SMART Details

SMART stands for Stress Management And Relaxation Training

Course Goals

1) Help students see that they have agency in:
• Reducing stress
• Choosing healthy stress management strategies
• Increasing resiliency
• Expressing compassion for others in their community experiencing toxic stress.

2) Teach how Adverse Childhood Experiences (and other forms of toxic stress) might impact student lives.

Learning Objective

To increase:

• Understanding of stress and the stress response
• Ability to recognize personal warning signs of stress
• Differentiate between worrying and planning/problem solving
• Awareness of ACEs impact on self and others
• Knowledge of positive stress coping strategies

Outcomes Results
In the 2017-2018 school year, 1198 students were served in King County.

• 80% report a better understanding of worry vs. problem solving
• 83% report a better understanding of what is stress
• 99% report being better able to recognize warning signs of stress
• 90% report they have new, positive ideas about how to cope with their stress

ACEs data sample: Shoreline
For the 2017-2018 School Year Shoreline School District almost half of the students surveyed reported experiencing 1-3 ACE’s (48%) with 19% (130 students out of 690 in total reporting to have experienced 4 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Teaching Approach
The SMART workshop is interactive. Lecture is interspersed with a variety of activities for students to learn experientially.