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Program Overview

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Conscious Evolution
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The premise and focus World University’s online MA program in Integral Psychology and Consciousness Studies is an open ended exploration of the way that consciousness creates, pervades, preserves, and transforms all existence. Many mystical wisdom traditions hold that omni-consciousness is the divine substrate that underlies and informs everything, including our own consciousness. This is central to World University’s operative philosophy, which has been called Monistic Idealism. In the course of completing your studies, you will have the opportunity to explore both the personal and transpersonal dimensions of this psychology, in courses ranging across consciousness studies, death and dying, psychotherapy and transformative education.

Mission of the Online Program

World University seeks to make high quality courses available to students throughout the world. All our courses are organized with the intention of allowing students to expand their capacity to love and serve all people and the web of life, and with the intention of creating a supportive environment in which students can relate what they are learning to the spiritual dimensions of human existence. (At the present time, due to our limited resources, our courses are offered only in English.)


 

Application for admission to WorldU

You are invited to take courses in our MA program…

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    (Please note: Courses completed in this way are not
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MA-Level Courses




Psychology 300: Comparative Psychology

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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An intensive study of the history of psychology, East and West, ancient and modern. Special emphasis is laid on the changing subject matter and methodology of psychological science. In-depth analysis, critique and evaluation of different schools of psychology in the West, such as the Behavioristic School, the Psychoanalytic School, the Humanistic School, Transpersonal School, etc.

Required Texts:

Ryckman, Richard, M. Theories of Personality. Cengage Learning; 10 edition (March 13, 2012) ISBN: 1111834512. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

If you do not already own a guide to the APA document preparation style, such as the APA Publications Guide , please purchase a copy of the following book: Peggy M. Houghton, Timothy J. Houghton, Michael F. Peters. APA: The Easy Way! Baker College, 2005. ISBN: 0923568557. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Free E-Book:

APA Style Lite for College Papers is a free online guide, which will help you get started in mastering the APA writing format that is required in all World University psychology courses.

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Psychology 301: Consciousness Psychology

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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The premise and focus of Consciousness Psychology – also referred to as Transpersonal Consciousness Psychology and Integral Consciousness Psychology – is an open ended exploration of the way that consciousness creates, pervades, preserves, and transforms all existence. Many mystical wisdom traditions hold that omni-consciousness is the divine substrate that underlies and informs everything, including our own consciousness.

Required Texts:

TEXT:    Scotton, Bruce (ed.) et al. Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology. New York: Basic Books, 1996. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.  Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

TEXT:  Vaughn, Frances, The Inward Arc: Healing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Backinprint.com, 2001. ISBN: 059515199X   (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.  Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 302: Graduate Studies in Selfless Service

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PHD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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The focus of the course is on the practice of Selfless Service. The two required texts and other readings will provide a theoretical background indicating how selfless service can and should be performed, its therapeutic temporal and spiritual aspects, and the need to engage it in a transpersonal way. But the heart of the course lies in your engagement with the actual practice of service which is, or will become, transpersonal and selfless in nature.

Required Texts:

Amin, Vijay and Patel, Kirit (compilers). Yoga of Action. Bombay: Prashanthi Printers, various editions. (This booklet is available for $3.50 plus shipping from The Sathya Sai Book Center of America, 305 W. First Street, Tustin, CA 92780, USA, Tel: (714) 669-0522)

This small booklet is a compilation of messages on selfless service from Sathya Sai Baba, who teaches a path of loving all and serving all as steps on the path toward infinite oneness.

Rhoads, Robert. Community Service and Higher Learning: Explorations of the Caring Self. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 303: Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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Course Description and Overview:

In this course we will take an in-depth look at non-ordinary states of consciousness by studying the work of three important consciousness researchers: Stanislav Grof, Ken Wilber, and Malidoma Some.

Stanislav Grof is a medical doctor who started to study Non-Ordinary States through the use of chemicals and plant life. His lab was the last to be shut down in the United States when such experiments were outlawed. However, his work continues today as he has moved on to study ways of developing these states through use of the breath and a meditative state coupled with semi-directed auditory stimuli. Ken Wilber will take us further behind the scenes to provide an alternative theory to Grof’s and illustrate the difference between Eastern and Western perspectives concerning these states of consciousness. Finally, Malidoma Patrice Some will integrate both of these perspectives through the description of his life. Being born into an indigenous culture that expects these “non-ordinary” states to be a part of the conscious life of its people, these experiences then become ordinary to their understanding. The Dagara culture has managed to hold on to many of their indigenous roots and so instead of coming from a place of academics, Malidoma’s writing subtly captures all of the concepts we will study through reading both Grof and Wilber. While Malidoma has continued on to complete a higher education of great magnitude, he now works to educate Westerners about his native culture and the significance of imagination as a true reality versus simple entertainment.

Studying these three approaches will lead us into a discussion on important psychological concepts like ego and shadow. Experiences remain just experience until we turn them into events by bringing them back into our consciousness for further exploration. This requires a good understanding of basic Freudian and Jungian psychology as well as a good understanding of your self, its multiple parts, and ways to move beyond the self.

About your Course Mentor:

Jeremy Graham has studied esoteric groups and concepts since going through a personal transformation during his undergraduate period. He has turned theory into practice by participating in many group practices and rituals that follow different belief systems. His own growth and expansion that has occurred through achieving Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness have combined with his learned knowledge to make him confident that these states have highly positive and negative affects on the human psyche (soul) and spirit. He is deeply convinced that with careful individual training and by listening to others from the heart, these experiences can be partially understood (even when beginning from an ego perspective) and thus can add new dimensions to our awareness and aliveness. If taken from the non-dual perspective, they can further lead to different levels of consciousness often denied or simply left out in Western approaches.

Required Textbooks

Grof, S. Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research. [paperback edition] State University of New York Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0791446220. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.) In your reading assignments this book will be referenced as Psychology of the Future.

Wilber, K. Spectrum of Consciousness. [Second Edition – 20th anniversary] Quest Books, 1993. ISBN: 0835606953 . (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.) In your reading assignments this book will be referenced as Spectrum of Consciousness.

Som?M. Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman. Penguin, 1995. ISBN: 0140194967 . (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.) In your reading assignments this book will be referenced as Of Water and the Spirit.

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Psychology 304: Parapsychology

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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A study and analysis of paranormal phenomena such as Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP), Telepathy, Psychokinesis (PK), and Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE). Case Studies of persons and groups involved with parapsychological phenomena. Parapsychology and spirituality.

Required Texts:

Radin, Dean. The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena. San Francisco: HarperEdge / HarperSanFrancisco, 1997.

(this text is available from www.harpercollins.com/harperedge or www.amazon.com or www.bn.com)

Schmicker, Michael. Best Evidence: An Investigative Reporter’s Three Year Quest to Uncover the Best Scientific Evidence for ESP, Psychokinesis, Mental Healing, Ghosts and Poltergeists, Dowsing, Mediums, Near Death Experiences, Reincarnation, and Other Impossible Phenomena That Refuse to Disappear. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, (2 nd edition) 2002.

(this text is available online from www.amazon.com or www.bn.com or www.iuniverse.com)

Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. A free online public domain copy is available HERE

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Psychology 317: Orientation to Counseling

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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This course takes a personal approach to introducing students to the field of counseling. Believing that human development is multi-sided, we have chosen textbooks that recognize and include physical, cognitive-behavioral, social, emotional, and spiritual development. Our primary text includes sections on stress management, career choices, responsibilities of counselors, learning counseling skills, theory and practice, and specific foundation areas like group, family, school and community.

Required Texts:

Peterson, Vincent J., and Nisenholz, Bernard. Orientation to Counseling. Allyn & Bacon, 1999. ISBN: 0-205-27539-7. Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book. The text may also be ordered directly from the publisher’s website at 800-278-3525.

Doherty, William J. Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility. Basic Books, 1996. ISBN: 0-465-00945-X (paperback). (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 318: Dream Consciousness East and West

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD, with Fleur Cynta, MA — 3.0 Quarter Units

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A study and analysis of dream consciousness, East and West. A transcultural perspective. Jungian dream theory, the unconscious, the archetypes, and the “little” and “big” dreams. Lucid dreaming. The Eastern concept of Tibetan dream yoga, using dream consciousness to further spiritual realization. Contemporary synthesis of various concepts of dreamwork. Dream journaling and interpretation.

Required Texts:

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Bluestone, Sarvananda. The World Dream Book. Rochester, Vermont:Destiny Books, 2002. ISBN:0892819022

Wangyal, Tenzin. Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications,1998. ISBN: 1559391014. In the Indo-Tibetan tradition, the development of lucidity in the dream state is aimed at generating greater awareness for the ultimate purpose of “waking up” to greater awareness and ultimately unconditioned consciousness and liberation.

Moss, Robert. Conscious Dreaming: A Spiritual Path For Everyday Life. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1996. ISBN:051788710X

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Psychology 321: Conscious Dying

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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A consideration of the Socratic-Platonic injunction to “Practice Dying” within the context of Philosophy as the “Love of Wisdom” and “Wisdom of Love” and living a mindful, examined life incorporating the practice of ethical, caring behavior. An East-West perspective on ethics and human values for truly conscious and insightful living and dying. Philosophical implications of testimonies from Near-Death Experiences.

Required Texts:

K??r-Ross, Elisabeth and Kessler, David. Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living. NY: Touchstone Books, 2001. (You can click on the title to order from the WorldU+Amazon link. To save money, be sure to look for used copies on the Amazon page for this book.)

Reyes, Benito F. Conscious Dying. Ojai: World University, 3rd Edition, 1993.
(The above listed book is available at World University in Ojai; please order at the time of registration)

Ring, Kenneth (and co-authors). Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from The Near-Death Experience. (You can click on the title to order from the WorldU+Amazon link. To save money, be sure to look for used copies on the Amazon page for this book.)

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Psychology 327: Psychopathology

Course Mentor: Counseling Psychology Staff — 3.0 Quarter Units

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This course will focus on the development of abnormal behavior as viewed from many theoretical schools of psychology. Topics will include the study of family systems, theory as it relates to the development of deviant behavior, symptomatology and current treatment modalities.

Required Texts:

Kring, Ann, et al. Abnormal Psychology, 12th Edition. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.   Some used copies may be available on the page for this book, but be sure to purchase the 12th Edition.)

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5. (2013) ISBN: 0890425558. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.   Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 328: Human Sexuality: Therapy and Developmental Perspectives

Course Mentor: Counseling Psychology Staff — 3.0 Quarter Units

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Theoretical and practical issues will be studied in the understanding and treatment of sexual dysfunctions, problems in communication, attitudes, sexual abuse and incest. Homosexuality and male/female sexual development roles and stages will also be studied.

Required Texts:

Leiblum, Sandra and Rosen, Raymond (editors). Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy. [5th Edition] New York: Guilford Publications, 2015. (ISBN: 1462513670) Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Please be certain to purchase only the 5th Edition, since the course assignments are geared to that edition. The text may also be ordered online from the publisher’s website at www.guilford.com.

From the Back Cover
“Continuing in their fine tradition, Leiblum and Rosen give those of us who are learning, providing, or reflecting on the treatment of sexual problems an opportunity to be with the best thinkers in the field. Hope for medication assistance now abounds, yet the authors succeed in conveying the rich psychological and social landscape of human sexual interaction. No one who reads this book will ever again be tempted to reduce sex therapy to a single paradigm.” Stephen B. Levine, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.

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Psychology 329: Human Growth and Development

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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Biological, social, emotional and psychological developmental stages in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adult; hereditary, environmental and cultural influences will be explored as they relate to the evolving family structure, moral development, personality, and social behavior; consideration of dying, death and bereavement issues.

Required Texts:

Sigelman, Carol K., Rider, Elizabeth A. (2012). Life-Span Human Development SEVENTH EDITION.  Wadsworth. ISBN: 1111342733. Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.  (Some used copies may be available on the page for this book, BUT YOU MUST PURCHASE THE EDITION SPECIFIED ABOVE.)

Known for its clear, straightforward writing style, comprehensive coverage, strong and current research-based approach, and excellent visuals and tables, this life-span development text offers a topical organization at the chapter level and a consistent chronological presentation within each chapter. Each chapter focuses on a domain of development such as physical growth, cognition, or personality, and traces developmental trends and influences in that domain from infancy to old age. Within each chapter, you will find sections on four life stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This unique organization enables students to comprehend the processes of transformation that occur in key areas of human development. Another staple of the text is its emphasis on theories and how they apply to specific topics in each chapter. This new edition also asks students to engage more actively with the content, and includes a clear focus on the complex interactions of nature and nurture in development, more integrated coverage of culture and diversity, and an exciting new media package for both students and instructors.

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Psychology 338: Cross-Cultural Mores and Values

Course Mentor: Carol Rainwater, EdD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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This course will explore the psychology of the subcultures of blacks, chicanos, women, homosexuals, and the disabled; their development, uniqueness and inter-relatedness. Cultural patterns and behaviors are explored and clinical issues related to these patterns are presented.

McGoldrick, Monica, Giordano, J., & Pearce, J. K. (Eds.). (1996). Ethnicity & Family Therapy. New York: Guilford Press. ISBN: 0898629594. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Root, M. P. P. (1996). The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 0803970595. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 344A: Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Course Mentor: Stephanie Morgan, EdD, MFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist — 3.0 Quarter Units

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An introductory course exploring the current therapeutic orientations which form the foundation of marriage and family therapy. This includes the approaches of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, humanism, transpersonal psychology and family systems.

Corey, Gerald. Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy(sixth edition). Wadsworth (Brooks/Cole – Thomson Learning), 2001. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Corey, Gerald. Student Manual for Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy. Wadsworth (Brooks/Cole – Thomson Learning), 2001. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 344B: Theory and Practice of Family Therapy

Course Mentor: Stephanie Morgan, EdD, MFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist — 3.0 Quarter Units

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A study and analysis of family therapy based on one of the best known textbooks in the field, Family Therapy, by Irene and Herbert Goldenberg. Family Therapy provides a balanced presentation of the major theoretical underpinnings and clinical practices in the field. By presenting an overview of traditional and evolving viewpoints, perspectives, values, intervention techniques, and goals of family therapy, the Goldenbergs provide current, relevant, practice-oriented content laying the foundation for students to become proficient family therapists. This edition provides students with not only traditional family therapy theoretical frameworks, but also introduces the field’s evolving models and areas of practice, including gender, culture, and ethnicity, and alternative family structures such as single-parent families, remarried families, and gay and lesbian families

Required Texts:

Goldenberg, Herbert and Irene. Family Therapy, 6th Ed. Pacific Grove, CA: Thomson Wadsworth Publishing, 2003. ISBN: 0534556698. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 350: Integral Education

Course Mentor: Sarina Chugani Molina, MA — 3.0 Quarter Units

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This course will explore the field of Holistic Education, its historical development, principles, and vision. This paradigm greatly differs from the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm utilized in the current system of education, which primarily focuses on intellectual development. The goal of integral education is to prepare children to become truly Human by nurturing not only their intellectual development, but also their emotional, social, and spiritual development.

Required Texts and On-line Documents:

Miller, Ron. 1997. What are schools for? Holistic education in American culture. (THIRD EDITION) Brandon, VT: Holistic Education Press. 1997. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book, BUT BE SURE TO GET THE THIRD EDITION!)

Miller, John & Nakagawa, Yoshiharu. Nurturing Our Wholeness. Perspectives on spirituality in education. CD-ROM EDITION (BOOK ON DISK) Brandon, VT: The Foundation for Educational Renewal. 2005 ISBN: 1885580207. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 371: Communication Skills in Counseling

Course Mentor: Carol Rainwater, EdD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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This course will focus on the ?ow??of the Clinical Interview, exploring the Clinical Interview and its components from the perspective of the microskills approach developed over many years by Allen E. Ivey and colleagues. You will have the opportunity to integrate parts of this approach with your counseling style, if you choose. You will have the opportunity to reexamine your counseling style, which is always valuable, and to enhance your way of communicating with clients, perfecting the techniques that work, and acquiring new ones.

Required Texts and On-line Documents:

Allen E. Ivey et al. Intentional Interviewing and Counseling (8th ed.)   Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN 1285065352.  (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.  Please be sure to get the Eighth Edition.)

DESCRIPTION:  This book gives you the tools to adapt your skills to address both individual and multicultural uniqueness, conduct interviews using five different theoretical approaches, and begin developing a personalized style and theory of interviewing and counseling that matches your own aptitudes and affinities. Case studies, sample interviews, and a “Portfolio of Competencies” are just a few of the many tools that will help you master the material and become a better listener. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections https://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Dennis Rivers. The Seven Challenges: A Workbook and Reader About Communicating More Cooperatively. Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishers, 2004. (Click the title of the book to download this book as a free PDF file.) The Seven Challenges Workbook explores how the same patterns of cooperative communication help create interpersonal success at home, at work, and in psychotherapy.

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Psychology 377: Alcoholism and Chemical Dependencies

Course Mentor: Wayne T. James, PsyD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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A comprehensive analysis of the problems and treatments of alcohol and other chemical dependencies.

Required Text:

Johnson, Jerry. Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Practice. Wadsworth, 2003. (ISBN: 053462667X) (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book. This text may be obtained more quickly by ordering directly from the publisher at www.wadsworth.com. Please order as soon as you know you are going to take this course, so that you have the book on hand when the Quarter begins.)

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Psychology 384: Aging, Elder Care and Long Term Care

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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This course explores the increasingly important issues connected with Aging, Eldercare, and Long-Term Care. These three areas are a central issue of concern to elders and to their caregivers. The gravity of this concern impacts psychological counseling due to the incredible levels of stress often experienced by those dealing with this issue. Ways of coping need to be known by counselors and counselors-to-be. As the huge bubble of baby-boomers become elders in need of care and even managed long-term care, this issue becomes increasingly more widespread and relevant. Crucially needed awareness, insights, and methods of coping need to be explored, fostered and shared. This course brings together some of the best available material to educate about this issue. It can serve not only to develop a good overall understanding, but also as a resource base to consult and expand upon as needed. Besides the necessary care-giving emphasis, it also provides insights and resources for aging well and maintaining functionality and overall health in the elder stage of life.

Required Texts and Readings:

Morgan, Leslie and Kunkel, Suzanne. Aging, Society, and the Life Course. Fourth Edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2011. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Loverde, Joy. The Complete Eldercare Planner. New York: Random House, 2009. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Ages and Stages. A Clickable (Click on the title) access “Fair Use” article from the April 2014 issue of Counseling Today.

The Least You Need To Know. A Clickable (Click on the title) access “Fair Use” Excerpt (from the out of print hard-copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Long-Term Care Planning)

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Psychology 385-001: BAC: Randall: The Stories We Are

Mentor: Dennis Rivers, MA

2.0 Quarter Units — 5-week Book Analysis Course

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This course is part of the BAC series of 5-week, 2.0 unit, courses at World University that focus on contemporary outstanding books. The initials, “BAC'” stand for “Book Analysis Course” and the work of each of these courses is to read the assigned book, write brief, weekly progress reports and write a fifteen- to twenty-page book report demonstrating one’s understanding of the assigned text.

PSY285-001 is a book analysis course (BAC) focused on The Stories We Are: An Essay on Self Creation by William Lowell Randall. This book reflects the growing interest in psychology and cultural studies with the role that narrative processes play in the life of the self. For a variety of reasons, cultural, developmental and linguistic, we tend to think of the self as some sort of object or enduring substance inside of a person, relatively independent of whatever stories a person might tell about their life. The emerging narrative emphasis in psychology invites us to explore the way that storytelling, changing and incorporeal as it may be, is a vital part of our sense of self. Our live are very dynamic partly because our lives include the stories we tell ourselves and others about our lives. Human beings are capable of changing partly because we can change the themes of our own stories. This book will introduce you to some of the dimensions of personal story-making, and in doing so will help you to tell the story of your own life more creatively and fruitfully.

To read the Introduction and Overview section of the course, click here.

Required Text

Randall, William Lowell. The Stories We Are: An Essay on Self Creation. University of Toronto Press, 1995. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open College” Program.
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Psychology 385-004: BAC: Basho: Narrow Road to the Interior

Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

2.0 Quarter Units — 5-week Book Analysis Course

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This course is part of the BAC series of 5-week, 2.0 unit, courses at World University that focus on contemporary outstanding books. The initials, “BAC'” stand for “Book Analysis Course” and the work of each of these courses is to read the assigned book, write brief, weekly progress reports and write a fifteen- to twenty-page book report demonstrating one’s understanding of the assigned text.

This particular book analysis course is a study, assessment and reflection upon the classic travel journal of the renowned poet Basho as he traversed the narrow pathway into the far northern area of Japan in a creative pilgrimage into the depths of his own creative consciousness. In addition to the online text, you will also read further background on Basho? life plus the online discussion material which accompanies each travel segment-chapter.

Required text:

Basho, Matsuo. Narrow Road To The Interior. Available online at:
https://www.uoregon.edu/~kohl/basho/index.html or from Amazon Books

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Psychology 385-007: BAC: Hanson & Mendius: Buddha’s Brain

Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

2.0 Quarter Units — 5-week Book Analysis Course

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This course is part of the BAC series of 5-week, 2.0 unit, courses at World University that focus on contemporary outstanding books. The initials, “BAC” stand for “Book Analysis Course” and the work of each of these courses is to read the assigned book, write brief, weekly progress reports and write a fifteen- to twenty-page book report demonstrating one’s understanding of the assigned text.

This particular book analysis course is a study, assessment and reflection upon the recently published book, Buddha’s Brain, which explores the implications and applications of neuroscience for spiritual awakening and the practice of a well-lived life.

Here is a brief description of the book from Library Journal:

“The brain physiology associated with spiritual states has been fertile ground for researchers and writers alike. Neuropsychologist and meditation teacher Hanson suggests that an understanding of the brain in conjunction with 2,500-year-old Buddhist teachings can help readers achieve more happiness. He explains how the brain evolved to keep humans safe from external threats; the resulting ?uilt-in negativity bias?creates suffering in modern individuals. Citing psychologist Donald Hebb? conclusion that ?hen neurons fire together, they wire together,?Hanson argues that the brain? functioning can be affected by simple practices and meditation to foster well-being. Classic Buddhist concepts such as the ?hree trainings?mindfulness, virtuous action and wisdom?rame Hanson? approach. Written with neurologist Mendius, the book includes descriptions and diagrams of brain functioning. Clear instructions guide the reader toward more positive thoughts and feelings. While the author doesn? always succeed at clarifying complex physiology, this gently encouraging ?ractical guide to your brain?offers helpful information supported by research as well as steps to change instinctive patterns through the Buddhist path.”

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Required text:

Hanson, Rick, and Mendius, Richard. Buddha’s Brain New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (November 1, 2009) ISBN: 1572246952. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 398A: Special Topics — Transformational Life Coaching

Course Mentor: Donna Packard, M.Ed. — 3.0 Quarter Units

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Transformational Life Coaching: The value of coaching is now being recognized for its positive and lasting effects. Transformational Life Coaching facilitates the recognition of an individual? gifts and talents, empowering the person from the inside out. A coach nurtures the dream, innate gifts and inherent wisdom that already lie within. A coach helps the individual to discover a sense of purpose, while assisting her/him to recognize and break out of self-defeating behaviors and thinking. In this class, you will learn to utilize motivational tools and researched-based mind-body techniques designed to facilitate your clients?transformation to becoming fully and freely alive! You learn how transformational life coaching works through an experiential process that guides you to discover the dream in your heart, recognize what stops you from reaching it, break through the barriers and take action steps towards making your dreams come true. Through the process, you gain coaching skills that you, in turn, may utilize with your own clients. You develop practical skills to empower yourself, and your clients, to feel confident and motivated from the inside out. You gain a wealth of tools to assist your client to live up to her/his highest potential, to set goals and to succeed. Through interactive activities, and experience, as both ?lient?and ?oach? you bring forth your best inner leader, acquire methods to improve individual effectiveness, learn to recognize and transform limiting beliefs and behaviors, and realize the importance of a holistic approach to balance mind, body and spirit.

Donna Packard, M.Ed., directed an educational and literacy program for homeless adults for 12 years. During that time, she designed and developed a motivational program to assist people to feel good about who they are, and to believe in themselves to break through barriers and limitations and take action steps towards reaching their dreams. She further developed this program and has utilized it successfully with people from all walks of life including individuals, groups, business, wellness centers, and health and human service workers. The program, and Donna’s innate ability to recognize and nurture peoples’ gifts, facilitates the process of the individual to become empowered from the inside out. She integrates powerful mind-body methods and strategies that provide tools that are life-changing. Donna is currently is a Transformational Facilitator, Life Coach, Personal and Professional Development coach, writer, and instructor for World University, Hesser College, The American Institute of Creative Education and the University of New Hampshire. She is a certified Transformational Breathwork Facilitator and Certified Life Coach. She is author of Creating Peaceful Families: A Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers and Parents of Young People 2005. Teacher As Life Coach: Motivating Students From Inside Out, 2004, Creating Peaceful Schools: Bullying Awareness and Prevention, Transforming Stress: Creating Peace – A Stress Management Workbook for Teens and is a contributor to Caron Goode’s Nurture Your Child’s Gift: Inspired Parenting. (Beyond Words Publishing, Inc. 2001). She is also on the Board of Directors for the Interdisciplinary Applied Music and Sound Research Association. Donna is founder of Full Circle Celebrations, Full Circle Breathing, and The Breathing Peace Network.

Required Text:

(to be announced)

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