Psychology and Mental Health

Yoga and mindfulness practices are powerful tools for assisting in emotional healing, self regulation, and resiliency. This training will provide participants with a thorough overview of how Yoga and mindfulness can impact and heal issues related to emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, an overactive brain, and negative wiring.

Course Description:

The course is designed for students to acquire a basic understanding of Psychology, Mental Health and Yoga related to theory, history, research, clinical application, and self-care principles.

Yoga and mindfulness practices are powerful tools for assisting in emotional healing, self regulation, and resiliency. This training will provide participants with a thorough overview of how Yoga and mindfulness can impact and heal issues related to emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, an overactive brain, and negative wiring. Through an exploration of theory, research, clinical practice, and self-care practices, participants will emerge with the knowledge and skills to apply their understanding of psychology and mental health to how they interact with Yoga students and private clients, as well as in their own approach to personal self-care.

Learning Objectives:

This module will provide students an overview of how psychology, yoga and mindfulness can impact on healing related to emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, an overactive brain, and negative wiring. This module will include theory, research, clinical practice time and self-care practices. Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate basic comprehension and competency in the following areas:

  1. Psychiatric Disorders: definitions and symptoms of common psychiatric disorders, including an understanding psychiatric symptoms from the perspective of the guna’s, kosha’s, stress, and trauma.
  2. Psychology & Yoga Psychology Models: students will learn basic theoretical concepts of Psychology and Yoga Psychology related to: human development, personality, and affective neuroscience.
  3. Integrative Models of Psychology: including Positive Psychology, Affective Neuroscience and Neuro-therapy.
  4. The Five Stages of Clinical Intervention: students will demonstrate competency in Intake Assessment, Treatment Planning, Intervention, Evaluation & Outcomes, and Termination.
  5. Facilitation: students will comprehend, apply and demonstrate proficiency in assessment techniques, active listening, peer counseling, and interviewing skills (including an understanding of the role of Intuition in healing).
  6. Referrals, Boundaries, and Ethics: students will understand and articulate when and how to make a referral to a mental health professional inclusive of understanding professional boundaries and ethical considerations.
  7. Clinical Practice: opportunities for clinical practice and application inclusive of understanding referral protocols and ethical guidelines for the yoga therapist peer counselor.
  8. Self-Care and Self-Awareness Practices: Students will be required to participate in compassionate self-care techniques as part of their understanding of yoga and mental health.

Teaching Methods:

This course will include both didactic (i.e., lecture) and experiential (i.e., lab) components. Students will have opportunities for learning and applying self-care strategies as well as learning basic applications of medical yoga and yoga therapy techniques in clinical patient care settings. (Lecture, Discussion, Clinical, and Practicum).

Part 1

Patient Care Assessment & Treatment Plan with the focus inclusive of a psychological issue (co-morbid assessment). Write up a 2-page paper detailing an assessment and treatment plan using Medical Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation as interventions.

Part 2

Students’ clinical skills will be assessed during the training. Feedback will be provided for continued improvement of intake assessment, interventional skills, communication, referral process, review of case notes, termination skills as well as integration of concepts and theory. Students will be required to work with 2 practice clients for a minimum of 3 practice sessions each.

Part 3

Part Three of the course will cover three distinct areas:  

Theories of Psychology (additional to what was covered in the Spring); Clinical Application and Practice; and Clinical and Personal Self-Reflection.  

Training Information:

Prerequisites:

The course is designed for students of all kinds. There is no required medical background for those wishing to take the course. You may already have a background in Yoga, such as gained by graduates of our TT or some kind of previous Yoga training.

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