Course C240/06 Mindfulness-based interventions in the clinic - background, methods, and application


ECTS: 1.4

Course leader: Lone Fjorback

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: ClinFO

Course fee: 1,680.00 DKK

Max seats: 34

Applicants: 3

Status: Course is cancelled

Semester: Fall 2021

Application deadline: 09/09/2021

Start date: 07/10/2021

Administrator: Thilde Møller Risgaard

The course, C240/06 Mindfulness-based interventions in the clinic - background, methods, and application, is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, autum 2021

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Aim: The aim of the course is to provide students with fundamental background knowledge of the history and methods of modern evidence-based mindfulness-based interventions as well as to give a more general introduction to stress and stress reduction in the context of neurophysiology. In addition, the course will present and discuss different clinical applications of mindfulness programs and recent findings of psychological and neurobiological changes following mindfulness-based interventions. Finally, the course will raise the debate of “best practice” for future implementation of evidence-based mindfulness-based interventions in modern healthcare, and in society.

Mindfulness research is expanding, and mindfulness has become a $1 billion industry. Evidence-based mindful training for individuals, schools, hospitals and businesses are provided by Danish Center for Mindfulness, Aarhus University in collaboration with Brown University. This course examines mindfulness from different angles such as medicine, public health, neuroscience and humanities, in order to understand the background, methods and application through rigorous research.

Learning outcomes: After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the historical foundations of modern evidence-based mindfulness-based interventions
  • Describe the physiological stress-response and discuss its role in health and disease
  • Explain the role of neuroplasticity in psychological interventions
  • Describe and discuss the use of evidence-based mindfulness-based interventions in different clinical contexts
  • Discuss current findings of changes in brain structure and function
  • Debate the quality of a) current mindfulness research, b) formal mindfulness training standards, and c) mindfulness programs available to the public
  • Reflect on “best practice” strategies for future implementation of evidence-based mindfulness-based interventions in modern healthcare and society

Contents:  Introduction to mindfulness

  • The history of modern mindfulness practices – from Buddhism to modern science and healthcare
  • Methods of modern mindfulness practice
  • The neurobiology of stress and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • State of the art cognitive and affective neuroscience on mindfulness
  • Future directions and closing debate

Venue: Meeting Room 1, the Conference Center, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

Course dates:

  • 07 October 2021 09:00 - 16:00
  • 08 October 2021 09:00 - 16:00