WHAT IS A WELLNESS CIRCLE?
An Adult Wellness Circle is a group of adults (men, women, veterans, college age, in recovery, at a hospital, young adults, staff within a school or business, retired, etc) that come together for six weeks under the leadership of a facilitator trained in the Adult Wellness Circle Program. During the six weeks these adults assess their own wellness, decide what area of wellness they would like to pay more attention to, and share and support each other in making positive changes. No matter the type of people in the group, participants are empowered and a supportive community grows.
A Parent Wellness Circle is a group of parents that come together for six weeks under the leadership of a facilitator trained in the Parent Wellness Circle Program. During the six weeks parents work on increasing their own wellbeing, as we know that the wellbeing of parents directly impacts the wellness of their families. Parents assess their own wellness and decide which of the eight areas of life they would like to pay more attention to to better their family’s life. Additionally they share and support each other in making positive changes. Parents feel empowered and supportive friendships are formed.
A Teen Wellness Circle is a group of teens (at school, camp, youth development center, hospital, recovery, team, etc.) that come together for six weeks under the leadership of a facilitator trained in the Teen Wellness Circle Program. During the six weeks teens assess their own wellness and the decisions they are making, decide what area of wellness they would like to pay more attention to, and share and support each other in making positive changes. Teens feel empowered and supportive connections are formed.
HOW DOES ONE LEARN TO FACILITATE A WELLNESS CIRCLE?
At a Wellness Circle Training you will learn how to use our wellness resources with the teens, parents and adults in your community. Our team will help you develop the mindset and skills needed to facilitate wellness circles, and to lead wellness discussions. You will also meet and learn from others who are also increasing the vitality of their communities by offering these wellness opportunities. Attendees will learn how to host six-week wellness circles for parent, teen and adult audiences, and by the end of the training will be prepared to run any of the three Wellness Circles.
The participants (not the facilitator) in all three types of Wellness Circles will assess their own wellness in eight different areas, develop goals, and take steps towards greater wellness for themselves. In the case of parents, they work on their own wellness, as well as that of their families. All participants learn valuable wellness lessons, and enjoy the support of a group of people who cheer them on as they grow and change. Each type of Wellness Circle has it’s own assessment and has wellness lessons designed especially for that population. These wellness programs, developed by Holly and Scott Stoner, both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, give participants a chance to be vulnerable with one another by sharing joys and struggles thus developing new supportive friendships, and to make some positive changes in their lives.
If you would like to support one of these three populations by leading a Wellness Circle in your community read the corresponding leaders guides and/or join us for an upcoming training. We offer one day trainings that focus on our Teen Wellness Compass, our Parent Wellness Compass, and our Adult Wellness Compass programs. In a training facilitators are taught the coaching skills needed to effectively lead a Wellness Circle using the foundational concepts of Motivational Interviewing. They will also study in depth the six lessons about change (or parenting) that are covered in the sessions, and will learn how to coach participants into creating realistic and helpful NEXT Steps. At the trainings all of our various wellness materials are introduced, as well, and attendees are encouraged to brain storm about ways they can use these materials in their context.
Any individual or organization that is interested in using our materials with groups of teens, parents or adults is welcome to attend a training. Organizations are encouraged to send several people to be trained together whenever possible.
IN PERSON TRAININGS:
Many people from near and far have contacted us to say that they just can’t make a training in Wisconsin, and are wondering what to do to get trained in the skills to run either a six session Parent, Teen, or Adult Wellness Circle.
Others have been to the training but are feeling that having a brush up video for each session would help them feel more confident as they run their circles.
For these reasons we have created video tutorials for everyone. By downloading the materials, as directed in the tutorial videos, and then following along while listening to the tutorial for the type of wellness circle you want to run (parent, teen or adult), you will be able to confidently run a group.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Holly Hughes Stoner. firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Wellness Circle Tutorials
Scott Stoner and Holly Hughes Stoner, the creators of the Teen Wellness Circle materials, have also created a series of tutorial videos about “How to Facilitate the Teen Wellness Circle Program,” and offer them here for your learning.
By watching all of the videos, and following along, using the accompanying materials, you will be equipped to facilitate a Teen Wellness Circle on your own.
If you have any questions please contact Holly Hughes Stoner at email@example.com.
Parent Wellness Circle Tutorials
We have put together a series of tutorial videos for “How to Facilitate the Parent Wellness Circle Program” that will help you prepare for facilitating wellness circles using our program.