Progressive Relaxation Training
A Guide for Professionals, Students, and Researchers
by Holly Hazlett-Stevens and Douglas A. Bernstein
June 2022, 240pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7380-5
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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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.

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 who 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.

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 techniques
  • Research included shows the benefits of PRT
  • Comprehensive coverage includes rationale, physiology, procedures, variations, problems and solutions, and assessment of progress
  • Descriptions of recent neuroscience research show how PRT correlates in the brain
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 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor and an expert in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Douglas A. Bernstein, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and courtesy professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. 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.


"Take the stress out of relaxation training! This book skillfully lays out the theory and research backing Progressive Relaxation Training and provides clear and detailed guidance on how to integrate relaxation training into your practice. It stands out for the ways it helps readers understand the physiology of relaxation and its many valuable clinical applications."—Bethany Teachman, Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, University of Virginia

"This book is the definitive resource on progressive relaxation. It is exceptionally practical and rooted in the latest scientific evidence. Given how often progressive relaxation training is misunderstood and misused by practitioners, this book should be essential reading for anyone learning behavioral treatments, as well as for seasoned professionals who study and treat anxiety and stress-related problems. Highly recommended!"—Martin M. Antony, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, and coauthor of The Anti-Anxiety Program, Second Edition
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