Date of Award

7-27-2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Daniel S. McKitrick, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

James B. Lane, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jon Frew, Ph.D., ABPP

Abstract

A quantitative needs analysis, with qualitative elements, of helping professions programs' support of their students' self-care practices is detailed in this paper. Data analyzed were 24 transcribed interviews from student volunteers (from occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and optometry), regarding their self-care practices, programmatic support of their coping, how their programs might offer more support, and their responses to a mindfulness exercise. Participants described almost 10 coping strategies on average. Most participants made notations of strengths and concerns with their programs' support, were desirous of more information from their programs about self-care, and described generally positive responses to the mindfulness exercise. The study's findings are critically discussed, and implications for clinicians, researchers, and educators are given.

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