Stress and Disease: The Mind-Body Connection

by Gary Gilles

Stress and Disease: The Mind-Body Connection

Because stress is so prevalent in modern life we often take it for granted. But increasing numbers of people are living with chronic diseases that are attributed to or made worse by stress. This workshop examines the how stress affects both physical and emotional health and its role in the development and progression of disease. Discussion, lecture and case study will focus on understanding specific physiological and cognitive processes that accentuate or effectively control individual responses to stress. In addition, participants will inventory their own response patterns to stress and develop a plan for combating problematic behaviors.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the stress reaction from both a psychological and physiological perspective
  • Apply Selye’s three stage model to the stress cycle
  • Understand the primary maladaptive coping mechanisms used in the stress reaction
  • Explore how stress compromises the immune system and contributes to the development of disease
  • Inventory personal levels of stress and identify problematic behaviors and patterns
  • Identify practical methods to counteract stress reaction

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Michelle Hargon

Please send me an email if you offer this training subject at the University of Chicago. I would love to attend any workshops that you are facilitating.

Michelle Hargon, LCSW- Mental Health Court Program Officer
Cook County Adult Probation Department
2650 South California( Lower Level )
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Gary Gilles

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your interest in the Stress and Disease workshop. That one is not scheduled for SSA but I will be teaching a day-long workshop on Attachment Through the Lifespan on Oct. 5 at SSA. Would love to have you be a part of that if this is of interest to you.


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