“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Preliminary Outcomes from Capacity-Building Efforts of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program”
The Tools for Well-Being is a mindfulness-based training that has been found to increase resilience, decrease stress level, build a more positive outlook on life, and promote well-being for staff. We will highlight the research and best practice informing this curriculum and provide a brief summary of study findings. We will discuss the staff-centered implementation process that led to capacity building for this wellness program, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff-led efforts have generated professional development, the inclusion of some facets of this curriculum into Welfare to Work practice such as CalWORKs 2.0, and the transformation of the organizational culture.
- Kimiko Vang: Merced County Human Services Agency
- Yvonne Berenguer: California State University, Stanislaus
- Michael Compton: Merced County Human Services Agency
- Adrian Espinoza: Merced County Human Services Agency