Title

The Use of Self-Service Technologies in Stress Management: A Pilot Project

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2012

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Philip AuClaire

Abstract

This research describes a pilot program created to help St. Catherine University’s Associate nursing students receive education regarding stress management and practice relaxation techniques. The program was developed using three key elements: 1) practicing a variety of relaxation and mindfulness techniques 2) practicing these techniques through the use of self-service technologies, and 3) participating in group sessions where psychoeducation regarding stress, depression and anxiety was provided.

Six participants completed the stress management program. They practiced breathwork, mindfulness and guided imagery exercises through podcasts and apps on internet-capable, mobile devices. Results showed decreases in stress and anxiety levels among participants. Additional studies, and replications of this type of program using integrative practices, in a group setting and utilizing self-service technologies as a means to reduce stress is encouraged.

Keywords

stress, depression, anxiety, podcasts, apps, self-service technologies

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