The aim of this evidence-based project is two-fold: to create an on-line stress management program for current allied health students in a community college setting using evidence from the literature while focusing on health promotion as identified in the domain of occupational therapy, and thereby measuring outcomes and satisfaction with this type of programming. This program will be conducted in an on-line environment over a 6-week period using a combination of PowerPoint presentation, video, external links, individual participation, and discussion forums. The program will be provided through an on-line learning community called Eliademy.
This program will allow the students to explore the definitions of stress and stress management, while examining their own stressors and coping strategies. Students will be requested to examine their own levels of perceived stress and coping style using the Brief COPE Inventory and the Perceived Stress Scales. Students will then participate in their choice of two stress management techniques each week and report feedback to all participants in an anonymous format. At the conclusion of the program, students will then identify their levels of perceived stress and coping abilities once again as well as identify their satisfaction with the program and outcomes through a final survey.
Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:
1. Define stress and stress management.
2. Discuss evidence-based stress management components.
3. Explore various techniques used for stress management purposes.
4. Create healthy lifestyle changes through the identification of stress management techniques that address individual stressors.
5. Utilize newly acquired stress management skills through weekly participation techniques offered in an on-line environment.