University of Utah
Stress Management Instructors Class
Fall 1993
Julia J. Kleinschmidt, PhD, LCSW


Required Text:
Teaching Stress Management and Relaxation: An Instructor's Guide by Curtis, J.D. et al.

Packet-Pick up at the HPRR-N Copy Center

Stress can be the spice of life as well as the kiss of death. It only becomes a trap if you allow it to be--if you believe you are helpless in the face of life's forces. But that is a belief, not a fact. Your inner resources make the difference, and you can strengthen these resources. You can recognize the signs of stress in your own life and learn techniques to cope with them. You can make stress work for you.

Robert S. Eliot and Dennis L. Breo "Is it Worth Dying For?"


1.       To further learn and develop adaptive coping strategies
2.       To effectively incorporate these coping strategies into 
everyday functioning
3.       To learn and develop the skills necessary to effectively 
teach these coping strategies to  others
4.       To rehearse and experience the teaching of stress management 
techniques to small groups of individuals
5 .      To develop the skills to organize and implement stress 

management programs in different settings and with various populations


Relaxation Tape                     100 Points
Resource Book                      100 Points
Lab Process Journals              See Bellow*
Quiz I                                    100 Points
Quiz II                                   100 Points

Teaching SM to Groups--From weeks 4-9 (for one hour, once a week for 6 weeks) students will teach basic relaxation techniques to small groups . These groups will consist of either students enrolled in the basic SM class (H. Ed. 316) or individuals associated with the Bennion Center. Further details and choices will be discussed in class.

Lab Process Journals--a weekly journal (may be handwritten if legible) during lab weeks. These will be submitted the class after each lab and will be used during class to process lab experiences. Each should include

: ... the techniques or activities of that lab session a few sentences about each group member and his/her response to the session

... your response to or feelings about the experiences of that session This assignment, if done well, can bring a borderline final average up into the next grade level.

Relaxation Tape--a 20 minute tape created by the student which incorporates induction, relaxation, and reenergizing phases. The relaxation techniques will be selected by the student.

Resource Book--A compilation of resources to be used to organize and implement a stress management program in a setting and with a population of the student's choosing. The book's contents will include: table of contents a brief (3-5 pp.) review of literature (APA style) pertaining to the demographics and description of the population and the stressors specific to those clients. A reference list should follow this section. ... based on your review of the literature, a brief description (approximately 1 page), in your own words of the population and the setting, your ideas for accessing the population, what your program would consist of, etc. a collection of a variety of resources (articles, techniques, assessments, etc.) which could be used to organize and implement the stress management program. These should be organized in a practical, functional format of the student's choosing. Be sure to cite your sources.

Tentative Class Schedule

Wk.1 9-29 Syllabus Introductions Getting Started with a SM Group Stress Awareness Imagery

wk ,2 10 -6 Considering Self as SM Instr, Biases Planning a SM Program Chap. I, XVIII Physiology of Stress

wk.3 10 -13 Holistic Approach to SM Sources of Stress Social Engineering Assessing Stress Chap. IV, XV, XVI

wk.4 10 -20 Relaxation Training Chap. II, III, Breath VI, viii Breath Imagery Autogenics Progressive Muscle Relx.

Wk.5 10 -27 Imagery Chap. XI Personal Lab Journal Guided

Wk.6 11-3                                  Biofeedback   QUIZ I
Thermal   Chap.  XIII,  XIV EMG      Lab Journal

Wk.7 11 -10                               Communication Skills    

Lab Journal Assertive Communication

Wk.8 11-17 Cognitive Strategies Cognitive Distortions RELAX. TAPES DUE Irrational Beliefs Text pp. 202 -211 Time Management Enhancing Self-Esteem Lab Journal

Wk. 9 11-24 Synthesis of Topics/Review

Wk.10 12-1                             Meditation     RESOURCE BOOKS
DUE Stress Hardiness         Chap.  XII Exercise & Nutrition         

Lab Journal

Wk.11 12 -8 Behavior Change Lab Journal Mindfulness Closure

Quiz II Thurs., Dec. 16, 3:15 -5:15 pm

Lab Topics/Activities

Lab 1. (Wk. 4, Oct. 18 -22) Introductions/Boundary Breaking Stress Awareness

Lab 2. (Wk. 5, Oct. 25-29) Breath Breath & Imagery

Lab 3. (Wk ,6, Nov, 1-5) Imagery- Guided Personal

Lab 4. (Wk. 7, Nov. 8-11)* Autogenics Progressive Muscle Relaxation Thermal Biofeedback

Lab 5. (Wk. 8, Nov. 15 -19) Communication Skills - Crazymakers

Lab 6. (Wk. 9, Nov. 22-26 )* Assertive Communication Closure

Note that Thursday, Nov. 11 (Veterans' Day) and Thursday/Friday, Nov. 25 & 26 are University holidays. Students scheduled for labs on those days must discuss arranging another lab time with their instructor or make up the lab with another instructor in the same week.

                                        Date: Tue, 26 Dec 1995 11:45:28 MST
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