Professional Body Approved & Recognised Training

International Academy for Professional Development
Blended, Classroom and Distance Learning

Faculty of Stress Psychophysiology

In 2005 the Centre for Stress Management launched the Faculty of Stress Psychophysiology. The Faculty team come from the fields of psychology and biology/physiology and include Chartered Psychologists, Chartered Biologists and Chartered Scientists.




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, stress physiology/biology, 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 or Dr Siobhain O’Riordan.



The Certificate in Work-Based Professional Development (Specialist Topic) (5 Credits at Level 6) is run in association with the International Academy for Professional Development.


The Certificate is designed to guide a student to develop a professional development plan through assessing professional development needs, developing a personal profile and undertaking a professional development SWOT analysis to guide relevant self-directed work-based professional development. This can be demonstrated through a range of activities, for example, developing and delivering a presentation, maintaining a professional development record and completing a written assignment relating to the specialist topic or a summary article suitable for publication or abstracting in the online Journal of the International Academy for Professional Development.

Topic specialisms might include coaching, business, management, leadership, psychology, biology, counselling, supervision etc.


To guide a student to develop a professional development plan.


• Self-assess professional development needs

• Develop a personal profile

• Undertake a professional development SWOT analysis

• Develop a PowerPoint presentation clearly related to an area of professional development (eg stress, biology)

• Develop a Professional Development Plan

• Maintaining a professional development

• Produce a summary article suitable for publication or abstracting in the Journal of the International Academy for Professional Development.

• Make appropriate selection and use of tools and techniques to guide and progress work-based professional development.

• Using a self-reflective approach to professional development, develop capability to maintain newly acquired skills through exploration of own development preferences and be able to critically analyse and appraise own development.

• Be self-directed in own learning by managing own learning on the programme and planning for future self-development.


This course is available to overseas students. However, all materials are written in English. Assignments will only be marked if they are submitted in English. There is an additional fee for postage. However, assignments can be submitted by email to tutors.


Students undertake a professional development SWOT analysis, provide a summary article suitable for publication or abstracting in the Journal of the International Academy for Professional Development, submit a presentation on an aspect of personal development and maintain a professional development record. An IAFPD certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the programme.

Course brochure. Application form.