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This online Continuing education course is the foundational course in the theories of stress and stress management practice. This course provides a comprehensive overview of stress related to contemporary theories, anatomy/physiology and life and work stressors. Students are presented with principle-centered stress management theories and study the common types of life situations leading to stress reactions and chronic stress. Work related stress is presented in a comprehensive format. Students will study the establishment of effective relationships for stress reduction as well as foods and some alternative methods for coping with stress. Students then are introduced to some of the most common stress management modalities such as meditation, relaxation exercises and life enrichment through effective change management. Course Code: SM 500. Contact hours of education = 25.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Certified Stress Management Consultant by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc,.

This is a guided, independent study CEU Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There are no written assignments. It is recommended that you follow this process for completing the course:

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, CH-C, FACHE

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E-mail: info@aihcp.org

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the stress management 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.


  1. The Stress Management Source Book: Everything you Need to Know, Second edition, by J. Barton Cunningham. McGraw-Hill (Lowell House), 2000. ISBN: ISBN-10: 0737305088, ISBN-13: 978-0737305081

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

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

Instructor: Your instructor for this course is Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN,BC, CH-C, SMC-C, FACHE a certified clinical hypnotherapist and certified Stress Management Consultant and the executive director of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. Access information.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 25 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.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 25 Contact Hours. Access information

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 25 contact hours of CE:

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* 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.

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

1. Examine and discuss the history of stress assessment and management.
2. Define and discuss contemporary definitions and theories of stress.
3. Explain the physiological responses to stress.
4. Discuss how stress may lead to disease states.
5. Identify and discuss common myths related to stress.
6. Define how stress effects work performance.
7. Discuss how chronic stresses may lead to death of the body.
8. Discuss the effects of stress on emotional and psychological functioning.
9. Define and discuss how people today are coping mal adaptively to stress.
10. Define and discuss the "stress management paradigm."
11. Discuss the theory and concepts of "principle-centered stress management."
12. Identify three domains of effective stress management.
13. Define and discuss the "type A personality."
14. Learn to use an assessment tool to identify people with type A personalities.
15. Identify effective coping and change strategies for those with a type A personality.
16. Discuss issues related to work stress.
17. Identify and discuss what is meant by a type A organization.
18. Discuss effective ways for clients to cope with stress-promoting relationships.
19. Identify effective strategies for dealing with job "burn-out."
20. Understand and utilize an assessment tool for diagnosing job "burn-out."
21. Define and discuss the concept of "positive stress."
22. Discuss strategies that clients may use to manage life stressors.
23. Utilize an assessment tool to assist clients in identifying life stressors.
24. Discuss issues and theories related to the "stress promoting diet."
25. Discuss exercise and its effectiveness as a stress management modality.
26. Discuss meditation and its positive effects as a stress reducer.
27. Discuss and practice relaxation techniques to reduce overall stress.
28. Define and discuss how to use self-hypnosis as a stress management tool.
29. Identify and discuss how to assist clients in developing individualized plans for stress management.

Course Content:

1. Stress defined and its history
2. Myths associated with stress
3. Theories and concepts of stress in modern day life
4. How stress negatively affects body, mind, spirit
5. Principle-Centered Stress Management
6. The stress-prone personality
7. The stress-prone organization
8. Management of stress-promoting organizations
9. Coping with stress-promoting relationships
10. Job enrichment strategies
11. Job "burn-out"
12. Managing the stress-promoting life
13. Dealing with stress-promoting diets
14. Nutrition and wellness
15. Exercises to reduce anxiety
16. Stress prevention strategies
17. Meditation techniques
18. Relaxation techniques
19. Self-Hypnosis
20. Developing a stress management plan
21. The process of self-renewal

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