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Center for Contemplative Studies


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Center for Contemplative Studies

Contact Info:
Donald McCown
Associate Professor

Christine Moriconi
Associate Professor

700 S. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19383
(across from Anderson Hall)

Phone: 610-436-2200

The Center for Contemplative Studies will open on Jan. 29, 2018 and we will follow the schedule for the Spring.

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Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: Jeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD 'Neuroscience, Virtue, and Vice'
  • Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: Jeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD "Neuroscience, Virtue, and Vice"
  • March 22nd, 2018 at Philips Autograph Library from 6-8pm

This talk will explore some of the recent literature in the neuroscience of morality. It will show that often the claims made by neuroscientific research into morality are political in origin. This political dimension sometimes shapes the kinds of claims made about the neuroscience of prosocial and antisocial behavior, and opens the possibility of the neuroscientific control of behavior.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop is a social and moral philosopher, teaching medical ethics and philosophy at Saint Louis University. He is also a physician. Prof. Bishop holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics and is the Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics.

A Mindfulness Toolkit For Educators

Mindful Toolkit

Presented by: the WCU Center for Contemplative Studies

  • Four Workshop Dates Available
  • 9:00am to 3:00pm - Lunch Included
  • December 2 • January 20 • February 3 • April 21
    • Establish or refresh your personal mindfulness practice
    • Review the theory and science of mindfulness in schools
    • Learn to lead mindfulness practices with students

This six-hour workshop will get you started in working with students with mindfulness—one-on-one in counseling situations or in the classroom. The key to effective teaching of mindfulness is to know the subject well, so your own practice is of paramount importance. We’ll get you started with direct instruction, plus support for your home practice through handouts and recordings.

Mindfulness in schools has its own fast-growing scientific and pedagogical literature. We’ll take a look at the highlights, and go deep into what really counts in building relationships and community. There is a specific skill set for leading mindfulness practices in front of a class, or with an individual. We’ll spend lots of time learning practices and teaching them back, so you’ll feel ready to go!

Four dates will let you find a time that works for you—to bring the benefits of mindfulness practice to yourself—and the students you work with!

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