The ancient proverb “Time heals all wounds” does not appear to apply in every situation within the context of traumatic stress. With the emotional and physical damage prolonged traumatic stress can cause, it may not be enough to have lived through it. Whether you seek relief in the understanding of a friend, a family member, a member of the clergy or your own personal life philosophies, you are relying on your pre-existing resources in an attempt to come to terms with your experiences. When your circle of social support and resources lacks the comfort that can only come from someone with similar experiences, there are an abundance of online newsgroups, forums, and blogs that bring people with common experiences together. In addition, psychotherapy has proved to be a beneficial approach for the treatment of traumatic stress.
Up to this point, you have examined multiple stress management techniques. For this assignment, you apply stress management techniques to build on your Final Project. Review T.A. Lang’s Developing Patient Education Handouts resource as well as the “Sampling of Stress Management Techniques” handout. Conduct online research for additional examples of patient information brochures. Then consider the population you selected for your Week 3 Final Project assignment. Select three stressors common to this population. Review the Handout Guidelines and the literature you obtained in your search for stress management techniques and patient information brochures. Consider the information you might include on three different handouts that provide stress management techniques you might use for this population.
The Assignment (3 one-page handouts)
Support your Final Project assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a separate reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.
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