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Got Stress?

Stress Management for Today's Writer

Facilitator:  Serena Wadhwa Psy.D., LCPC, CADC

Workshop Syllabus

In today's demanding times, writing can be stressful for many. Particularly when other commitments and obligations get in the way. This workshop explores some basic facts about stress and how it can affect you. Participants will leave this skill-building workshop with tools that will enable them to identify and work through stress, burnout and compassion fatigue to be more effective in their lives and still write. Students will have the opportunity to examine where they are currently, in terms of what’s optimal stress and learn 12 different strategies to implement to better combat stress.

Week 1 Setting the Scene

This session focuses on a general overview of stress, the effects of stress and the progression of stress when not managed. We will also explore where your stress levels are and how this may be affecting your writing. Signs and symptoms of stress will also be covered.

Week 2 Basics and Relaxation Techniques

This week will be devoted to three basic strategies to managing, reducing or eliminating stress and four relaxation techniques. Participants will have assignments relating to online research and practicing specific techniques described.

Week 3 Restructuring Techniques

We will review and work on restructuring thoughts and elements of your environment. Specific assignments will be provided and reviewed as these are implemented.

Week 4Additional Techniques and Wrap Up

Finally, the last week will cover the remaining strategies. You will also be developing a stress management plan and schedule to help integrate the information from this workshop.


This course is designed to teach participants what stress is, how it manifests and how to recognize when it may be affecting one’s life. This workshop provides 12 behavioral, mental, emotional and/ or spiritual strategies to assess how to manage, reduce or eliminate stress factors that impact one’s writing.

Please note that this workshop is for informational purposes only and not meant to replace therapy for those that may need this service.


Required Reading:  None

About the Facilitator:

Serena Wadhwa Psy.D., LCPC, CADC has published articles and works relating to stress and other psychological afflictions that keep individuals from moving forward. She currently provides therapeutic services, workshops and consultations, and serves as a faculty member at Governors State University.

Tuition: $89

Sessions for 2012:

January 16th

February 20th

March 26th

April 30th

May 28th

June 25th

August 20th

September 24th

October 29th

November 26th

December 31st

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Books recommended on this page are not required reading for participation in the course.

There are no recommended books for this course.

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