Mind-Body Wellness

Subject Overview

In this subject, from a mind-body perspective, you will explore and analyse psychological, emotional, physical, social, and environmental factors that can contribute to, or work against, the health and wellbeing of individuals and societies. The subject will examine mind-body wellness research from a range of perspectives, as well as exploring practical tools and interventions to assist others in improving mind-body wellness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the personal, social, political and environmental implications of wellness;
  • Critically analyse the physiological and psychological roles that stress, exercise, nutrition, education, social context, spiritual life, and the environment play in contributing to health and well-being in the workplace and in daily life and develop strategies to modify activities that increase risk of disease or illness;
  • Discuss the insights of Buddhist philosophy – and other spiritual belief systems – on health and wellness;
  • Practice a meditation technique;
  • Locate and evaluate credible information and evidence about wellness and complementary healthcare and critically analyse the basic principles, techniques, physiological impacts, applications, supporting evidence and controversies for selected complementary or alternative therapies;
  • Describe the main therapies utilised in Australia, including prevalence, acceptance, and regulations governing these modalities;
  • Describe and explain the potential benefits and risks and the professional and ethical issues in mind-body wellness practice;
  • Demonstrate reflective practice in relation to learning in the subject and also in relation to examining one’s own insights into personal wellbeing and health, from a mind-body perspective.

Subject Structure

This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:

Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2: Digital Intensive Classroom (5 days x 8 hrs/day)
Weeks 3 – 5: Submission of assessments online

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ABOUT NAN TIEN INSTITUTE

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.