Bringing value to your workplace as a Certified Wellness Practitioner helps you make an impact. Hear from Fabiana Cheistwer, MS, CWP a Wellness Director at Baptist Homes Society, about how she uses her CWP in the workplace. Watch the video or read the transcript below.  

Even though I have experience in academics, I never realized the potential of evidence-based programming and what research really means. So, two things happened. One is I became very interested in making sure that all my classes and programs and offerings in both retirement communities were evidence-based. So, my educational level went way up in getting a ton of certifications, watching webinars, and connecting with people all over the country. 

The other thing is that I went the route of hiring many interns to help support my department, and I was able to use folks who are getting their undergrad and their master’s degrees and learning through them what is being taught in regard to wellness now because these students are our future. 

And I’ve been in the field for 30 years, but I may not know exactly what’s going on in the classroom. And I’ve been able to use my CWP to help write a few curricula at the University of Pittsburgh that includes some topics that they had never included, and one of them is brain health, and one of them is the older special population kind of special needs that an older population may have. And most of my expertise isn’t with the aging population of 80 and up. So, when I ask a student, have you ever worked with a senior adult or an older adult, they’ll say, ‘Oh, yes, I have clients who are 60, 65,’ but I’m talking about the older adult because people are living much longer now and need to stay as healthy as long as possible as they age. 

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