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  Jul 25, 2024
2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Stress Management Education Certificate

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Overview of Program

Stress Management may be one of the most important issues in self-care and self-regulation.  Although individuals may consider stress to be a subjective experience, physiological measurement of stress and the measurement of the effectiveness of interventions to reduce the effects of stress are possible. 

The Stress Management Education Certificate program is a 12-Credit series of courses designed to promote professionals who are skilled at teaching stress management in various settings including schools, health care settings and corporate environments. 

The Certificate includes a course on foundations of psychophysiology to provide background in the physiological bases of stress management, a course on principles and theories of stress management, a course in basic coaching skills, and then a choice of one elective so students can take courses such as optimal functioning, biofeedback, or hypnosis to meet their personal goals.​ 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding Stress and Its Effects: Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of stress, its physiological and psychological effects, and its impact on overall well-being. They will gain knowledge about the various theories of stress and the factors that contribute to its occurrence. Students will also learn to identify different types of stressors and recognize the signs and symptoms of stress in individuals. 
  2. Stress Management Techniques and Strategies: Students will acquire a repertoire of evidence-based stress management techniques and strategies. They will learn practical skills for relaxation, mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, time management, and problem-solving. Students will understand how to tailor these techniques to individual needs and circumstances, and how to effectively guide others in their application. 
  3. Developing and Implementing Stress Management Programs: Students will learn to design and implement stress management programs for individuals and groups. They will gain knowledge of program planning, needs assessment, goal setting, and evaluation techniques. Students will develop skills in delivering stress management education, providing coaching and support, and facilitating behavior change in order to help individuals effectively manage stress and enhance their overall well-being. 

By completing this certificate program, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools to support individuals in understanding and managing stress effectively, ultimately leading to improved resilience, mental health, and quality of life.

Career Opportunities

​​Students completing this Certificate may be employed in various health care, education or business-related settings.  ​ 

Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements

​​This certificate is open to all current Saybrook students and to others with a minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited University. Master’s level students from other accredited programs are also welcome to enroll in this certificate program.

University Learning Experience

Virtual Learning Experience (VLE) - Optional, Community Learning Experience (CLE) - Optional

All new students begin their studies with a Welcome Week. Welcome Week activities, including a degree program orientation, are held online during the week ahead of the start of the fall and spring semesters. Participation is strongly encouraged.

Students enrolled in the stress management certificate program must attend any residential, university, or virtual learning experience as required for the courses in which they choose to enroll. Refer to the course descriptions for requirements.


​​This is a 12-Credit, 4 course Certificate​.

Mode of Delivery

​​Courses are presented as a combination of reading assignments, videos, live videoconferences, asynchronous class discussions and written assignments. Each class format may vary based on content and instructor preference and students are encouraged to review the course syllabus and Canvas course shell prior to the start of each term to assess the requirements of each course.​ 

Length of Program

​​This certificate may be completed in 2 to 4 terms, depending on course load.

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