Amsterdam, Netherlands

Introduction to Mindfulness and Compassion

online course
when 18 January 2021 - 29 January 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 750

This two-week online winter course will introduce participants to the science of contemplative practices including mindfulness and compassion within emotion regulation framework. In this programme, we will delve into these topics by introducing participants to studies and measurements related to the field as well as potential contexts of applications, by combining theory and practice.

This innovative online winter programme will make use of collaborative seminar sessions as well as pre-recorded and live lectures, enabling students to get the most out of the topic and delve into the content of the programme in a hands-on and experientially rich way.

Mindfulness and compassion have a wide variety of applications, and in the secular context are used as prevention and/or treatment tools that can be applied in various areas such as education (for children, parents, teachers), clinical interventions (for (mental)health professionals, and targeting (mental)health disorders such as chronic pain, diabetes, depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and many more), and organizations (providing new leadership styles and preventive tools against burn-outs).

This two week online winter course will introduce participants to the basic concepts related with secular mindfulness and compassion within emotion regulation framework, their roots, theory and evidence-based research, as well as give participants the opportunity to experience these practices themselves.

Course leader

Dr. Maja Wrzesien

Target group

For current university students (Bachelors, Masters, Postgraduate) and professionals from any discipline. A general interest in the Mindfulness and Contemplative practices as well as the social sciences, and an open mind, are necessary.

Course aim

By the end of this winter course, participants will have gained a solid basis in understanding the dynamics and function of emotion regulations, mindfulness, and compassion, and have begun to develop (or continue developing) their own personal practice of mindfulness and compassion meditation and consider these as practical tools for navigating a variety of situations in everyday life.

Fee info

EUR 750: The following is included in the tuition fee:
All course readings and materials
Access to the digital library at the UvA
Welcome and wrap-up sessions
Live and pre-recorded lectures
Access to the digital learning environment
Individual feedback from our instructors on all course assignments
An official transcript or certificate of participation

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