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Clinical Psychology

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF STRESS MANAGEMENT, 3rd Edition

Paul M. Lehrer, Robert L. Woolfolk, and Wesley E. Sime, Ph.D. (Eds.)
The Guilford Press, 2008

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
• Describe conceptual issues in stress management
• Describe psychophysiological mechanisms of stress
• Describe the psychology of relaxation
• Describe the principles of muscle relaxation
• Describe principles of progressive relaxation
• Use techniques of abbreviated progressive relaxation
• Describe the use of hypnosis in stress management
• Describe the use of autogenic training in stress management
• Describe autogenic feedback training
• Describe the use of biofeedback for heart rate variability
• Describe the use of biofeedback for stress management
• Describe the use of neurofeedback for stress management
• Describe the use of breathing techniques for stress management
• Describe the use of exercise for stress management

David H. Barlow, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Clinical Training Programs, and Director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.

Robert L. Woolfolk is Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University.

Wesley E.Sime, Ph.D., is co-developer of the Stress Management Certification Program. He is a clinical psychologist currently cooperating on the development of a new interactive computerized Stress Profile for assessing individual and organizational stress and strain factors.

Structured for optimal use as a clinical reference and text, this comprehensive work reviews effective stress management techniques and their applications for treating psychological problems and enhancing physical health and performance. Leading experts present in-depth descriptions of progressive relaxation, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, cognitive methods, and other therapies. Tightly edited chapters examine each method's theoretical and empirical underpinnings and provide step-by-step guidelines for assessment and implementation, illustrated with detailed case examples. The volume also explains basic mechanisms of stress and relaxation and offers research-based guidance for improving treatment outcomes.

Editorial Reviews

This unusually comprehensive volume provides exceptionally broad coverage of a wide variety of stress management methods. Chapters are well organized and include theoretical foundations, reviews of the empirical literature, discussion of clinical issues, and illustrative case studies. This book will be a valuable resource for clinicians and researchers and a useful text for graduate courses on stress management.--Ruth A. Baer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky


 This third edition reclaims the preeminent position of this work as the primary text in the field. I have dozens of works on stress management on my shelves, but this one is among the most valuable and useful. I rely on it extensively in teaching and recommend it to my students as a vital reference and professional guide. The many new chapters and chapter updates make this revision particularly valuable. I have been looking forward to a great third edition, based on its predecessors, and my expectations were clearly met.--Mark S. Schwartz, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology (Emeritus), Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida


 This splendid third edition is especially welcome. It provides a comprehensive update of theoretical and empirical foundations of stress management, giving close attention to the practical needs of clinicians. And at a time of renewed interest in complementary and alternative medicine, its coverage of research and clinical issues provides a model for all to consider in the development and evaluation of new approaches in health care.--David Shapiro, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences (Emeritus), UCLA School of Medicine, and Psychophysiology Laboratory, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute


 In 1984, when the first edition of this work appeared, stress management was new. By 2007 an impressive knowledge base has emerged. This updated third edition remains the authoritative leader in the field--essential reading for established clinicians, researchers, and advanced clinical students whose concerns include contemporary biofeedback and body-mind interactions.--Cyril M. Franks, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


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