IHS Certificate in Stress Management

Explore evidence based stress management techniques that can be used by anyone to help themselves or their clients effectively manage a key contributing factor in chronic disease

Starting dates


May 2020

About the course

'Stress is defined as “bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium.” Stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. If that’s true, then we have complete control over stress, because it’s not something that happens to us but something that happens in us'. Mark Hyman M.D. 2016

The United Nations has declared stress to be a global epidemic whilst the World Health Organisation has said that stress is now the greatest challenge to health of our time. However, despite stress being so widely acknowledged as a major problem and so commonly experienced, very few people really know what stress is and how to control it.

This online course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of both the psychology and physiology of stress. It explores what causes stress and the negative impact that it, especially chronic stress, can have on health and wellness. The focus then shifts from theory to the practical application of stress management and students learn strategies, techniques and tools that they can use themselves or teach others to manage their stress.

In just 1 month, you will acquire an in-depth understanding of what stress really is and why it has become such a problem in the modern world. More importantly, you will then learn how to build on this knowledge and use proven strategies and techniques to turn stress off, reduce the negative impact of stress and how to tackle and manage stress in the modern world.

This will put you in a position where you are better equipped than most people and even most health professionals to go about managing your stress effectively or helping others with theirs.

This course is particularly suited to those who want to develop both a deeper understanding of stress as well as learning practical and effective ways to manage stress both for self or to help others in this area and is an ideal ‘add-on’ course for those already working in the area of wellness or health who want to offer more to clients or patients who are suffering from excess stress or for those who wish to manage their own stress levels.

‘The course has an excellent academic level and is very practically focused. I am very grateful for the opportunity to do it. Thank you!”

“I found the course excellent and really enjoyed it, thank you”

“Very interesting techniques were presented in this course and I intend to use them in my practice”

The course is broken down into 4 main parts:

  • What is Stress?

Students learn what the stress response really is and the effect it has on both psychology and physiology, including the autonomic nervous and endocrine systems and some basic neuroscience.

  • What Contributes to Stress?

Evolution and the importance of the ‘fight or flight’ response for our ancestors is explored and compared with various modern day stress. A look at common stressors are combined with the concept of the ‘stress load’ to help understand the prevalence of chronic stress in today’s world.

  • The Impact of Stress on Health & Wellness

Although stress can be positive, too much stress or chronic stress has many harmful effects on the body. The negative impact of stress is explored and guidance is given as to how this can be measured and monitored for stress management.

  • The Practice of Stress Management

A broad range of stress management techniques have been chosen that give the student the ability to manage stress from several angles so that a SM protocol can be individualised for anybody.

SM techniques and strategies have been chosen due to their effectiveness, speed, simplicity and appropriateness for use by busy people in a fast paced world. These include relaxation and breathing techniques, meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), neurolinguistics and diet. A coaching focus runs throughout the course with students learning to identify and explore an individual’s challenges and stress triggers.

Duration: Approximately 1 month of home study of 5-8 hrs per week

This online course is delivered through a combination of written, audio, video material and webinars. Participants have access to all the content for the duration of the module and all material can be downloaded for personal use after the module closes.

There are two educational webinars (2 hours each) that are held during the module where the module leaders brings students through the most important information and time is allocated during the webinars for students to interact with their module leader and ask any questions they may have. Students also have access to a class forum for support throughout the module.

A total of 40 Multiple Choice Questions must be attempted throughout the course and a final grade is given to each student on completion of the module.

About your teacher for this course, Shane Pearson

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