As I began my Interdisciplinary Studies journey this semester I have explored many courses and expanded my knowledge with a comprehensive view. All courses in my contract were chosen to improve my future studies and work which was motivated by my involvement in the Center for Exceptional Families in Dearborn, MI. At the center, I was able to work with children of all ages, but for Sports Camp most campers fell between the ages of 10 and 16. Here I worked with the campers to improve their physical skills as well as social skills. To do so, I had to a lot of research about the different psychological factors that impact children in relation to exercise. Working with these children was an amazing experience and peaked my interest in Occupational Therapy as well as how rehabilitation and muscle strengthening can be fun and engaging for patients. This experience really drove my interest in the courses I have enrolled in this semester and the knowledge I have gained will help me assist other children in a fun and engaging way.
My courses have focused on the core educational goal of my contract and that is to understand the connection between psychological aspects of a human and how it relates to the physical aspects. The two courses that have really helped me understand the relationship between mind and body are Exercise and Health Psychology as well as Adolescent Psychology.
Exercise and Health Psychology emphasizes the importance of exercising and how it effects the brain and one’s motivation.
The idea that each person is motivated by a different factor or aspect of health is important when understanding how to help a person who may be trying to start exercising or overcoming injury. It is very interesting in this course to learn about the different models of motivation, self-esteem, and personality.
Adolescent Psychology focuses a lot on the different aspects of the adolescent period in life. In this class we dive deep into understanding the relationship between the physical changes in one’s body and how it changes a person’s mentality. There is a lot of pressure put on adolescents and this often will push them to make physical and mental changes.
Adolescents will change their interests and appearances just to fit in or give off a certain vibe. Adolescents will also deal with a lot of emotional changes and therefore will often make decision that are chaotic and not thought out. This course has helped me understand the idea that all physical changes impact a person mentally and vice versa.
From these courses, I hope to take with me a deeper understanding of the connection between the physical and mental aspects of the body. Understanding this unity will help me help future patients and clients as I work towards a career in Occupational Therapy.