Introduction to Stress, Resilience, and Relaxation Response

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Relaxation Response

This module provides:

1. Self-assessment: How stressed and resilient are we? (note that future modules provide opportunities to reflect on our effectiveness and mindfulness)
2. How does stress affect physiology, cognition, and performance? And how does this affect our effectiveness with patients and colleagues?
3. What strategies effectively improve resilience and enhance effectiveness?


Kathi J. Kemper

Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH is the Director of the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and Professor of Pediatrics. She has over 45 years’ experience practicing relaxation response, 40 years practicing yoga, and 15 years’ experience teaching a variety of skills to health professionals. She completed formal training with the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program as well as the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics course in Clinical Hypnosis and Guided Imagery. She has over 20 years’ experience using guided imagery with patients and over 10 years’ experience teaching children and adolescents to use biofeedback. Her online training programs have provided Continuing Education credit to more than 20,000 health professionals.


  1. Describe the physical, psychological, and social impact of stress; list unskillful strategies for addressing stress; and provide a rationale for using mind-body practices to build resilience and effectiveness to improve lives.
  2. Describe the basic steps of the Relaxation Response; practice it; and begin to introduce it to patients.
  3. Engage in self-reflection to assess how practicing mind-body skills affects stress and resilience.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Module Evaluation and then the Post Test (which requires a score of 70%), followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.