2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

BHS 155 - Professional Resiliency and Well-Being

Description: Exploration of building human resilience and well-being to prevent burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue for social services and mental health professionals, healthcare providers, emergency first responders, and other relationship-intense occupations. Causes, symptoms, and effects of traumatic stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and other work-related stress. Focus on enhancing quality of life and improving a healthy lifestyle by incorporating evidence-based practices in psychological and emotional resilience training, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, prevention, peer support, and self-care, including nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Exploration of strategies that function as preventative medicine to help mitigate the potential harmful effects of highly stressful careers.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Resilience, burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue research in historical context
  2. Causes and symptoms of work-related stress in relationship-intense occupations
  3. Stress response and the body's defense system
  4. Strategies to manage workplace-related stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue, including social connectedness, community building, and self-care
  5. Professional resiliency plan

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Analyze historical contexts of resilience, burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue research. (1)
  2. Describe factors that contribute to trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue. (2)
  3. Explain how work-related stress can compromise physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. (2,3)
  4. Develop mindfulness and self-relaxation strategies to promote mind-body awareness and equanimity. (4)
  5. Practice skills to modify mindsets, explanatory styles, and core beliefs to bounce back from setbacks and adversity. (4)
  6. Define meaning and purpose in work and life to enhance resilience. (4)
  7. Explain elements of positive psychology and whole health integration to enhance happiness and well-being. (4)
  8. Identify skills to build meaningful relationships and positive support systems to improve health and well-being. (4)
  9. Explain ways to improve health-conscious practices, including healthy eating, activity, sleep, and self-compassion. (4)
  10. Analyze structural factors within organizations that support resilience. (4)
  11. Utilize key psychological and emotional resiliency skills to address symptoms and prevent future effects associated with traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. (4)
  12. Create a six-point professional resiliency plan. (5)