The Academy Of Mindful Psychology

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The Academy of Mindful Psychology, founded by Dr. Neil Kobrin, introduces you to an emerging field called Mindful Psychology. Mindful Psychology integrates aspects of:

Dr Kobrin brings his decades of experience in the field of higher education and transformation, and  his expertise in building organizations as president and professor of a university and several graduate schools of psychology to create a uniquely practical and holistic approach to transformational learning.

For Practitioners;  The Academy of Mindful Psychology is Approved to offer continuing education credits. Through the Academy you can take CE Courses and earn valuable continuing education credits in a meaningful way.  You can also offer your wisdom to others by becoming a CE Teaching Partner, designing and delivering your own CE Courses.

For the life-long learner: Courses offered by the Academy of Mindful Psychology are designed to present practical, real, achievable, practices and information that are easily integrated into your everyday life.  These are not just esoteric ideas interesting to consider, but solid concepts with practical application to your experiences. Interested in offering a course…

Mindful Psychology

Mindful Psychology integrates aspects of mindfulness with Western and Eastern psychology; neuroscience, specifically affective neuroscience; health and wellness, and consciousness and spirituality.

Resource Center

The Academy’s Resource Center hosts information and articles from a variety of sources related to Mindful Psychology. The Resource Center will be constantly updated to add the latest information pertinent to the field.

Courses/CE

The Academy offers a variety of courses. Many of the course offerings provide continuing education credits to Psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, and LPCs. Some of our courses are directly related to Mindful Psychology and others are of a more general nature.

Partnerships

The Academy offers unique partnership opportunities for qualified professionals. The Academy will co-host and market your course or sponsor a continuing education workshop or conference which you develop. The Academy will develop an affiliate arrangement with you.

Featured Courses

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Increase Your Awareness
As you view the art of Jake Kobrin and read the review by Integral Life Aesthetics Editor Michael Schwartz, take notice of four primary lenses made available by integral aesthetics: the subjective/intentional space of the artist himself; the materials, medium, form and structure of the art work itself; the historical, economic and social structure in which the art work is created; and the cultural, linguistic and intersubjective values space in which the artist works and/or seeks to express. Read More

 

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Live an inventive, inspired, and meaningful life. Expanding your personal viewpoint will affect your daily life and influence your purpose. In this video, “Buddhism and Creativity,” Herbie Hancock, the well-known jazz artist, talks about turning negative experiences into something positive.... More

mindfulness

In this article Kirk Warren Brown and Richard M. Ryan examine the role of mindfulness in psychological well-being. The development of the dispositional Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) is used to measure a unique quality of consciousness that is related to a variety of well-being constructs, that differentiates mindfulness practitioners from others, and that is associated with enhanced self-awareness.
An experience-sampling study shows that both dispositional and state mindfulness predict self-regulated behavior and positive emotional states. Read More.

healthdayBritish investigators learned more about how low oxygen levels in the body (hypoxia) may be linked with insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. Insulin resistance occurs when cells in the body fail to respond to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. “Fat tissue in obese people is believed to exist in a chronic state of mild hypoxia because the small blood vessels are unable to supply sufficient oxygen to fat tissue,” Read More

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In this article, Paul Salmon reminds us of the connection between mindfulness and caring for the Earth. He reminds us that mindfulness is a state of alert attentiveness to one’s experience on a moment-by-moment basis, strongly anchored in the present moment. Read More.

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In the 2011-12 school year, Mindful Schools partnered with the University of California, Davis to conduct the largest randomized-controlled study to date on mindfulness and children, involving 937 children and 47 teachers in 3 Oakland public elementary schools. Read More.

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A new study led by Weill Cornell Medical College scientists shows that the most common genetic form of mental retardation and autism occurs because of a mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with the disease. Read More.

neuronews brain recoveryIn this article, researchers report that one tiny variation in the sequence of a gene may cause some people to be more impaired by traumatic brain injury (TBI) than others with comparable wounds.  Read Article. 

Kelly McGonigal
Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier? The science says, yes! When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress. Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only ... More
David-Steindl-Rast
Every moment is a gift. Every moment is an opportunity to be grateful. The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, ... More
Dalai Lama happiness
In this video the Dalai Lama discusses the essential elements that lead to happiness. He talks about the importance of having a peaceful mind and approaching others with a warm heart.... More
Tara Brach
Our habits connect us to a self-centered identity of ourselves. How do we connect back to our radiant true nature?  What is our sense of self in times of suffering? In this video, Tara Brach allows us to examine how we identify with our physical self, our wanting self, and our aversive self.  How do we move from this grip ... More

yogajIn this article, Jodi Mardesich describes the link between mindfulness, wellness and yoga.

The mindfulness that yoga teaches spreads from the mat into other areas of students’ lives. Yoga naturally cleanses the body, and working on specific health programs speeds that up. It’s only natural for students to seek out health and wellness advice from their teachers. Yoga teachers and studios can provide a beneficial service and expand their business by offering wellness services, such as nutritional counseling and guided cleanses, while also improving students’ lives and building community. Read article.

Deepak
In this video, Deepak Chopra discusses the Mystery of Consciousness.... More
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In this audio recording Jack Kornfield discusses the roots and principles of Buddhist Psychology.  ... More

A Scholarly Introduction to Affective Neuroscience

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Affective neuroscience is the study of the neural mechanisms of emotion. This interdisciplinary field combines neuroscience with the psychological study of personality, emotion, and mood. Emotions are thought to be related to activity in brain areas that direct our attention, motivate our behavior, and determine the significance of what is going on around us.

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Here is an article discussing the challenges of maintaining an unbiased witness.  When our ego takes over our witness, in times when we are emotionally triggered for example, it can be more difficult to be our own objective witness:

Nancy CollierIn her article, “Mindfullness: Has Your Ego Slipped Inside Your Witness?” Nancy Clier writes for Huffington Post:

Orange was the new black. Now mindfulness has trumped orange and is indeed, the newest black. Talk in social media is that everyone is practicing it, “doing” mindfulness, becoming spiritual. Sounds good! Becoming aware and conscious of what is happening in the present moment, both inside and outside our body, is a powerful and life changing skill.

Mindfulness involves learning to witness our own thoughts and feelings, to observe them as they pass by, like weather or clouds moving through an open sky. The process of becoming aware of the words that our mind rattles out, as well as the feelings and sensations it belches up… Read Article. 

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