This course has proved extremely useful for organisations that deal with stressful or traumatic situations; Crisis intervention teams, paramedics,combat forces etc

It is equally suitable for tackling stress in the workplace.

Stress Course

The SFM approach to Trauma is all encompassing, looking at your client as a whole, balancing out ALL stressors not just the major ones. This course covers everyday stress through to Crisis Stressors and PTSD. Focusing on the awareness of symptoms, the cumulative effects and how this is processed psychologically and physiologically. How to protect yourself as a therapist whilst providing effective tools and techniques.


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Part I: What is Stress?

It is essential in life today to understand "stress", what creates it, how it materializes and the resultant ramifications whether it be long or term short tem in consequence. Stress is seriously overlooked as a condition, it applies to everyone on a daily basis in varying degrees and we all deal with it and react to it in different ways with it affecting our work and home life in some way

"British businesses lose an estimated £26 billion each year in sickness absence and lost productivity. With greater awareness and mental health support, they said businesses could save one third of these costs - 'a mammoth £8 billion a year'."
 Mind June 2011

"Stress has become the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees" 
CIPD Survey October 2011

"Consistently stress is the second most commonly reported work related illness" Labour Force Survey

The stress levels of the Paramedic and those in the emergency services are unique:

"They see the good, the bad and the very ugly. They watch children die and families grieve. They're called to the aftermath of car accidents, domestic rage and shootings ... they're cursed at, vomited and bled on, yet patients seldom ask their names" D Belgium, LA Business Journal, Issue 08/11/99

The SFM approach to stress is all encompassing, balancing out ALL stressors not just the major ones. We will cover everyday stress through to Crisis Stressors and PTSD's as one stressor does not occur in isolation. We will focus on the awareness of how you react to stress, the cumulative effects and how you process this psychologically.

The Stress Response: What makes the reaction to stress more severe?

Stressors: What are they?

The Stress Reaction: Stress can cause a variety of conditions and symptoms it is important to be able to identify signs and symptoms when going through a stress reaction.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The PTSD Response

Part 2: How to Deal with Stress

  • As an Individual
  • With Peer Group Support
  • Family Support
  • SFM Support

Effective tools and techniques

Focusing on effective ways to deal with stress. With this full knowledge in place we will now "spotlight" topics identified by the group followed with relevant techniques.


Each student is issued with a workbook to accompany this course. It outlines the course in full with accompanying tools, techniques and information which can be used as a reference both for the individual attending the course and for their families use in their supportive role.