COVID-19 information and resources
Douglas College wordmark
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo Snapchat logo YouTube logo Wordpress logo
back to search

Wellness: Self and Professional Practice

Course Code: CFCS 1221
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

This course emphasizes a developmental approach to self-awareness and professional practice. It provides students with a framework to explore community wellness themes.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Maintenance of personal wellness is an essential component of the human services   practitioner
  • One’s personal state of wellness (or lack of) influences one’s ability to deliver services to others
  • Wellness is a choice, involving self-awareness, values clarification and self-responsibility
  • Wellness includes team building and decision-making
  • One builds a sense of wellness from personal experience and an integration of the theories of wellness into one’s professional role
  • Ongoing practice of wellness can prevent “burn-out” in the human services profession.

Methods of Instruction


Group work

Experiential classroom activities

Student presentations

Guest speakers

Audio-visual presentations

Means of Assessment

Personal Wellness Plan 

Group Presentation             




Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to integrate wellness into day-to-day life
    • Develop a personal wellness plan, including stress management
    • Practice and document personal wellness plan during semester
    • Self evaluate an experience with reflective writing, designing and maintaining a personal wellness plan and group wellness presentation
    • Apply theories of wellness to one’s own experience.
  2. Lead a wellness activity
    • Work with student colleagues on a wellness presentation project
    • Research a wellness topic with student colleagues
    • Practice group process skill
    • Work effectively as a team member
    • Present wellness to others
  3. Demonstrate strategies for managing personal and professional boundaries
    • Develop understanding of professional boundaries
    • Apply knowledge of boundaries to professional practice
  4. Relate reflective writing skills to professional practice
    • Practice reflective writing skills in wellness plan
    • Learn about the different types of reflective writing used in field work
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of self-awareness in professional practice
    • Write about self-awareness in wellness plan
    • Apply knowledge of self to professional role.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.