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Welcome to the “Open Enrollment Process” Course Listings

In addition to offering degree programs, World University invites members of the public to enroll in individual courses. Please click the headings in the menu at left to see the courses we offer in different subject areas.

Mission of the “Open Enrollment” Process

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.)


Course Enrollment Steps for World University’s
“Open Enrollment Process”

1. We recommend that you read program information and course descriptions in our catalog, and also look at some of the readings offered in our Online Library, to get a sense of how this program or a particular course would meet your needs.

2. Read Introduction to Distance Learning

3. Review Computer-related Requirements for Online Programs

4. Complete admission application indicating the course in which you wish to enroll.

Admission Application for 1 or 2 courses – for students who do not have an MA degree

Admission Application for 1 or 2 courses – for students who have already received an MA degree

5. Suggested step:  Order textbook.  (Many book titles shown in course descriptions are linked directly to Amazon for one-click ordering.)

6. On receiving acceptance notice:

Enroll in and Pay Tuition for specific course(s) as an “Open Enrollment Process” Online Student
Receive Welcome from Mentor and Password (by E-Mail)

7. Begin assignments.  Links to Study Assignments appear on the WorldU home page menu as “Assignments Gateway” (or click here).


 

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Psychology 200: Selfless Service

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600. Will be graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis.

Course Description: The theory and practice of selfless service. The concept and experience of the caring dimension of human nature. The keeping of a SERVICE JOURNAL recording the method of service and the experiences encountered.

Course Objectives:

1. To experientially understand the theory and practice of selfless service.

2. To engage the caring dimension of human nature.

3. To undertake a reflective practice of journal keeping on the practice of selfless service.


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 is considered a Purna Avatar (descent of full, integrated divine consciousness) by his followers, two of whom are the compilers of these messages. His avataric mission is totally ecumenical and interfaith and these messages are representative of those found in other positive expressions of religion and spirituality and are expressive of the essence of World University’s mission statement as a spiritually oriented educational institution. Sathya Sai Baba teaches from the venerable monistic tradition of Advaita (non-dual) Vedanta (summation of revealed sacred wisdom), wherein all is viewed as immersed in God. This is the highest expression of selfless service, where our constricted ego sense dissolves into an interconnected, universalized, divine experience.

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.)

The following is the publisher’s description:
“In Community Service and Higher Learning, Robert A. Rhoads examines the experiences of students as they commit themselves to community service during their college years. The author explores how a student’s sense of self may be challenged through involvement in the lives of others within the context of community service relationships. Central to his “explorations of the self” is the role “caring” plays as a source of self understanding and identity development… Rhoads suggests ways in which the self might be reconsidered with an ethic-of-care philosophy at its core. He argues that higher education ought to play a key role in fostering more relational and caring individuals and that community service offers a pedagogical opportunity for encouraging the development of more caring selves. He maintains that as society becomes increasingly complex, diverse, and potentially fragmented, caring becomes a more important facet of one’s sense of self than perhaps ever before. It is only through an increasing concern for the other (the essence of caring) that one is able to bridge the relational barriers posed by the postmodern condition.”

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”.
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Psychology 201: Consciousness Psychology


Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600

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. This is central to World University’s operative philosophy, which has been called Monistic Idealism. We will explore both the personal and transpersonal dimensions of this psychology.

Required Text:

Vaughn, Frances and Walsh, Roger (editors). Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision. New York: J.P. Tarcher, 1993. (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 Enrollment Program”. Click here for Open Enrollment Program Admission Application

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Psychology 202: Abnormal Psychology


Course Mentor: PJ Haring, MA

Tuition: $600

This course will provide the student with

an overview of abnormal psychology, developing a basic understanding

of the following four aspects of the field:

    1. theories andconcepts of mental health problems/mental illness
    2. current understandingof causes
    3. symptoms ofmajor disorders and how they develop
    4. current understandingof treatments

Required Text:

Bennett, Paul. Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

2nd Edition, July 2006. Open University Press/McGraw
Hill. ISBN: 978-0335219438. 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 BUY THE EDITION
SPECIFIED ABOVE. (Otherwise your weekly lesson plans
will not match your book.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”.
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Psychology 203: Psychology of Carl Jung


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

In this course we will explore the life and work of Carl Jung. Serving as an introduction to the massive amount of published work by Jung, this course will establish a grounding in his psychological approach towards the unconscious (individual and collective), personality, numinous experience, dreams, symbols and archetypes, and elements of the psyche (shadow, anima, etc.). In particular, we will pay close attention to Jung’s writings regarding psychology and religion and we will consider a contemporary description of the relationship between Jung’s psychology and Tibetan Buddhism. Students will be encouraged to share their understandings of the possible links between Jungian Psychology and religious belief though the two ways of organizing human experience will be recognized as being distinct.

Required Texts: You may purchase these books from your local bookstore, or click on the titles to order the books through the WorldU+Amazon book link. (Used copies are available through Amazon.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”.
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Psychology 205: Psychology of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness



Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Course description:

An introductory study of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Non-ordinary states of consciousness cover an enormous range of human experiences, from dreams and reveries to religious ecstasies, various trance states, near-death experiences, and the spiritual practices of native peoples who consume medicinal plants in order to commune with gods and ancestors. What do all these amazingly varied experiences tell us about being human? To provide the student with an introduction to non-ordinary states of consciousness, we will explore the writings of two well respected experts in the field who take significantly different approaches to this subject matter. Charles Tart employs a scientific language in his description of a systems approach to states of consciousness which includes as a sub-set, altered states of consciousness. Ralph Metzner chooses instead the language of metaphor and thus offers an understanding of transformative experience that is still organized but less structured then that of Tart’s. As we each learn differently, combining these two approaches will give students a chance to relate to one method but also will provide an opportunity to use that gained understanding to follow the method that is less comfortable or familiar.

Course objectives:

At the end of this course you should be able to…

  • understand the relationship between non-ordinary (altered) states of consciousness and the psychology of consciousness.
  • be familiar with the characteristics of non-ordinary states in both the East and West including meditation, lucid dreaming, and the use of substances to induce these states.
  • have explored your own reaction and response to viewing non-ordinary states of consciousness as significant and valuable instead of as symptoms of a psychotic break (which they can also be).
  • At the end of this course you will have deepened your awareness of the role that non-ordinary experiences can play on the Jungian path of Individuation, during the death posture (near death experiences and implications of the birth trauma), and potentially how they may affect collective culture.

Required Texts:

Tart, C. T.

States of Consciousness. BackInPrint.com. 2001.
ISBN 978-0595151967. (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.)

Metzner, R.

The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience. Origin Press; Revised edition (May 1998). ISBN: 978-1579830007. (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 order early because books from small publishers can take two to four week to arrive.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

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Psychology 206: Child and Adolescent Psychology



Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, PhD

Tuition: $600

A study of the phenomenology of consciousness and behavior exhibited in the life of a human being from birth to adolescence. In child psychology emphasis is given to the maturation of the physiological and psychological processes up to the onset of puberty. In adolescent psychology, emphasis is given to the maturation of glandular, emotional and mental processes.

Anonymous.

Go Ask Alice.
Aladdin Paperbacks. ISBN: 0689817851

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

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Psychology 207: Parenting and Pre-Natal Psychology


Course Mentor: Katherine Rosengren, MA

Tuition: $600

Patterns of child behavior and development including physical, cognitive and social growth. A comprehensive review of leading child rearing theories and methods. Group discussions of parental problems and alternative solutions in contemporary society.

Required Texts & Documents:

Readings in Library (open to public)

Laura Davis and Janis Keyser.
Becoming the Parent You Want to Be
Broadway Books. ISBN: 0-553-06750-8 Please order your textbook as soon as you enroll! (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 each book.) If your text does not arrive in the first week, you will still be able to complete the written part of your assignment and can complete your reading later.

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

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Psychology 208: Psychology of Yoga



Course Mentor: Carol Rainwater, MA

Tuition: $600

In this course, we will learn about Yoga, which is defined as “restraint of fluctuations in the consciousness, which has three functions: cognition, conation or volition, and motion” (Iyengar, 1993, p. 46). Yoga is both an art and a science in discipline of the mind and body; therefore, the mind becomes more matured and cultured. This course will introduce Patanjali’s jewel-like style of these ancient but vital teachings to those who seek the path of self-knowledge. In this course, you will learn what Yoga is, how it works, and how to purify the mind and let it settle into absolute stillness.

Required Texts & Documents:

Shearer, Alistair (trans.). The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Harmony/Bell Tower, 2002. ISBN: 0609609599. (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.)

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.. Thorsons Publishers, 2003. ISBN: 0007145160.

(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 Enrollment Program”. Click here for Open Enrollment Program Admission Application

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Psychology 214: Humanistic Psychology


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Humanistic psychology arose in the 1950s and 1960 as full-fledged rebellion against the two long-dominant themes of mid-century psychology: animal behavior studies (rats, monkeys, etc.) and mental illness (neurotics and psychotics). These emphases tended to portray people as soulless, biological robots. The humanists (Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow and Rollo May, among the most prominent) argued that we would never understand full human development by studying either rats or mental patients. They drew support from existentialism and the then-emerging, European school of existential psychotherapy, with its emphasis on lived human experience and the freedom (and necessity) to create oneself by exercising one’s capacity to choose one’s actions and one’s path through life. This connection with existentialism may seem odd to some students when we consider the highly positive tone of humanistic psychology compared to the relatively dark persona that existentialism conveys. (We are free to choose, but along with the possibilities of authentic development life includes sorrow, tragedy, limits, betrayal of self, and death.) While Maslow acknowledges the importance of this connection with existentialism, his writing tends to downplay it, whereas May embraces the existentialists of his time. However, the positive approach of Maslow and Rogers tend to represent the more popular understanding of humanistic psychology as a vision of our journey toward full personhood. To introduce the student to this field of study, we will thus read two texts, one by Rollo May and the other by Abraham Maslow. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to also read sections of writings from Carl Rogers and also to explore those writers critical of aspects of humanistic psychology, like Isaac Prilleltensky who prefers to support community psychology and critical psychology.

Required Texts: You may purchase these books from your local bookstore, or click on the titles to order the books through the WorldU+Amazon book link. (Used copies are available through Amazon.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

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Psychology 215: Psychology of Zen Meditation


Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600

Course description:

This course will serve as a comprehensive introduction to Zen Buddhism. You will have the opportunity to understand the many levels and aspects of Zen practice and belief, and you will have the opportunity to put some of these understandings into practice yourself. You will have a weekly opportunity to express your understanding through written assignments, and you will be given a final exam that will be delivered to you at the end of the course so that you might understand even further.

Course objectives:

1. To introduce the student to the psychology of Zen meditation.

2. To study the mind confrontation technique (Koan).

3. To study the concentrative awareness of timelessness and spacelessness.

4. To study the nature of effortless no-mind meditation.

5. To familiarize the students of the historical aspects and basic ideas of Zen and Buddhist meditation.

6. To acquaint the students with the ideas, beliefs, practices and principles of Zen meditation.

7. To learn concentration with steadfastness.

8. To be able to think and reason clearly.

9. To learn to be quiet.

Required texts:

Watts, Alan. The Way of Zen. Vintage Spiritual Classics, 1999. ISBN:

978-0375705106. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.)

Suzuki, D.T. (Introduction by Carl Jung) Introduction to Zen Buddhism. Grove Press, 1994. ISBN:

978-0802130556. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”.
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Psychology 221: Jungian Archetypes


Course Mentor: Carol Rainwater, MA

Tuition: $600

An approach to psychology, art, literature, religion, mythology and civilization from the Jungian archetypal perspective.

Required Texts:

Jung, Carl G. and Jaffe, Aniela. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. New York: Vintage Reissue edition, 1989. ISBN: 0679723951 . (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Used copies are available on the page for this book.)

Jung, Carl G. Man and His Symbols. New York: Dell Publishing. 1964. ISBN: 0440351839. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Used copies

are available on the page for this book.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”. Click here for Open Enrollment Program Admission Application

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Psychology 235: Psychology of Conscious Dying


Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600

A study of the science, art and cybernetics of the death process. Principles and laws of consciousness. Phenomenology of the out of body experience. The spiritual liberation of consciousness. Various beliefs and attitudes toward death and dying.

Required Text:

Reyes, B. Conscious Dying: Psychology of Death and Guidebook to Liberation. Ojai, CA: World University, 1986.
Contact World University office to order this book.

Recommended Texts:

Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino (Foreword by Bruce Greyson). Lessons From The Light: What We Can Learn From the Near-Death Experience. Moment Point Press, 2000. ISBN: 0966132785. (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.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: Embodied in the pages of “Lessons from the Light” is the seed potential to transform our world. Using the tools of the scientist combined with a compassionate heart and clear intuitive sense, Ring once again breaks ground with cutting-edge information on the near-death experience. Through many moving stories of near-death experiences and eye-opening veridicality studies, Ring presents convincing information substantiating the reality of these experiences and life after death. Perhaps even more importantly, he shows us how we might incorporate the wonderful transformations in our personalities that are so frequently observed in near-death experiencers–that we might, indeed, catch their “benign virus.” And it is this ability that has the potential to transform not only ourselves, but our world.

Ring’s writing is personable, accessible and full of heart. “Lessons from the Light” will be a life-changing and life-enhancing experience for all who read it. I will be taking this book to our local hospice, use it in my volunteer work there and share it with my friends and family. It will bring peace to those who are dying and it will give those of us still in the midst of life a wonderful guidebook to live fully, with love and in the present moment. “Lessons from the Light” will undoubtedly ease our fear of death.


Kübler-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. (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.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: After experiencing a paralyzing stroke in 1995 and facing her own mortality, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (author of the renowned On Death and Dying ) realized she had some unfinished business to take care of. “I wanted to write one more book, not on death and dying, but on life and living,” she explains. So she joined forces with coauthor David Kessler, a leader in the field of hospice care, and together they wrote about the lessons we can learn about living from those who are dying. As Kessler explains in his introduction, “The dying have always been teachers of great lessons, for it’s when we are pushed to the edge of life that we see most clearly.”

In days gone by, the community would have gathering places where children and adults listened to elders tell their stories of life’s challenges and the meaning they found in life. In lieu of that kind of extended community, the authors offer this book, filled with stories from the edge. Then, like fireside elders, they weave these personal stories into themes, such as living authentically, the importance of play, finding one’s power, loving relationships, and self-compassion. One cannot say enough about the lasting value of this beautifully written and carefully rendered book. This is your chance to see life from the 20/20 vision of hindsight. In the end what will we value most? Here are some hints: the days we surrendered and became calm, the times we healed that which was broken, and of course all the moments we opened ourselves to love. –Gail Hudson


Sogyal Rinpoche. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying . Harper San Francisco, 1994. (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.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: In 1927, Walter Evans-Wentz published his translation of an obscure Tibetan Nyingma text and called it the Tibetan Book of the Dead . Popular Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has transformed that ancient text, conveying a perennial philosophy that is at once religious, scientific, and practical. Through extraordinary anecdotes and stories from religious traditions East and West, Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying. Death turns out to be less of a crisis and more of an opportunity. Concepts such as reincarnation, karma, and bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen, and phowa teach us how to face death constructively. As a result, life becomes much richer. Like Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Sogyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of death. It is up to the reader to walk through. –Brian Bruya


Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Death and Dying . Scribner, 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.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s book, On Death and Dying , is one of the classic works in the field, still used to educate and inform medical, counseling, and pastoral professionals since its original publication in the 1960s. Kübler-Ross did extensive research in the field by actually talking to those in the process of dying, something that had hitherto been considered taboo and an unthinkable, uncaring thing to do. Kübler-Ross asked for volunteers, and never pressured people to do or say anything they didn’t want to. One of her unexpected discoveries was that the medical professionals were more reluctant to participate than were the patients, who quite often felt gratitude and relief at being able to be heard.

 

 


Psychology 241: Self-esteem


Course Mentor: Tita Reyes, MA

Tuition: $600

An in-depth analysis of self-esteem; its implications and applications from the micro to the macro level, focusing on psychologist Nathaniel Branden’s now-classic text, The Psychology of Self-Esteem. Branden argues that self-esteem is not simply a feel-good phenomenon–rather, it rests on the appropriate exercise of mind and is intimately related to rationality, perseverance, self-responsibility, and personal integrity. Further, he maintains that although others may help or obstruct its development, it must be generated from within.

Required Text:

Branden, Nathaniel. The Psychology of Self-Esteem. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000. ISBN: 0-7879-4526-9 (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.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”. Click here for Open Enrollment Program Admission Application

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Psychology 242: Love and Relationships


Course Mentor: Tita Reyes, MA

Tuition: $600

Works of such authors as D. H. Lawrence and James Joyce will be compared with the psychological basis of love according to Carl Jung, Erich Fromm and Abraham Maslow. Love will also be explored through the lenses of music, poetry and film.

Required Text:

Fromm, Erich. The Art of Loving. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

About this book: A classic in its own time… The original self-help treatise that has inspired countless numbers of men and women throughout the world. Explains how love can release hidden potential and become life’s most exhilarating experience. In this fresh and candid work, renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm guides readers in developing their capacity for love in all its aspects: romantic love, love of parents for children, brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, and love of God. This powerful book is considered the seminal work in the emergence of the psychology of personal growth. (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.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

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Psychology 245: Psychology of Dream Consciousness


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Almost every psychology has an opinion on the nature of dreams. Dreams have interested humanity since times before modern day societies and have been explored by many indigenous cultures. In this course we are most interested in those psychologies that view the dream as meaningful to the human psyche and society. Therefore we will explore the theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and James Hillman. To study Jungian theory, we will read a work by Robert Johnson. Each writer has a unique way of working with the dream and all are valuable for therapists as they attempt to consider dreams when they enter the therapeutic hour. Sigmund Freud and Robert Johnson tend to be grouped within Depth Psychology whereas James Hillman provides a viewpoint from Archetypal Psychology.

Required Texts: You may purchase these books from your local bookstore, or click on the titles to order the books through the WorldU+Amazon book link. (Used copies are available through Amazon.)

 

 

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Psychology 255: Personality Psychology, East and West


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Course Description:

Many different theorists have considered the importance of personality to psychology. Therefore this course will provide the student with a general overview of the theories of William James, Freud, Jung, Adler, Skinner, Cognitive Psychologists, Feminist approaches, Erickson, Rogers, Maslow, and will conclude with a study of some the Eastern traditions (Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic). We will explore how personality can become a field where religion and psychology cross over and also how some theorists exclude spiritual or religious understandings from their psychological perspectives. As we are dealing with a complex topic, students will be encouraged to express their own understanding personality in relation to the theorists and spiritual traditions studied.

Although there is only one book for this course, it is costly. Buying a used book is fine but students should make sure that what they are buying is the

sixth edition.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course…

  1. …you will be familiar with the thoughts of William James. His work occurred in the mid 1800s during the time when psychology was transitioning from being considered as a branch of philosophy.
  2. …you will be familiar with Freud’s structures of personality; the Id, the Ego, and the Superego. You will also be introduced to ten of Anna & Sigmund Freud’s defense mechanisms and will gain an understanding of how these mechanisms relate to personality.
  3. …you will be familiar with Jung’s system of personality typology. This includes the two attitudes, introversion and extraversion, and the four functions, thinking, feeling, intuition, and sensation. The student will also be introduced to Jung’s structures of personality; the ego, persona, shadow, anima/animus, and self.
  4. …you will have deepened your awareness of the difference between Freud’s and Jung’s understanding of unconscious phenomena.
  5. …you will be familiar with Adler’s concept of compensation as it relates to inferiority. You will also be introduced to the way this theory affects Adler’s understanding of personal growth.
  6. …you will be familiar with behaviorist perspectives towards personality.
  7. …you will be familiar with the cognitive approaches towards personality.
  8. …you will have deepened your awareness of the way feminist theories impact personality theory and theories of growth.
  9. …you will be familiar with Erick Erikson’s stages of human development which have deep implications for the understanding of personality and personal growth.
  10. …you will be familiar with Carl Rogers and how his person-centered perspective contrasts to theories of personality that are highly developmental.
  11. …you will have deepened your awareness of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic understandings of personality and personal growth.
  12. …you will be familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and his concept of peak experience and self-actualization.

Required Text:

Frager, R. and Fadiman, J.

Personality and Personal Growth. Pearson Education. Sixth Edition, 2005. ISBN:

0131444514. (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.

You may buy a used copy but in order for your assignments to match your

textbook, it is absolutely imperative that you buy the edition specified

above.)

 


Psychology 265: Introduction to Counseling


Course Mentor: PJ Haring, MA

Tuition: $600

From Mentor’s Introduction:
This course is an introduction to the practice of counseling. It will assist those of you in vocations where you are called upon to help people solve their problems. It will prepare those of you planning a career in psychotherapy to pursue further study.

This course only lightly touches on theory. Of course, theory is implied in many of the techniques. In depth study of theory is covered in other courses.

I have selected two widely acclaimed authors, each with a broad command of technique, and each with a unique approach.

David Martin lyrically, explores the counselor’s vocation, focusing on development of the counselor’s intuition, empathy and compassion, and showing how these qualities, when brought to bear on specific techniques, create a successful counseling experience.

The second book is Lauren Slater’s memoir of a time period early in her career as a therapist. It is a refreshing page-turner providing the reader with an idea of what it is like to be a psychotherapist. I have assigned it in the fourth week of the course, for a nice change of pace.

Required Texts: Please order your texts early enough so that you have them on hand at the beginning of the school Quarter.

Martin , David G. Counseling and Therapy Skills, 2nd Edition, (ISBN 1-57766-068-4)..(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.)

Slater, Lauren. Welcome to My Country. (ISBN 0-385-48739-8). (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 281: Self-Counseling


Course Mentor: PJ Haring, MA

Tuition: $600

From Mentor’s Introduction: Whether you are a veteran self counselor or new to the practice, this course is intended do two things: suggest a theoretical structure to make your self counseling work more enjoyable and fruitful; and take you on an inner adventure of your own life. There are hundreds of disciplines in the area of self counseling, and discovering the ones for you is part of your journey.

In this course we will use three texts. The first is John Bradshaw’s classic text HOMECOMING, which outlines the developmental stages which trauma can interrupt and the behavioral hallmarks of early psychological injuries. It also gives maps that show the way to healing. Bradshaw draws on the wisdom of dozens of great writers whose works you may choose to pursue.

The second text for this course is Etty Hillesum’s AN INTERRUPTED LIFE, a masterpiece narrative of the adventures of actually walking the inner path that the great writers theoretically describe.

The third book of required reading is a daily meditation book of your choice. You are encouraged to select one that addresses the issues that confront you in your life.

Three Required Texts: Please order your texts early enough so that you have them on hand at the beginning of the school Quarter.

1. Bradshaw, John. Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child. City of publication: Name of publisher, year of publication. ISBN. (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.)

2. Hillesum, Etty. An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork. (with Forward and Introduction by Eva Hoffman) New York: Owl Books, 1996. ISBN: 0805050876. (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.)

3. A daily meditation book of your choosing. Following are a few suggested titles (there are dozens more at new and used book stores): (Click on the title to see each text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for each book.)

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Psychology 282: Gerontology and the Psychology of Aging


Course Mentor: (to be arranged)

Tuition: $600

A broad overview of the major research findings, theoretical concepts and methodology of developmental psychology, with specific emphasis on the older adult. The aging process examined from biological, psychological, social, political and spiritual perspectives.

Required Text:

Tyson, Shirley Rose. Gerontological Nursing Care. W.B. Saunders, publisher. 1999. ISBN: 0-7216-5009-0 (Click on the book 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 285-001: BRC: Randall: The Stories We Are


2.0 Quarter Units — 5-week Book Report Course

Course Mentor: Dennis Rivers, MA

Tuition: $400

This course is part of the BRC series of 5-week, 1.5 unit, courses at World University that focus on contemporary outstanding books. The initials BRC stand for “book report 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 report course (BRC) 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.)

 

 

 


Psychology 285-004: BRC: Basho: Narrow Road to the Interior


Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

2.0 Quarter Units — 5-week Book Report Course

Tuition: $400

This course is part of the BRC series of 5-week, 1.5 unit, courses at World University that focus on contemporary outstanding books. The initials, “BRC'” stand for “book report 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 book report 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’s 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

 


Psychology 298A: Special Topics — Dimensions of Sound


Course Mentor: Donna Packard, M.Ed.

Tuition: $600

Dimensions of Sound: An Introduction to the Utilization of Sound and Music in Healing and Raising of Consciousness

Everyone has been moved by music – to a state of calm, to tears, to laughter to ecstatic dancing! Music crosses all barriers of language and differences and has been a part of us since the beginning of time. The idea that sound is intertwined with creation has been a thread that runs through cultural stories from many traditions. Pythagoras told us that the universe is shaped by the way it would sound. The utilization of sound and music is becoming more and more accepted as a valid tool in therapeutic, healing, and educational settings. We are only beginning to tap into the power of sound and vibration. The possibilities for future research and growth in this field are as boundless and far reaching as sound itself! This course is an introduction to the utilization of sound and music in healing and consciousness-raising. Explore the therapeutic capabilities of sound and music. Discover how to use the human voice for healing. Learn how music is processed by the body and how it can be applied in a range of physiological and psychological conditions. Learn various ways that sound and music may be used to bring your body, mind, emotions and spirit into harmony!

Donna Packard, M.Ed., a singer-songwriter, is founder of Full Circle Celebrations and the Breathing Peace Network. Donna has been utilizing sound and music in healing, wellness and education for more than twenty years. She currently offers workshops and private sessions in sound healing, including a Breathing Sound Journey. She is a Director of the Interdisciplinary Sound and Music Research Association, author of “Utilizing Music and Sound in Learning and Healing”, Lesley University, 1996 and “Music Moves Mountains”, Boston Live 2005. (see article at www.bostonlive.net).

Required Texts:

Perry, Wayne. Overtoning: The Complete Guide to Healing with the Human Voice. Musikarma Publishing, P.O. Box 48322, Los Angeles, CA 90048. First edition, 2002. Click here to order book directly from author.

Schneck, Daniel J., and Berger, Dorita S. The Music Effect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 116 Pentonville Rd., London NI, 9JB, UK, and 400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106. First edition, 2006. Click here to order directly from publisher.

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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 339: Professional Ethics and Law

Course Mentor: Carol Rainwater, EdD (The current section is Section 3.) — 3.0 Quarter Units

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Legal and ethical issues as they relate to the professional practice of marriage, family and child counseling and other counseling specialties, including confidentiality, licensure, client rights, and professional conduct.

Required Textbook:

Corey, Gerald, et al. Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions. 9th Edition (only). 2014.  Brooks/Cole (Thomson Learning). ISBN: 1285464672. (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 BUY THE 9TH EDITION!)

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Psychology 341: Psychological Testing

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

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An Introductory course on psychological testing, including familiarization with several actual tests. Includes some history of psychological assessment and testing. Emphasis will be on the study of the primary psychological tools used by psychologists and therapists or counselors. The student also will study legal and ethical issues that the therapist should be aware prior to testing the client and upon completing the testing of the client. The final part of the study program will be the understanding of how to read or write a psychological assessment report of the client.

Required Textbook (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):

Groth-Marnat, Gary, Wright, A. Jordan.    Handbook of Psychological Assessment .   New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 6th edition. 2016. (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 SIXTH Edition.)  ISBN: 1118960645.

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Psychology 342: Research Methodology in Psychological Testing

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

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A study and analysis of research methodology in clinical and counseling psychology. Prepares one to design and implement a testable study, and to competently review and utilize the professional literature. Psychology 342 will cover an understanding of measurement, sampling issues, important strategies in clinical and counseling psychology; study of issues of planning, conducting and interpretation of research material.

Required Textbook (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):

Through Fall Quarter 2016:

Jay, Thomas. Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. SECOND EDITION. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2011. ISBN:0415992214. (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.)

Beginning Winter Quarter 2017:

Barker, Chris, et al. Research Methods in Clinical Psychology: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners — 3rd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 2015. (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 374A, B & C: Supervised Practicum – Field Work

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

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This course will focus on that what, how’s and why’s of Clinical Supervision. What is Clinical Supervision. How to choose an internship. How to use your supervision wisely and much, much more. You will also explore the various aspects of the counseling profession and consider if this is the path you wish to choose.

This is a three-part, year-long course that includes, Psychology 374A, 374B and 374C. Each component (A, B, and C) requires 75 hours per quarter of supervised practicum in a counseling agency, and significant writing and reflecting on your experiences. You will be required to keep track of these practicum hours on a special form; which is available through the University by e-mail.

Since some of you will be taking this class in a state other than California, you will need to be aware of the requirements for supervision and supervisors as is mandated by your state board. You must be sure that the individual supervising your practicum and signing off your hours has that authority so that your hours will be valid. When you have completed the course you will submit copies of the intern hours sign off sheet to me via the University.  Any questions should be directed to me via my University e-mail address smorgan@worldu.edu

Required Text for 374A:

Faiver, Christopher; Eisengart, Sheri; Colonna, Ronald. The Counselor Intern’s Handbook. Wadsworth Publishing, Third Edition, ISBN 053452835X , 2003. (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.)

Required Text for 374B&C:

Sweitzer, H. Fredrick, and King, Mary A. The Successful Internship: Transformation and Empowerment in Experiential Learning. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2004. ISBN: 0534558798 . (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. PLEASE PURCHASE THE SECOND EDITION only. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book, but be sure to get the 2nd Edition.)

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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 378: Abusive Relationships

Course Mentor: Wayne James, PsyD — 3.0 Quarter Units

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This course will focus on how understanding family maltreatment is vital in being competent at dealing with some of the most important real life concerns. We will study the multifaceted arena of abuse within the family. Topic to be presented are child abuse: physical sexual, and emotional maltreatment; sexual offenders, domestic violence and elder abuse. Each topic will be covered from an ecological or systemic perspective. This means that as you study the components of abuse within the family; you will consider the intricate sums of each part: social, cultural, group and individual, their impacts and effects.

Required Texts and On-line Documents:

BOOK:  Hines, Denise, Editor. Family Violence in the United States, 2nd Edition.  Sage Publications, 2012. ISBN: 1412989000    (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 BUY THE SECOND EDITION.)
FREE REFERENCE DOCUMENT:  Wachtel, Andy.  The “State of the Art” in Child Abuse Prevention Report for the Family Violence Prevention Unit, Health Canada. 1999.
FREE REFERENCE DOCUMENT:  Thomas, David, et al., Emerging Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.  U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. 2003. (Please note: This is a PDF file.)

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Psychology 379: Psychopharmacology

Course Mentor: Wayne James, PsyD (The current section is Section 3) — 3.0 Quarter Units

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The basic principles of psychopharmacology are presented, including the scientific and clinical applications of the psychopharmacological management of mental diseases. The use of psychiatric psychopharmacology in conjunction with psychotherapy is discussed emphasizing referral criteria.

Required Text:

John Preston, Psy. D, John O’Neal, M.D. and Mary Talaga, M.A. The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists ., Seventh Edition. Oakland, New Harbinger, 2013. ISBN: 1608826643. (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 NEW SEVENTH EDITION!)

Required Websites:

www.npi.ucla.edu Website of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

nmha position on children and meds
Section of the website of the National Mental Health Association containing the NMHA Position Statement on the use of psychotropic medication to treat the mental health needs of children.

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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.)

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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.”

Click here to read the Introduction and Overview for this course.

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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Spiritual Ministry Courses


Spiritual Ministry 520X: Spiritual Consciousness

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $200

text for class -- click to orderThe innate source of spirituality; psychological archetypes of spirituality. The power of symbols and myths. Ethics and human values. Meditation, prayer, mysticism. Spiritual practice and discipline, including an understanding of the practice of conscious living and dying. The miraculous in spirituality; science and spirituality.

  • Order Textbook:  Where God Lives: The Science of the Paranormal and How Our Brains are Linked to the Universe, by Melvin Morse.You may order this book at your local bookstore or by clicking here to go to Amazon.com

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Spiritual Ministry 522X: Comparative Religion and Ecumenism

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition $200

textbook for course -- click to orderA comparative survey of world spiritual and religious traditions, focusing on unity within diversity. Common ground in our common humanity and universal human values. The role of ecumenical understanding in promoting tolerance and world peace.

  • Readings in Library  (open to public)




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Spiritual Ministry 580X: Communication Skills for Emotional Support

Course Mentor:  Dennis Rivers, MA

Tuition: $200

A structured, intensive introduction to the skills involved in communicating more consciously, cooperatively, compassionately and successfully. We will give special attention to the task of providing emotional support through deep acknowledgment of another person’s experience.

THIS PRACTICE-ORIENTED COURSE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANOTHER PERSON, YOUR “PRACTICE PARTNER.”  Your Practice Partner can be anyone who enrolls for this class, or anyone you know who agrees to read the primary textbook and do the exercises with you on a weekly basis.

  • Required Text:  Rivers, Dennis.   The Seven Challenges: A Workbook and Reader About Communicating More Cooperatively.   Available free of charge as an Adobe PDF file (click here to download).   Also available as a paperback for $10 plus shipping ( click here to order )


Thanatology Courses (Conscious Living & Dying)


Thanatology 502X: Evidence of the Afterlife

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition $200

A study and assessment of Threshold-of-Death Experiences and Near-Death Experiences as reported from cultures throughout the world. A survey of descriptions of After-Death Communications reported in the spiritual and thanatological traditions of various cultures and the literature of Near-Death Experiences and mediumistic communications. Corroboration from para-psychological research.

  • Order Textbook: It is recommended that you order the course text, You Cannot Die, by Ian Currie (ISBN: 155041626X, paperback edition) when you decide to enroll in the course, so that you will have it to read and refer to for the course assignments as soon as possible.  You may order this book at your local bookstore or by clicking here to go to Amazon.com (our apologies that Amazon seems to be confused about which author wrote this book)

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Thanatology 504X: Conscious Living and Dying

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition $200

A consideration of the Socratic-Platonic injunction to “Practice Dying” within the context of Philosophy as the Love of Wisdom and living a mindful, examined life incorporating the practice of ethical, caring behavior. An East-West perspective on ethics and human values as guides for truly conscious and insightful living and dying. Perspectives of “Books of the Dead” and other philosophical and spiritual teachings on afterlife states and insights into how to die well. A consideration of the concept of karma and rebirth. Philosophical implications of testimonies from Near-Death Experiences.

  • Required Texts and Documents:

Online course introduction Practice Dying; online readings on the World University website; assigned readings on linked websites.

Kübler-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. (Click on title to order from Amazon.)

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).

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our Open Enrollment Process.
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Thanatology 506X: Human Relations in Conscious Living and Dying

Tuition $200

How does one behave in the presence of death – personally, with the dying, the family, relatives, friends, medical persons, the general public? How should one behave? Issues involving inheritance, wills, insurance, bequests, living memorials, funerals and disposition of the body. How to summon loving kindness in the midst of crisis and pain.

  • Required Textbooks:

Rando, Therese A., GRIEF, DYING, AND DEATH: CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR CAREGIVERS, Champaigne, Illinois: Research Press, 1984.

Sapienza. Jerral, URGENT WHISPERS: CARE OF THE DYING (A Personal Reference Manual for Friends and Family Assisting a Loved One at the End of life), Eugene, Oregon: Life Learning Excellence, 2002.

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our Open Enrollment Process.
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Thanatology 508X: Bereavement and the Transformative Power of Good Grief

Tuition: $200

Knowledge and techniques for dealing with grief and bereavement. Types of loss and bereavement; coping strategies. Transformation and empowerment through the exercise of good grief.

  • Required Texts:

From the perspective of the caregiver FOR the person who has lost:

Rando, Therese A., GRIEF, DYING, AND DEATH: CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR CAREGIVERS, Champaign, Illinois: Research Press,1984.

And from the perspective of the person who has lost:

Rando, Therese A.,, HOW TO GO ON LIVING WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE DIES, New York: Bantam Books, 1988.

Moody, Raymond A.,, and Dianne Arcangel, LIFE AFTER LOSS, CONQUERING GRIEF AND FINDING HOPE, New York: Harper Collins, 2002.

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our Open Enrollment Process.
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Thanatology 510X: Thanatological Guidance and Care

Tuition $200

Training in the process and techniques of providing guidance and care to those in the process of dying. Understanding death. Contemplating death. Expecting death. Facing death. Undergoing death. Types of death. The role of the caregiver. Taking care of the caregiver.

    • Readings in Library  (open to public)
    • Required Texts:Callanan, Maggie and Kelley, Patricia. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying. New York: 1992.

(This book is available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com)

Kough-Hainer, Mo. What About Me? – A Guide for Caregivers.

(The above listed book is available from Katherine Rosengren at P.O. Box 1857, Ojai, CA 93024 or moq@ojai.net for $4.50 including

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our Open Enrollment Process.
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Thanatology 512X: Elective Studies Arranged with Mentor

Electives may be fulfilled through the following methods, when appropriate and upon approval:

  • transfer credit;
  • prior life experience under the conditions set forth by the California Education Code as administered by the BPPVE;
  • elective courses offered in the Thanatology Certificate Program and Spiritual Ministry Certificate Program (see descriptions);
  • conferences-seminars presented by World University or other approved learning sources;
  • special individual or collaborative learning projects under the direction of a mentor;
  • appropriate, documented work with persons in the dying process.

To arrange electives please contact John Griffin, Officer in Charge of Vocational Programs


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Course Enrollment Steps for “Open Enrollment Process”

1. We recommend that you read program information and course descriptions in our catalog, and also look at some of the readings offered in our Online Library, to get a sense of how this program or a particular course would meet your needs.

2. Read Introduction to Distance Learning

3. Review Computer-related Requirements for Online Programs

4. Complete admission application indicating the course in which you wish to enroll.

Admission Application for 1 or 2 courses – for students who do not have an MA degree

Admission Application for 1 or 2 courses – for students who have already received an MA degree

5. Suggested step:  Order textbook.  (Many book titles shown in course descriptions are linked directly to Amazon for one-click ordering.)

6. On receiving acceptance notice:

Pay Tuition & Register as Online Student
Receive Welcome from Mentor and Password (by E-Mail)

7. Begin assignments.  Links to Study Assignments appear on the WorldU home page menu as “Assignments Gateway” (or click here).