Teaching Counselors Self-Care Through Mindfulness Practices


by Sandy Newsome, John Chambers Christopher, Penny Dahlen & Suzanne Christopher - 2006

Few counseling programs directly address the importance of self-care in reducing stress and burnout in their curricula. A course entitled Mind/Body Medicine and the Art of Self-Care was created to address personal and professional growth opportunities through self-care and mindfulness practices (meditation, yoga, qigong, and conscious relaxation exercises). Three methods of evaluating this 15-week 3-credit mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course for counseling students indicated positive changes for students in learning how to manage stress and improve counseling practice. Students reported positive physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and interpersonal changes and substantial effects on their counseling skills and therapeutic relationships. Information from a focus group, qualitative reports, and quantitative course evaluations were triangulated; all data signified positive student responses to the course, method of teaching, and course instructor. Most students reported intentions of integrating mindfulness practices into their future profession.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 9, 2006, p. 1881-1900
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12686, Date Accessed: 7/27/2021 4:55:00 PM

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