Online Course - Multi Media
Stress Free for Good
According to an array of national and worksite based surveys, excessive stress is the number one reason why people seek out psychotherapy, consult with their primary care doctors, and enter work-site passed employee assistance programs. Research indicates that stress is a major factor in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, and many psychophysiological disorders, including headaches, hypertension, musculoskeletal disorders, functional intestinal tract disorders, and pain. Psychotherapists often lack sufficient training to recognize and treat stress-related disorders and not understand the power of MindBody techniques to enhance the psychotherapeutic process. Therapists may often not recognize that the regular practice of stress management techniques will prevent burnout and enhance productivity. In response, a growing number of psychotherapy practices are focused on behavioral medicine to address both the psychological and physical dimensions of such disorders. On a more positive note, an array of MindBody or relaxation interventions such as meditation, progressive relaxation, autogenic training, guided imagery, and visualization, as well as forgiveness training, can alleviate the consequences of excessive stress and generate optimal states of health. In fact, the research base for documenting the effectiveness of such interventions is one of the most extensive bodies of knowledge, which can be applied to a great number of disorders and impact many patients. To meet the needs of both the novice and experienced psychotherapist, this seminar provides the Stress Free for Good program developed through research by the course instructor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. This course provides: (1) an evidence based model of how stress effects both psychological and physical disorders; (2) information that links specific types of stress to specific, common disorders; (3) background research to understand the etiology of stress disorders; (4) materials for patient education and (5) presentations of ten, practical, scientifically proven life skills that can be used in psychotherapy practices to improve outcomes for a vast array of conditions commonly encountered in psychotherapeutic practices.
- Differentiate between the short-term and long-term consequences of excessive stress.
- Describe an evidence-based model of how stress contributes to both psychological and physical disorders
- Describe and apply at least three new Mind-Body interventions that can be used effectively in a psychotherapy practice.
Kenneth R. Pelletier
Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona, School of Medicine, and in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine. Also, he is Chairman of the American Health Association and is a Vice President with Healthtrac Incorporated. He has published over 300 professional journal articles and written 12 books in behavioral medicine, disease management, worksite interventions, and alternative/integrative medicine, including the international best seller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1977; Revised in 1992); The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); and Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2005).