Mind-Body Wellness

Subject Code: 


  Lecture Date Census Date Location

Semester 1 2017 13-17 March 2017 13 March NTI Wollongong Campus
Semester 2 2017 21-25 August 2017 21 August NTI Wollongong Campus

‘Mind-Body Wellness’ explores and analyses – from a mind-body perspective - psychological, emotional, physical, social, and environmental factors that can contribute to, or work against, the health and wellbeing of individuals and societies. This subject examines mind-body wellness research from a range of perspectives, as well as exploring practical tools and interventions to assist others in improving mind-body wellness.

The subject will cover:

Overview and introduction

  • Primary Care and mind-body medicine
  • an integrative care approach
  • what modalities are considered mind-body therapies?
  • uptake/prevalence and acceptance.

Mind-body wellness factors

  • the mind-body connection: psychophysiological indicators and their ramifications for health and wellbeing
  • Psychosomatic Medicine research
  • somatization
  • stress, and stress management
  • pain, and pain management/reduction
  • the relationship between cognitions, emotions and physiology in relation to health and wellbeing, including the somatic manifestation of emotions, and repression of emotions
  • physical and emotional connectedness and disconnectedness, including the importance of play, touch, laughter and body/emotion-grounding
  • environmental and societal factors impacting on mind-body wellness.

Lifestyle factors

  • Health awareness and lifestyle choices 
    • food and eating behaviours
    • exercise and activity
    • work practices, and work culture.

Therapies and approaches in mind-body wellness 

  • evidence-based and non-evidence-based practices
  • wellness, health enhancement, and lifestyle management, and their place in the health system and the broader society
  • spiritual understandings and practices in mind-body wellness.

Professional issues

  • critical evaluation of mind-body literature
  • professional and ethical issues in mind-body wellness practice.


Leonie Hicks


Who Is It for?

‘Health and Social Wellbeing’ courses are relevant to people working in a diverse range of fields. For example:

  • Counselling
  • Therapy/Mind-Body Therapies
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care
  • Psychology/Psychiatry/Social Work
  • Health Services/Health Promotion
  • Chronic illness/Pain Management
  • Education
  • Welfare Organisations, Aid, Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Youth
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability Sector
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport
  • Business Management/HR, Mentoring, Coaching, Organisational Development
  • Life coaching



Preliminary reading

1 Week Prior to Lecture week

Lectures and Workshops (5 day intensive or 2 weekends and 1 weekday on-campus)

Semester 1 2016 19,20,21 March & 9,10 April 2016 (9:00am - 5:00pm daily)
Semester 2 2016 15,16,22,23,24 October 2016 (9:00am - 5:00pm daily)


Attendance and class participation


Reflective Practice Journals. A minimum of 4 journals of 300-500 words each. 


Critical overview and analysis of mind-body therapies and usage for medical conditions (1,500-2,000 words)

Option 1

Students will critically review the literature for three popular therapies* that purport to positively affect both the mind and body.  The review will incorporate a range of criteria which will be outlined in the Assignment guide.

*A list of possible therapies will be provided, and is negotiable.

Option 2

Students will choose 3 medical conditions that adversely affect mental, emotional, or physical wellbeing, and critically review the application of a limited range of mind-body therapies – either as a complimentary or alternative treatment.


In-depth critical review of one mind-body modality (2,500 words)



‘Mind-Body Wellness’ is a core subject of Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Health and Social Wellbeing program. It provides a foundation for all NTI’s Health and Social Wellbeing subjects.

This 6 credit point subject is a core subject in:

Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Health and Social Wellbeing

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing

24 credit points

It is also an elective subject in:

Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Applied Buddhist Studies

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies

24 credit points

Study costs/scholarships

The total subject cost is $1,250.00 for Domestic students, and $1,600.00 for International students.

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student.

There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Health and Social Wellbeing program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.