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Mind-Body Wellness (Online)

Subject Overview

‘Mind-Body Wellness’ explores and analyses psychological, emotional, physical, social, and environmental factors that can contribute to, or work against, the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and societies. The subject examines 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 in the context of challenges to mental health.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse contemporary theories of mind-body wellness in relation to personal, social, political and environmental implications of mental wellness.
  • Critically analyse the physiological and psychological roles that stress, exercise, nutrition, education, social context, spiritual life and the environment play in states of mental health and wellbeing, in the workplace and in daily life. Develop strategies to modify activities that increase risk of disease or illness.
  • Discuss insights of Buddhist philosophy – and other spiritual belief systems – on mental health and wellness.
  • Critically analyse the basic principles, techniques, physiological impacts, applications, supporting evidence and controversies for selected complementary therapies as they pertain to mental health.
  • Apply reflective practice to examining one’s own insights into personal wellbeing and mental health, from a mind-body perspective.

Subject Structure

This subject runs for 5 weeks (including 5 days on-campus), via our online learning platform NTiLearn and includes broad topic areas such as:

  • Theories of mind body wellness
  • Relationships between mind body wellness and lifestyle, society, relationships, environment and spiritual beliefs
  • Applied mind body wellness.

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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.