Less Stress, More Joy

Less Stress, More Joy Online Course

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Stress is a painful and debilitating experience for people, yet most people feel the best they can do to relieve it is to develop coping strategies, or to organize their lives around brief respites from stress through various relaxation techniques. This course offers an entirely fresh perspective on the nature of stress, and a true and sustainable antidote to it. This course points to the universal, innate human capacity for accessing peace of mind, regardless of circumstances, and for navigating life with wisdom, insight and confidence.

Cost: $199. Fall Term starts 8/1/2013 and ends 2/28/2014. Registration Starts 7/15/2013 and ends 12/14/2013.

Here you can discover for yourself the actual logic that explains human psychological strength and the Principles that set you free to live from this point forward with increasingly less stress and incrementally more joy as you awaken innate health and resiliency. Whether you are an individual simply looking for a clearer perspective to address life situations without pain and suffering, or a health professional looking to transcend burnout and truly offer solutions to others, this course will guide you to the understanding you seek.


What can you expect to understand when you complete this course?

  1. Recognize a logical and reliable explanation of how our minds create all our experiences, including stress.
  2. Consider why many models used in addressing stress actually hold stress in place and lead to "coping" rather than recovery and well-being.
  3. Understand what we call "stressors" and recognize the very different roles of "chronic" stress and "acute" stress in our well-being.
  4. Discover what drives behavioral/emotional options, why people do the things they do.
  5. Recognize how and why all people can be calm and wise, regardless of their physical health or life circumstances.
  6. See how anyone can overcome fears, concerns and limitations and improve their well-being by reconnecting to their natural resiliency.
  7. Recognize how to experience incrementally less stress and nurture the innate health and well-being that is a wellspring of positive change and enjoyment of life.

Course Structure and Schedule

This is a non-credit course offered for 2.5 continuing education units (CEUs) or 25 professional development hours (PDHs). Cost is $199 per student. The course is self-directed, so the student can register at any time during the year. A certificate showing proof of course completion will be issued to the student.

Topics to be Studied

  • Unit 1: What is Resiliency?
  • Unit 2: Principles Underlying Resiliency
  • Unit 3: How Do Principles Change Our Approach to Resiliency?
  • Unit 4: Principle-Based Psychology
  • Unit 5: The Mind-Body Connection
  • Unit 6: Implications of Innate Health
  • Unit 7: Living from the Inside-Out

Methods of Student Evaluation

Each unit has learning activities, required readings, and self-tests.

Computer Requirements

  • Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Acrobat Quicktime Player
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Java 1.4.2_09

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The Missing Link: Reflections on Philosophy and Spirit Author: Sydney Banks

Wisdom for Life: Three Principles for Well-Being

Author: Elsie Spittle

These books are available from Amazon.com.

Instructor Information

Judith A. Sedgeman EdD, is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. She teaches on-line in the Master’s in Public Health program. She is a global leader in the development of the emerging understanding of the Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought, which are the philosophical underpinning of Innate Health. For 30 years, Dr. Sedgeman has focused on the redefinition and deeper understanding of health, developing programs and fostering work to support interest in seeing innate health as an infinite human possibility and a state of being that transcends the "absence of illness."

Registration Information 

Register Online by adding your course to cart through our secure server. Or fill out this form and fax or mail it to Extended Learning. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Call 1-800-253-2762, or email WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu if you have any questions. Major credit cards are accepted.

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