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Session Plan for Individual Work in Session One

With this Session you will need the following:

Form S1.b - The Holmes and Rahe Scale/Trainer's Answer Sheet and/or Cooper's Scale (S1.b1)
Form S1.c - Stress Assessment Questionnaire
Form S1.d - Understanding Stress
Daily Relaxation Log for Session 1
CD for Session One
Trainer's Record Log

I Introductions
i. Introduce yourself and Stress Management Training.
Ii. Find out what the Client sees as the 'problem'.

II Personal Details:
(S1a). Fill in with the Client.
PURPOSE: For your own information and records.

III Information
Tell the Client there are eight Sessions in the Training. Each Session contains an Information Giving Exercise and a Stress Management Relaxation Exercise.

IV Information giving - Stress and Stress Management:
i. Introduce the Information Giving.
ii. Either play the lecture for Session One or give the Lecture yourself, based on the lecture script.

V The Holmes and Rahe Scale and/or Cooper's Scale:
Go through the Holmes and Rahe scale (S1.b) and or Cooper's scale with the Client. Discuss the effects on them of any changes that have recently taken place in their lives. Add up their score. Look at your Trainer's Answer Sheet for the score and tell the Client the result. If a serious level of stress is indicated discuss this with the Client. If appropriate, discuss ways of reducing the risk of stress- related illness.
To gather information about recent stressful events in the Client's life.
To get the Client to focus on possible causes of stress.
To assess the risk of stress-related illness and the possibilities of avoiding this.

VI Stress Assessment Questionnaire
Fill in the Stress Assessment Questionnaire (Form S1.c) with the Client.
To give you a guide to the person and the problem you are treating.
To gain information which the Client may not otherwise give.
To 'normalise' stress symptoms for the Client.
People often feel much happier about their symptoms when they realise others suffer from similar difficulties.

VII Relaxation Exercise - Passive Progressive Relaxation
i. If possible the Client should be lying down for this Exercise. If this is impracticable, sitting in a chair with the head supported
is permissible (low backed chairs can be placed against the wall for head support.
ii. Either play the CD or talk through the Relaxation Exercise yourself. If you wish it is permissible to read from the Script.
iii. After the Exercise, give the Client plenty of time to come round and be very supportive.
iv. Tell the Client that they will need to practise this Exercise daily until the next Session. Remind them that at first, Relaxation can
cause unusual feelings as they begin to let go of tension, but that these will soon pass if they persevere.
v. Tell the Client to begin to use muscular relaxation as a coping skill in their daily lives in situations where they are feeling tense.

VIII Contract
Make a Contract with the Client to meet at weekly or fortnightly intervals for the next seven Sessions.

IX Homework
i. Give the Client Form S1.d - Understanding Stress to take away and read.
ii. Give the Client a Daily Relaxation Log to fill in before and after doing the Stress Management Relaxation exercise each day. Ask
them to bring the completed Log to the next Session.
To encourage the Client to practise.

For you to assess the effectiveness of the Training for this Client.
iii. Give the Client a CD of Stress Management Exercise One .

X Agree when to meet again

XI After the session
Fill in your Trainer's Record Log. You will need this Log for all Sessions.
As a method of keeping Case Notes.
As a method of assessing the effectiveness of the training for this Client.

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