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Centre for Stress Management

The Centre for Stress Management is an international training centre and stress consultancy. The Centre offers runs stress management and prevention programmes, stress audits and research, stress counselling, coaching and training.

The British Psychological Society Learning Centre approves the Centre for Stress Management short 2-day Primary and extended Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma courses for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

As the Centre was established in 1987, it has become one of the leading providers of stress management training for trainers, health, management, caring and HR professionals in the United Kingdom. Since 1987 it has trained many thousands of health, management and professionals from other fields of work.

At the Centre in London it runs short two day courses, modular certificate and diploma programmes in stress management. It offers an a Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Psychotherapy and also the Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies & Stress Management. The external consultancy and training unit offers a range of short courses and longer certificated programes including stress management and cognitive behavioural therapies.

In February 2008 the Centre for Stress for Stress Management in association with the UK Centre for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the UK Centre for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, launched two new modular 5-day courses: Certificate in Cognitive-behavioural Therapy and the Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy. These CPD programmes are suitable for health professionals who wish to gain skills and knowledge in these approaches.

Courses in London are held at the British Psychological Society offices or Royal Society for Public Health in London. Courses in Edinburgh are normally held at the Royal Scots Club. Except where indicated, course dates below are for London.

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Participants must attend over 90% of an individual course to satisfy the attendance requirements. Certificates of attendance are provided. Full Primary Certificates are only awarded to delegates successfully completing a written assignment undertaken at home. See brochure for further details.

The Centre for Stress Management is a Founder Member of the Association for Coaching. The Director of the Centre is Professor Stephen Palmer PhD.

In association with The Centre for Coaching, The Centre also offers executive, business, performance, stress and life coaching.




This 2-day course includes the theory of stress and its management. The course takes a multimodal cognitive-behavioural approach to stress management and is based on current research and practice. Some of the topics included are individual and organisational symptoms of stress, thinking errors and thinking skills, stress mapping, stability zones, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, pressure and stress, lifestyle management, physical outlets, management of the personal work environment, Type A behaviour, locus of control, time management, coping strategies at work and home. The application of theory to practice in different settings e.g. counselling, health education, individual and group training, coaching, management, and psychotherapy, will be covered. A book, manual, handouts and biodots are provided. A number of questionnaires will need completing at the end of the first day of the course. As some of the content in this course overlaps with the Primary Certificate in Occupational and Organisational Stress Management, we do not recommend students to do both.


• To become knowledgeable about the nature of stress, its management and prevention

• Be able to apply this knowledge to recognise stress in self, others and organisations

• To become knowledgeable about a multimodal cognitive-behavioural approach to stress management based on current practice and its application to different settings


• Define stress and understand how it differs from pressure

• Have a working understanding of modern models of stress including the multimodal- transactional model, the cognitive ABCDE model and an organisational model

• Understand the psychophysiology of stress

• Identify the main physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms of stress in self and others

• Examine primary, secondary and tertiary stress management interventions at the individual and organisational levels

• Recognise thinking errors and performance interfering thoughts and develop coaching, training or counselling thinking skills to help individuals modify these beliefs

• Develop a range of strategies and techniques to tackle stress including, Type A modification, relaxation skills, lifestyle management, biofeedback, stress mapping

• Understand Type A behaviour and Locus of Control constructs

• Recognise the organisational symptoms of stress and identify what strategies can be undertaken to prevent and manage stress at work


The trainer is Professor Stephen Palmer, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan or Nick Edgerton.