Type of Culminating Activity
Student research paper
This paper focuses on the creation of a wellness program for the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center in Twin Falls Idaho and how it has started to make a positive impact on the juvenile detention officers at the facility. Wellness is something that detention officers take for granted. Most of the officers eat a lot of junk food and believe that lack of sleep and low energy levels are a normal part of being a juvenile detention officer. Juvenile detention officers work in an environment where they need to have empathy for the youth in their custody. Constant empathy for another person or group of persons with trauma in their lives can cause compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress. Compassion fatigue is one of the causes of sleep and energy issues. Chronic sleep deprivation can cause mistakes on the job, accidents with injury, and other medical issues if not addressed. The wellness program at the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center was created to teach the officers the importance of taking care of themselves physically and mentally.
Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.
Christy Bowman-Lantz, Masters in Educational Leadership