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College of Education & Social Services
THE COUNSELING PROGRAMEDCO 291Happiness, Mindfulness and Health PromotionSummer Syllabus Sample: 3 CreditsDr. Anthony R. Quintiliani, Ph.D., LADCPO Box 88, No. Ferrisburg, VT 05473Student Call: 324-1946 - Leave a Message (Checked Once Daily)(Home 425-2953 emergency contact only)Students may schedule appointments on an as needed basis. Otherwise, consultations willoccur before and after class sessions.
Course Information
This course will utilize research, lecture-discussion, role playing and skills practice activitiesin learning happiness skills and mindfulness skills to enhance health. The actual content andskills will be focused on counseling/psychotherapy, psychological and physical healthpromotion, intervention and recovery processes in health-related areas of need.
Junior, Senior, Medical, Graduate and Post-Graduate/Continuing Education status
Instructional Methods
The course will use various combinations of lecture, discussion, Socratic questioning, limitedaudio-visual formats, role playing, and skills practice to focus on how happiness research andskills as well as mindfulness research and skills enhance psychological and physical health.Health promotion, intervention and recovery processes will be included. The course will alsoinclude group learning experiences in both the examination and a peer-reviewed research-based course project on skill applications. Group process skills will be enhanced throughcooperative group structures in your exam and project paper. A brief student presentation
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on course project content may be required. One exam and a quiz will be included. Graduatestudents MAY be required to do a mini-presentation (15 minutes) on their specific topic.
Course Requirements
Since this is a skills-based course, excellent attendance is required. Student participation(to the best of your ability and comfort) is expected. Students have the option of opting-out of course experiential-training activities; however, such activities represent the heartof skills learning. ONCE YOU DO PARTICIPATE, A SMALL EVALUATIVE COMPONENT WILL BE ADDED. Students are expected to complete all assigned course reading by duedates. Students are required to complete all assignments, project papers, exams andpresentations as noted in the course. Adult student educational classroom behavior is alwaysexpected. Students are encouraged to confer with the instructor if they have any questionsabout course requirements and their personal adjustment to the course. PLEASE BECERTAIN TO TAKE CARE OF EXPECTED LIFE DEMANDS WHILE IN THIS INTENSIVECOURSE. Additional out-of-class time is required. IF YOU EXPECT TO MISS CLASS TIMEDURING THE COURSE, PLEASE CONFER WITH ME ASAP.This course practices what it teaches/preaches; every effort will be made to ensure studentcomfort and calmness (safety, relaxed autonomic and limbic reactivity) as the bases foroptimal learning. To do well in this course you will need to pay close attention to what ispresented in class. Therefore, I do not allow students to have open laptops or various audio-visual devices during the class meeting time.
Required and supplemental Readings
The following texts are RERQUIRED.1) Required Texts #1 and #2 NIT yet selected3) Quintiliani, A. R. (2008). The Mindfulness-Based Path to Emotional Self-Regulationand Personal Empowerment: A Training Manual for Use with Children, Youth andAdults with Co-Occurring Disorders. Monkton, Vermont: Fuller Mountain Press andBurlington, Vermont: Vermont Department of Health. This text will be purchased bystudents at printing cost.3) Vermont Department of Mental Health/VISI PowerPoint Slides for mindfulness-based/happiness-based content MAY BE USED.Quintiliani readings and the PowerPoint Slides will be mailed to you or provided in class.
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Grading System
40% based on attendance and participation – students need to be present to participate;40% based on final examination (course applied project paper); and, 20% based on mid-termexam. Please note that students missing class time or a significant portion of class time willbe required to outline missed classroom content. Students are expected to attend classes;there are no exceptions to this requirement, except as noted by UVM policy (Departmentalexception, serious illness, family crisis). If you expect conflicts with course dates/hours,please plan ahead so that you may participate as fully as possible, and confer with me asap.The quiz grade will not be figured into final course averages; however, you MUST pass it inorder to qualify for a grade of A- or better. Please refer to “Course Requirements” on Page2 for more details about attendance, etc.
Course Structure
For session by topic, readings and due dates for required assignments, see additional pages.This information will be provided during the first class session.
Course ObjectivesCounseling Program Objectives
(Listed by Program Objectives Numbers)1) Students will use course content to develop a personal theory of counseling.9) Students will understand and develop knowledge (and skills) for mental healthcounseling.14) Students will follow ethical and legal standards of the profession.
CACREP Objectives (
Listed by CACREP Numbers)
Professional Identification
1b) Students will understand professional relationships with other human servicesproviders.1g) Students will pursue active advocacy for their profession especially in learningnew research and skills in course areas.Human Growth and Development3a) Students will learn how to enhance optimum development over the life span especially in new learning and research in course areas.
Group Work

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