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 theory argues that stress and anxiety are caused by maladaptive habits of thought. People need to understand themselves, others and their environments, in order to get control over their lives. This includes the ability to attribute responsibility, sometimes this can have negative consequences. Jacobson, McDonald, Follette and Berley found that distressed married couples have an inaccurate attributional style that maximises the negative and minimises the positive impact of their partner's behaviour. Seligman, Abramson, Semmel and von Baeyer found evidence of an association between inaccurate attributional style and depression. Ellis believes that we falsely attribute most of our problems to external events and circumstances, when in fact, they are attributable to our own beliefs about those events and circumstances.

Beck puts forward the idea that the special meaning of an event for someone determines that person's emotional response to the event. Beck believes that everyone has a set of general rules which guide their reactions. These also form the basis for interpretations, expectations and self-instructions. Further, these rules provide the standards by which people judge the appropriateness and effectiveness of their actions and evaluate their own worth. The content of these rules revolve around two ideas; danger versus safety, and pain versus pleasure.

For Beck, meanings are determined by a person's habitual patterns of thinking about particular kinds of life situations and by their psychological state at the time the situation occurs. Private thoughts can contribute to the arousal of stress and anxiety. "If we distort a situation grossly, our emotional response is consistent with the distortion rather than with the factual aspects of the situation" (Beck). These private meanings are often unrealistic, and their truth is difficult to check: "We do not possess a reliable gauge that another person is, indeed, rejecting, reproaching, or critical of us...we can verify objectively when somebody has attacked us physically by examining the site of the injury. But where somebody seems to be rejecting us, how do we know that we have not misinterpreted his behaviour"? (Beck). Our subjective feelings of distress cannot be used to validate our interpretation because such feelings can occur whether the interpretation is right or wrong.

Cognitive therapy is a form of problem solving based on the principle that the ways in which people think about their experiences may bring about emotional problems. Seligman (points out that if an individual undervalues themselves and always concentrates upon the bad side of things they are more likely to become depressed, and if an individual assumes that they cannot cope with personal or professional issues, and feel that others are critical of them, them are likely to become anxious. Cognitive therapy aims to identify these thinking patterns and replace them with more rational thinking. This in its turn will allow the client to learn more effective ways of coping and solving problems.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists indicates that Cognitive Therapy is best suited to people who want to learn methods of coping with, and reducing their symptoms. Cognitive Therapy insists on concentrating upon the present experience rather than investigating in-depth the clients life experience.

The early stages of cognitive therapy are used for identifying problems and learning methods for coping with them. Clients usually do homework assignments between sessions, for example, recording negative thoughts. Then through discussion with the Trainer they can test whether or not their ways of thinking about a stressful situation are accurate. Through this process they are helped to develop more productive and realistic ways of thinking and behaving in stressful situations. As clients progress they can concentrate on dealing with the prevention of future problems and "dispose of unhelpful rules for living" (Beck).

Cognitive therapy aims to challenge the thoughts which in turn affect the behaviour and the emotional outcome in many situations. Cognitive stress reactions can be more harmful than emotional and physical stress reactions, as while the latter two serve to signal that something is wrong, the cognitive reaction can jam the latter signals, effectively detaining the individual from developing effective coping strategies or eliminating sources of stress.

Cognitive Therapy has three main goals. Firstly, to relieve symptoms and resolve problems; secondly, to help the Client to acquire coping skills; thirdly, to help the Client modify underlying cognitive structures ((Dryden). Cognitive Therapy is problem oriented, teaching the Client to learn and practise coping skills which can be used to solve present and future difficulties.

Emery describes the process of problem solving:
1. Conceptualise the Client's problem.
2. Choose a strategy.
3. Choose a tactic or technique.
4. Assess the effectiveness of the technique.

Thus Cognitive Therapy works to understand the basis of emotional disturbance, the clearer this is, the easier it is to develop appropriate strategies and interventions. Some of the strategies commonly used are distancing and distraction, that is encouraging the Client to undertake some physical or mental activity which will take their attention away from negative thoughts. Challenging automatic negative thinking is also used and we begin to do this in this Session 6. Social skills training can be useful. Socratic questioning may be used, which is the process of asking questions designed to elicit the idiosyncratic meanings Clients have attributed to support or refute their negative beliefs. Clients are also taught to observe and record their negative thought patterns. This experience may build self reliance and will also reduce the frequency of the negative thought.

The focus of Stress Management Training is on overcoming the debilitating sense of anxiety rather than the stress itself. Cognitive therapy helps the Client to define the problem "in terms that yield a sense of control and responsibility and feelings of hope that will lead to specific behavioural interventions" (Meichenbaum). Meichenbaum believes that " cannot change behaviour without having the individuals increase their awareness, raise their consciousness, or notice a behavioural pattern.

Beck argues that "Man has the key to understanding and solving his psychological disturbance within the scope of his own awareness. He can correct the misconceptions producing his emotional disturbance with the same problem-solving apparatus that he has been accustomed to using at various stages in his development". Beck argues that the 'automatic' thoughts underlying a Client's fear are specific, occur as a kind of short-hand and with no logical sequence of steps: "They seemed to be relatively autonomous in that the patient makes no effort to initiate them and, especially in the more disturbed cases, they were difficult to 'turn off'". Cognitive therapy suggests that the individual's problems are derived from these distortions of reality, and are based on erroneous premises and assumptions which originated in defective learning. If the Trainer can enable the Client to unravel the distortions in thinking, then the Client can learn more realistic ways to formulate their experience.

Beck believes that " training the patient to recognise his automatic thoughts, the Therapist directly or indirectly questions their validity. In turn, the process of extending the patient's awareness of this form of ideation is accompanied by a greater objectivity (distancing). As the patient recognises that these self-signals are maladaptive or discordant with reality, he has a tendency to correct them automatically. Moreover, this...leads to the recognition of the...rules that are responsible for the faulty responses". Meichenbaum describes this process as 'metacognition' which "can be conceptualised as both the knowledge one has of his or her cognitive processes and the ability to guide and control these processes".

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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