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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Stress has a major impact on health and wellbeing.

The ability to diagnose and manage stress is a huge part of dealing with stress related health issues.  This course helps expand your knowledge and capabilities in dealing with such issues, and in doing so is a valuable area of study for anyone who works in the heath industry.


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Learn to deal with stress related health problems.

  • Stress is not just a psychological issue -consider physical as well as mental stress
  • Fundamental training for stress management consultants
  • Professional development for mainstream medical practitioners and complimentary medical service professionals
  • Improve your career, business and personal health potential.

Stress has a major impact on health and wellbeing.

The ability to diagnose and manage stress is a huge part of dealing with stress related health issues.  This course helps expand your knowledge and capabilities in dealing with such issues, and in doing so is a valuable area of study for anyone who works in the heath industry.



The course involves six modules and around 600 hours of self paced study, as outlined below.

Core Modules 

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Stress Management.

  • Stress Management VPS100
  • Life Coaching BPS305
  • Personal Energy Management VRE105

Elective Modules 

In addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 14 modules.

  • Anger Management BPS111
  • Counselling Skills I BPS109
  • Counselling Skills II BPS110
  • Health & Fitness I BRE101
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (Human Biology 1A) BSC101
  • Human Nutrition 1 BRE102
  • Introduction To Psychology BPS101
  • Counselling Techniques BPS206
  • Grief Counselling BPS209
  • Human Nutrition II BRE202
  • Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210
  • Business Coaching BBS304
  • Human Nutrition III BRE302
  • Sports Nutrition BRE303

Note that each module in the Certificate in Stress Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


A Healthy Body Starts with a Healthy Mind

Psychological research has shown for some years that our immune system is also affected by our mental health.

As stress levels increase our ability to resist infection decreases.

The immune system defends our bodies against invading microorganisms. It does this through barriers, like mucous membranes, but also by phagocytosis. This refers to the deployment of specialised cells, known as phagocytes, which consume and destroy foreign organisms. After a phagocyte has ingested a foreign microorganism it displays its antigen on the surface of its cell membrane. This antigen is what identifies the cell as foreign or native. If the antigen is foreign, lymphocytes continue the immune reaction.

Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell. There are two types of lymphocyte – B Cells and T Cells. B cells produce antibodies which go into the fluid surrounding cells to destroy viruses and bacteria, whilst T cells attack viruses and bacteria that get inside a cell.  These processes take several days once a new foreign antigen has been recognised. However, if the same antigen is encountered at a later date, the immune response is much faster because there are also memory T and B cells which recognise it. This is how inoculation works.  

Stress and the Immune System

Kiecolt-Glaser at al. (1984) carried out an experiment to see whether stress from taking important exams had an impact on the immune system. They took blood samples from 75 medical students one month before their exams. This was considered the “low stress” condition and then they took samples during the exams – the “high stress” condition.  They measured the T cell activity in the blood samples.  They also gave the students questionnaires to look at other psychological variables such as other life events.  They found that the students had more T cells in their first blood sample (low stress) than in the second blood test (high stress), suggesting that their immune system was not performing so well when they were under stress.  They found that the immune system of students who had other stressful life events or psychiatric difficulties, such as depression or anxiety, were more affected and their immune systems were even weaker.  

In other research, bereavement has been found to affect the immunological system through reducing T cell functioning.  Research by the University of Birmingham found that bereavement can make older people more prone to infections and impair the functioning of their immune system.   They found that older people who had had a recent bereavement had poorer responses to bacteria, so were more vulnerable to infections. They also found that the people who were recently bereaved had imbalances in the stress hormones in their bodies, which affected the body’s ability to fight bugs and infections.  They found these effects were less obvious in younger people, as their immune system seem more resilient, but the impact was greater in older people. They suggested that bereavement is a key stressor and older people who are bereaved should make sure to stay in touch with others socially (family and friends), eat well, and exercise to reduce the impact of the stress and boost their immune system response.







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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Denise Hodges Promotions Manager for ABC retail, Fitness Programmer/Instructor, Small Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator (Laserpoint). Over 20 years varied experienced in business and marketing. More recently Denise studied naturopathy to share her passion for health and wellness. Denise has an Adv.Dip.Bus., Dip. Clothing Design, Adv.Dip.Naturopathy (completing).
Lyn Quirk M.Ed.,Dip.Med.,Dip.SportsOver 35 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Gavin Cole B.Sc.,M.Psych.Psychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Gavin has over 25 years of experience in psychology, in both Australia and England. He has co-authored several psychology text books and many courses including diploma and degree level courses in psychology and counselling. Gavin joined ACS in 2001.

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Psychological ProfilingPsychological profiling is used to assess anyone from potential new staff and school children to serial killers. It helps you to determine someone’s personality, neuroses, mental health and career suitability. This book provides an excellent overview of psychological profiling techniques and pitfalls.
How to be a Life CoachLife coaching is a relatively new profession - although coaches have been around for a long time in the guise of trainers, instructors, managers and tutors for various professions and disciplines. Life coaching is not easily defined, but it is a type of mentoring which focuses on helping individuals to achieve what they would like to achieve and thereby to lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike other forms of coaching, it takes place outside of the workplace and is concerned with all aspects of a person’s life.