Utilizing input of the trainers, staff, and management from BJJS facilities, the 12-hour Mindful Awareness Program (MAP) for Wellness was created. Program hand-off was structured to maximize successful uptake by initially training BJJS staff trainers in mindful awareness practices, then having them assist with pilot implementation of the program alongside University trainers. Currently BJJS trainers are running MAP trainings independently with fidelity observation and feedback from the University trainers. During the pilot year, seven trainings were offered to staff and management separately at five residential facilities. In total, 80 staff members participated; 59% were male with a mean age of 40. The program was well received: 95% of BJJS staff indicated overall satisfaction with the training, 94% of staff agreed/strongly agreed they would use concepts and activities taught in their life and work, and 94% felt that this type of training is important for professional development and said they would recommend this training to a co-worker.
BJJS staff completed surveys in May 2017 before trainings were delivered, and again after the pilot trainings in May 2018 to evaluate mental health, stress and coping; 107 staff participated in both waves, 40 had received the MAP training. Pilot results indicated that MAP participants showed significant differences from those who did not participate on levels of burnout (F=4.53, p<.05). Participating staff showed a slight decrease in burnout, while those did not participate reported increased burnout over the year. Further, although there were no significant changes in subjective reports of stress at work, MAP participants indicated marginally significantly lower levels of subjective stress at home than staff who had not participated (F=3.07, p=.08). These results indicate that training staff in mindful awareness practices may help stave off burnout and reduce the impact of work stress on home life.