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The Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma is an incredibly comprehensive course in the subject of stress management. The course is absolutely packed with information about how stress occurs, the science behind its effects, and how the brain can be used to combat it, which is followed by a huge number of practical techniques, from several disciplines, that can be used to manage stress and live a healthier life.

What You'll Learn from the Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course

This course guides you through 11 comprehensive modules:

  1. The Long-Lasting Effects of Stress
  2. Rewiring the Stress Response
  3. The Power of Your Amazing Brain
  4. A Basic Understanding of Hypnotherapy
  5. Cognitive Techniques
  6. Meditation and Mindfulness to Manage Stress
  7. Building Resilience in the Workplace
  8. The Power of Breathing
  9. NLP Techniques
  10. The Power of Communication
  11. Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management

The Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course opens with a module that aims to help students understand stress in its many guises. It talks of the many ways stress can affect us – both physically and mentally (including its effects on the gut, and ‘the second brain'), why we become stressed, and even how stress can be considered a good thing when managed effectively.

The 2nd module continues to talk about the body and its physical reaction to stress, with detailed explanation and exercises that can be performed, to aid understanding. The module then moves on to illustrate techniques that students can use straight away, to help reduce the feelings of stress on the mind and body, as soon as they manifest themselves. Various coping strategies are also explained, which, when practiced, will become second nature in helping combat stress before it takes root. The practice of mindfulness is also briefly introduced here.

As the most powerful tool any of us have against the symptoms of stress, the 3rd module of the Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course gives students a comprehensive understanding and insight into the functions and power of the brain. This also includes suggestions on how to improve the health of your brain and discusses various concepts of how the brain functions in business settings.

The 4th of the course's modules provides students with a basic understanding of hypnotherapy; covering its history, what it is and isn't, how it works, the science behind it, and the types of hypnosis available. The module then moves onto discussing how hypnosis techniques can be implemented to the self, to achieve goals and change your life, whether it is a habit or state of mind that needs changing or an ambition you wish to achieve. The last part of the module provides students with a practical, step-by-step guide to self-hypnosis.

Just as with hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (commonly abbreviated to ‘CBT') is a practical way of approaching and changing your mind set. The Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course's 5th module gives students a good understanding of the practice and the techniques involved in CBT, and its place in dealing with anxiety.

More incredible tools, which are often used in conjunction with CBT (known as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT), mindfulness and meditation are the focus of module 6. Here both practices are introduced, with the benefits of each explained, as well as how they can be incorporated into daily life, to combat or even avoid stress and anxiety. The module also explains what Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is and gives practical explanations on how and when to use meditation as part of your daily routine.

The 7th module of the Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course discusses how to recognise the symptoms of stress in the employees of business owners and how mindfulness can be incorporated into the workplace, to benefit both the employees themselves and the business as a whole. This module also provides practical techniques that employees can use in the workplace.

It is commonly known that taking time to concentrate on breathing can help when dealing with a stressful situation, physically, emotionally, and mentally, but most of us don't know how to properly apply breathing techniques. Module 8 gives students a greater understanding of why breathing helps and then continues to provide various breathing techniques, along with when and how to use each.

Another massive subject in the area of developing mental strength, the 9th module of the Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course explains Neuro-Linguistic Programming (commonly known as NLP) techniques and how these can help in improving your mind-set and reaching personal goals, as well as providing plenty of exercises for students to work through, to concretize understanding.

Many stressful situations can come about from miscommunication or a lack of communication. Module 10 discusses the huge difference to our working and personal lives that can be made when we are mindful of how we communicate and when we ensure certain components of communication are adhered to and each party understands the other.

The final module of the Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course talks more about the mind, how it works, and how to recognise and change negative thoughts. Also explained are the possible causes and sources of stress, the common ways that people try to deal with stress in negative ways, and how these can be put aside to focus on alternative, more positive ways, which will help you to recover.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course will be of great benefit to anyone who feels themselves often becoming overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, and other related conditions, both in the workplace and/or in their personal lives. This course course provides the tools needed to face these conditions head-on, with practical techniques, backed by scientific understanding, to give a comprehensive and actionable set of techniques that will aid them in their ability to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

For business owners, whether they know it or not, it is likely that stress exists in the employees of their organisation. This course will help employers to understand stress and how they can help their staff to reap the benefits of a low-stress working environment, which will in turn aid the business, both in terms of lower levels of sickness and increased productivity and job satisfaction of their employees.

Those who train, or wish to train, clients in the areas discussed in the course materials, will also gain a lot from the course, as it gives a comprehensive overview of the many techniques that can be applied in combating stress. Students can also gain insurance to practice upon completion of this course, as explained in the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is approved and endorsed via ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) a division of City & Guilds, upon completion of the course assessment learners can receive the Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management ILM Certificate and can gain insurance to practice.

This course is also certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 - The Long-Lasting Effects of Stress

  • Effects of Emotional Strain and Anxiety in Your Life
  • Anxiety and Fear - The Fight or Flight Response
  • Common anxiety disorders
  • The Gut/Brain Connection
  • The Second Brain
  • Why Stress Can Be Good
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Rewiring the Stress Response

  • Autonomic Nervous System/Parasympathetic Nervous System
  • Fight versus Flight
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing - The Healing Power of Breathing
  • Systematic Relaxation
  • Coping with Stress, Responding Versus Reacting
  • Pleasant Events Calendar
  • The Devastating Effects of Stress
  • Why Worrying is a Waste of Time
  • Physical and Emotional Pain
  • Mindfulness at Google and Other Companies
  • Living on Autopilot
  • Using Mindfulness to Manage Stress
  • Harnessing the Power of Stress
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: The Power of Your Amazing Brain

  • What is it About My Brain?
  • Brainwave patterns
  • What is the Structure and Functioning of the Brain?
  • The Divisions of the Brain
  • Impacts and Consequences of Not Looking After Your Brain
  • How Can I Get Brain Fit?
  • The Brain and Business - What Can We Learn from Neuroscience
  • Memory
  • Focus, Concentration, and Alertness
  • Processing Speed
  • The Brain and Leadership
  • The Concept of Mindfulness
  • The Brain and Building Resilience as an Employee
  • Resilience Building Programs
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: A Basic Understanding of Hypnotherapy

  • What is Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy?
  • The Conscious and Unconscious Mind
  • What hypnosis is NOT
  • Brief History of Hypnosis
  • How Does Hypnosis Work?
  • Getting the Mind and Body in Sync.
  • Visualization and Imagination
  • Modern Day Applications
  • The Science Behind Hypnosis
  • Types of Hypnosis
  • Managing Stress With Hypnosis
  • Step-by-Step Guide To Hypnotizing Yourself
  • Ease Away Stress Read Aloud Self-Hypnosis Script
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Cognitive Techniques

  • What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
  • How CBT works
  • The switch in the brain that causes anxiety
  • The vicious cycle of anxiety
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Relaxation and Diversion Tips
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Meditation and Mindfulness to Manage Stress

  • Meditation Versus Mindfulness
  • Origin of Mindfulness
  • How is Mindfulness Applied?
  • Coffee or Tea Ceremony Mindfulness Exercise
  • Popular Mindfulness techniques
  • The Basic Mindfulness Meditation
  • Body Scan Mindfulness Exercise
  • Mantra Mindfulness Meditation
  • Mindfulness to Manage Stress
  • Mindfulness Meditation Technique to Relieve Stress
  • Mindfulness to Enhance Personal Well-Being
  • Mindfulness for Enhancing Creativity
  • What is MBSR?
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Body Scan Meditation
  • Morning Meditation
  • Evening Meditation
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Building Resilience in the Workplace

  • Resilience and Link to Wellness and Well-Being
  • Coping with Stress in the Workplace
  • Is Meditation and Mindfulness, the New Psychotherapy?
  • Mindfulness and Management Styles
  • Building Self-Resilience In Employees
  • Increasing Staff Engagement, Productivity, and Motivation
  • Identifying Behaviors That Would Benefit From Mindfulness Techniques
  • Identifying Situations That Trigger Stressful Reactions From Staff – Benefit From Mindfulness
  • Why Mindfulness is Good for Managing Employee
  • 10 Ways to Build Resilience
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: The Power of Breathing

  • Benefits of breathing
  • How should you breathe?
  • Breathing techniques
  • 4-7-8 Breathing Technique
  • Bellows Breath
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: NLP Techniques

  • NLP Overview
  • NLP Pre-Suppositions
  • NLP Anchors
  • NLP Sub-Modalities
  • NLP in the Workplace
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Technique Number 1 - NLP Behavioral Modeling
  • Technique Number 2 - The Meta Model
  • Technique Number 3 - Rapport Building Technique
  • Technique Number 4 - NLP Reframing
  • Technique Number 5 - NLP Sub-modalities
  • Technique Number 6 - Timeline Therapy
  • Technique Number 7 - Self-Hypnosis Exercise
  • NLP Cheat Sheet
  • Tips to Sharpen Your Rapport
  • NLP Four-Point Formula for Success
  • Checking In with Yourself to Stay on Track
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: The Power of Communication

  • The Process of Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Non-Violent Communication - A Language of Compassion
  • The Non-Violent Communication Process - Observation, Feeling, Needs, Request
  • Four Components of the Non-Violent Communication Model
  • Applying Non-Violent Communication in Your Daily Life
  • Communication Exercises
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11: Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management

  • Why Your Thinking May be Flawed
  • Tools for Change
  • Tool Number 1 - Cognitive Restructuring
  • Recognizing Negative Thoughts
  • Changing Your Thoughts
  • Solving Problems in a Healthy Manner - Chunking
  • Stress Questionnaire
  • Causes of Stress in Business
  • Coping Techniques - Deep Breathing, Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Relaxation, etc.
  • Effective Stress Management
  • Module 11 Assessment

Final Assessment




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Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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