PLEASE NOTE: This is a copy of last year's course.

Text books, additional readings, assignments and activities will be revised/updated for Summer/Fall, 09.

College of Education & Social Services

THE COUNSELING PROGRAM

NOTE: REQUIRED TEXTS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE REVISED FOR SUMMER AND FALL, 09- DO NOT PURCHASE THE TEXTS BY CHODRON, LYUBOMIRSKY, OR BIEN. EDCO 291 (92520) and Health 195 (93251) Happiness, Mindfulness and Health Promotion Fall 2008, Thursdays 3:30 – 6:20 PM, 102C Mann Hall, Trinity Campus Three Graduate Credits Dr. Anthony R. Quintiliani, Ph.D., LADC Office: 300 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 488-6154 for all students general calls (Home 425-2953 emergency contact only) Students may schedule appointments on an as needed basis. Course Information This course will utilize research, lecture-discussion, role playing and skills practice activities in learning happiness skills and mindfulness skills to enhance health. The actual content and skills will be focused in psychological and physical health promotion, intervention and recovery processes in health-related areas of need. Prerequisites Junior, Senior, Graduate and Post-Graduate/Continuing Education status Instructional Methods

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The course will use various combinations of lecture, discussion, Socratic questioning, audiovisual formats, role playing, and skills practice to focus on how happiness research and skills as well as mindfulness research and skills may be used to enhance psychological and physical health. Health promotion, intervention and recovery processes will be included. The course will also include group learning experiences in both examinations and a peer-reviewed research-based course project on skill applications. Group process skills will be enhanced through the cooperative group structures. A brief student presentation on course project content is required. One or two exams will be included.

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Course Requirements 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 activities; however, such activities represent the heart of skills learning. In necessary cases, options to experiential skills practice may be available. Students are expected to complete all assigned course reading by due dates. Students are required to complete all assignments, project papers, exams and presentations as noted in the course. Adult student educational classroom behavior is always expected. Students are encouraged to confer with the instructor if they have any questions about course requirements and their adjustment to the course. This course practices what it teaches; every effort will be made to ensure student comfort and calmness (relaxed autonomic and limbic reactivity) as the basis for optimal learning. Required and supplemental Readings The following texts are RERQUIRED. 1) Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin Books. 2) Bien, T. (2006). Mindful Therapy: A Guide to Therapists and Professional Helpers. Boston: Wisdom Publications. 3) Chodron, P. (2007). Practicing Peace in Times of War. Boston: Shambhalla. 4) Quintiliani, A. R. (2008). The Mindfulness-Based Path to Emotional Self-Regulation

and Personal Empowerment: A Training Manual for Use with Children, Youth and Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders. Monkton, Vermont: Fuller Mountain Press and

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Burlington, Vermont: Vermont Department of Health. This text will be purchased by students at printing cost. Vermont Department of Mental Health/VISI PowerPoint Slides for mindfulness-based content will be purchased by students at printing cost.

Grading System 40% based on attendance and participation – students need to be present to participate 40% based on final examination/course applied projects 20% based on mid-term exam Please note that students missing class time or a significant portion of class time will be 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.

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Students who miss class time and required course activities must have medical or other (family serious illness/death) documentation to have the option to obtain full credit. Students will be required to outline all content in missed class sessions as a required makeup activity. It is expected that students will arrange for whatever they need so that typical life demands do not interfere with class attendance and participation. Counseling Program Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend all classes on time. Counseling Program policy allows students one absence from class with no "penalty." Please inform me if this occurs. Additional absences will result in loss of course grading points. Special Note Students are required to outline the class content for ALL missed classes. This is a required make-up work assignment. Course Structure Dates by topic, readings and due dates for required assignments, see additional pages. Course Objectives Counseling 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 health counseling. 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 services providers. 1g) Students will pursue active advocacy for their profession – especially in learning new research and skills in course areas. Human Growth and Development Page 4 of 11

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Students will learn how to enhance optimum development over the life span – especially in new learning and research in course areas.

Group Work 6a) Students will learn (through cooperative group activities) about group dynamics, processes, stages and group member roles. 6e) Students will learn about group work – tasks groups, psychoeducation groups and therapy groups. Vermont department of Education Objectives 1) 2) 3) Human Development - Students will understand appropriate indicators of social and emotional well being for stages in human development. Counseling – Students will facilitate (their own) self-awareness, self-understanding, and behavioral change as they relate to adjustment and performance. Professional Issues – Students will have knowledge about professional and ethical issues in school (and mental health) counseling.

Other Instructor Objectives 1) Students will learn and understand research and skills practices in the area of happiness development as demonstrated by course participation, exams and course projects. Students will learn and understand research and skills practices in the area of mindfulness-based interventions as demonstrated by participation, exams and course projects. Students will learn how to apply these knowledge and skill areas to health promotion, intervention and recovery for psychological and physical health areas via the course project. Students will to the best of their motivation and comfort apply course skills to enhance their own happiness and mindfulness-based emotional self-regulation.

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Academic Honesty All faculty and students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the academic honest policy and procedures delineated in the moist recent edition of The Cat's Tale < http://www.uvm.edu/~dos/students/catstale2007-8.pdf>

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Reasonable Accommodations If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require reasonable accommodations, please call Accommodation, Consultation, Counseling and Educational Support Services (ACCESS) at 656-7753 (website: http://www.uvm.edu/access). As per the ADA, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodations. In this course, please inform me at the first or second class session if this condition applies to you. Diversity/Multicultural Focus Students in the Counseling Program are expected to develop awareness, knowledge, and skills for working with diverse clientele. Diversity issues will be addressed in the following ways: origin of certain skills taught in the course; using skills from the course to adhere to this policy of respect and inclusion; information on how implementation may be modified with various ethnic, racial and cultural groups; and, other ways. Religious Holidays Students have the right to the religion of their choice, and will not be penalized if the religious holiday falls on a class meeting day (as per UVM policy). Inform me if this applies to you. Note that the course requirement for all missed class sessions does apply regarding make up work assignments. Technological Competence All students are expected to enhance their technological competence by activating their UVM e-mail addresses. Students have the responsibility to keep informed of Program, course and University notices and information regarding this course. Students will enhance their skills by using technological processes and system to complete research assignments, communicate with work team members, and complete required course projects.

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A cooperative group course project is required in this course. Students have the option of doing an individual project if group topics do not match individual interest or motivation. Please follow the guidelines below. This project will require some out-of-class time and group meetings. 1) Select a topic of personal or professional interest in which, happiness-based, mindfulness-based, emotional regulation, or related health promotion interventions have been applied. You do not need to clarify if your project is for professional or personal application. Obtain my approval of your topic and selected articles BEFORE you begin your work. My knowledge of clinical applications may save you some valuable time. Read several peer-reviewed, evidence-based, current (2005-2008) research journal articles that deal with interventions and your topic area. Each student selects 2-3 of the articles to use in your course project. Write a report (15 pages double-spaced maximum) in which you apply the articles in the following format. Format: topic title; introduction to the topic – what you hope to produce; basic content review of research outcomes stated in articles (do not worry about designs – that is why they are peer reviewed articles); a summary section integrating the project (how the clinical articles apply to your topic and outcomes); and, a set of clinical recommendations that may be helpful to others. Present your article in summary fashion as your final examination. If you want a copy of your project report, you must make one on your own. I will send a formal written evaluation of your project to you; however, with your permission I keep the projects on file for use by other students interested in your topic. If this process is unclear, be certain to ask for clarifications ASAP.

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Course Assignments Clarifications This course covers five diverse topics. These topics are: happiness research and skills; mindfulness research and skills; emotional self-regulation research and skills; health promotion; and, self-development planning. As the course unfolds each topic will be presented in a sequenced manner; however, given the time available complete integration of the five course topics cannot be achieved. Expanded integration of content will occur as

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students complete readings, participate in lectures, practice skill activities, develop course projects, and in self-development planning. Lectures will NOT simply present content and skills noted in assigned readings. There will be a clear relationship; however, students are expected to think about how reading content makes a “best fit” with class presentations. Students are expected to complete reading assignments BEFORE the noted weekly content is presented. Students may focus on main ideas and specific skills practices in all reading assignments. Please plan ahead. Reading assignments are moderate to high during the first few weeks of the course. Reading assignments taper off as students prepare for their course projects and final exam. Each course session will begin with a brief skills practice. These are voluntary. A secular perspective will be used in this course. Although many of the skills may have ancient and spiritual/religious roots, the course focus is on scientific, evidence-based, and practical applications to improve health. Week 1: If you received the course syllabus and materials prior to the first session, simply begin to skim Quintiliani, Mindfulness-Based Path… and the PowerPoint Slides (hereafter PPS).

Week 2 (119 pages +/-): Complete reading Chodron, Practicing Peace… Work at understanding the main ideas. Come to class prepared for discussion, and ask any clarifying questions you may have. Read PPS, pp. 1-8. Written assignment: Type a two-page summary of the Chodron’s main ideas, especially ideas you found to be interesting and useful to you. Week 3 (153 pages +/-) Read: Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness, pages 1-79. Bien, Mindful Therapy, pages 3-50. Quintiliani, The Mindfulness-Based Path, pp. 1-15. PPS, pp. 9-13. Do some serious thinking about how this information and related practices may impact your professional role and personal life. Be thinking about how you might use the information and practices to improve life skills. If interested, begin to apply some of the skills. Page 8 of 11

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We will have our initial course project discussions at the third class session. Be thinking about what topic you are most interested in. Week 4 (145 pages +/-) Read: Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness, pages 83-149. Bien, Mindful Therapy, pages 51-107. PPS pages 14-17. Quintiliani, The Mindfulness Path, pages 16-33. Continue thinking about applications. Week 5 (117 pages +/-) Read: Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness, pp. 150-226. Bien, Mindful Therapy, pp. 109-141. Quintiliani, The Mindfulness-Based Path, pp. 34-40. PPS, pp. 18-21. Week 6 (110 pages +/-) Read: Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness, pp. 227-254. Bien, Mindful Therapy, pp. 143-211. Quintiliani, The Mindfulness-Based Path, pp. 41-50. PPS, pp. 22-24. Week 7 (reading pages begin to phase out) Read: Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness, pp. 257-281. Bien, Mindful Therapy, pp. 215-252. Quintiliani, The Mindfulness-Based Path, pp. 51-74. PPS, pp. 25-28. Week 8 Read: Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness, pp. 282-307. Quintiliani, The Mindfulness-Based Path, pp. 75-92. Week 9 Read: Quintiliani, The Mindfulness-Based Path, pp. 93-151. Week 10/11: Mid-Term Exam (group format and open book) The exam covers all information presented in the course.

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Week 11/12-14: Complete course content and skills as noted above. Enhance depth of knowledge, health-related applications and skills. Weeks 15: Students present course projects.

Optional Assignments The following applications format is being provided to students interested in selfdevelopment applications dealing with happiness, mindfulness, emotional regulation and health improvement. These are voluntary assignments; however, if students wish to report on their progress time will be made available to do so. Topic: 1) What is the area you wish to work on? 2) What is the most important core meaning of this area? 3) What is your concrete, measurable goal? 4) What is your step-by-step plan (task analysis) to reach your goal? Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: etc. 5) How will you concretely measure your progress? SUDs/SUPs, other? 6) What is your personal criteria for success? 7) Other? Page 10 of 11

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Happiness Activity Worksheet “Hactivity Planner” 1) What is the selected happiness enhancement activity you plan to do?

2) What are the CABS-VAKGO-S Components? Cognition Affect Behavior Visual Auditory Kinesthetic Gustatory Olfactory Spiritual 3) What is your personal evaluation of the experience?

A. R. Quintiliani, Ph.D., LADC

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