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The Art of Perfecting Muscle Relaxation: Alleviate Tension, Pain, Fatigue, Insomnia, and More


Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Category:
Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric |  Health & Wellness
Faculty:
Jennifer L. Abel, Ph.D.
Duration:
1 Hour 24 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Feb 19, 2016
SKU:
POS049660
Media Type:
Online Learning


Description

  • Do you teach Progressive Muscle Relaxation to your clients?
  • Do you take at least 45 minutes to teach these techniques?

If you answered “no” to either of these questions, join international speaker and clinical psychologist Jennifer L. Abel, Ph.D., for 90 minutes and put the power of Progressive Muscle Relaxation to work for you!

Dr. Jennifer L. Abel will teach you strategies to maximize the effectiveness of progressive relaxation gained from over 20 years’ experience perfecting the craft. Jennifer began her work on these techniques as the associate director of SADI (Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute) under the direction of T.D. Borkovec – a co-author of Progressive Relaxation Training: A Manual for the Helping Professions. Dr. Abel built upon this work; adding popular elements of muscle relaxation of her own design including sponge imagery and the Tin-Man to Scarecrow technique.

OUTLINE

Background on PMR

  • History of PMR
  • Lowering adaptation level - the key mechanism
  • Benefits of PMR

The First Session:

  • Explaining history, benefits, and rationale of lowering adaptation level to the client
  • Three reasons we tense despite the fact that the goal is relaxation. 
  • How to teach the 16 muscle groups and other important pre-training info.
  • 12 tips to maximize the effectiveness of relaxation patter.
  • 10 tips on the importance of debriefing.

Beyond 16 muscle groups:

  • Differential Relaxation - The key to PMR benefits.
  • Tailor PMR to each client, maximizing effectiveness.
  • 7 muscle group, then 4 muscle group
  • Recall - deep relaxation without tensing

Beyond PMR:

  • Tin-Man to scarecrow
  • Sponge imagery
  • Socratic reminders to reduce tension and maximize energy

OBJECTIVES

  • Tailor progressive relaxation to your client by using alternative tensing strategies, carefully debriefing, and applying this knowledge to subsequent phases.
  • Make your pattern more effective by learning words and phrases to include and avoid.
  • Lower clients’ adaptation levels, proven to have a positive effect on headaches, blood pressure, insomnia, fatigue, sexual satisfaction, and chronic pain.
  • Employ 5 stages of progressive relaxation, Socratic reminders, sponge imagery, and the Tin-Man to Scarecrow technique.

 

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CEUs


General Credits

This course is available for 1.5 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.


Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits. 



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Faculty

Jennifer L. Abel, Ph.D. Related seminars and products: 2


Jennifer L. Abel, Ph.D., international speaker, author and clinical psychologist, has specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders for over 20 years. Before opening a private practice, she served as the associate director of the Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute at Penn State under the direction of the leading expert in Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), T.D. Borkovec.

Her first book, Active Relaxation (Self-Published, 2010) has received outstanding reviews from mental health care professionals and anxious readers alike. Her second book, Resistant Anxiety, Worry, and Panic: 86 Practical Treatment Strategies for Clinicians (PESI, 2014), has received praise from top experts in anxiety management. Jennifer is also the author of The Anxiety, Worry & Depression Workbook: 65 Exercises, Worksheets & Tips to Improve Mood and Feel Better (PESI, 2018) and the Melt Worry and Relax Card Deck: 56 CBT & Mindfulness Strategies to Release Anxiety (PESI, 2016).

Dr. Abel has published many articles in professional journals and wrote a pamphlet about GAD for ABCT. She has been quoted by several popular magazines (e.g., Health, Prevention, Glamour) for her expertise in Worry. Dr. Abel presents to the public (e.g., Working Women’s Survival Show), as well as professionals (e.g., Australian Psychological Society; Anxiety Disorder Association of America).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Abel is in private practice. She receives compensation as a self-published author. Jennifer Abel receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Abel has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

Objectives

  • Individualize progressive relaxation to your client by using alternative tensing strategies, carefully debriefing, and applying this knowledge to subsequent phases.
  • Create a more effective pattern by learning words and phrases to include and avoid.
  • Reduce clients’ adaptation levels, proven to have a positive effect on headaches, blood pressure, insomnia, fatigue, sexual satisfaction, and chronic pain.
  • Employ 5 stages of progressive relaxation, Socratic reminders, sponge imagery, and the Tin-Man to Scarecrow technique.

Outline

Background on PMR

  • History of PMR
  • Lowering adaptation level - the key mechanism
  • Benefits of PMR

The First Session:

  • Explaining history, benefits, and rationale of lowering adaptation level to the client
  • Three reasons we tense despite the fact that the goal is relaxation. 
  • How to teach the 16 muscle groups and other important pre-training info.
  • 12 tips to maximize the effectiveness of relaxation patter.
  • 10 tips on the importance of debriefing.

Beyond 16 muscle groups:

  • Differential Relaxation - The key to PMR benefits.
  • Tailor PMR to each client, maximizing effectiveness.
  • 7 muscle group, then 4 muscle group
  • Recall - deep relaxation without tensing

Beyond PMR:

  • Tin-Man to scarecrow
  • Sponge imagery
  • Socratic reminders to reduce tension and maximize energy

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