A Study in Wellness
WENDY MORRISON, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
For the past year, I’ve had the privilege of working with the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program as a Fellow of the Wellness Leadership Institute (WLI). Through this opportunity, I was able to sharpen my leadership skills by designing and implementing wellness interventions in partnership with the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. The majority of my work was dedicated to the development of wellness and mindfulness programing for junior high school students in Alameda Jr/Sr High School, an ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged public school in the Denver area.
The projects began out of a shared interest among the Jefferson Center and key Alameda School stakeholders to enhance the wellness and social-emotional oriented programming at the school. Research has consistently demonstrated the many benefits of incorporating such programming, spanning improvements in students’ academic functioning, behavioral self-management, positive health behaviors, and emotional functioning. With much credit due to my colleague and previous WLI Fellow Katie Greisch, as well as Jefferson Center and Alameda School staff, I’m proud to report on two of the initiatives that were successfully implemented at Alameda School and have laid the groundwork for continued programming.