USU offers three live, online courses (Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced) to both USU enrolled graduate students and to non-enrolled masters level students to help them learn and master the I-System Model and Mind-Body Bridging. All courses are 3 Credit hours or 4.5 Continuing Education Hours. Classes are synchronous, held once a week for three hours for 14 consecutive weeks, and the day and time is determined together with those enrolled.
The I-System is a biopsychological mechanism and is a common factor in a wide range of psychopathology. The I-System creates unrealistic identity-grasping (the belief that there is a single independent identity, referred to as one’s self, which is not changing and not dependent on anything else), consisting of self-centered expectations (rules of how self, others and the world should be), that impairs mind-body wellbeing and functioning. The I-System Model is the bases of Mind-Body Bridging (MBB), an evidence-based transdiagnostic intervention that alleviates psychological distress for individuals with a broad range of mental health issues, and increases psychological flexibility and resilience. The aim of MBB is simply to reduce the activity of the I-System so that our innate adaptive skills can flourish. The focus of MBB is to teach clients how to adopt a metacognitive perspective of the biopsychological mechanism (I-System) that causes dysfunctional behavior.
Students who are licensed clinicians and who successfully complete all three I-System Model and Mind-Body Bridging courses will become Certified MBB Therapists.
In the Foundation course students learn the basics of the I-System Model and Mind-Body Bridging principles and practices with their Micro, Meso, and Macro applications to Social Work practice. This course helps students understand the I-System Model, including the Net of Existence, and how to apply the principles and practices of MBB to themselves, as well as in their Social Work practice.
In the Intermediate course students learn skills to apply the basics of the I-System Model and Mind-Body Bridging (MBB) principles and practices in their social work/clinical practice. Students deepen their understanding of the application of the I-System Model with their clients, including the Net of Existence and I-System Analysis, and how to incorporate MBB principles and practices in their clinical setting.
In the Advanced course students learn various clinical applications of the I-System Model and Mind-Body Bridging (MBB) principles and practices. Students apply the I-System Model, including the Net of Existence and MBB principles and practices in their specific clinical setting. Students receive supervision in the application of the I-System Model and MBB principles and practices.