ERIC Number: ED400653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Developing and Implementing a Stress Management Program for Special Educators in a Juvenile Detention Center.
Francis, Joan R.
This paper describes a practicum designed to increase the stress management skills of 10 special educators working in a juvenile detention center. Teachers at the juvenile detention center were taking an inordinate amount of sick leave and engaging in behaviors that were counter-productive to their delivery of educational services to detained youth. Evidence of inadequate stress management skills was gathered using surveys. The causes of the stress included such factors as teachers' feelings of lack of accomplishment, effectiveness, and closure. The stress management program was delivered in weekly 30-35 minute inservice sessions over a 32-week period. Activities ranged from instructions for simple releasing exercises, to brainstorming possible stress-reducing changes in their environment, to presentations by a certified fitness instructor, a dietitian, and a massage therapist. The practicum resulted in the correctional educators learning to identify their levels of stress and use strategies to combat or manage stress. Appendices include a self-diagnosis instrument, the Stress Level Inventory, and a form for self-evaluation of stress management skills. (Contains 50 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.