Progressive Relaxation Training

A Guide for Professionals, Students, and Researchers

by Holly Hazlett-Stevens and Douglas A. Bernstein


Helping clients develop skill at relaxation is one of the most important actions a mental health professional can take when dealing with disorders where stress and anxiety play a role.

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November 2020


Pages 190
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
  Health & Wellness/Medicine
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Offers comprehensive guidance for practitioners, students, and researchers in psychology, psychiatry, and counseling to teach relaxation to clients.

Two clinical psychologists widely known for their writings on relaxation, present state-of-the-art methods for teaching clients to ease muscle and mind tension to deal with stress and anxiety disorders, as well as other conditions where stress and anxiety play a role.

Bernstein and Hazlett-Stevens explain whom the targets for Progressive Relaxation Training (PRT) are; the rationale, basic procedures and variations of PRT; the setting and possible problems and solutions of PRT; and how to assess a client's progress. They also address hypnosis, drugs, and PRT, as well as PRT used in a mindfulness-based clinical practice. Case studies and evaluative research in PRT are also included.

Graduate students and practitioners in psychology, psychiatry, and counseling will find this work of interest. This book may also be useful supplemental reading for behavior modification courses and practicum courses in behavior therapy.


  • Case studies illustrate the techniques
  • Research included shows the benefits of PRT
  • Comprehensive coverage includes rationale, physiology, procedures, variations, problems and solutions, and assessment of progress
  • Describes recent neuroscience research showing PRT correlates in the brain
Author Info

Holly Hazlett-Stevens, PhD is associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Hazlett-Stevens has written two books in addition to her earlier relaxation training book coauthored with Bernstein: Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry and Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work, and Fun and Psychological Approaches to Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Clinician's Guide to Assessment and Treatment. She is a certified instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and an expert in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Douglas A. Bernstein, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, courtesy professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, and a teaching consultant at Ecole de Psychologues Praticiens, in Paris. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Bernstein has coauthored textbooks in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, criminal behavior, and Progressive Relaxation Training. In 2013, he stepped down after 30 years as chairman of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. He was honored with several teaching awards at the University of Illinois, as well as the APA Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award.

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