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Theme F: Prevention/Wellness
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Goal

To promote optimum human development across the life span through prevention and wellness.

Objectives

Listed below are three objectives designed to help achieve this goal. Links from each objective will take you to sample or model projects. These projects can be replicated and will hopefully help chapters develop new project ideas that will also meet the goal. The CSI Advocacy and Technology Committees encourage chapters to submit additional projects for inclusion on the webpage.

  • Objective 1. To encourage client wellness by identifying needs of clients and implementing strategies to address client needs.

  • Objective 2. To encourage all counselors to incorporate wellness into their philosophical orientation, their professional practices, research, and their advocacy for client welfare.

  • Objective 3. To encourage counselor wellness by identifying the needs of counselors and by selecting, training and retraining counseling students who are committed to personal wellness.

Chapter Advocacy Projects

Group Counseling for Elementary School Children Affected by Hurricane Floyd

Objective 1: To encourage client wellness by identifying needs of clients and implementing strategies to address client needs.

This is a project that students in the Upsilon Nu Chi Chapter developed to allow them to use their skills to assist others in their time of need. The project resulted from identification of a client population that is currently underserved. It required the development of a plan for service and recruitment and coordination of volunteers. A plan for evaluation and follow-up is part of the service project.

Finally, we publicized the project as an example of how professional counselors and counseling students, committed to advocacy for wellness across the life span, can identify and address a need in the community.

Program Description

We identified a group of 4th- and 5th-grade students at Pattillo Elementary School in Tarboro who were in dire need of our skills. Almost half of the students and their families had to relocate to others forms of housing as a result of Hurricane Floyd and the floods that ensued. They had a school counselor there, but she was unable to meet the demands of providing group counseling for these students to help them deal with their situation. We sent out an e-mail to all members of our department stating that we wanted to recruit volunteers who were willing to use their group counseling skills for a day to help these students. A program had already been developed at the school; the staff just needed help implementing it. This was designed as a service project that could be conducted on a one-time basis or on a regular basis. Either way, it was important to provide publicity for the project as an example of what counselors can do to promote wellness and optimum human development.

Resources helpful for developing activity

Information on crisis intervention, coping with natural disasters, and developmental school counseling interventions can be helpful. The development of a list of resources for crisis response, or accessing an existing set of such resources, was helpful to this project. The Disaster Response Program of the American Red Cross requires a level of sophistication and training that our students did not yet possess. Yet, they had a strong desire to be of service and thus have sought ways to do so.

Cost

There was no cost associated with this project, as students donated their time and resources for travel. We requested public service announcements through the university to publicize the project.

People needed for implementation

At a minimum, we needed a coordinator. This person was the Chair of the Upsilon Nu Chi Service Committee. He recruited a number of students to serve as members of the Service Committee and many of them chose to participate in this particular wellness project.

Timeline for developing and implementing activity

The development of the project required 2-3 meetings of the Service Committee and time for recruiting volunteers through the department listservs and word of mouth. The volunteer commitment was a minimum of one day. The drive to Tarrboro was about 3 hours, one way. Students traveled to and from the site in one (long) day.

Name of Chapter and person to be credited with project

Upsilon Nu Chi
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Shawn L. Spurgeon, Chair, UNC Service Committee
Under the leadership of Brian J. Dew, Chapter President, 1999-2000

Submitted by Jane Myers, Faculty Advisor.

Assessing Wellness of Counselor Trainees

Objective 2: To encourage counselor wellness by identifying the needs of counselors and by selecting, training and retraining counseling students who are committed to personal wellness.

Activity Description

Each year in their second semester students enroll in CED 612, Counseling Over the Life span, which I teach. A unit on wellness is part of this course. Students complete the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle (WEL) as part of the homework for this curricular unit, and they read assigned articles on wellness across the life span. Scores are provided during a group interpretation that follows a lecture and discussion concerning wellness. Students plot their profiles on the WEL and are then given time in small groups to discuss their scores, identify areas they would like to change/improve, and develop strategies for enhancing their personal wellness.

Students are encouraged to adopt a wellness philosophy in working with their clients, and to acknowledge that wellness begins with a personal commitment to optimizing their own development.

Resources helpful for developing activity

  • Hattie, J.A., Myers, J.E., & Sweeney, T.J. (2000). A Multidisciplinary Model of Wellness: The Development of the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle. Greensboro, NC: Unpublished paper.
  • Myers, J.E., Sweeney, T.J., & Witmer, J.M. (in press). Counseling for wellness: A holistic model for treatment planning. Journal of Counseling and Development.
  • Sweeney, T.J. (1998). Adlerian counseling: A practitioner's approach (4th ed.). New York: Taylor & Francis.

Cost

The cost to students is $0.50 each to cover the purchase of a scannable answer sheet and the WEL Inventory.

People needed for implementation

To implement this project, one instructor is needed.

Timeline for developing and implementing activity

The development of the syllabus incorporates the unit on wellness. For those instructors new to this area, a few hours reading articles plus time taking the WEL and interpreting their own scores would be useful. Overall, a minimum of one day could be planned. Workshops at conferences could provide additional training as well as CEUs.

Name of Chapter and Persons to be credited with project

Upsilon Nu Chi
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dr. Jane Myers, Faculty Advisor

Keeping the Counselor Healthy: A Day in Wellness

Objective 1: To encourage counselor wellness by identifying the needs of counselors and by selecting, training and retraining counseling students who are committed to personal wellness.

Activity Description

Each fall the Beta Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota sponsors a wellness conference. The conference addresses wellness topics usually through a keynote address and then several different break-out sessions. Break-out sessions are presented by students and professionals in counseling. During the conference the chapter also sponsors a silent auction of wellness items to raise money for the Beta Chi scholarship fund. Donations are received from local merchants and John Carroll University.

Resources helpful for developing the activity

Dr. Paula Britton, Faculty Advisor

Cost

There is minimal cost to produce the conference. Generally a keynote person in the area with interest and expertise in some aspect of wellness donates their time to the presentation. The mailings and flyers are the largest part of the budget. Student members volunteer to solicit business for donations to the silent auction.

People needed for implementation

A conference chairperson is appointed each year who forms a conference planning committee to coordinate the conference.

Timeline for developing and implementing activity

  • Four months before conference - secure keynote speaker
  • Three months before conference - call for papers
  • Two months before conference - create and mail conference flyer
  • One month before the conference - proposals chosen

Name of chapter and persons to be credited with the project

  • Beta Chi Chapter
  • John Carroll University
  • Abbey Wilcox, Chair, Wellness Conference
  • Kevin Feisthamel, Chapter President 2001-2002
  • Dr. Paula Britton, Chapter Advisor
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