Date of Completion

Spring 5-31-2019

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Jeremy Szteiter

Second Advisor

Peter J. Taylor

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //


This synthesis presents an integration of the coursework in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking at The University of Massachusetts Boston. Here the symptoms and realities of personal and professional burnout and exhaustion will be examined through the lens of well-being, while scaffolding the emergence of the higher ideal towards the sustainable cultivation of purpose and meaning. Tools, strategies and design structures are shared to promote and practice sustainability through Reflective Practice. This includes Reflective Questioning, Developing and Mapping of Value Components and Visual Tools to understand and apply Critical and Creative Thinking. The author’s personal narrative expands into critical questioning and intentional reflection, encouraging personal development and cycles of continuous improvement within a strengths based framework. Ultimately, the work supports both self-exploration and solution finding through systems and designs for Reflective Practice, serving as methods for professional facilitation for groups (families, educators, youth), organizations and individuals working towards a sustainable life of well-being.


Synthesis to be uploaded soon.