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Stress Management

Course CodeVPS100
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn about Managing Stress.

Understand the relationship between stress and health.

When we are stressed changes take place in our body and mind. Our nervous system becomes aroused in the same way it does when we are fearful or angry. So long as we feel stressed we continue to remain in a state of arousal. Whilst in the short term we are equipped to deal with this arousal, over the longer term our body becomes exhausted.

Don't let stress get out of control

Study this Stress Management course to help yourself and other people to learn the skills and techniques to cope with stress. .

This course will help you to -

  • Understand the signs and symptoms of stress
  • Recognise the types of events and situations that can cause stress
  • Know when you are experiencing stress
  • Learn techniques to cope with stress

You will learn more about -

  • Bodily responses to stress
  • The 'fight or flight' response
  • Self-esteem
  • The effect of drugs and alcohol on stress
  • Personality types and stress, and much more...

This course is suitable for -

Anyone who mixes with or works with people who are stressed. For example -

  • teachers
  • managers
  • personnel workers
  • counsellors
  • stress consultants
  • life coaches
  • family counsellors
  • youth workers
  • social workers and more....

Lesson Structure

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.


  • 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.

Don't Let Stress Get Out of Control

Everyone suffers some stress in their lives. That is normal and unavoidable. It is critical though, to manage stress so that it never gets out of control.

Being aware is the first step toward managing stress. The next step is to never let negative thoughts and feelings go unchecked for too long. When they are pushed to one side and ignored,  negativity can escalate, then lead to mental health disorders, such as:


Various depressive disorders involve disturbances to positive moods. They can also cause periods of elation or mania as in bipolar disorders. Because the main symptom is fluctuation in emotions depressive disorders are often referred to as affective disorders. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, and many people experience depressive thoughts and feelings without necessarily warranting a diagnosis of depression.  


Anxiety disorders involve intense feelings of anxiety. They range from specific phobias which involve an irrational fear of particular objects, to social anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and generalised anxiety. Sufferers usually make attempts to control their anxiety but often these do not work and cause further disruption.

Stress Disorders

Stress related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder are also types of anxiety disorder. They are associated with traumatic events and sustained by negative emotions associated with memories and flashbacks of those events. Grief is a normal reaction to the stress of losing someone or something significant. In a minority of people this grieving can become abnormally prolonged.   

Dissociative Disorders

Many life experiences and disorders cause the sufferer considerable pain or distress and as a result people often use defence mechanisms to cope. One of these is dissociation, which includes various attempts to distance oneself from these painful stressors. These can be good coping mechanisms, but if taken too far can contribute to dissociative disorders such as dissociative amnesia - where periods of time are 'forgotten', and dissociative fugue where a person wanders off and is unable to recall a period of time, and how they got where they are.

This course will raise your awareness and understanding of stress. When you are aware of all the things that can cause stress, how they can impact on a person, and what they might lead to; you are then in a much better place to detect, respond to and circumvent stress spiralling out of control.

The things you learn here will help you as an individual, but will also arm you to help others around you, whether in your personal life or in a professional capacity.

What do our students think of our courses?

" The online courses are very easy to use and follow. Prompt friendly replies from tutor to any queries. Course structure flows freely. Very satisfied with course and results..."
Diana (completed ACS Online course in Intro to Psych and Psych & Counselling)

Benefits of Studying This Course

Most people who study this course will do so to learn strategies to help others to cope with stressful situations and life events, but some may choose to study it to find better ways to deal with their own stress levels.

  • This course will provide you with more knowledge of stress symptoms and techniques to deal with that stress.
  • You may use this for your own mental health, or to help others.
  • You might want to work as a stress management consultant or use the course as part of your existing job.
  • Enrol now to study stress management and improve your job, career or business prospects.

This course will be of most valuable to people interested in:

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Caring roles
  • Health professions
  • Alternative therapies

You can enrol on the Stress Management course today. If you have any questions or want to know more, please get in touch with our specialist Psychology and Counselling tutors - they will be pleased to hear from you.

Meet some of our academics

Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 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.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).
Gavin ColePsychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Gavin is both a highly experienced Psychologist and tutor. Gavin has over 25 years experience in the Psychology industry, and has been working with ACS since 2001. He has worked in both Australia and England, and has been involved in writing numerous books and courses in Psychology and Counselling

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