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Tarver Behring, S. & Jeffries, C. (2016, May). COE SUN Program: Promoting Self-Care and Wellbeing with Faculty and Staff at CSUN. Happiness is Happening: CSUN Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Wellbeing Student and Faculty Symposium, California State University, Northridge, Ca.
Following a surge in university-based student wellness initiatives nationwide, many universities are now looking at self-care and wellbeing for faculty and staff as essential to optimal functioning and success for the students they serve. Based on analyses of self-care programs around the country and on our own Michael D. Eisner College of Education faculty and staff preferences, a self-care pilot program was developed and launched in early Spring 2015. We define self-care as taking responsibility for yourself to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle at work and in your personal world through individually determined, proactive activities. As a part of this initiative, we are collecting data on self-perceived attitudes and performance at work. We also are looking at whether offering decentralized services right in the building where faculty and staff work increases participation both at this location as well as serve as a gateway to increased participation in other self-care activities located on other parts of campus. Finally, we are investigating how the importance of self-care is being transmitted by faculty and staff to students in the College of Education teaching and counseling programs. This interactive presentation will describe the program highlighting research findings, modeling self-care activities, and sharing resources.