To Renew, Recharge & Rebalance, Take Time Off

About this Podcast

Featuring conversations with Dr. Elaine Bowen, West Virginia University Extension Specialist-Health Promotion and Director of Outreach with the WVU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Monica Lawson, Clinical Social Worker, this episode explores the research based benefits of taking time off to improve health and productivity and offers strategies to help professionals become intentional about taking time off to achieve greater wellness, satisfaction and productivity.

Each month host Alicia Cassels introduces individuals who excel in challenging professional fields and interviews experts in medical, social and management sciences to explore what keeps professionals engaged and thriving at work. 

CE Information & Certificates of Completion

.5 Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for this podcast through the University of Texas (UT) Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Family Therapist licenses. The UT Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work is an approved CE provider in all but the following 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Participants are encouraged to check with their states’ latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CE rules. 

**To obtain CE credit or a Certificate of Completion for this episode, take the evaluation and/or post-test here.

Guest Bio: Elaine Bowen, M.S.

Elaine Bowen grew up in a military family. She has 39 years of experience as an Extension educator at county and state levels, with a primary focus on health education. She currently serves as WVU Extension Specialist-Health Promotion and Director of Outreach with the WVU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Major programs and research interests include women’s wellness, heart health, early childhood obesity prevention, and the 4-H Health Initiative. Her academic background includes a B.S. in Home Economics Education and Extension from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Family Resources from West Virginia University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University. She maintains certification as a licensed dietitian in West Virginia and family and consumer science professional with the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.

Host Bio: Alicia Cassels, M.A.

Alicia Cassels, M.A. – Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Program Development and Evaluation Specialist, Auburn University

Alicia has 25 years of experience working with professionals, young people and families in university and behavioral healthcare settings. Her current Cooperative Extension work is informed by 15 years of previous service as a clinical therapist and program director, gaining valuable knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by families and service providers in underserved and rural communities. For the past 10 years, Alicia has focused on the delivery of research and evidence-based Cooperative Extension programs, providing training, program development and educational resources for professionals, young people, and families with an emphasis on special needs, rural, military and under-served populations. Alicia has secured and managed more than 8 million dollars in competitive grant awards to fund Cooperative Extension initiatives.


2018 Project Time Off Survey Report

Family Conversation Starters – West Virginia University