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 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.

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"

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one aspect of Stress Management Training

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is useful in treating stress. It holds the general principle that events contribute to the way we feel and act, but do not cause these reactions, which are mainly determined by our views of these events. Thus stress is seen to originate in irrational beliefs. Abrams and Ellis argue "...stress does not exist in itself. Stress is like good or evil; it exists only in its perceptions and reactions of the beholder (or the stressee)". Thus the trainer is most effective in changing the client's reaction to the problem rather than attempting to change the problem itself. The stress reaction is seen as being induced by an unconscious process of information processing that occurs outside of awareness. Abrams and Ellis believe that these unconscious processes can be made conscious.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the idea that there are two kinds of beliefs, rational and irrational. In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy rational beliefs are those which are flexible, consistent with reality, logical and which promote the person's psychological well-being and aid pursuit of personally meaningful goals. Irrational beliefs are seen as illogical, as rigid, inconsistent with reality, and as interfering with the personal psychological well-being and pursuit of personally meaningful goals.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy distinguishes four pairs of evaluative cognition's. Dryden describes them as follows:

1. Preference v.s Musts.
Rational evaluative beliefs are usually expressed as preferences, e.g. I would like to get a new job, but I don't have to.
Irrational evaluative beliefs are usually expressed as musts, e.g. I must get a new job.
Deriving from these two beliefs are other beliefs.

2. Anti-awfulizing beliefs and awfuliszing beliefs
Anti-awfulizing beliefs are rational, e.g. It would be bad if I don't get a new job, but it wouldn't be awful.
Awfulizing beliefs are irrational, e.g. I must get a new job and it will be awful if I don't.

3. Frustration Tolerance beliefs.
High-frustration tolerance beliefs are rational e.g. I would like to get a new job but I can cope if I don't.
Low-frustration tolerance beliefs are irrational, e.g. I won't be able to bear it if I don't get a new job.

4. Acceptance or non-acceptance beliefs
Acceptance beliefs are rational. If I don't get a new job, it may be that I made mistakes in the interview. This does not mean I'm a failure. I can accept this about myself.
Non-acceptance beliefs are irrational e.g. If I don't get a new job I'll be a worthless failure.

Irrational beliefs are at the core of unhealthy negative emotions. Once negative emotions are experienced, a person will have a tendency to think in negative ways about the experience, this will have an effect on behaviour, and the person will tend to act in self-defeating and goal-impeding ways.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy teaches clients how to dispute these irrational beliefs, asking questions such as:
"Why MUST I get a new job?"
"Where is the evidence that I won't be able to bear it if I don't get a new job?"
"Is it true that I'm worthless if I don't get a new job?".

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy also uses reframing, showing clients how to find good things in some of the bad things that happen to them and helps them to be aware of the disadvantages of harmful feelings and behaviours.

In order to bring irrational thoughts to light Cognitive Behavioural Therapy uses the ABCDE procedure, which is a basic procedure for helping people to identify their automatic thoughts by training them to observe the sequence of external events and their reactions to them. The Client may report a number of circumstances in which he or she felt unaccountably upset, or stressed, and assumed that the feelings of distress were due the circumstances or event preceding them. However, "Usually, there is a gap between the stimulus and emotional response. The emotional upset becomes understandable if he (the client) can recollect the thoughts that occurred during the gap" (Beck). Ellis (described the ABC method of explaining this procedure:

A is the activating stimulus.

These can be events or inferences about events

B appears to be a blank in the Client's mind.

However, B stands for evaluative beliefs about A

C is the inappropriate emotional response.

which can lead also to the physical response of

a stress-related illness.

and further:

D stands for disputing the client's irrational beliefs.

E stands for the effects of disputing, encouraging the
client to develop more rational beliefs.

Ellis argues that people are only aware of what happens at A and C, and believe C to be a consequence of A, when C is actually mediated by the thoughts and beliefs at B, where unrealistic inner rules generate negative feelings. There are two types of C, emotional, and behavioural: "People do not just respond emotionally to the events in their world; they also try, if necessary, to do something about them". (Trower, Casey and Dryden).

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 Stress Management Training to your 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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