PSYC125 Psychological Techniques of Stress Management
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology
- I. Course Number and Title
- PSYC125 Psychological Techniques of Stress Management
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- In this experiential course, the positive and negative consequences of stress are examined. Emphasizing the mind/body connection and encouraging holistic health in the students, both the physiological and psychological aspects of stress management are studied.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning GoalsStudents will:
- describe the various psychological research methods;
- classify stressors and examine their possible consequences;
- explain the physiological stress response and its relationship to psychosomatic disorders; and
- examine and implement stress management coping techniques.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning ActivitiesThe following topics are presented:
- history, theory, research, and practice of psychological stress management techniques
- stressors of the college student, such as stereotyping and prejudice
- physiological aspects of stress
- the relationship between stress and various psychological and physical disorders
- various thinking patterns and their relationship to various emotional responses
- methods of reinforcement that maintains the practice of relaxation skills, such as charting
- applications of the following stress management techniques to psychological and health problems: Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenic Training, meditation, yogic breathing, guided imagery, and hypnosis
- commonly employed biofeedback instruments, such as Temperature, E.M.G., and G.S.R.
- application of time management principles to problems of various lifestyles
- assertiveness training and conflict resolution
- identifying and preventing burnout
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, relaxation exercises, written assignments, charting, biofeedback labs, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course syllabus are utilized.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.
Review/Approval Date -12/03; Core Objectives/Goals added 12/03; Revised 2/03; Revised 4/2010; New Core 8/2015