Academic Courses

Self-Care in the Helping Professions, CHS 496

This undergraduate course, offered as a part of the Care, Health and Society major in the Department of Sociology, is a unique class designed to support students to learn and practice ways to cultivate unbiased compassion for those they will serve in their forthcoming careers, as well as manage the multiple pressures and stresses of academic life.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The emotional, physical and spiritual demands of the caring and health professions are significant. Students are introduced to the importance of wellness and self-care practices as they consider careers in the helping professions. This course will explore the impact of cultivating compassion vs. empathy in working with clients/patients, as well as offer students an opportunity to cultivate a wellness/self-care practice in their own lives. The course culminates in a research paper on the student’s selected wellness/self-care practice.