We are aware that we experience consciousness in our everyday lives. However, we seldom consider the power of our minds to create and experience alterations in traditional consciousness. This course will present new research findings about how our minds are actually created. We will discuss theories of consciousness proposed by early writers, see how the 1960s changed our approach to understanding the conscious mind and discuss how treatments such as hypnosis can benefit us. We will ultimately explore the altered states of consciousness experienced in sleep and dreaming, praying and meditating, undergoing hypnosis, and ingesting various medications or drugs.
Instructor Joel Shapiro, Ed.D. retired as Chair and full professor of education at Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Presov, Slovak Republic. He has written numerous articles for American and European professional journals and lectured at universities and conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has won teaching awards at several colleges. Prior to beginning his academic career, Joel was a school psychologist working with children who have special needs. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, his Master’s degree from Temple University and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
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