Facilitating Social-Emotional Learning in the Workplace

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Duke Dunkin Biber


The purpose of this commentary is to explain the integration of social emotional learning in higher education with faculty and staff. The University of West Georgia has established an applied holistic wellness lab, the Wolf Wellness Lab, that aims to facilitate social emotional learning for faculty and staff. The Wolf Wellness Lab was founded upon the National Wellness Institute’s framework of holistic health, including emotional, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical health promotion. The Wolf Wellness Lab provides a variety of education, services and trainings for faculty and staff that can serve as a model for other universities, businesses, and community centers to facilitate SEL. The Wolf Wellness Lab has helped create an identity of social emotional learning and overall wellness in the department, college, and university at large, and such an identity and culture are often needed for successful and long-term healthy change. This commentary will discuss specific resources provided for faculty and staff that promote a culture of wellness.

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Biber, D. D. (2019). Facilitating Social-Emotional Learning in the Workplace. The International Journal of Whole Person Care, 6(2), 26–29. https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v6i2.204
Author Biography

Duke Dunkin Biber, Assistant Professor Health & Community Wellness Wolf Wellness Lab Research Coordinator University of West Georgia

Dr. Duke Biber joined the Department of Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical education at the University of West Georgia in 2018. Dr. Biber has his Doctoral degree in exercise psychology from Georgia State University and Master’s degree in sport psychology from Georgia Southern University. He has experience teaching sport and exercise psychology, mental and emotional wellness, health behavior change, weight training, and a variety of fitness courses. He is research faculty for the Wolf Wellness Lab and his research interests include exercise adherence with a focus on identity development as well as self-compassion, mindfulness, and spirituality. In addition to teaching and research, Duke has served as the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) trainer in central Virginia and sport psychology consultant for athletes at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, and Georgia State University. Dr. Biber recently published his first book- No Fear: Discover Your Passion And Live With Purpose


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