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    In Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings, pages 185-187, the authors discussed stress management from an educational and preventative perspective.

    Can you take one aspect of stress management and outline how you would present it from a preventive or educational orientation.

    How would you adapt this presentation to a group presentation as opposed to an individual presentation?
    Please utilize theoretical, empirical, or professional literature to support your views and writings. Reference your sources using standard APA guidelines.

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    (1) Can you take one aspect of stress management and outline how you would present it from a preventive or educational orientation presentation?

    Stress is caused by two factors worry (or anxiety), and bodily responses to the worry. Stress happens when an individual feels that he or she can't cope with pressure that comes in many shapes and forms, and triggers physiological responses. Stress can have negative impacts on health, and the physiological changes could affect one's emotional stability (Pinel 2006). For example, the physiological aspect leaves the person viewing the world as a hostile place and the stressed individual is prepared to fight or run (the fight or flight theory, Canon, 1932). As a consequence of the stress, the body expends an immense amount of energy which prevents the further buildup of stress related to the stress response. On this basis, once the individual understands his or her stress response, the next phase in the educational process is to provide information on how to manage, or alleviate negative stress. As examples, a leader in psycho-educational groups may express, "caring, warmth, genuineness, and positive regard for others. In another instance, a nurse may teach health maintenance to members recovering from abuse, and a trained facilitator is able to demonstrate techniques to counter substance abuse by teaching techniques of meditation and/or relaxation" (TIP, p. 14).

    In another example, the group leader is viewed as someone who can help group members manage their emotions, and develop better interpersonal skills. As an example, in a therapeutic cognitive-behavioral group, the goal is ...

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    This solution discusses the advocacy and management of stress from both an individual and group perspective.