As a Psychology major, I spend a lot of time with my head in the books. So, when an opportunity came for me to to take a class that would give me hands on practical experience, i was all in for it. During my Junior year, i had the privilege of enrolling in a directed studies course under supervision of Dr. Elise Labbe (Director of Clinical Training). Little did i know how much i would enjoy this class. One of Dr. Labbe's specialty areas includes evaluating mindfulness based interventions for psychological and health related problems. This sounded very interesting to me so i chose to focus my study on this field. This was one of the best college decisions i've ever made, and the course quickly became my favorite class.
My favorite part about this class, however, was learning about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, This program uses practices similar to yoga and meditation to help people become more mindful of themselves and their environment. It is beneficial for stress reduction, relaxation, and improvement of quality of life.
As an added bonus, there were no tests, quizzes, or exams. I was, however, required to keep a journal of my experiences. To display my knowledge on the subject, I would sit in one on one (sometimes group) meeting and talk about MBSR and the techniques associated with it.