject, you will learn how to approach research in the health and social sciences by effectively searching the literature, critically appraising evidence, and assessing its significance. You will learn how to apply scientific methods and statistical principles to a variety of research situations and questions and to understand the ways in which knowledge in the health and social sciences is validated and communicated.
Social Policy, Health and Welfare
This subject examines the nature of public health, public health policy frameworks and issues, explores the cultural and social dimensions of health and wellness, and looks at the economic and political environment in which health policies and strategies are developed and implemented. Students will learn about health promotion, a process for individuals, carers, communities and populations to increase control over their health by addressing the determinants of health and achieving improved health outcomes.
Compassion at Work
Compassion is identified as a priority area for improvement in health care. This subject examines the implications of compassion in health care for individuals, organisations and society. Students will examine evidence that proposes a positive correlation between compassionate health care, enhanced by contemplative practice and staff and clients’ quality of life. This subject is grounded in a strength based, resilience building approach, while offering both applied and theoretical experience of compassion for personal and professional development in health care.
Applied Mindfulness for Professionals
Students will explore definitions of mindfulness from a range of standpoints, including psychological, physiological, secular, Buddhist, and sociological, and will reflect on what mindfulness means to them. Empirical and phenomenological research on mindfulness will be examined, as well as specific approaches to applying mindfulness for self-care and the care of those seeking help in professional contexts. Students will understand the theory, principles, and practice of mindfulness and the way it can facilitate physical and mental wellbeing.
Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing
Promoting, motivating, and supporting health, wellbeing, and positive behaviour change is a highly valued and necessary competency for many professional roles, particularly in the areas of health/mental health, psychology/counselling/coaching, disability and rehabilitation, complementary medicine, welfare, community outreach, human resources, and management. This subject examine a range of evidence-based and best-practice approaches to coaching and counselling and students will develop practical skills under supervision.
Mental Health and Wellness
Rapidly evolving evidence and the emergence of new research technologies are forcing revision of historical truths, beliefs, traditions and approaches to mental health and wellness. This subject explores recent developments in our understanding of mental health and wellbeing, including severe challenges to mental health and the associated impact on the lives of people having these experiences and their families and communities.
This subject explores a range of verbal and non-verbal arts therapy approaches as well as therapeutic interventions used in different educational and clinical health care settings. Students are exposed to experiences that stimulate emotion and provide opportunity for reflection through evidence-based practice. The contemplative component of the subject focuses on mindfulness, equanimity and compassion and facilitates students accessing their individual inner wisdom and creative intelligence.
Healing Traditions: Buddhism and Psychotherapy
This subject explores the interface between Buddhism and Psychotherapy, and the therapeutic actions of Buddha’s core teaching and practice of mindfulness. Students will review the core teachings of Buddhism and their use in both a secular and psychological way in counselling and psychotherapy practices. The subject will also cover the theoretical and neurological basis of meditation training, Buddhist and Psychological concepts of insight, relationship issues, mindfulness, stress reduction, positive emotions, addictions, ageing, sickness, death, and self and non-self.
Mindful and Compassionate Leadership
This subject develops a mindful and compassionate approach to leadership that is responsive to contemporary issues and challenges. Through the exploration of personal beliefs, values and strengths students will develop a comprehensive understanding of self as leader. Drawing on evidence from neuroscience, behavioural science, leadership studies and wisdom traditions, this course will develop an individual approach to leadership underpinned by emotional intelligence, mindful presence, restorative conversation and the logic of compassion.
This subject is designed to prepare students to be successful in their postgraduate studies by strengthening existing academic abilities and literacies gained through undergraduate study. It introduces contemporary topics to help students develop critical thinking, research and communication skills and includes an introduction to contemplative inquiry and reflective practices, which underpin NTI’s postgraduate curriculum.