A Developmental ‘Spin’ on the Wheel of Wellness: Applications across the Lifespan

Angela Breitmeyer, Midwestern University, USA

Theme: Developmental/lifespan perspectives

Program ID: WKSP-03

Presentation: October 2, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: Fountain


Psychological theory and empirical research have substantiated that a balanced approach to life is a healthy approach to life. In order to achieve life balance, multiple domains of one’s life must be addressed. Illustrating such domains, the Wheel of Wellness (Myers, Sweeney, & Witmer 2000) is a holistic model of wellness that addresses six primary areas of functioning: physical, emotional, occupational, social, intellectual and spiritual. During this workshop attendees will learn: a) a brief overview of the Wheel of Wellness; b) variations of the model incorporating additional domains, namely, athletic, environmental, and cultural; c) developmental modifications enhancing the applicability of the model to preschool children, youth, adolescents, young adults, and older adults; d) the model’s relevance and benefits in current sport psychology and mental health practice; e) specific artistic and physical activities incorporating the Wheel of Wellness; and f) practical strategies for educating individuals about health and wellness across the lifespan. Teaching methods will include both a didactic and experiential component, incorporating a brief presentation, small group activities, and a “Q and A” session upon workshop completion. Specific activities for each of the five aforementioned developmental stages will be demonstrated. Finally, workshop participants will be given a PowerPoint handout, as well as a summary sheet of all of the activities presented.

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