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Counseling and Wellness

The Boston Conservatory encourages students to make physical and emotional health a priority in their lives.

The Counseling and Wellness Office is available to help students achieve a greater sense of wellness through counseling, education, and connection with community resources. The Counseling and Wellness Office provides short-term individual counseling, mental health assessments and referrals, offers wellness programs and consultations throughout the year, and coordinates services for students with disabilities. The Counseling and Wellness Office also acts as a liaison with our student medical services at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, administers the student health insurance program, and oversees immunization requirements for students. 

Student Affairs Wellness Philosophy

At The Boston Conservatory, we believe that wellness is an essential foundation for personal and artistic development throughout one's life. We strive to provide students with education, consultation, counseling, and resources that promote healthy lifestyles now and in the future.

Definitions of Health and Wellness

Health: a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organization).

Wellness: a dynamic and interactive process of becoming aware of and making positive choices to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Dimensions of Wellness

  • Physical Wellness 
  • Social Wellness 
  • Emotional Wellness 
  • Intellectual Wellness 
  • Spiritual Wellness 
  • Occupational Wellness 

Physical Wellness involves treating your body with respect in order stay healthy and to prevent disease.

  • Exercising or being physically active daily
  • Fueling your body with nutritious foods
  • Taking proactive steps to avoid disease (colds, influenza, STDs, HIV, etc.) and prevent injuries
  • Seeing a doctor for illness or injury treatment when necessary
  • Avoiding use of tobacco and illegal drugs
  • Limiting or avoiding the use of alcohol

Social Wellness is the process of creating and maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and other members of your community.  

  • Maintaining healthy and positive personal relationships as well as knowing when and how to end unhealthy or abusive relationships
  • Interacting with people of different ages, backgrounds and lifestyles
  • Developing new friendships throughout life
  • Balancing your time between self and others
  • Contributing to your community and to society in a positive way

Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand, accept, and manage a wide variety of emotions and to have positive self-esteem.  

  • Expressing emotions in healthy and appropriate ways
  • Knowing and using resources for support
  • Learning skills to manage stress
  • Being sensitive to the feelings of others
  • Finding healthy activities for relaxation and enjoyment
  • Staying realistic about abilities and limitations
  • Keeping a positive attitude about current situations and your future

Intellectual Wellness is the process of expanding your knowledge, staying mentally stimulated, and gaining a greater understanding of the world around you.  

  • Keeping up-to-date on current events in your community and in the world
  • Listening to ideas that are different from your own
  • Experiencing learning as an enriching, life-long process
  • Learning about and sharing knowledge about cultural and lifestyle differences
  • Improving analytical problem solving skills
  • Appreciating the arts and exploring new fields of knowledge

Spiritual Wellness is having meaning and purpose in your life.  

  • Caring about the welfare of others
  • Participating in activities that connect the mind, body, and spirit
  • Recognizing that there are many valid spiritual paths
  • Exploring and clarifying your beliefs, values, and ethical views
  • Practicing a compassionate, service oriented lifestyle

Occupational Wellness is valuing and experiencing personal satisfaction in your work.

  • Recognizing and participating in opportunities for skill development
  • Making choices that promote a positive work environment
  • Creating healthy and respectful relationships with colleagues
  • Finding ways to create your own opportunities in your work

 

For more information:

Counseling Services - counseling@bostonconservatory.edu

Wellness Services - wellness@bostonconservatory.edu 

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