Applied Mindfulness for Professionals


Key Information

Lecture dates 2020: 9-13 November 2020 Census date: 9 November 2020
Lecturer: Nicholas Tabley Duration: 5 weeks (incl. 5 days on-campus)*
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia
Subject Code: HSW907

Subject Overview

Mindfulness as a therapeutic tool is now widely used and accepted across a broad range of health and therapeutic settings. The growing body of empirical research suggests that mindfulness practice is particularly useful for lowering chronic anxiety and pain, negative cognitions, and stress, and for increasing wellbeing. There is also increasing empirical evidence suggesting its efficacy in reducing depressive symptoms.

Students in the subject will critically explore how mindfulness is defined, applied, and evaluated in secular settings. The empirical research on the study of mindfulness will be reviewed, and specific approaches to teaching individuals and groups the practice of mindfulness will be explored and developed.

Students will also have the opportunity to choose and investigate, in depth, a specific application of mindfulness practice for their professional setting, and develop a practical teaching process applicable to specific clients.

Learning Outcomes

•  Clearly explain mindfulness and the various applications of mindfulness in secular settings 
 Compare and contrast the definition and utilisation of mindfulness in Buddhism and in secular settings
 Critically evaluate evidence-based information on the use of mindfulness in the secular world
 Critically evaluate the use of mindfulness training in mental health, health, education and business settings
 Undertake a detailed critical investigation of the utility of mindfulness with one specific population or in a specific setting or with a particular presentation of suffering