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SM 600 – Stress Management Therapy & Interventions


This CE course continues in presentation of a comprehensive program of multiple modalities used in a quality and successful stress management consulting practice. While students will review modalities from previous courses, this course emphasis a more comprehensive study of many previously learned and new therapeutic modalities. Many new techniques for various challenging problems and issues are presented. The course and text provide an abundance of well defined exercises that students work with and learn, so as to teach and work with clients. The practice of the exercises provides a real experiential learning application and prepares one to begin a practice. The text is formatted also to allow for its use by clients in conjunction with a teaching program implemented by the stress management consultant. Tools for assessment and criteria for outcomes evaluations are also provided and examined. Course Code: SM 600. Contact hours of education: 30.

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.

Prerequisite: successful completion of SM 500 through SM 590.

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

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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.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, 5th edition Authors: Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, Matthew McKay New Harbinger Publications Oakland, CA
2000 ISBN-10: 1572242140 ISBN-13: 978-1572242142

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 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 American College of Hypnotherapy and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 30 Contact Hours.

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 30 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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* 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. Review and discuss major sources of stress
2. Understand and work with assessment tools for stress evaluation
3. Understand and discuss the concept of “body awareness”
4. Discuss and review issues related to “breathing” including anatomy and physiology
5. Discuss how breathing plays an integral role in carrying out stress management exercises
6. Describe and practice seven major breathing techniques used in stress management exercises
7. Discuss and practice the technique of progressive muscle relaxation
8. Review, discuss and practice at least three types of meditation practices
9. Understand the rules for effective visualizations
10. Define, discuss and practice “applied” relaxation training exercises
11. Review and practice a self-hypnosis session for stress management
12. Understand how to develop highly effective suggestions for self-hypnosis
13. Define and practice autogenic training for stress reduction
14. Construct effective autogenic verbal formulas
15. Understand, discuss and practice brief combination techniques
16. Describe how to produce a self-relaxation audio tape/CD
17. Understand and describe ways to refute irrational thinking patterns
18. Complete a structured exercise in refuting irrational thinking
19. Describe how to use “thought stopping” as a stress management modality
20. Discuss a methodology for providing “worry control” in a stress management program
21. Discuss the five steps of a coping skills training program
22. Discuss the principles of self-responsibility
23. Review and discuss methodologies for effective time management
24. Describe a methodology for effective goal setting
25. Define the elements of assertiveness training
26. Discuss eight steps to managing job related stress
27. Discuss a quality nutrition program to assist in stress reduction
28. Discuss and practice four types of physical exercise as effective modalities in a stress management program


1. Sources of stress
2. Reactions to stress
3. Symptoms assessment
4. Body awareness and body scanning
5. Stress awareness diaries
6. Breathing work
7. Progressive relaxation exercises
8. Meditation exercises
9. Visualizations
10. Creating scared spaces
11. Humor and creativity
12. Applied relaxation training
13. Self-hypnosis
14. Developing self-induction scripts
15. Autogenics
16. Brief combination techniques
17. Developing relaxation audio’s
18. Rational emotive therapies
19. Thought stopping and worry control
20. Coping skills training
21. Goal setting and time management
22. Assertiveness training
23. Job stress management
24. Nutrition for stress management
25. Exercise
26. Decision making and responsibility