Research

A variety of research studies have been conducted, published, and presented in three general areas with the focus on individual well-being through experiencing career meaning, wellness/self-care, and spirituality in counseling.  

Career Meaning

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” (attributed to Confucius). For decades, individuals have been encouraged to follow their bliss, pursue their dreams, and find work they love because there is a positive connection between meaningful work and improved wellness. The research studies described here have focused on the importance of career meaning on individual well-being, what drives people to certain careers, and why they stay.

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Wellness & Self-Care

Yoga pose at sunset

Career satisfaction and personal well-being is found to be related to effective self-care strategies. Having a balanced life and maintaining a good wellness plan, can impact all areas of an individual (body, mind & spirit) as well as all areas of life such as work, family, friends, and more. The wellness and self-care research studies described here include a wellness program developed and facilitated for a graduate counseling program, a female-based yoga class, and exploring healthy sexuality through a women's support group/book club.

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Spirituality in Counseling

Man meditatingAn individual's spiritual or religious beliefs are often central to their outlook on life and their personal well-being; therefore, it is imperative for counselors to acknowledge and help clients in a way that is aligned with those beliefs. To help counselors gain more comfort with the variety of spiritual and religious philosophies and issues in counseling, these research studies were focused on exploring this area more.

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