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Stress Management Level 3 Certificate Course

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Stress Management Level 3 Certificate Course

Stress Management course online. Learn to manage stress successfully! Anxiety, tension, and mental and emotional strain are all common problems in modern society. This Level 3 accredited course introduces you to some practical approaches to understanding how it affects the body, dealing with the symptoms, and giving you tools to combat stress.


 ThiLogo ACCPHs course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).

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This course has been accredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a "Fully Qualified Practitioner" and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters "MCMA" after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.

Learn to recognise the signs of stress

While the understanding of the relationship between stress and disease is still in its infancy, there is increasing evidence of the physiological changes induced by prolonged high stress. Some of the more common symptoms of stress include:

  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Sweaty palms
  • Yawning, feeling bloated
  • Rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure
  • Headache or jaw pain when you wake up (clenching your jaw in your sleep!)
  • Restlessness, fidgeting
  • Stomach ache (butterflies)
  • Anxiety, panic
  • Inability to sleep
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feeling generally €˜on edge

The physiological effects of stress are varied and can include:

  • Poor immune system function
    • Constantly catching colds and flus, feeling run-down
  • Digestive disorders
    • Stomach ulcers, weight gain, bowel and intestinal diseases
  • Psychological illnesses
    • Anxiety, paranoia, depression
  • Chronic and serious diseases
    • Constant high stress levels appear to leave a person at increased risk of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease, and to suffer heart attacks.

Learn to Respond to Problems of Stress and Minimise the associate Problems


Learning Goals: Stress Management VPS100
  • Identify changes that occur to the body as stress develops.
  • Identify the relationship between lifestyle and stress.
  • Discuss the impact of legal drugs on the psychology of a person.
  • Discuss the importance of self esteem in minimizing stress.
  • Determine options for career management that will minimize potential for stress.
  • Identify and address security issues that impact on stress levels.
  • Identify aspects of relaxation and nutrition in a person€™s life that may impact upon stress levels.
  • Identify the relationship between stress and personality type.


Lesson Structure: Stress Management VPS100

There are 8 lessons:

1  Body Changes

  • Modern Day Stressors
  • Symptons and Effects of Stress: The Muscles Response, The Gastrointestinal Response, The Cardiovascular Response, The Skin Response
  • The Fight or Flight Response (GAS) 
  • Effect of Stress on Health and Well-Being: Stress and the Immune System
  • A Stress Management Response Program 

2  Easy Living

  • Easy Living: Understanding Your Stress Symptoms, What Exactly Is Causing Your Stress?, Decide How to Deal With Your Particular Stressor
  • Terminology: Anxiety, Depression, Tension, Fear, Phobia, Unconscious Anxiety, Free-floating Anxiety, Panic
  • More on Self Image
  • Tips for Relaxation: Massage, Aromatherapy, Exercise, Get a Hobby, Hypnosis, Autogenics
  • Controlling Stress: Dealing with a Crisis, Responses to crisis (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Behavioural)  
  • Too Little Stress

3  Drugs and Alcohol

  • Alcohol: How Much Is Too Much?
  • Drugs: Over The Counter and Prescription Drugs, Illegal Substances
  • Seeking Help

4  Self Esteem

  • What is Self Esteem?: The Importance of Self-Esteem
  • Realistic Expectations - Stress and Perfectionism
  • Altering Your Perception
  • Social Support: Low Self-Esteem in Teenagers
  • Building Self Esteem In Others

5  Managing Your Own Career

  • Work Satisfaction
  • Managing Your Career
  • Reviewing Your Career
  • Standing Out And Progressing

6  Security and Decision Making

  • Self Assurance: Development of Security and Self Assurance, Analysing Ourselves
  • Decision Making: Strategy 

7  Relaxation & Nutrition

  • Nutrition: Dietary Fibre, Vitamins and Minerals
  • The Balanced Diet: The Food Pyramid - Summarised, The Basics for Healthy Eating
  • Carbohydrates, Proteins And Fats: Carbohydrates, The Glycemic Index, Proteins, Fats
  • Problems Of Nutrition And Diet: Eating
  • General Principles Of Weight Loss: Attitudes, Progress, Exercise, Balance, Cause and Effect
  • Tips For Healthy Living
  • Food Allergies/Intlerance: Food Intolerance, Allergies
  • Sleep Disorders: What is Sleep Apnoea? Is There Any Treatment?
  • Relaxation
  • Alternative Methods For Relaxation And Reducing Stress: Reiki and Stress Management Techniques, Breathing Exercises, Crying, Crystals, Sex to Reduce Stress, Humour and Stress Relief, Yelling Loud
  • Anger: Expressing Anger

8  Personal Style Inventory

  • Classic Research: Other Personality Traits and Stress   
  • Ideal Self: Trait and Type Approach
  • Genes And Personality
  • Personality Disorders
  • Personality Index
  • Introversion - Extroversion


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:

Iona Lister Tutor Iona Lister
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.

Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.

Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner. 

Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 

Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society 

Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support 


Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member

Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes


Excerpt from the Course


"Self Esteem" (how we feel about ourselves) is influenced by many factors. A person's upbringing, peer group pressure, current employment, physical appearance and so on, all interact to help determine how we feel about ourselves. It is our perception of ourselves, and in many cases it is not 100% accurate!  It can also be based on flawed perception of what others think of us.  Too often people are focused on how they do not match up to society’s current ideal, rather than focusing on their positive attributes.  It is in essence our personal assessment and judgement of ourselves as compared to those around us.

However volatile or inaccurate a person’s perception of themself is, self esteem is the key to a successful, happy and productive life. It affects the state of our personal happiness, for we cannot be happy if we do not like ourselves; and it also affects the way we do our job, the kind of relationships we have, the success or failure of raising our children.  It's the generator of human motivation!  Someone with low self esteem is generally depressed and/or anxious, second guessing themselves, conditioning themselves to failure and lacking in motivation.  “It's all too hard”, “I’ll never be good enough” etc is the common mindset of low self esteem.

Our self esteem therefore is the index of how we feel about ourselves.  It reflects if we see ourselves as a worthy, capable, lovable, significant persons, or as a useless, inept, unlovable and insignificant person. 

Some have defined self esteem as our inner mirror.  This is a particularly useful metaphor, since it is concrete and helps us visualize the concept of self esteem.  The inner mirror of self esteem is created in the early years of life.  It is brought about through the way we perceive the attitude toward us of people who are significant in our life, especially our parents.

Self esteem is established through respect and approval from others, actual achievement and success, and acceptance of, and acting upon ones inner nature.  The way in which parents, extended family friends and siblings respond to, treat and interact with a child is critical in the development of their self-esteem.  It is important to emphasise positive traits and characteristics and to engage in positive, sincere and reinforcing interactions with even small children.

Therefore, self-image is a neutral description of ourselves. E.g. I am a woman.  Self-esteem is an estimation of our worth e.g. “I am a lovely woman.”, “I am a kind woman.” “I am an ugly woman”. Etc.

The Importance of Self-Esteem

How a person feel affects how they live our lives. If they feel loved and liked -

  • They often have better relationships with others.
  • They are more likely to ask family and friends for help and support.           
  • They will believe they can accomplish our goals and aims.
  • People who think they can accomplish goals are most likely to do well in school.

Therefore having a good self-esteem allows people to accept themselves and live life more fully.




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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
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