The blended learning approach means I am in control of my learning and can fit my studies in perfectly around my busy life without feeling too much pressure. Suzanne, travel consultant
Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment and occurs when pressure exceeds your perceived ability to cope.
It's often not so much the event itself but your response to the event that determines whether or not you're up against good or bad stress. What you need to do is find the optimal level of stress which will motivate - but not overwhelm.
This course specializes in a multidisciplinary approach to stress management coaching and is relevant to public and private sector healthcare professionals. It can be used for the following life issues:
As a stress management coach, you form partnerships with clients to optimize health and well-being through developing and sustaining healthful lifestyles.
You help your clients enhance their self-motivation and self-regulation and assist to lever strengths, navigate the journey of change, and build other psychological resources such as mindfulness, positivity, hope, optimism, self-efficacy, and resilience.
The Diploma is offered through blended learning whereby you can start your course at any time of the year. The mode of delivery is by supported distance learning and supervised practice at times to suit. Features of blended learning:
This course is suitable for wellness professionals, wellbeing coaches, complementary therapists, nurses and anyone whose work employs helping skills or who wants to go into stress management.
National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)
The Diploma in Stress Management Coaching will provide you with a professional qualification and is independently accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP). The NCP is one of the longest established and prestigious societies of its type in the UK and enjoys an international reputation.
Student membership is included in your fee when you are accepted onto the Diploma and following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full NCP membership.
Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
Wellness Professionals at Work is a recognized and authorized course provider of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA). This course carries CPD points (1 point for every hour of study or skills development).
Association for Coaching
Wellness Professionals at Work is an organizational and training provider member of the Association for Coaching and is committed to the ethical development of coaching as a profession. Our coaching-related training is in line with the Association’s Code of Ethics and Good Practice.
- The Coaching Manual by Julie Starr
- Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay
Supervised skill development
This stage involves 30 hours of supervised skills development in Brighton, Sussex which you can have whenever you choose, weekdays or weekends, during the day or evening. You will be under supervision while working with volunteer clients working on authentic stress management issues. You will be:
- facilitating initial assessments
- co-creating stress management plans
- developing the use of positive body language
- developing rapport
- improving effective listening skills
- developing powerful questioning techniques
- practicing cognitive behavioural coaching
- using techniques in overcoming client resistance
- improving client motivation
- managing client change
There is a further four hours for learning tele-coaching skills which happens in your own location under your tutor's supervision. You need to identify two clients to work with, giving each client two sessions of 40 minutes.
Stage Three: Supported distance learning
You can complete Stage three and four consecutively.
Supported distance learning
The supported distance learning is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge you need in order to practice stress management coaching. As well as the pre-course textbooks, an additional textbook is provided. Based on this reading and your own self-directed study, you complete assignments from the workbook. Completed work is passed onto your tutor for marking and comment and returned to you.
Module 1: Stress and the MindBody Connection: Psychoneuroimmunology - Immune System - Nervous System - Endocrine System - Stress effects on the immune system – Clinical evidence - Definitions of stress - Signs of stress - General Adaptation Syndrome - Positive and negative effects of stress - Acute and chronic stress - Human Function Curve model of stress - Other conditions which have the same symptoms as stress - Causes of stress - Who is at risk of stress - Change and stress – The brain’s response to acute stress - Short and long-term responses – Stressors
Module 2: Coaching Skills for Wellness Professionals: Setting the scene for Wellness - Co-creating a wellness programme - Core coaching competencies - Showing attention and interest in coaching- Using exploration skills in coaching - Showing understanding skills in coaching - Using action skills in coaching - Motivational coaching – Change management
Module 3: Cognitive Behavioural Coaching: Defining cognitive behavioural coaching - The 8-step process to using CBC in wellness coaching - Step 1: Setting the Scene for CBC - Step 2: Problem Identification - Step 3: Goal Selection - Step 4: Choices & Consequences - Step 5: Exploration of Faulty Thinking - Step 6: Decision-Making & Action Planning - Step 7: Implementation - Step 8: Evaluation
Module 4: Physiological Techniques for Stress Management: Musculoskeletal and mental – Breathing – Sleep – Exercise - Nutrition and diet - Substance use and prescription drugs - Biofeedback - Use of senses in reducing stress response activity
Module 5: General Psychological Strategies for Stress Management: Anger management - Anxiety management - Emotional management - Problem-solving training - Improving emotional intelligence - Laughter and humour
Module 6: Behaviorial Strategies to Reduce and Manage Stress: To reduce stress - Behavioural strategies
Module 7: Using Visualisation and Imagery in Coaching: The mindbody connection - Background to using imagery for health - Relaxation techniques - Imagery techniques - Using imagery with different conditions
Module 8: Lifestyle Interventions and Wellness: Time management - Eliminating stress from your environment – Exercise/activity - Smoking cessation - Complementary therapies – Talking therapies - MindBody exercise: yoga, tai chi, and qigong
Module 9: Developing Self Esteem in the Coaching Client: Defining self-esteem – Self acceptance - Defining confidence - Language of assertiveness - Values and rights - How to respond assertively
Module 10: Mindfulness and Meaning in Coaching: Defining mindfulness – Physiological influence of mindfulness - Mindfulness in daily living - The link between wellbeing and human spirituality - Personal Meaning Profile - Coping Schemas Inventory - Belief systems – The Wheel of Life – Labyrinths – Prayer
You are required to keep a learning journal throughout the course. This records your personal and professional learning experiences related to the Diploma. While your journal working is not formally assessed, it is looked at as a guide to your developmental processes.
Stage Four: Case studies and log
You need to complete six case studies, each having six sessions. Each case study will include one assessed tele-coaching session. You complete all case studies in your own time and location, under remote or face-to-face supervision from Laurel.
You will be asked to keep a log amounting to 80 hours of contact time with stress management clients.
Stage Five: CPD evaluation
You will be assessed:
The fee of £1,200 includes:
You can pay by cheque, standing order, BACS or online.
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