Facilitating Social-Emotional Learning in the Workplace
Keywords:wellness, holistic, higher education, mindfulness
AbstractThe 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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