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How a Stress Management Program Can Transform Your Approach to Therapy

How a Stress Management Program Can Transform Your Approach to Therapy

As a special education director, you are constantly seeking innovative ways to support the mental health of your students. The pilot study titled Efficacy of stress management program for depressive patients with advanced head and neck cancer: A single-center pilot study provides invaluable insights into how stress management programs can be tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals suffering from depression.

Conducted between January 2016 and March 2018, this study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a stress management program specifically designed for patients with advanced head and neck cancer (HNC). Although the sample size was small, the study highlighted some critical aspects that can be applied to improve therapeutic interventions in a school setting.

Key Takeaways for Practitioners

Implementing These Insights

Based on the findings, here are some practical steps you can take:

  1. Integrate Psychoeducation: Develop materials and sessions focused on stress management and coping strategies.
  2. Offer Individual Sessions: Tailor interventions to meet the specific needs of each student, rather than relying solely on group therapy.
  3. Short-Term Programs: Implement short-term programs that can be easily integrated into the school curriculum.

While the study had limitations, including a small sample size and early termination, it offers valuable suggestions for future research and program development. By focusing on psychoeducation, individualized therapy, and short-term interventions, you can significantly enhance the mental health support provided to your students.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Efficacy of stress management program for depressive patients with advanced head and neck cancer: A single-center pilot study.


Citation: Ichikura, K., Nakayama, N., Matsuoka, S., Ariizumi, Y., Sumi, T., Sugimoto, T., Fukase, Y., Murayama, N., Tagaya, H., Asakage, T., & Matsushima, E. (2020). Efficacy of stress management program for depressive patients with advanced head and neck cancer: A single-center pilot study. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 20(3), 213-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijchp.2020.06.003

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