The Stress Management Institute Stress Management Consultants & Trainers since 1995 Stress Management Training Courses by Distance Learning

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"An excellent training course that has stimulated my interest in Stress Management enormously and has not only delivered but has facilitated learning".

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How can our Diploma Courses benefit you professionally?

Stress Management Training can be learned quickly and is applicable in many settings. You can use it as a short course of treatment or as an on-going therapeutic activity. Our training will enable you to speedily add Stress Management Training to your helping skills so that you will rapidly become a competent practitioner.

Our Diploma in Stress Management Training covers the theory, information, skills and techniques that you will need to work effectively with individuals and groups, both in private practice, or in any therapeutic or community setting. Our
Diploma in Organisational Stress Management enables you to take these skills into the Company or Organisation as a Consultant, whilst also enabling you to address specific corporate need.

Our courses are designed to provide you with a practical toolkit that you can edit with your logo and details for your own Client work. Thus, trainees will find that they can soon put our training to use within their current work, private practice or new venture. It is not essential for you to be currently working with Clients in order to undertake our courses. We are able to offer a fee reduction if you enroll before the end of the month.

Why train with The Stress Management Institute?

We are the specialists in Stress Management Training by Distance Learning and our Diploma Courses are popular world wide. Our experience, professionalism and commitment to quality make us the first training course of choice for individuals looking to enhance their skills portfolio or to start up their own business.

For many Companies too, we are the first choice in auditing, understanding and solving problems within the organisation.
Our list of Corporate Clients speaks for itself.

The Academic Level of the Training

The Academic level of the Diploma Course in Stress Management Training has been assessed by the University CATS Scheme as the equivalent of one term of the final year of an Honours Degree.

The Duration of the Training

You have 12 months to complete each training course. There is, however, no minimum time limit and you can work through the courses entirely at your own pace.

Training Course Fees

The fee for each course is currently £299.00 which is a fee reduction that is available until the end of the month. There is a further reduction if you enroll for both courses together. You can do this for a fee of £399.00 before the end of the month. Enroll Online.

How is the Training Delivered?

The training is entirely by distance learning, consisting of printed training materials and the relevant CDs. You will receive the entire training course or courses through the post within two working days of payment, if you are a U.K. Trainee.


Professional Indemnity Insurance is an absolute necessity if you are intending to set up in private practice. If you plan to work from home it is particularly important to have Public Liability Insurance in case of injury or accident. The Institute's Trainees, on completion of either our Diplomas can obtain a Certificate of Professional Liability Insurance from independent insurers.

This insurance includes cover for:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Product Liability Insurance
  • Libel and Slander Insurance.

What is Stress?

Our bodies react to stress in a similar way that they react to fear. We experience fear when we have cause to be concerned about our well-being or safety. We experience stress when we are in situations where we feel under threat but are not actually in any immediate danger.

When we feel under threat in this way our bodies respond with the fight or flight syndrome, which prepares our bodies to fight or flee and involves a number of physical changes. Our heartbeat increases, our breathing becomes shallow, all of our senses work better, we may have a desire to defecate, our muscles tense to fight or flee, our hands and feet become colder and we begin to sweat to cool ourselves, as all of these changes make us hot.

This response can be set off by many situations that are not really dangerous or life-threatening, however, we are reacting as if our lives were actually threatened, and the reaction to such threat is a very powerful one. When there is no enemy to fight or run from, the physical feelings created have no release, Leading to stress, which will eventually find an outlet in chronic fatigue, anxiety and a variety of minor, or more serious, physical illnesses.

"This is an excellent training course, and not just a course - it is also a step by step guide in how to use it with Clients"

Relaxation Training

There are three major approaches to relaxation training; the physiological approach, which includes simple and progressive muscular relaxation techniques and biofeedback; the meditative approach, which includes visualisation techniques; and the hypnotic approach, which includes autogenic training. Mental relaxation techniques can enhance the ability to focus and give a feeling of peace and well being. Physical relaxation can reduce the breathing and heart rates and lower muscle tension.

However there is a correlation between mental state and muscular tension. Wolpe found that over 90% of headache sufferers had a marked sustained contraction in the muscles of the neck and that such tension was associated with emotional strain, dissatisfaction, apprehension and anxiety.

Jacobson developed the technique of progressive relaxation (from which the active relaxation exercise in this session has been developed) to lower muscular tension. He believed that contraction and relaxation of muscle groups induces relaxation and trained his clients to relax forty-four different muscle groups in turn to induce relaxation and mental health. Wolpe's procedures were similar and he incorporated muscular relaxation into systematic desensitisation programmes to modify behaviour when treating phobic clients. Research shows that muscular relaxation training can improve general health and job performance, lower blood pressure, breathing rates and muscle tension.

Biofeedback has some similarity to progressive relaxation as it teaches clients to recognise tense areas throughout the body and respond with relaxation inducing behaviour. Biofeedback makes information about biological activities such as heart rate or blood pressure available to the client through the use of a machine that senses through electrodes, thus the client is able to learn the difference between tension and relaxation. Biofeedback is a good tool for reducing stress but it is expensive and so is not included in the training course.

Schultz and Lutte developed autogenic training in the 1950s to induce relaxation and we use similar techniques in the relaxation exercise in session 6. Autogenic training is a hypnotic technique focusing on the use of suggestive phrases to induce a relaxed state. Clients need to be relaxed to some degree to be able to respond to the suggestions.

Relaxation training is most useful for clients who suffer from high tension levels which interfere in performance and behaviour. Some people suffering from stress also suffer form varying degrees of depression as well (see depression questionnaire in session 4). Goleman argues that relaxation training, which puts the body in a low arousal state works well for anxiety which is a high arousal state, but not so well for depression because it is already a low arousal state. He suggests that exercise or sport which stimulates the body into high arousal may be a better form of relaxation for depressed clients. Relaxation training can also be inappropriate for clients who suffer from psychotic illness such as schizophrenia, as visualisations used in relaxation sessions may trigger hallucinations.

It is possible for a client to be physiologically calm while experiencing anxious thoughts, thus relaxation training should always be accompanied by cognitive therapeutic techniques.

Stress Management Training by Distance Learning

Our training teaches you how to enable Clients to better manage stress. We do not attempt to eliminate it altogether as we need a certain amount of tension in our lives in order to achieve our goals. Too much, however, can lead to fatigue, illness or unnecessary restrictions on our lives. Our Training is empowering to the individual, enabling them to take a greater control of their own life and health, goals and relationships.

Stress Management Training really can help people to change. Add our training to your helping skills to further enable and empower others.

When you enroll online you will receive your training materials within:
  • Two to Three working days (United Kingdom)
  • Three to Five working days (Europe)
  • Five to Nine working days (Rest of World)

Stress Management Training may also be known as Stress Training or as Stress Counselling Courses or Coaching, Relaxation Therapy and also cover many aspects of Mindfulness.

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