As a health psychology professional, it is likely that you may participate in the analysis and modification of behaviors and thought-processes to improve responses to stress. The components of the Final Project for this course prepare you to identify the stress management needs of a specific population and provide the most appropriate stress management techniques based on the stressors involved. Another component of the Final Project provides practice in the development of stress management handouts and a stress management workshop presentation. Then in the last component of the Final Project you develop a workshop evaluation to analyze the effectiveness of stress management techniques presented in an engaging learning environment, such as a group workshop. Finally, these components of the Final Project taken together prepare you to assist clients in the adoption of effective stress management techniques to reduce the impact of stress.

Final Project (10–15 total pages)

Your Final Project, which is due in Week 11, must include the following elements:

  • Descriptive Narrative (5–7 pages):
    • Describe the population you selected in Week 3 as the intended audience for a stress management workshop.
    • Synthesize research related to stress management techniques.
    • Include the stressors common to that population.
    • Explain the stress management research techniques you selected for your population.
    • Describe the three original handouts you created on stress management techniques in Week 5.
    • Justify the strategy used for selecting these techniques for the specific population you selected.
    • Describe how your stress management presentation from Week 7 is applicable for future use within health psychology.
    • Explain how the stress management techniques you selected and the stress management workshop you created contribute to social change.

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