The Santa Barbara Wellness Project: Development and Implementation

  • Melissa L. Morgan Consoli University of California, Santa Barbara
  • J. Manuel Casas University of California, Santa Barbara
  • A. Patricia Cabrera University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Gustavo Prado University of California, Santa Barbara
Keywords: Wellness, Prevention, Community-based research, Strengths, Social justice

Abstract

This article discusses the creation, implementation and maintenance of the Santa Barbara Wellness Project. This initiative was developed in response to an increase in Latino teen suicides in Santa Barbara County in recent years. Community members including mental health professionals, university faculty and students, concerned citizens, youth and parents came together to help form a prevention program in the wake of this adversity. A basic program including components of relaxation, stress management, problem-solving, and decision-making was developed through consultation among these groups and modifications continue as needed. The program is rooted in the empowerment philosophy of Freire (1973, 2004). Thus far, over 500 individuals have been trained and we are in the process of conducting program evaluation. Challenges, “lessons learned,” and successes are discussed.
Published
2012-04-01
How to Cite
Morgan Consoli, M., Casas, J., Cabrera, A., & Prado, G. (2012). The Santa Barbara Wellness Project: Development and Implementation. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 4(1), 69-82. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/jsacp/article/view/385