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There’s a gap in wellness education programs on college campuses

August 07, 2019 / DR. HENRY G

Colleges and universities are beginning to address the well-being of eighteen- to twenty-five-year-old young adults in their college educational experiences by hiring well-being professionals. For example, this employment listing from a highly-competitive private liberal arts college in the Northeast is for a director of health and wellness education. “The Director of Health and Wellness Education will develop, implement and evaluate a broad-based health and wellness education program with a focus on alcohol and drug use, sexual assault prevention and response, stress management, and bystander intervention programs” (HigherEdJobs.com). While this is a good start, we have observed that most wellness education programs are likely reactions to mental and physical health crises, with a focus on alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, and stress management. If frontline educators can teach young adults self-knowledge and how to create a paradigm shift in their abilities to experie...