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April 8, 2022


6 months

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6 months

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This course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, introduces the key ideas and practices of mindfulness, describes how it is helping counseling clients and prisoners, and also looks at some of the criticisms mindfulness has received in recent years.


This course looks at the use of mindfulness in counseling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which mindfulness has been used in prison contexts. Finally, you will have the chance to think a bit more critically about the whole mindfulness movement after listening to a debate about how mindfulness is being applied in Western contexts.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Define mindfulness
  • Practice mindfulness in daily life
  • Understand how mindfulness can help clients with mental health difficulties
  • Describe how mindfulness can be useful in prison settings
  • Critically evaluate ‘the mindfulness movement’.

Course Curriculum

    • Mindfulness 01:30:00
    • Experiencing mindfulness 01:00:00
    • Mindful therapy 01:30:00
    • Bringing mindfulness into therapy 01:30:00
    • Mindfulness in prisons 01:15:00
    • Experiencing meditation in prison 02:00:00
    • Criticisms of mindfulness 01:00:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00

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