Mindfulness-based interventions are offered to improve psychological and physical well-being in hospitals, schools, prisons, corporate settings, and in everyday life. In addition to the hundreds of different mindfulness-based interventions, there are thousands of mindfulness apps available for people who wish to learn mindfulness on their own. However, the wide uptake of this approach is not always clearly supported by research evidence. This unit will critically examine the concept and practice of mindfulness in western societies today. You will learn about the concept of mindfulness as it is used in modern psychology, and consider this concept in the context of critiques from Buddhist scholars. You will explore current scientific evidence regarding the methods, effectiveness and ethical implications of using mindfulness-based interventions for various problems, and contrast these with popular media reports. You will practice a range of mindfulness exercises using guided meditations, and apply these in real-life situations. This will enable your experiential learning and contribute to integrating your academic understanding of mindfulness with your personal development. By completing this unit, you will increase your general mental health literacy to be able to identify and critically evaluate information about mindfulness, and to apply a range of mindfulness skills for maintaining good mental health.
8 learning modules delivered online. The 8 modules are expected to be taken at a pace of one module /week, to allow time for mindfulness practice between modules.
12 x online quizzes (45%), 2 x reflection submissions (20%), written / video assignment (35%)