3 Units/30 Hours
This course is a general introduction to the major theories of the major schools of psychology as they conceptualize and influence the understanding of patients at various stages of development. This course will examine the meaning of health promotion and education, as well as clinical patient interactions and counseling skills. Developing counseling skills by role-playing will be emphasized. The focus of this course is on the perspective of a student of Oriental Medicine, and the practical application of the concepts and skills learned for use in a healthcare setting. Students grasp a basic understanding of psychology as taught, practiced, and understood in the West while presenting the concepts of the Eastern understanding of psychology by comparing and contrasting the Western scientific view of the mind and body with the Eastern view of the mind, body, and spirit. Students learn basic psychological tools and develop counseling skills.