Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology


Mindfulness is defined as the ability to be aware of your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and actions – in the present moment – without judging or criticizing yourself or your experience (McKay, Wood, & Brantley, 2007). It has been used in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways. Within the context of social work, mindfulness can be used to prevent burnout and increase awareness. This paper reports research on teaching mindfulness techniques with the purpose of training students to use mindfulness and improve their professional development. Specifically, the paper presents the following: review of current literature on the professional use of mindfulness; a description of the research design and methods; and analysis of the data; and a discussion of the implications for the use of teaching mindfulness to prevent burnout and increase awareness.



Faculty Mentor

Dr. Diane Calloway-Graham