Here is a comprehensive clinical manual focused on stress management and relaxation. It contains detailed descriptions of tactics for training the user in the methods of relaxation, positive thinking, time management, and more. Features validated self-tests (normed on over 1000 individuals), and first-time ever stress management motivations and irrational beliefs inventories. This book organizes the world of stress management into four approachable parts- Part 1 covers stress competency, basic stress symptoms, and illustrates processes and symptoms as manifest in acute stress disorder. Part 2 introduces Smith's unique "four pillars of stress management," which is applicable in virtually all stress situations- Relaxing; planning how to solve a problem; checking the reality of stressful thinking; and reviewing and rehearsing. Part 3 considers the application of these basic skills in everyday interpersonal situations. Part 4 identifies task completion skills required for overcoming impediments for applying the stress management techniques. This hands-on resource is essential for practitioners introducing stress management techniques into their practice; students who are learning how to cope with stress; practitioners-in-training, and clinicians looking for a refresher course.