MPS: 431 F Asian Healing Practises and Psychotherapy

Department of Psychology, Christ University, Bangalore

IV Semester M Sc. Psychology
Course Plan: November 2010 - March 2011

Name of the teacher: Tissy Mariam Thomas
Paper: MPS: 431 F Asian Healing Practises and Psychotherapy
Total no. of hours: 30 hrs
Max. marks: 90

Objectives

  • An awareness about the philosophical and logical foundations of health and illness conceptualized by Asian healing methods in relation to Western medicine.
  • Critical understanding of holistic approach to health and healing based on the possibilities and availability of alternate methods of healing mainly of Eastern origin.
  • Develop understanding of the nature and significance of health psychology and highlight the importance of social and psychological perspectives of health and science.
  • Focus on indigenous and culturally accepted/ practiced therapeutic methods and its close relation to the theoretical positions of Psychology.
  • Rethinking the behavioral factors, disease prevention and health promotion in the context of holistic philosophy of health.

Syllabus

UnitContentsLecture Hrs (tentative)Expected dates of completion
1Introduction to Asian Healing Practises
Science and scientific reasoning in healing
Origin and relevance of CAM.
Concepts, Causes, Classification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Health & Illness in Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Unani & Siddha and Reiki & Acupuncture
Indigenous methods of healing – Shamanism, Religious based and Ritual art form based healing methods.
10Hrs11th December 2010
IINature of Mental Illness- Debates on Psychiatry
Philosophical foundations
Problematising the notion of mental illness
Various conceptions of mental illness
Anti-psychiatry movement
10Hrs5th February 2011
IIIAsian Healing Practises and Psychotherapy
Philosophy for counselling and psychotherapy
Issues of integration
Implications to Health Psychology
Psychotherapy and medical treatment.
10Hrs12th March 2011

Evaluation (Continuous Internal Assessment)

CIAsTopicsDateMarks
CIA-IGroup presentation of critical paper28th Nov. 201035
CIA-II Field visits16th & 30th January 201130
CIA-IIICase presentation13th & 20th February 201125

Guidelines:

  1. CIA-I:
    Writing up and presentation of a critical paper explaining the conceptual schemes of health- illness in Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Unani & Siddha and Reiki & Acupuncture
  2. CIA- II:
    Field visits to certain healing centres and submission of a reflection paper on it.
  3. CIA-III:
    Two cases of physical/ mental illness who have undergone various healing methods would be analysed and presented related to its theoretical context.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Understanding of relevant concepts
  • Ability to analyze and communicate his/ her understanding.
  • Content- about the topic, research studies related to the topic & applications
  • Clarity in connecting various healing methods to its philosophy
  • Ability to integrate them in psychotherapy and counselling

References

Backman, M.E. The psychology of the physically ill patient: a clinician’s guide. Plenum Press.

Cooper, R. (2007). Psychiatry and philosophy of science. Stocksfield: Acumen.

Furnham, A.(2005). Complementary and alternative medicine: shopping for health in post-modern times. In P. White. (Ed.). Biopsychosocial medicine: an integrated approach to understanding illness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Howard, A. (2000). Philosophy for counselling and psychotherapy. Palgrave.

Inglis, B.& West, R. (1983). The alternative health guide. London: Dorling Kindersely Ltd.

Sanderson, C.A. (2004). Health psychology. NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

White, P. (Ed.). (2005). Biopsychosocial medicine: an integrated approach to understanding illness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.