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IAFPD Primary Certificate in Stress Management

The Primary Certificate in Stress Management is a module on the International Society for Coaching Psychology recognised Certificate in Stress Management and Performance Coaching programme. It forms part of the Association for Coaching Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme. It is a British Psychological Society Learning Centre Approved Course.

This 2-day course also forms part of the TILM Approved Development Programme, Foundation Coaching Development Programme and the Advanced Coaching Development programmes. 


This two-day programme includes the theory of stress and its management at the individual and organisational levels. The programme 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 HSE tools and standards. 


The application of theory to practice in different settings, e.g. coaching, counselling, health education, consultancy, individual and group training, and management will be covered. A book, workbook and handouts are provided. There is an online resources section with links to relevant articles. A number of questionnaires will need completing at the end of the first day of the programme.

• 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


The objectives are to:

• 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 relevant neurobiology and 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

• become knowlegable about the HSE tools and standards

​• consider what can be included in stress management or maximising pressure workshops


A CPD certificate is provided for all attendees. Learners wishing to obtain a Certificate of Achievement need to submit a 750 word Post Programme Review. 

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





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