Dr. Thomas Foster was invited by the Assocaiation for Counsleor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA) to present the Wellness Cube Model (WCM) at their 2009 conference. The WCM is an intervention model that integrates wellness content and exercises into a masters-level counselor training program that will increase the wellness levels of students and faculty. There are three parts to the presentation. First, Dr. Foster will briefly review the literature on graduate student stressors and student impairment. Specifically, he will review studies that address both general graduate student stresses and counseling student stresses. This will provide insight on some of the needs students possess during graduate school.
Second, he will present his wellness cube model and the dimensions that make up the model. These dimensions are: (a) counseling courses, (b) the Indivisible Self wellness model, (c) content assignments and experiential exercises, and (d) Adlerian Theory. He will give a detailed description of the conceptual nature of the cube model as well as how it can be applied directly to a counseling program.
Last, he will encourage discussion concerning how attendees may apply this cube model to their masters-level counseling program. He will provide the cube model on a disc for all attendees. This disc will include a description of the cube, content assignments, and experiential exercises faculty can use with their counselor training program.