Integration Across the Brain-Mind-Wellness Summer Institute: Three courses are the cornerstones of this program:
The three courses that make up this Summer Institute, can be taken in conjunction or they can be taken separately. Students who come to take all three courses will be able to participate in optional activities outside of class that will serve to integrate the coursework and create a community with like-minded students.
Personal Brain Management (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 182) - 4 units
This course introduces the science and practice of techniques designed to promote brain function and enhance behavioral health. Starting with an overview of brain function, the course considers “management” methods that exist already, and what the future may hold, including methods for predicting our own futures based on individual genetic background and other elements of personal history and environmental exposures. The science of behavior change is introduced and the importance of behavior for health is emphasized. Other topics include: enhancement of well-being through of stress management, mapping long-term goals onto immediate actions, meditation, neurofeedback, and time management. The course emphasizes critical appraisal of existing tools, and how to identify scientifically validated methods. The course ends with an emphasis on creative cognition and the concept of “flow," focusing on what this may mean in terms of brain function.
Mindfulness Practice and Theory (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 175) - 4 units
This course is an introduction to mindfulness, teaching (a) basic mindfulness meditation practices, (b) ways to deepen positive emotions like gratitude, kindness, and joy, and (c) methods for integrating more awareness and creativity into ordinary activities. The course covers various meditative traditions with some discussion of the emerging science on the beneficial effects of mindfulness practice for mental and physical health (which include reduced stress, improved attention, reduced emotional reactivity, and greater mind-body awareness). We also will discuss theoretical frameworks for understanding what happens as one practices more mindfulness. Students also will learn and develop practical skills of relational mindfulness in interactions with others. This experiential course is designed for beginners; no prior experience with meditation is necessary.
Integrative East-West Medicine for Health and Wellness (Medicine 180 Section 1) - 4 units
This course is designed to provide an overarching introduction to integrative healthcare, particularly the therapeutic approaches originated from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Students will learn (1) the theoretical underpinnings of integrative medicine and TCM, (2) the management of personal well-being through experiential learning of various therapeutic modalities, and (3) current clinical applications of integrative medicine from practitioners and patients. Topics include: integrative East-West Medicine and its role in prevention and health cultivation; herbs and nutritional supplements; pain management using acupuncture, acupressure, massage and other self-help techniques; as well as maintaining a healthy immune system and reducing inflammation and stress. Hands-on practice and clinical site visits will be incorporated.
View the syllabus for Medicine 180 Section 1
View the syllabus for Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 182
View the syllabus for Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 175
|Monday||9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.||PSYCTRY 175||300 Medical Plaza: Marisa Leif Conference||3200|
|Tuesday||9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.||MED 180||Botany||325|
|Wednesday||9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.||PSYCTRY 175||300 Medical Plaza: Marisa Leif Conference||3200|
|Thursday||9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.||MED 180||Botany||325|
Program participants will earn units of credit on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students. You can view more information about UCLA grading policies and how to acquire an official transcript.