Masters Thesis

Tools for well-being curriculum: a quantitative and qualitative analysis

There is limited research on mindfulness based interventions in the workplace. Nevertheless, the preliminary findings suggest that mindfulness interventions have a positive impact on social workers’ and helping professionals’ well-being, mindfulness awareness and coping skills. This study focused on whether Merced County Employment and Training (E&T) workers who participated in a mindfulness-based intervention (Tools for Well-Being curriculum) experienced improvement in subjective well-being, coping skills, mindfulness, and secondary traumatic stress. The quantitative component of the study focused on participants’ pretest and posttest response to mindfulness, coping skills, subjective well-being and secondary traumatic stress. The qualitative component focused on participants’ lived experiences in response to Tools for Well-Being curriculum and the impact it had on participants’ personal and professional life. The results indicate that Tools for Well-Being had a positive impact on participants’ overall well-being, mindfulness awareness, secondary trauma and coping skills. Implications for practice, policy, and future research are discussed.