The Effect of a Wellness Intervention on the Total Wellness of Counseling Practicum Graduate Students

  • Devona M Stalnaker-Shofner Antioch University New England
  • Suneetha B. Manyam Associate Professor at Mercer University
Keywords: Wellness, Wellness Intervention, Counselor Education


This study examined the effect of a wellness intervention on the total wellness of master’s-level graduate students in counseling practicum. It was posited that participation in a wellness intervention will result in observable increases in student total wellness.  Using aquasi-experimental, single-group pretest-posttest design with quota sampling, a sample size of 30 practicum students was recruited.  Participants were administered the 5F-Wel Inventory to assess baseline wellness, and participated in a wellness intervention, which was followed up with a posttest administration of the 5F-Wel.   Data analysis involved using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The results of these analyses indicated there was a statistically significant difference in participants’ Total Wellness and wellness factors scores, supporting the research hypothesis that participationin a wellness intervention increases student wellness as indicated by 5F-Wel posttest scores. Implications for clinical supervision, counseling education, as well as areas for future research are offered.

Author Biographies

Devona M Stalnaker-Shofner, Antioch University New England
Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England.
Suneetha B. Manyam, Associate Professor at Mercer University
Department of Counseling and Human Sciences, Associate Professor