ERIC Number: EJ865712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 53
Promoting Overall Health and Wellness among Clients: The Relevance and Role of Professional Counselors
Fetter, Holly; Koch, Dennis W.
ADULTSPAN Journal, v8 n1 p4-16 Spr 2009
A movement in the profession of counseling incorporates a wellness philosophy and wellness-oriented approach within the counseling change process. The construct of "wellness" pertains to an orientation of lifestyle in which body, mind, and spirit are fully integrated in efforts to achieve an optimal state of health and well-being. Wellness, according to Myers et al. (2000), involves the physical, social, psychological, emotional, intellectual, and environmental dimensions of life. According to Ardell and Langdon (1989), quality of life is an important aspect of wellness. Hence, the term "wellness" involves the intentional act of embracing health-enhancing values, motives, and behaviors in efforts to promote good health. Simply put, wellness involves an individual's ability to achieve and maintain healthy living. Given the rise in health care costs and the premature morbidity and mortality rates in the United States, the authors discuss the relevant constructs of wellness and holistic health as they relate and apply to the profession of counseling. Implications and application of the Indivisible Self model of wellness in counseling are highlighted.
Descriptors: Health, Philosophy, Life Style, Chronic Illness, Wellness, Quality of Life, Relationship, Counseling, Counselors, Holistic Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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