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Improving Sustainability of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches (CAM) on Reducing Workplace Stress of Teachers | Abstract
ISSN: 2167-0846

Journal of Pain & Relief
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Improving Sustainability of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches (CAM) on Reducing Workplace Stress of Teachers

Wai Ming Cheung1, Yanli Huang1 and Hector W. H. Tsang2*

1Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation Laboratory, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Corresponding Author:
Professor Hector W. H. Tsang
Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation Laboratory
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Tel: 852-2766-6750
Fax: 852-3150-8957
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: June 10, 2016; Accepted Date: June 17, 2016; Published Date: June 20, 2016

Citation: Cheung WM, Huang Y, Tsang HWH (2016) Improving Sustainability of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches (CAM) on Reducing Workplace Stress of Teachers. J Pain Relief S4:001. doi:10.4172/2167-0846.S4-002

Copyright: © 2016 Cheung WM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

This article argues that the sustainability of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be improved by the addition of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach in helping teachers reduce their workplace stress. This is demonstrated by two clinical trials testing the effectiveness of a multi-component stress management program with the concurrent use of CBT and CAM approaches developed in Hong Kong. The multi-component stress management is shown to be effective in reducing and relieving stress-related emotional or psychosomatic symptoms. Meanwhile, the self-administered CAM techniques may serve to sustain the effects produced by CBT approach. This has the advantage of saving the additional resources needed from intervention by trained professionals such as occupational therapists and psychologists. Implications and future directions are discussed

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