The core purpose of The Self-Care Lab (SCL) is to generate empirical knowledge associated with broad-ranging self-care research, education, and training endeavors among helping professionals. To that end, SCL leads a number of ongoing projects. Here are but a few of those endeavors.
The Global Self-Care Initiative
The Global Self-Care Initiative is a project designed to assess cultural nuances and differences in self-care practice across countries around the world. Currently, practitioners and scholars from a variety of institutions are involved in the initiative.
Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Self-Care Practices: Impact and Influence
For helping professionals (e.g., social workers, educators, nurses, etc.), self-care can be an integral tool to assuaging stressors associated with COVID-19. However, research that examines the impact of public health crises, such as COVID-19, is nominal, at best. This project investigates the impact of COVID-19 on the self-care practices of helping professionals in a variety of disciplines.
Conceptualizing Organizational Wellness Initiatives: Participatory Approaches
Increasingly, organizations in general, and social service organizations, specifically, are recognizing the importance of planning and evaluating organizational wellness initiatives. Yet, few participatory models for carrying out these aims exist. This project includes several multistate agencies and utilizes participatory methodologies to explore organizational wellness initiatives and the impacts they have on employee wellness, morale, and burnout prevention.