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Managing Stress and Distress

Managing Stress and Distress

Managing Stress and Distress

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An accessible, straightforward guide to how inbuilt stress responses lead to distress and problematic behaviour in young people, how mindfulness can build self-regulation and resilience, and the practical ways in which parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.

Managing Stress and Distress Summary

Part of the How to Help series of books exploring issues commonly faced by children and young people at home and in school, Managing Stress and Distress offers an accessible introduction to how heightened stress levels in young people can lead to distressed behaviour - and how to manage both. We have left behind a time when schools found it easier to exclude 'difficult' children than understand them, but the evolutionary and psychological factors that often underpin stress responses and their resulting problematic behaviours remain poorly understood. Offering a complete, compassionate guide to what stress is, how it arises, the purpose it serves and the issues it can cause, Stan Godek argues for a trauma-informed approach of managing short-term distress while also reducing long-term stress levels via a regular practice of mindfulness - and shows how parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.


STAN GODEK is the founder and director of SG Training and Consultancy. He is a psychologist with a background of working with children affected by trauma. His work was informed first by attachment theory, and later by the theories of Erik Erikson and Alan Sroufe. He has worked in the UK, Ireland and Russia, and has also managed residential childcare services. Stan has developed a wide range of techniques and exercises designed to help young people to self-regulate their moods and emotions, and to cope more effectively with the various negative experiences that have impacted on their lives. He draws on these techniques in workshops on how mindfulness techniques can improve concentration and learning in the classroom, and in the consultancy service he offers to primary and secondary schools, residential units and fostering agencies. He is the author of Mindfulness Techniques for Children and Young People: A Practical Guide.

Table of Contents

Series Preface; About the Author; Author's Preface; How to Use This Book Part 1: Introduction 1. What is stress? 2. A brief history of stress and distress; 3. A psychological perspective; 4. Neuroscience; Ten key things to know about stress and distress Part 2: Stress and the brain 5. Key components of the brain; 6. The HPA and stress chemicals; 7. The negative impact of stress 8. Elizabeth Blackburn and the Telomere Effect Part 3: Distress 9. The attachment process; 10. The arousal response cycle; 11. Emotional regulation or containment; 12. Empathetic attunement, the secure base and exploratory behaviour; 13. Internal working model; 14. Distress and insecure attachment styles Part 4: Managing distress 15. The arousal cycle; 16. How to help at each stage; 17. Nonverbal communication; 18. Recovery and post-crisis; 19. Analysis of incidents and looking after ourselves Part 5: Stress and stages of development 20. Erikson's stages of development; 21. Pre-school to primary transition; 22. Adolescence; 23. Neuroplasticity Part 6: Stress reduction 24. Chemicals again!; 25. Mindfulness; 26. Meditation; 27. Breathing and breathing exercises; 28. Imaging and visualisation; 29. Shinrin-Yoku and Two Schools Part 7: Conclusion 30. Summary; 31. A last word to parents and carers; 32. A last word to teachers and schools

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Managing Stress and Distress: How to Help by
Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
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