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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
re you interested in helping people to cope with their stress?
Would you like to learn more about stress management? This 600 hour course will provide you a detailed insight into what stress is, the symptoms and signs of stress and how to relieve stress in yourself and others. The course also includes more on life coaching, personal energy management, nutrition, counselling and health and fitness.

A great way to improve your own stress levels or to help others improve their stress management.


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Become a Stress Management Consultant or Trainer 

  • 600 hour certificate course
  • Improve stress levels in yourself or help others
  • Start or expand a service business

Improve your job or career prospects by using stress management techniques in your existing job, in your home or think about setting up as a stress management consultant.

A great way to start a new career or business!

To complete the course, you are required to complete SIX modules.  There are three core modules of - Stress Management, Personal Energy Management and Life Coaching.

You then choose three electives from a list including - anger management, introduction to psychology, counselling skills and more.  You can choose the modules that most suit what YOU want to learn more about.

Core Modules

Stress Management

Life Coaching

Elective Modules
You need to Choose Three Elective Modules

Counselling Skills I

Health and Fitness I

Human Nutrition and Food 1

Introduction to Psychology

Counselling Techniques

Grief Counselling

Nutrition for Weight Control

Human Nutrition III

Nutrition for Sports

Each of these courses can be taken as an individual module course in their own right. 
Stress Management
There are 8 lessons in this course:
  1. Body Changes
    • The fight or flight response; the stress and immune system; long term problems; sources of stress
  2. Easy Living
    • Anxiety; panic; fear; controlling stress; goal setting; relaxation
  3. Pills and Alcohol
    • Drugs and alcohol; smoking; seeking help
  4. Self Esteem
    • Self esteem; social support;
  5. Managing Your Own Career
    • Career goals; career management
  6. Security and Decision Making
    • Self assurance; decision making; problem solving
  7. Relaxation and Nutrition
    • Relaxation; we are what we eat; nutrition, diet and weight loss
  8. Personality and Stress
    • Type A and Type B personalities; personality types and stress; personal style inventory

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Personal Energy Management

There are seven lessons in this module as follows:

1. Personal Energy: A Key to Success.

2. 13 Keys to Effective Energy Management

3. 10 Falsehoods about Managing Energy Supply

4. The "Other" Energies. Emotional and Intellectual

5. The Myth of Invincibility

6. The Limits of Stress and Time Management

7. Committing Occupational Suicide


Life Coaching

The course is divided into ten lessons as follows:

Lesson 1 Introduction: Nature & scope of life coaching - Nature of life coaching, cognitive behaviour therapy, different approaches, the scope of life coaching.

Lesson 2 - Individual Perception - Psychology of self-perception, perceptual barriers, motivating clients to challenge their perceptions,

Lesson 3 - A Well Balanced Life - The inter-relationship between psychology and physiology, stress, the psychology of balance

Lesson 4 - Coaching Processes - Key coaching processes, assessment of the client's situation, dealing with emotions, setting goals, replacing negative habits with positive ones, leadership qualities in a life coach, imagination and enthusiasm, clarifying goals, recognition of limitations.

Lesson 5 - Coaching Skills -Understanding the communication process, body language, communication barriers, listening skills, assessing learning styles.

Lesson 6 - Coaching and physical well-being - Human nutrition, important factors in nutrition, physical well-being.

Lesson 7 - Coaching and psychological well-being - The psychology of self-esteem, stress management programme, identifying stressors.

Lesson 8 - Coaching Success - High achievement, coaching success, career guidance, managing your money, beginning a business.

Lesson 9 -Goal Setting - Values, aims and goals, types of goals, planning, future goals, steps for successful goal achievement, effort and attribution.

Lesson 10 - Review and Adjustment - Indications that a programme needs to be reassessed, client's lack of confidence, personality clash, over-achievers, health and safety issues,


What Causes Stress?

Stress occurs when a system is put under pressure. Likewise, when people are overtaxed they become stressed. If this stress continues indefinitely, they experience strain and this can make us vulnerable to a range of psychological, physical and emotional difficulties. It is therefore good for one's well being to keep stress within tolerable levels.  


Mood Can Change affecting both the sufferer and everyone around them 

Disorders of mood are common in mood and anxiety disorders as well as substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, dementia, delirium and schizophrenia. In the literature mood and affect are often used interchangeably.   

Mood changes - mood can become more angry, elated, depressed and so forth in response to events. Abnormal changes can occur without any particular reason and is often accompanied by other symptoms.

Changes in how mood fluctuates - mood usually fluctuates in response to circumstances and events. Abnormal fluctuations may be stronger or much less than usual. 

  • Lability refers to increased variation in mood. 
  • Blunting is used to describe decreased variation in mood. 
  • Incongruous mood describes inappropriate mood i.e. a person's mood does not match their thoughts.  

Depression - this is a normal response to misfortune. It is abnormal when is persists or is disproportionate to the misfortune. It usually presents with other symptoms like loss of self-esteem and pessimistic thoughts. Posture and facial expressions also become more dejected. Arousal levels may be either heightened and accompanied by restlessness or depressed. Depression is a common feature of a number of disorders.

Elation - this is an extreme expression of happiness. There are often associated feelings of self-confidence and increased activity levels. Increased arousal can be experienced as unpleasant or pleasant. It is a feature of manic depressive disorders.  

Anxiety - this is a normal response to danger. It is abnormal when the response is disproportionate to the threat of danger. High levels interfere with performance. 

  • Psychological components include feelings of dread and apprehension, restlessness, intense worry, increased alertness and irritability. 
  • Somatic symptoms include muscle tension and rapid breathing. 
  • Autonomic responses include increased sweating, dry mouth and an urge to urinate.

Phobias are persistent irrational fears of objects or situations which cause people to avoid them. Just thinking about them can cause intense anxiety. 

Irritability - this is an increased state of readiness to become angry. It can be symptomatic of various disorders and so the presence of anger and irritability are more useful for managing disorders. Sometimes when accompanied by depressive symptoms can result in self-harm.    



Why Do We Need To Better Control Our Stress? 

Quite simply, stress is not good for people once it exceeds a certain amount. It has an impact on them both physically and psychologically. But it is also not good for others who are around the stressed person.  It can be contagious in some respects.  And in extreme forms, it can result in immediate and severe repercussions. Stressful life events are known to trigger many psychological problems and disorders. 



Study this Stress Management Certificate and open up your career and business opportunities within the helping professions.

Learn more about stress, the signs and symptoms of stress and how to help yourself and others relieve stress.






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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.
Miriam ter BorgPsychologist, Youth Worker, Teacher, Author and Natural Therapist. Miriam was previously an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Youth Worker, Surfing College Program Coordinator, Massage Therapist, Business Owner/Manager. Miriam's qualifications include B.Sc.(Psych), DipRem.Massage, Cert Ourdoor Rec.
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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