Mindfulness is an umbrella term that is used to characterize a large number of practices, processes, and characteristics that are primarily defined relative to the capacities of attention, awareness, memory/retention, and acceptance/discernment. Mindfulness has achieved wide-ranging cross-discipline popularity with the passage of time in psychology, psychiatry, medicine, and neuroscience. Problems and challenges associated with mindfulness include misinformation, related definition difficulties, and poor historical study methodologies. Researchers recommend a prescriptive agenda with a focus on assessment, possible adverse effects, and mindfulness training.
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Recent literature supports the idea that decision-making involves cognition, emotion, and intuition. The purpose of this course is to review the evidence for a three-factor model of head, heart, and gut aspects of cognition in decision making and to report on a designed and validated instrument that measures the aforementioned aspects. Researchers found that 52% of respondents were not able to accurately predict their head, heart, or gut decision-preference. The benefit of specifying the source of the decision-making activity to the head, heart, or gut enables skilled professionals to work specifically with individuals to gain a deeper awareness and understanding of their cognitions as a whole.
This course discusses recent developments in the evidence-based treatment and management of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). New and emerging advances in treatment of OCD is reviewed from clinical and translational research studies. Evidence is reviewed including the refinement of assessment methods for diagnosis, the importance of early intervention, relapse prevention, and novel strategies to address treatment resistant OCD. New areas of research around obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders are discussed as novel forms of treatment are needed to manage these related, but distinct, psychological health problems.