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Stress Management: A Comprehensive Handbook Of Techniques And Strategies / Edition 1

Stress Management: A Comprehensive Handbook Of Techniques And Strategies / Edition 1

by Jonathan C. Smith PhDJonathan C. Smith PhD
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Here is a comprehensive clinical manual focused on stress management and relaxation. It contains detailed descriptions of tactics for training the user in the methods of relaxation, positive thinking, time management, and more. Features validated self-tests (normed on over 1000 individuals), and first-time ever stress management motivations and irrational beliefs inventories.

This hands-on resource is essential for practitioners introducing stress management techniques into their practice; students who are learning how to cope with stress; practitioners-in-training, and clinicians looking for a refresher course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826149473
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/15/2002
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Jonathon C. Smith, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and founder and Director of the Roosevelt University Stress Institute. He has published numerous articles and 11 books on stress, relaxation, and mediation; and has taught stress management and relaxation to thousands of individuals, corporations, and clinics. Roosevelt University has granted Dr. Smith a Distinguished Professorship in order to conduct ABC relaxation research and develop the Stress Institute.

Table of Contents

Part I: Stress Basics
• Stress Competency and the Smith Stress Management Skills Inventory
• Stress Concepts, Exercises
• Crises, Catastrophes, and Acute Stress Disorder
Part II: The Four Pillars of Stress Management
• ABC Relaxation,

• Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Autogenic Training
• Breathing and Stretching Exercises
• Sense Imagery and Meditation
• How to Make a Relaxation Recording: ABC Relaxation Scripting
• Mini-Relaxation
• Relaxation, Centering, and Stress Management, Exercises

• Problem-Solving

• Productive Problem Orientation
• Initial Distress: Identifying Clear and Concrete Problem Cues
• Defining the Problem in a Way Most Likely to be Solved
• Generating Alternative Solutions, When Solutions Do Not Work, Exercises

• Thinking Realistically and Productively: The Smith Irrational Beliefs Inventory,

• Understanding the Role of Distorted Thinking
• Catching Thoughts
• Reality Checking
• The “Big Five” Cognitive Distortions and the Smith Irrational Beliefs Inventory
• A Three Step System for Changing Distorted Thinking
• Cognitive Approaches and Cue-Response-Consequences
• Stop Worry, Exercises

• Review and Rehearsal

• Exposure
• Desensitization
• Stress Inoculation and Relapse Prevention
• Processes Underlying Review and Rehearsal
• When to Choose Exposure, Desensitization, or Stress Inoculation Training, Exercises
Part III: Interpersonal Skills: Relationships and Stress Management
• Assertiveness, Exercises
• Empathic Listening

• Empathy and Assertive Coping
• Goals and Priorities
• Scheduling
• An Alternative Time Management Technique: Schedule-Reward-Do
Conclusion, Exercises
• Relaxation Beliefs, Active Coping Beliefs, and Philosophy of Life

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