Stress Intervention Plan

For this project, you will team up with 1-2 of your classmates and play the role of stress management counselors. You will be presented with a hypothetical client who presents with a stress-related problem that is preventing them from reaching a goal. Your mission is to assess this person's "issues" and devise a stress intervention plan to help them reach their goal. 


PHASE 1: Assessment of strengths & weaknesses (facilitators & obstacles)

Early in the course, you and your teammate(s) will read the case history below. Then you will use what you have been learning in class to identify "things" about the client and their situation that will likely help the intervention in some way. You will also identify the client's issues that the intervention must address in order to help the client reach their goal. See the "Phase 1 submission form and rubric" link below ASAP to learn more about the expectations! This form can also be downloaded under the appropriate assignment tab in Canvas.

PHASE 2: The Intervention plan

After you complete and submit phase 1, start working on the intervention plan (phase 2). You will need to identify and describe specific techniques/activities learned in the Stress and Pain class that will address the issues and capitalize on the strengths you identified in phase 1. Do NOT submit this until you receive my feedback on Phase 1 in case mistakes were made. Make SURE you read the "Phase 2 submission form and rubric" link below ASAP to learn more about the expectations! This form can also be downloaded under the appropriate assignment tab in Canvas.


Please invest time into this project. I want to see how well you can apply the course material and think outside the box. 



Not many students like team projects, but "working well on a team" is a prized skill set that will serve you well. A complaint I often hear is that someone on the team did not put in much effort or time into the project. This forced the others to work harder and yet everyone received the same grade. We will attempt to prevent and minimize this using the procedure below.

1. If you know one or more classmates you would like to work with (maximize team size is three), let me know by the end of the first week. If everyone agrees to be on the team, the assumption is that you know and accept their work ethic and accountability.

2.  If #1 above does not apply, I will share with you a questionnaire. Here, you will enter your name and specify the number of hours you will commit to completing each phase. Before you do this, look at the due dates for each phase and estimate how busy you will be at this time. Once you commit to a time, whether this is 30 minutes or 3 hours - you are making a promise to your teammates. I will match people up according to the amount of time they are able and willing to commit to each phase of the project. 

3.  If #1 does not apply and you do not respond to the questionnaire described in #2 above, you will be paired up with 1-2 classmates who fall into the same boat.

4.  If anyone has issues with anyone else on the team, you need to have a respectful conversation with them. Give them time to make amends. In the meantime, keep notes on the issue and attempted solutions. If the issues are not rectified, the student the issues are about is at risk of having points deducted - depending on the severity of the issue and the student's response to the concerns.

5. Every student in the class with complete a Team Feedback form in Canvas after each phase. But please make me aware of unresolved issues BEFORE this form is due so that we can "nip things in the bud".