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Course Information

This comprehensive CE course provides a very comprehensive overview of studies, research, and dynamics related to managing stress. Students study many facets of stress management, as well as major theories, process models, and other related content. Progression in the course then focuses on coping with twenty first century stress, including preventing burnout and creating a stress free life; healthy lifestyle; the trifecta of stress reduction and stress and your psychological health; and managing stressful conditions in your life (work-life balance). The nature of stress and stress management is presented to help you find information on the nature of stress, how you can identify it, what you can do to reduce most of it, manage the rest, and live a healthy, productive, stress-free life. Some stress comes from life circumstances and some from our own self creation. This course examines many different modalities and short interventions that consultants can easy apply in their practices. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 50 contact hours of continuing education credits. Course code: SM 610

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access Info

Pre-requisite:This course is particularly designed for licensed health care professionals seeking to meet education requirements for re-certification as a Certified Stress Management Consultant by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

Instructor/Course Author: Sahra Robinson, LCSW-R, SMC-C

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Email: 2livstressfree@gmail.com

This is a guided, independent study CEU Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There are no written assignments.

Reading/Study Assignment: there is one textbook for this course. This course covers all of the material in the text.

The Smart Guide To Managing Stress, by Bryan Robinson. Smart Guide Publications, Inc. March 1, 2012.

  • ISBN-10: 1937636267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937636265

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Stress Management." Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in this program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

Online Classroom Resources and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of stress and stress management, and discover how you can benefit from stress;
  2. Recognize the stress signals and develop your own stress profile of symptoms;
  3. Describe different types of stress and explain how they each can impact different areas of your life;
  4. Discuss coping with twenty first century stress and provide tips on managing this;
  5. Identify why relaxing is hard work;
  6. List ways to prevent burnout;
  7. Cite healthy vs unhealthy ways of managing stress;
  8. Apply a reality check to your perspective on stress;
  9. Evaluate your stress coping styles, and list the various categories;
  10.  Define stress hardiness and stress sensitivity;
  11. Cite examples of tips to increase your stress hardiness;
  12. Cite an example of healthy lifestyle; the trifecta of stress reduction;
  13.  Discuss the correlation between exercise  and good stress;
  14. Demonstrate the correlation in sufficient sleep and stress reduction;
  15.  Describe how mindful awareness correlates with stress reduction;
  16.  Explain what is meditation and cite different types of meditation;
  17. Describe the connection between stress and psychological health;
  18. Discuss how optimism can be used as a stress reliever;
  19. Categorize how to manage the stressful conditions in your life;
  20.  Explain how work stress leads to burn out, and what can be done to prevent/manage it?
  21.  Apply boundary setting at work to job demands by demonstrating the following;
  22. Describe how stress impacts relationships, and list effective tools to deal with it;
  23.  Debate the correlation between stress and activity based addictions;
  24.  List ways to maintain a work-life balance and stress resiliency;
  25.  Understand how to maintain stress resiliency and tap into your inner strengths.


  1. Stress as a fact of life
  2. Types of stress;
  3. Preventing burn-out by creating a stress-free life;
  4. Stress coping styles;
  5. Stress and nutrition/exercise;
  6. Stress reduction and sleep;
  7. Stress proof your brain;
  8. Relaxing your body and physical wellness;
  9. Mindfulness and stress reduction;
  10. Meditation and stress resiliency;
  11.  Distressing your life and surroundings;
  12. Work stress and job burnout;
  13. Stress –resistant relationships;
  14. Managing and taking control of your stress.

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