EDCEP 502 (Undergraduate) / EDCEP 802 (Graduate)

Art Rathbun, Instructor (502)
Fred Newton, Professor (802)
Guest Lecturers: Barbara Pearson, Saharay Cosio,
Jennifer Lancaster, Tim Underwood
Class sessions December 28, 2010- January 11, 2011


English/Counseling Services, Room 232,  Call 532-6927 for appointment


Bluemont Hall, Rm 343 (EDCEP-502), 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM daily
Bluemont Hall, Rm 343 (EDCEP-802), 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM daily
Biofeedback Lab Hours, Eng/Couns. Services Bldg. 226 (to be arranged).



To provide an understanding of the causes and affects of stress on a person's life and to introduce methods for enhancing positive health and reducing unnecessary stress through a variety of relaxation, self-regulation and stress management strategies. To have knowledge and application skills for stress management interventions useful in a professional setting.
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  • Basic understanding of the theory and concepts of stress management and self regulation
  • Able to personalize the principles of stress and stress management to one's own life
  • Understanding how mental processes (attitudes, perception, perspectives) impact the physiological processes
  • Knowledge of a holistic wellness model which accounts for the many facets of health including nutrition, exercise, life style, attitude, spirituality, relationships


  • Experience the use of biofeedback techniques for relaxation training
  • Experience at least 5 strategies for inducing a relaxation response
  • Introduction and practice with life management strategies including time management, creative problem solving, and goal setting
  • Experience the impact of social and environmental influences including primary and work relationships on stress and well being
  • Learn environmental interaction skills including communication and environmental enhancement strategies

Designs for Work and Home

  • Practice at least one strategy with a class group
  • Design an intervention program for a specific setting and outcome
  • Develop an educational unit such as pamphlet, position paper

TEXTBOOK: The textbook for this class is availabel at Verney's Bookstore, Seaward, Managing Stress 6th Edition, Jones & Bartlett Pub. The textbook may also be purchased on-line throught the following link: http://www.coursesmart.com/9780763762957

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The class will meet for eleven 3 hour sessions daily from December 28, 2010 through January 11, 2011. Each class session will include a presentation around one or more of the topical areas listed below. The presentation will be followed by another hour to an hour and a half of experiential activities that demonstrate various aspects of stress management. The end of each session will be used for class discussion, clarification and process of the days events. Additional stress management training sessions using the biofeedback lab will be scheduled outside of class time. These will be individually arranged during week 1.
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SCHEDULE AND ASSIGNMENTS: (Some topics & activities may change.)

December 28, 2010

Introduction: Course Expectations and Requirements
Identifying stressors and stress response ("Office Space" movie)
Introducing Healthy PAC-CATS
Lab: Tense Release Exercise
Activity: Positive Stress Manager Characteristic

Read Text Chapters 1-3, 10, 24
Complete Journals 1, 2
Complete HBA Inventory
(see assessment links below and in chapter 1 text)

December 29, 2010
Theories of Stress & Self Regulation
Biofeedback Demonstration
Personality & Individual Difference (Kiersey)
Lab: Autogenic Phrases

Read Text Chapters 4-5, 25, 26
Do Journal 3
Biofeedback Home Practice
(use CDs and thermometer)
Prepare to discuss individual assessments.
December 30, 2010

Short and Long term Stress Effects (Lecture & Video)
Lab: Imagery
Discussion Group- Designing PAC-CATS change program
Activity: TBA

Read Text Chapters 6, 12, 17, 20 
Do Journal 4
December 31, 2010
No In-Class Meeting -- Assignment to be completed "on your own"

EDCEP 502 - Take Home Activity

EDCEP 802 - On-Line Exam

Read Chapter 10,
Prepare Topics & Ideas for Final Presentation & Project (grad students only)
Do Journal 5 & 6
January 3, 2011

Attitudes Make a Difference--
Personality Style & Stress (Fred Newton)
Humor & Stress (Jennifer Lancaster)
Lab:  Positive Affirmations
Activity: Thankfulness & Forgiveness
Discussion: Review of Journals

Read Text Chapters 8, 9
Do Journal 7
Go Over Project Assignment
Comfort Zones

January 4, 2011

Outdoors, Nature, Vacation (Fred Newton)
Office Exercise (Tim Underwood)
Discussion: Q&A PAC-CATS Program of Change
Activity: Stress-less Environment
Lab: Nature Scenes

Do Journal 8
Schedule Biofeedback lab #2
January 5, 2011
Time Management (Art Rathbun)
Lab: Music
Activity: Social Conflict & Interaction
Read Chapters 14, 21
Do Journal 9
January 6, 2011

Communication (Sarah Cosio)
Activity: Peak Performance
Lab: Quick-Mini
Extraordinary Visions
Discussion: Biofeedback Summary

Read Chapters 15, 18, 28
Final Preparation for Presentations
January 7, 2011

Sleep & Stress Lecture (Art Rathbun)
Lab: Meditation
Activity: Tai Chi
Discussion: TBA

Read Chapter 27

January 10, 2011
Nutrition & Healthy Eating
Journals & Relaxation Logs Due
January 11, 2011
Final Class Presentations

Wrap-up Activity
Projects & Reports Due



Download Journaling Assignment 1 - 10:
PDF (Size:161K)
Word (Size:187K)

Download Class Activity Handouts


There are also many resources on the Web. Using key words such as "wellness" or "stress management" or specific topics covering areas of wellness including exercise, diet, alcohol use, etc. you can obtain everything from information, assessments, to support groups. Try the University Counseling Services web site for our Help Yourself Topics (http://www.k-state.edu/counseling/topics/topics.htm) and University Life Cafe (www.universitylifecafe.org). Another very good resource is from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point which has their course the "Healthy American" on the Web (http://wellness.uwsp.edu/hpw102/) Try Web browsers for more sites.


Complete the following stress and wellness assessments. Make a hard copy of your results for class discussion. Provide a summary (one page is sufficient) of what you have learned about yourself from taking these assessment.

  • Health Behaviors Survey:  Complete the Health Behaviors Assessment (HBA) Go to this link:
    1. Arriving at the site you will enter your KSU eID where it says “this
      is my first time”
    2. Next you will be asked for a group ID. If you are in the EDCEP-502
      enter the word "stress1". If you are in EDCEP-802 enter the word
    3. You are now ready to take the HBA. Complete all questions as the
      instrument will tell you if any question goes unanswered. When you have
      completed all of the questions your summary profile will appear.
    4. To show you have completed the HBA we recommend that you “save” your
      profile in another window and “print” a hard copy for your class
      record. This profile will also be used for participation in the
      PAC-CATS program of change. (if necessary save use a right click to another window and print).
  • Life Changes and Readjustment Scale
  • Keirsey Temperament Test

PROGRAM OF CHANGE( to complete assignment area III in Course Requirements)

Link for PACCATS webpage:  http://www.k-state.edu/paccats/EHBF.htm  This webpage contains resources and activities.  For your assignment for Behavior Change Process use the prompt that says "Healthy Behaviors Worksheet" on the top bar of the webpage home. The worksheet in PDF or Word document can be printed from the bottom of that page.

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Area I: Participation in all laboratory and reaction activities.

Evidenced by completion of all individual assessments and homework assignments. Attendance and participation in labs and discussion activities. Completion of daily reaction logs by assigned date, all logs turn in by the last day of class. It is important in the log to show your personal awareness and reaction from the assessment process to personal applications of stress management and self-regulation to your own situation. Also, completion of 2 biofeedback arranged labs.

Area II: In-class Presentation. Design a stress management (defined broadly to include the range of themes covered in this class) activity that would be useful to people in a specific setting such as with a family, school class, work group (such as secretaries, teachers, managers), senior citizens, scouts, etc. Note your goals and objectives for the activity. Prepare both a written brief and provide an in-class demonstration (15 minutes). This presentation should include: your rationale (why and how the activity could be useful in stress management), directions and instruction to participants, a demonstration activity involving the class, potential follow-up activities and evaluation methods. These demonstration projects will be presented in class on January 11, 2011. Projects may be complete individually or by two person teams.

Area III: Integrative final paper. A personal position paper to include principles and concepts of stress management as applied to strategies you could use for yourself. Your paper should be able to answer questions such as the following: (Due 01/11/2011)

  • How would you explain stress management, self regulation, wellness lifestyle?
  • How would you assess yourself and others in regard to stress and health appraisal?
  • What factors affect your stress (and conversely wellness) levels?
  • What changes would you make to improve your own lifestyle? How would you implement change for yourself or influence others to change? (Utilize Program of Change list in PAC-CATS Resources Above)
  • How would you design a personal enhancement program for the next 60 days? (Utilize Program of Change list in PAC-CATS Resources above)

Area IV: Stress Management Project. Do one of the following options: GRADUATE STUDENT ONLY (Due January 11, 2011)

    1. Choose a research topic on one of the themes covered in the stress management literature (examples "The Hardiness Personality", "Meditation and the Impact Upon Stress", "Impact of Humor… or Music… or Spiritual Support…etc. on Stress") Write a position paper incorporating references from library or other sources that you have reviewed. The term paper would follow the guidelines of the APA Style Manual and be of length comparable to a brief journal manuscript (1,000 words MAX).
    1. Design a complete stress management unit for implementation with a specific group or work setting. Identify the population you would be working with (school, business group, social service agency, etc.). Outline your plan of action that would include objectives, rationale (citing references), activities, resources, evaluation and support material so that your unit world be ready to implement (much like a teacher's completed lesson plan). Include both borrowed (from reading or other materials) and creative (what you have developed) materials in your project. Project may include a package of any media, materials or devices (such as tapes, posters, activity material) as well as the written outline of how you would proceed. You are invited to be creative in how you package this project.
    1. Design a Help Yourself pamphlet on a topic under the "wellness/stress management" theme. See prototypes from UCS series (available at the UCS website www.ksu.edu/counseling). The design should provide content and layout in a graphic form that would simulate an actual brochure. Be sure to reference any sources you use for the content and design of your pamphlet.  (Do not plagarize by copying other published material.)

Remember: Which ever option you choose the product will be due on January 11, 2011 Any material submitted after that date will more than likely receive an initial grade of "Inc" for the entire class grade until the project is turned in and graded.

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  • Delivery of exemplary instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Production, interpretation, and dissemination of sound and useful research and scholarship; and
  • provision of leadership, collaboration, and service within the profession.
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KSU Accommodation for Disabilities: Any student with a physical or learning disability who needs an accommodation or other assistance in this course should make an appointment to speak with me as soon as possible.
KSU Honor Code: On all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by students in this class, the following pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated: "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work."

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