HeartBridge Learning Center -College/University Options

HeartBridge Curriculum for Colleges and Universities:

 

Freshman College Seminar

Many incoming first-year college and university students are immature socially and emotionally and as a result suffer academically. Colleges recognize the need to help students develop so that they not only reach academic goals, but that they grow into responsible adults. A specific pathway for college freshmen is packaged to address issues that lead to behavioral problems, dropping out, or self-harm/suicide attempts.

Freshman seminar can be used in the following ways:

  1. A one semester two-hour class.
  2. Pathways for specific interventions
  3. Six week boot camp

College and University Focus Outcomes

Unit 1: Self-Awareness

  • 1.01 Mindfulness:

Students should learn what mindfulness and mindlessness are, and how they affect our thinking and behavior  • Students should learn how to read and understand context, specifically with regards to gaining perspective in social situations  • Students should learn why keeping our minds focused in the present moment, instead of on things that have happened in the past or things that might happen in the future, will increase our ability to make decisions and decrease depressive or anxious feelings • Students should learn how to set process-oriented goals, or goals that encourage learning throughout the process of achieving a goal, rather than outcome-oriented goals, which are mostly focused on achieving the goal only  • Students should gain an understanding of how mindfulness can be practiced in their relationships to strengthen communication and empathy between themselves and their friends and loved ones  • Students should gain an understanding of how mindfulness relates to maintaining their health, from what they put into their bodies as to what they put into their minds

  • 1.02 Consciousness

Students should learn how to understand and be aware of their thoughts and feelings • Students should learn what it means to be conscious of the world around them, and how to react and make decisions based on this awareness

  • 1.03 Victimization vs. Empowerment

Students should learn that accepting the role of victim will lead to a life of powerlessness and weakness • Students should learn to take responsibility for their lives, and not fall into a cycle of self-pity

Students should learn that placing blame on others or negative circumstances takes away all power that they have over their lives   • Students should learn to choose empowerment, which will give them a higher probability of overcoming negative situations and negative emotions, as well as an increase in self-confidence and self-awareness

  • 1.04 Self-Worth

Students should gain an understanding of what self-image is and how it affects their overall self-worth ● Students should understand how labels limit them and their freedom to be who they truly want to be ● Students should understand that their self-worth should come from within, and not come from how others see us or what they might say about us ● Students should learn strategies to improve and sustain their self-worth ● Students should understand that perfection, whether it be physical, intellectual, etc., is not a realistic goal, and that they should learn to be comfortable and celebrate their imperfections. ● Students should healthily look at what they do not like about our bodies and minds, and make decisions or improvements based on how it will make them happy and not how it impacts how they are perceived by others ● Students should understand that conforming to what society sets can lead to an abandonment of values and creative spirit, in favor of fitting in  ● Students should accept who they are and what they are passionate about, and allow themselves to live out their lives

  • 1.05 Anxiety and Depression

Students should learn how to distinguish between anxiety as a feeling and as a disorder • Students should earn how to distinguish between a depressed mood and depression as a disorder • Students should learn how to help someone suffering from anxiety and depression, or how and when to receive help for themselves • Students should learn to remove the stigma from both disorders, so that those suffering from either do not feel the need to hide it and suffer alone

Students should learn that those who suffer from these disorders are people who just want to be treated with the same respect and compassion as everyone else

  • 1.06 Suicide Prevention

Students should understand why individuals have and act on suicidal thoughts and urges  ● Students should learn how to identify triggers and warning signs for those who might be contemplating suicide  ● Students should learn how to talk to someone who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts or urges ● Students should learn how to understand and deal with suicidal thoughts andurges themselves  • Students should learn how to prevent someone, even themselves, from taking their own life

Unit 2: Self-Management

  • 2.01 Stress Management

Students should learn how to identify their stressors (such as grades, testing, college, social situations, relationships, etc.) and their stress threshold (how much stress they can handle before it becomes negative) • Students should learn how to minimize the control these stressors have over them before the stressors lead to danger levels • Students should learn how to decrease the negative stress in their life so they can live a healthy life

  • 2.02 Goal Setting

Students should learn the importance of setting goals  • Students should learn how to set real, actionable goals to help fulfill their dreams and desires • Students should learn to communicate a knowledge of the importance of goal setting with regards to their education and future planning

Students should learn how to evaluate their goal setting process • Students should take what they learn from the evaluation process and apply that to their next attempt

  • 2.03 Self-Control

Students should have at least a basic knowledge of their emotional and impulsive natures and responses • Students should begin to control their emotional and impulsive responses to external stimuli • Students should learn strategies that will assist them in overcoming triggers, addictions, and confrontations due to emotional stress • Students should learn how to regulate their emotions, leading to better, more rational decisions • Students should learn the importance of controlling their thoughts, feelings, and actions • Students should learn how self-control leads to a balanced life

  • 2.04 Perseverance

Students should earn how to see failures as opportunities to learn, not as the end of the road for their goals or dreams • Students should learn that perseverance and an attitude of persistence and hard work are some of the greatest assets to the realization and completion of their goals and dreams • Students should learn, and put into practice, skills and strategies that will assist them when they are faced with adversity • Students should gain an understanding of grit and how it applies to perseverance, and learn how to apply it to their own lives

  • 2.05 Self-Motivation

Students should understand the importance of motivation, especially with regards to goal completion  • Students should understand the importance of self-reliance with regard to goal completion • Students should learn about the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how intrinsic motivation leads to increased self-motivation

    • Students should understand the importance of being able to motivate themselves to accomplish their goals • Students should learn strategies for improving their self-motivation skills

Unit 3: Social Awareness

  • 3.01 Compassion

Students should have a good understanding of what compassion is and how it applies to their social relationships  • Students should understand why compassion is more beneficial to their lives, as well as to the lives of those whom they show compassion • Students should understand the difference between empathy and sympathy, and the importance of both with regards to compassion • Students should gain an understanding of why humans can struggle showing compassion toward others • Students should learn how to overcome selfishness and distrust of others, so that they can develop a better sense of empathy and compassion

  • 3.02 Open-Mindedness

Students should gain an understanding of the difference between truth and opinion • Students should understand that our opinions, while important to us, do not and should not apply to everyone  • Students should learn why keeping an open mind to new ideas can help to make them smarter, more empathetic individuals • Students should learn to be open to new ideas, even when they are completely opposed to our own • Students should learn how to get rid of their prejudices and biases, leading them to better social interaction with others of different races, religions, cultures, etc.

  • 3.03 Social Intelligence

Students should gain an understanding of the different areas of social intelligence  • Students should understand how and why humans are social creatures • Students should learn how to handle complex relationships

Students should learn how their social relationships shape their identity • Students should learn how society can cause them to have bias against groups and individuals who are different from them

Unit 4: Relationship Skills

  • 4.01 Collaboration

Students should learn why collaboration is important in their social interactions and goal completion process ● Students should learn how to work with others as a part of a team ● Students should learn how to discover their role within a team or group setting ● Students should learn how to succeed in a team or group environment ● Students should discover the long-term benefits of working with others as a part of an effort to accomplish shared goals ● Students should gain an understanding of why they should always be open to collaborating with others

  • 4.02 Communication

Students should learn to communicate, both as an individual and as a part of a group • Students should learn how to use communication skills to further their own goals and dreams • Students should learn how to read and understand body language and other forms of nonverbal communication • Students should learn the importance of adopting positive body language and nonverbal communicating skills • Students should learn how to be an effective listener, and how listening helps them communicate with others • Students should learn strategies to help strengthen their listening skills and become a proficient communicator

  • 4.03 Leadership

Students should learn what kind of qualities a leader possesses  • Students should be encouraged to choose and cultivate leadership qualities in their own lives • Students should learn to accept and thrive in a leadership role, even if it is not a natural role • Student should understand how humility acts as a positive leadership quality, and how to develop humility in their own lives • Students should understand, as a leader, the importance of takingresponsibility for their mistakes, instead of blaming others or negative circumstances for their failuresUnit 5: Responsible Decision-Making

Unit 5: Responsible Decision Making

  • 5.01 Responsible Decision Making

Students should learn skills that will help them make responsible decisions, and be better equipped to make tough choices in their lives, including: o Managing their time o Researching the different aspects of their decision o Planning the implementation of their decision o Being able to prioritize their goals, the steps to reach those goals, and any other part of their plan that involves ranking based on value o Evaluating their decision, making sure to strengthen their weaknesses and learn from their mistakes

  • 5.02 Critical Thinking

Students should learn how to think critically to solve complex problems • Students should discover why critical thinking is important in being a learner, as well as in their future careers • Students should learn how asking questions will help them to better understand the problem on which they are working • Students should learn how asking questions can help other reach the truth without causing confrontation or embarrassment

5.03 Problem Solving

  • Students should learn how to solve problems using rational and innovative thinking • Students should learn different problem-solving processes and how they can use them to solve the complex problems they will face in the future • Students should learn how to think outside of the box, finding unique ways to solve problems • Students should learn strategies that challenge our way of thinking • Students should learn, once they have come up with a series of possible solutions to a complex problem, how to choose the best solution that fits their situation and skill set • Students should learn how to differentiate between the easy solution and the right solution