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This course will examine the mental health consequences of stress on individuals and the social environments in which their lives take place: family, work, school, communities, among other social contexts. Topics to be explored include: definitions and theories of stress, key stressors, stress prevention and coping skills, balanced lifestyles; and research and information technology sources related to mental health and stress relief. Students will read three texts, perform website research, watch feature films, discuss approaches to stress reduction and related topics, perform self assessments and interviews, write a journal to register stressful situations and coping skills used, become familiar with major research journals and professional mental health organizations and prepare a final paper which will contain an action plan for stress reduction in a specific context of the student’s choice. Students in the areas of Community and Human Services, Human Development, Business Studies, Health Services, Educational Studies, Labor Studies, Family Studies and Emergency Management will benefit from this course. Stress and coping is a combination of theory and practical knowledge that will help the student understand many day to day situations which create stress and its consequences on health. Understanding sources of stress and practicing prevention habits as well as learning about coping skills is a vital way of keeping healthy, physically and emotionally.
Prerequisites: Introductory course in one of the following: Community and Human Services, Human Development, Psychology or Health Services or equivalent experience.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Theory, Structure & Change
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. May. Sep.
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