Mindfulness Practice and Theory (PSYCTRY 175) is offered in Sumemr 2012 at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. The course is offered by Professor Marvin Belzer, Associate Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, Clinical Specialist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

Mindfulness Practice and Theory 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.

Mind-Body Awareness Workshop: Marvin Belzer

Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.

Marvin Belzer, Ph.D, has taught mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years and is visiting this year at UCLA. For the past ten years he has taught a semester-long meditation course in the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green St. University, where he is a Professor of philosophy. He and Diana Winston were instrumental in developing week-long mindfulness retreats for teens in the mid-1990s. He is currently the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center’s In-Resident Mindfulness Teacher.

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For more information about Mindfulness Practice and Theory (PSYCTRY 175) at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, please visit: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/BrainMindWellness/curriculum.htm

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