Health and Wellness Residency Offered in January Term

By Andy Binder, community outreach and events coordinator, Academic Affairs; Josh Boardman, graduate intern, Academic Affairs

November 26, 2013

The Health and Wellness Initiative is sponsoring four residencies this 2014 January term. Registration is now open for the health and wellness residency which focuses on resiliency. These courses have been created to fit into many areas of study, and also to help students in their personal and professional lives. The topics include grief and loss, nutrition, resiliency and stress and coping. The following course descriptions were obtained from the health and wellness residency webpage and can be used by students to speak with their mentors about how these opportunities can fit into their degree plans.

Grief and Loss:

Throughout this study students will explore the phenomenon of grief including a theoretical understanding of the stages and process of dealing with major life losses, the roles of ritual, faith and remembrance within the context of culture. The course also will deal with determining when grief becomes dysfunctional, and how the human services worker can appropriately determine if referral is needed for the client.

Nutrition in Health and Wellness:

This introductory course is designed to teach the scientific principles of human nutrition to promote personal health and wellness. The course provides an overview of the biological significance of foods and nutrition. Specific nutrient functions are discussed, as well as how the supply and demand of food impacts our physical health. The course promotes scientific literacy and an appreciation of the ways in which we gain scientific knowledge and understanding.


Students will learn about resilience and how it protects individuals and families from various life challenges. Students also will learn about what it means to work from a strengths based perspective with individuals and families, including children in the community. Readings by Jonathan Kozol and other firsthand accounts, as well as a novel will be used. Students will learn through the use of case studies and will learn about resilience and protective factors in the contexts of abuse, homelessness, trauma and various family circumstances.

Stress and Coping:

This study will examine the mental health consequences of stress on individuals and the social environments in which their lives take place: family; work; school; communities; among other social contexts. Topics to be explored include: definitions and theories of stress; key stressors; stress prevention and coping skills; balanced lifestyles; and research and information technology sources related to mental health and stress relief. Stress and coping is a combination of theory and practical knowledge that will help the student understand many day to day situations which create stress and its consequences on health. Understanding sources of stress and practicing prevention habits as well as learning about coping skills is a vital way of keeping healthy, physically and emotionally.

More information can be found on the residency website under Health and Wellness. The website also contains information about how to sign up for the course and pre-requisites for enrollment. The meet up location for these residencies also will correspond with the 2nd Annual Student Wellness Retreat April 10-12, 2014 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY. We invite everyone who registers for the Health and Wellness Residency to also sign up for the Student Wellness Retreat. The retreat will include educational and interactive sessions on yoga, Pilates, dance, time management, nutrition, stress management, physical health and more. There will also be free professional massages, healthy meals, a keynote address, nightly entertainment, and comprehensive health fair, giveaways and more! While registration is open now for the health and wellness residency, more details on the Student Wellness Retreat will be forthcoming, registration is set to open in January. You must register for the residency and the retreat separately if you plan to attend both.  Remember to discuss these opportunities with your mentor and we look forward to seeing you enrolled in the Health and Wellness Residency and the Student Wellness Retreat in April!

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