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
- 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.
|Unit||Contents||Lecture Hrs (tentative)||Expected dates of completion|
|1||Introduction 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.
|10Hrs||11th December 2010|
|II||Nature of Mental Illness- Debates on Psychiatry|
Problematising the notion of mental illness
Various conceptions of mental illness
|10Hrs||5th February 2011|
|III||Asian Healing Practises and Psychotherapy|
Philosophy for counselling and psychotherapy
Issues of integration
Implications to Health Psychology
Psychotherapy and medical treatment.
|10Hrs||12th March 2011|
Evaluation (Continuous Internal Assessment)
|CIA-I||Group presentation of critical paper||28th Nov. 2010||35|
|CIA-II||Field visits||16th & 30th January 2011||30|
|CIA-III||Case presentation||13th & 20th February 2011||25|
Writing up and presentation of a critical paper explaining the conceptual schemes of health- illness in Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Unani & Siddha and Reiki & Acupuncture
- CIA- II:
Field visits to certain healing centres and submission of a reflection paper on it.
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
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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.