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Advanced Certificate & Diploma Programmes in Stress Management & Coaching

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN STRESS MANAGEMENT: A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL APPROACH

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN STRESS MANAGEMENT & COACHING: A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL APPROACH

Specific programmes run in association with the Centre for Coaching

INTRODUCTION

The training programmes at the Centres are based on a number of cognitive-behavioural approaches which are applied to the field of stress management training, stress counselling, stress and wellbeing coaching, psychotherapy and corporate training. This allows a flexible modular programme to be run on these topics whereby students can go at their own pace according to time availability and financial constraints.

In April 2010, the Centre re-launched our earlier programme in order to allow students to focus on the area of practice that reflects their current or intended area of work. The revised programmes are:

  • Advanced certificate in Stress Management

  • Advanced Certificate in Stress Management & Coaching

  • Diploma in Stress Management

  • Diploma in Stress Management & Coaching

To obtain the most out of the programme students are encouraged to read relevant books/articles and join professional bodies such as the International Stress Management Association and/or Institute of Health Promotion and Education and/or Association for Coaching and/or other relevant bodies (see section on Information about Professional Bodies in this brochure). The course trainers are experienced in one or more of the following: counselling, counselling psychology, psychotherapy; coaching, business and coaching psychology; industrial training and/or consultancy. Therefore they can provide information on the application of stress management in a variety of settings.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN STRESS MANAGEMENT

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN STRESS MANAGEMENT & COACHING

AIMS

To develop knowledge about the nature of stress, its management and prevention.

OBJECTIVES

All of the objectives for the component courses are objectives for the two Advanced Certificate programmes.

COURSE MODULES

The Advanced Certificate in Stress Management consists of three stress-related certificate programmes. Details of these certificate programmes can be seen in the Centre Brochure or on the website. Some of these certificate programmes are university accredited in addition to being recognised by professional bodies.

Students choose which programme to follow depending upon their existing or proposed area of work i.e. training, consultancy, therapy or coaching. To complete the Advanced Certificate in Stress Management programme, they need to successfully pass three certificate programmes from the selection below.

Module i) is mandatory. For the Advanced Certificate in Stress Management & Coaching programme module ii) is also mandatory.

i) Certificate in Stress Management or Certificate in Stress Management & Health Coaching or Certificate in Stress 

Management & Performance Coaching (36 hours)

ii) Certificate in Coaching (35 hours)

iii) Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (30 hours)

iv) Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (30 hours)

v) Certificate in Multimodal and Problem Focused Therapy (36 hours)

The programme course attendance is between 96 hours to 108 hours depending upon which Certificate programmes are undertaken. 100% course attendance is mandatory. (Exceptions may be permitted if the student has previously attended a similar module recognised by the Centre.) Students usually take under 12 months to complete this flexible programme. We would recommend a maximum time of 18 months.

Students who anticipate transferring to the Diploma programme upon completion of the course will be expected to keep a learning log of their experience on the course which will include: lecture notes, handouts, record of the lecturers, course hours and study time, copies of exam papers and essays, a link between the work and learning on the course and its application to the student’s work context, a record of those aspects of personal growth and self-awareness which inform stress management practice and relate to the ability to understand course material, as well as their personal views of the course. The learning log is presented during forum sessions or to a tutor on the Diploma programme.

CERTIFICATE

A certificate is awarded to participants who successfully complete the programme. In addition to the fees per module there is an administration and certification fee of £75.

COURSE RECOGNITION

The Certificate in Stress Management & Performance Coaching, and the Certificate in Coaching programmes are university accredited. In addition the Association for Coaching recognises the Certificate in Stress Management & Performance Coaching, the Certificate in Coaching, and the Certificate in Stress Management & Health Coaching programmes. These two Advanced Certificate programmes are approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

STAFF

The Course Director is Professor Stephen Palmer PhD, Honorary Vice-President and Fellow of the International Stress Management Association and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, and Honorary President of the Society for Coaching Psychology. He is a leading expert on stress management, stress counselling and stress management coaching. The trainers include Michael Neenan, Gladeana McMahon, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Kasia Szymanska, Irene Tubbs and Nick Edgerton.

DIPLOMA IN STRESS MANAGEMENT: A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL APPROACH

DIPLOMA IN STRESS MANAGEMENT & COACHING: A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL APPROACH

Courses run in association with the Centre for Coaching

INTRODUCTION

The training programmes at the Centres are based on a number of cognitive-behavioural approaches which are applied to the field of stress management training, stress counselling, stress and wellbeing coaching, psychotherapy and corporate training. This allows a flexible modular programme to be run on these topics whereby students can go at their own pace according to time availability and financial constraints.

In April 2010, the Centre re-launched our earlier programme in order to allow students to focus on the area of practice that reflects their current or intended area of work.  

  • Advanced certificate in stress management

  • Advanced certificate in stress management & coaching

  • Diploma in Stress Management

  • Diploma in Stress Management &Coaching

To obtain the most out of the programme students are encouraged to read relevant books/articles and join professional bodies such as the International Stress Management Association and/or Institute of Health Promotion and Education and/or Association for Coaching and/or other relevant bodies (see section on Information about Professional Bodies in this brochure). The course trainers are experienced in one or more of the following: counselling, counselling psychology, psychotherapy; coaching, business and coaching psychology; industrial training and/or consultancy. Therefore they can provide information on the application of stress management in a variety of settings.

Students may wish to complete one or more of the following before applying to this course depending upon whether or not they are interested in training, coaching, counselling or psychotherapy aspects of stress management: Certificate in Stress Management; Certificate in Coaching; Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy; Certificate in Coaching (These programmes are described elsewhere in the Brochure or website.)  

CONTENTS & GENERAL DETAILS

Students have an option of first completing the Advanced Certificate in Stress Management or the Advanced Certificate in Stress Management & Coaching and then transferring onto the Diploma programme and completing the remaining modules and assignments or applying directly to the Diploma programme. Once modules have been undertaken for the Advanced Certificate programme, students are exempt from taking them again on the Diploma programme.

Students must select modules from the list below totalling a minimum of 120 hours, including any modules taken for the Advanced Certificate courses above.  

Module (a) is compulsory for both programmes. Module (n) is compulsory for the Diploma in Stress Management & Coaching. Additional modules from the list may be included if desired.

DIPLOMA IN STRESS MANAGEMENT MODULES

Two-Day Modules (12 hours)

a) Primary Certificate in Stress Management (Level 2) or Primary Certificate in Occupational and Organisational Stress Management (Level 2)

b) Primary Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Training (Level 2)

c) Primary Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and Counselling (Level 2)

d) Primary Certificate in Problem Focused Counselling, Coaching and Training (Level 2)

e) Primary Certificate in Assertion and Communications Skills Training (Level 2)

f) Primary Certificate in Relaxation Skills Training (Level 2)

g) Primary Certificate in Performance Coaching (Level 2)

h) Primary Certificate in Health Coaching, Counselling and Training (Level 2)

i) Primary Certificate in Multimodal Therapy and Counselling (Level 2)

j) Primary Certificate in Trauma and PTSD (Level 2)

One-Day Module (6 hours)

k) Stress Management/Counselling Training and Supervision (Level 3)

Three-Day Modules (18 hours)

l) Primary Certificate in Advanced Cognitive-Behavioural Skills (Level 3)

m) Primary Certificate in Advanced Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy Skills (level 3)

Five-Day Module (36 hours)

n) Certificate in Coaching 

The programme provides a minimum of 120 hours of theory/skills based training. Attendance on additional modules can increase the number of hours the student acquires on the programme. Self-study and written assignments may take an additional 250 hours. Students can choose the order in which they take the modules depending upon their interests, course availability and when they enter the modular programme. It is often useful to complete Modules a) or d) near the beginning of the programme. As modules l) and m) are advanced courses, students are recommended to take them near the end of their own individual training programme. Additionally, students are required to have taken the earlier two day course (b and c) before taking the respective advanced module.  

Module k) is supervision based and participants can discuss problems they are experiencing in the theory and practice of stress management in relation to their own particular area of work e.g. training, counselling, coaching, health education, psychotherapy, management.

AIMS

To develop an advanced knowledge about the nature of stress, its management and prevention.

OBJECTIVES

All of the objectives shown for the component courses are objectives for this course. In addition, students successfully completing the course will be able to:

• become knowledgeable of individual and organisational models of stress

• develop a case formulation for individual clients

• design stress management training seminars and courses

• identify the similarities and differences between various approaches to dealing with the stress of an individual with particular reference to Cognitive-Behavioural, Problem Focused, Rational Emotive Behavioural and Multimodal models

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

The course is suitable for counsellors, trainers, coaches, counselling/health/clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, doctors, and other health and caring professionals who wish to learn more about stress management and prevention. Although it is a post-qualification course, applicants new to this field of work will be considered. As successful completion of this course leads to eligibility for membership of various professional bodies, this programme may be suitable for people wishing to enter the field of stress management.

SELECTION AND FEES

Selection includes: completed application form; a fee of £300 which includes course administration, assessment and academic supervision; a reference from someone who knows the applicant; a personal interview with a course tutor for students who have not already successfully passed a primary certificate course from the programme. The potential attributes looked for in the selection process are evidence of: the ability to reflect upon life experience and use it to enhance self-awareness and maturity; the ability to form a helping relationship; the ability to build upon self-criticism; the capacity to cope with the emotional, intellectual and practical demands of the course.

The course is not an opportunity to work out personal issues which may need the support of personal therapy but a commitment to self-disclosure in relation to course learning and personal awareness will be expected.

ASSESSMENT

Students need to pass the written assignments undertaken at home for the primary certificate and certificate modules, submit a 5000 word assignment, and 5 book reviews.

100% course attendance is mandatory. (Exceptions may be permitted if the student has previously attended a similar module recognised by the Centre.) Students usually take under 12 months to complete this flexible programme. We would recommend a maximum time of 18 months.

Students will be expected to keep a learning log of their experience on the course which will include: lecture notes, handouts, record of the lecturers, course hours and study time, copies of exam papers and essays, a link between the work and learning on the course and its application to the student’s work context, a record of those aspects of personal growth and

self-awareness which inform stress management practice and relate to the ability to understand course material, as well as their personal views of the course. The learning log is presented during forum sessions or to a tutor.

SUPERVISION

Course members who are experienced trainers, health educators, and consultants may find the supervision/training provided on module k) adequate for their needs. Course members who are in counselling or psychotherapeutic practice will be expected to be in regular supervision on their therapeutic work with clients according to the codes of ethics of their own professional body. The supervision may be provided at their place of work or privately.

Course members not engaged in this way will be required to adhere to the guidelines issued by a professional body recommended by the Centre. The supervision will be the financial responsibility of the student. If students start using stress management techniques in their practice, supervision should be from a supervisor who is experienced in this approach. Module k) provides additional training-related supervision. Course members who are new to this field of work will not be expected initially to be offering stress management training. Academic supervision is provided

COURSE RECOGNITION

This course is approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of CPD.

STAFF

The Course Director is Professor Stephen Palmer PhD, Honorary Vice-President and Fellow of the International Stress Management Association and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, and Honorary President of the Society for Coaching Psychology. He is a leading expert on stress management, stress counselling and stress management coaching. The trainers include Michael Neenan, Gladeana McMahon, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Kasia Szymanska, Irene Tubbs and Nick Edgerton.




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