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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook
Saybrook University
  Sep 19, 2020
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Stress Management Education Certificate

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Certificate Lead: Eric K. Willmarth, Ph.D.

Sponsored by: Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health (CSIH)


This Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals to become consultants, coaches, or instructors in the broad field of Stress Management and allows each student to “custom design” his or her own course of study by combining core required courses with selections from among a host of elective offerings.  Although “stress management” is a term that permeates our culture, stress continues to be a primary factor in the degrading of both physical and psychological health worldwide. Participants in this Certificate program will use a uniquely humanistic approach to explore the physical, psychological, cultural, and spiritual impact of stress management by studying approaches as diverse as biofeedback and hypnosis, music and art, dance, prayer, diet, and nutrition. The objective of the Certificate is not only to learn about the many stress management options but to learn to teach these skills to others. Students will develop a portfolio of tools for this worthwhile mission.


Certificate also include on-site instruction at the spring and/or fall Residential Conferences. Students are encouraged to discuss their proposed course selections with the Certificate Director prior to RC attendance.

CSIH 3210  Stress Management Education

CSIH 3235  Essential Consulting Skills.

CSIH 8151  Practicum/Project

CSIH 8950  Integrative Paper

Choose 2 Electives

CSIH 4030  : Psychophysiology for Health

CSIH 4045  : The Buddhist Path of Healing

CSIH 4050  : Health Psychology: The Application of Psychological Concepts and Tools to Health

CSIH 4101  : Basic Training and Education in Applied Hypnosis

CSIH 4105  : Basic Training and Education in General Biofeedback

CSIH 4110  : Coaching for Health and Wellness

CSIH 4115  Imagery for Health

TSC 4020  : Relationships in Health and Healing Practice

TSC 7115  : Refugee Trauma and Resiliency

CS 4520  : Art and Healing


Learning Outcomes: After completing this Certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify multiple modalities for stress management intervention
  2. Develop a portfolio of tools for stress management education
  3. Discuss the cultural impact of stress and stress management
  4. Use mind, body and spirit concepts in designing individual stress management plans
  5. Articulate stress management concepts at a level consistent with the target population
  6. Implement both group and individual approaches to teaching stress management skills
  7. Demonstrate specific skill sets related to the treatment of stress-related disorders
  8. Demonstrate the ability to design and implement a program for stress management consultation.

College of Social Sciences Certificate Programs

Saybrook University’s College of Social Sciences offers a number of exciting certificate programs intended for non-matriculating students (e.g., professionals, activists, community leaders/organizers, etc.) who want to expand or deepen their knowledge and skills pertaining to specific foci.  Our certificate programs offer a variety of topics relevant in today’s world. From existential psychology to integrative healthcare, the College of Social Sciences certificates offer students the humanistic and interdisciplinary education students desire in a convenient certificate program.

Delivery Model

All entering students will begin their program in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty in order to clarify requirements and ensure that their interests are integrating within their learning experience. Students can change their study plan later, but need to make an initial plan at the outset, including a tentative plan for a one-year enrollment for those individuals not enrolled in a Saybrook degree program. Typically, certificate requirements can be completed within one to two years (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details). Students progress through certificate requirements through a combination of on-line cohort courses and either face-to-face experientials during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance platforms such as video-conference or conference calls. Additionally, students participate in online Graduate Colloquia shells, which are virtual classrooms utilized to foster community among all enrolled in specializations that sponsor the certificates; deepening the learning environment and broadening the application of theory and practice.

These certificates are available to degree and non-degree students alike. Non-degree students who subsequently pursue a degree at Saybrook may be able to transfer credits toward degree requirements.  Students formally enrolled in one of Saybrook’s degree programs may be able to integrate the certificate into their program as the certificate course requirement may satisfy either specialization requirements and/or degree electives.  In the event that a doctoral student wishes to complete more than one Certificate program, only one course (3 credits) may be counted toward a second Certificate. No course overlap may occur for fulfillment of a third (or more) Certificate. In addition, fulfillment of each Certificate requires completion of a unique practicum (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8151: 3 credits) as well as a unique final paper (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8950: 1 credit). No overlap of required Certificate coursework will be permitted for M.A. students who wish to declare more than one Certificate.

Core Components

Though each certificate is specific to the area of focus, there are general Core Components or expectations.

  • Required course(s) (3 credits each)
  • Choice of Electives (3 credits each) to be determined in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty
  • Practicum/Project (3 credits) which is individually designed by the student in consultation with Practicum Instructor based on his or her interests and goals. This may involve related theory, research, and/or practical application. Several Certificates require the presentation of the Practicum/Project during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance presentation through video conference platforms such as Go To Meeting or Skype (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details).
  • Integrative Paper/Seminar (1 credit) which can be a capstone paper, professional poster presentation, or mini-project designed to allow reflection, assessment of progress, integration of experience and academic learning, and forward projection into how one will use these learnings and skills. It also invites a look into other competencies one might still wish to add. (Not all certificates require an integrative paper).


  • Applied Consciousness Studies
  • Arts and Self-Expression for Health and Wellbeing
  • Building A Sustainable World
  • Community Health & Development
  • Complex Trauma & The Health Process
  • Creativity Studies
  • Death, Loss, and Meaning
  • Dream Studies
  • Foundations in Existential-Humanistic Practice
  • Multiculturalism and Social Justice
  • Organizational Leadership & Transformation
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Professional Studies in Psychophysiology
  • Socially Engaged Spirituality
  • Stress Management Education
  • Transpersonal Psychology

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