Mindfully Increasing Quality of Life: A Promising Curriculum for MSW Students

Robin Bonifas, Maria Napoli

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Abstract

MSW students may experience considerable stress during graduate school due to multiple life demands and the challenges of social work curricula, which often involves exposure to distressing client situations. Students' quality of life may be negatively impacted without sufficient tools to manage these stressful experiences. This paper presents evaluative findings of a course/module designed to enable MSW students in a university in the Southwestern United States to increase their quality of life and build stress coping abilities by incorporating mindfulness into their daily self care routines. Findings reveal that after completing the course/module, students reported increased quality of life even though perceived stress levels did not improve. Accordingly, mindfulness holds significant promise for bolstering students' ability to cope with the challenges of graduate school and preparing for professional practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-484
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Work Education
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Course Evaluation
  • MSW Curricula
  • Mindfulness
  • Perceived Stress
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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