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.

Wellness on Campus

RachelCarter CherylThis is an interprofessional collaboration addressing student wellness needs on campus while focusing on the mental health, stress, sleep, and coping strategies assessed on the National College Health Assessment. It includes mentoring graduate students in research and development of wellness programs.

This research was conducted by Cheryl Wolf and Racheal Carter (graduate assistant). It was presented during Kentucky Counseling Association conference in Louisville, KY (November 2017). Initial collaborations also included Dr. Jill Duba Sauerheber, Dr. Todd Misener, Kathyrn Steward, and Alyssa Arnold.

Exploring the Benefits of a Wellness Program for Future Counselors

Eric, Isabel, and CherylIn Fall 2008 & Spring 2009, I co-created a wellness program for students in our graduate counseling department. We were awarded a research grant to measure the results of the program on students. We presented the results of our quantitative study and qualitative studies at the American Counseling Association Conference in March 2010 and published two academic journal articles in the Journal of Individual Psychology (2012, 2014).

The research team included Cheryl Pence Wolf, Isabel Thompson, Eric Thompson, and Dr. Sondra Smith-Adcock.

Grant funded: Wolf, C.P., Thompson, I., & Thompson, E. (2008, June 1). Refresh your Mind, Rejuvenate your Body, Renew your Spirit: a Wellness Program for Future Counselors. 2008 Chi Sigma Iota Research Grant ($400).

Using Yoga to Improve Wellness

In Fall 2009, I led a follow up wellness study measuring the results of a four-week Luna Yoga program for female counselors and counselors in training. We conducted a randomized controlled study with two experimental groups and one control/delayed treatment group using a female-based yoga program developed by my co-researchers, Elisa Mott, Isabel Thompson, and Adrienne Baggs. We presented a poster with the results of our quantitative study at the American Counseling Association Conference in March 2010. 

Luna Yoga Research Team (Isabel, Elisa, Adrienne, Cheryl, & Ana)This research team included Cheryl Pence Wolf, Elisa Mott, Isabel Thompson, Adrienne Baggs, and Dr. Ana Puig.

Grant funded: Wolf, C.P., Mott, E., Thompson, I., & Baggs, A. (2009, June 1). Using Yoga to Improve Wellness: Exploring the Effects of a Four-Week Luna Yoga Program on Female Counselors and Counselors-in-Training. 2009 Chi Sigma Iota Research Grant ( $300) & University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health Research Supplemental Grant ($380).
 

Exploring the Changes in Sexual Attitudes and Awareness

Ana & Cheryl Wellness GrantIn Fall 2010, I mentored a master's student, Ana Jaramillo, who was interested in researching her idea for a sexuality-focused book club/support group. We conducted pre & post test quantitative study with a group of 11 female counselors-in-training. We presented the results of our quantitative and qualitative study at the American Counseling Association Conference in March 2011 and are currently developing a manuscript for publication. 

This research team included Ana Jaramillo and Cheryl Pence Wolf.

Grant funded: Jaramillo, A.M. & Wolf, C.P. (2010, August 12). Making Sexual Education Fun: Using a Support Group/Book Club to Explore the Changes in Sexual Attitudes and Awareness of Female Counselors-in-Training. 2010 Chi Sigma Iota Research Grant ($250).

 

 View the presentations and publications pages for more details on the research studies above.