Create audio programs for each of the following populations:
General stress and anxiety - this is for a more general population who may be struggling with stress and anxiousness from a variety of causes in their life (stressful jobs or personal situations, dealing with health issues or family health issues, etc.). This program would NOT be specific for a particular anxiety disorder (eg PTSD or panic disorder), although in the future we may create more specific programs
Chronic pain - people suffering from some level of ongoing pain or recurring pain which could be due to an illness or physical condition such as tension headaches, back/neck/facial pain, fibromyalgia, etc.
The programs should incorporate appropriate modalities of CBT and mindfulness and may include elements such as mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, ACT, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, autogenic training, etc .The program would include content that motivates the listener to continue with the program and remain engaged (for example motivational interviewing). We are looking for you as the expert to recommend the appropriate content for each overall program as well as create the actual scripts for each lesson. It should make recommendations as to background music, sounds, etc. We are looking for an expert with clinical and research experience to recommend the appropriate content for the program and the lessons themselves.
The program will be delivered in short audio modules/lessons via a mobile app. Most of the people we have surveyed have indicated they are willing to spend up to 10 minutes per day, but if some lessons need to be longer that is OK. The program should include lessons and practice sessions that follow a logical, sequenced order. Although we expect people to follow the program in order (lesson 1, lesson 2, lesson 3, etc.), some lessons may be lessons that are practice sessions and can be repeated as many times as a user would like (for example a breathing exercise or guided meditation).
If you are able to record the lessons yourself and provide the audio files, please indicate that in your proposal.
Each overall program should be as long as necessary to demonstrate measurable improvement in how the users feel. This will be measured by pre- and post-program assessments such as the Dass-21 for general stress/anxiety. Each program should be as short as possible (in terms of length of each lesson, number of lessons per week, and total number of lessons) to get results. We imagine it would be something that would take people 4-6 weeks to complete but are looking for expertise to recommend the appropriate length.
Some modules of the 2 different programs (chronic pain and stress/anxiety) will be similar or possibly exactly the same but the content for each program should be tailored and/or modified as relevant to improve outcomes for the specific population.
The ideal candidate would have a background in psychology with both research and clinical experience with patients with these conditions. Experience with biofeedback is also a plus. If you have experience only with one population (eg chronic pain OR stress/anxiety), please just quote on the program where you have the expertise.
Please be sure to include your specific experience in the two program areas in your proposal as well as the time it will take you to create the programs. We will have test users go through the program and provide feedback on the lessons so include some minor revisions/updates based on user feedback in your proposal. Be sure to specify if you are able to create one or both programs, and if you would be providing only the program outline and lesson scripts or if you can also create the audio recordings.