Stress and Burnout Educational Programme

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Our ‘Stress and Burnout Programme' has four parts and can be taught over two to three full days or four to six half-days.

Sometimes it’s not possible to allow all managers to attend the same training so, if necessary we can break the training up between departments in order of priority. We are always willing to talk about how we can accommodate you and discuss any other format you may be interested in.

This light and simple interactive evidence-based programme, developed by our resident MSc Health Psychologist has lots of opportunities to contribute and learn. It will take you through the A-Z of stress and burnout so you can become an expert in recognising and preventing stress-related illnesses; reduce work stress, burnout, absenteeism, presenteeism and psychosocial risks at home and in the workplace.

Part 1: Stress and Stress Awareness

This part of the programme is all about what you think stress is and what it actually is. You will gain an understanding of:
  • How we appraise (decide) something is stressful for us and learn how this appraisal triggers a brain-body activation; our stress response.
  • How important our psychological state is at the moment we decide something is stressful for us.
  • What stress actually is.
  • The different kinds of stress.
  • The general sources of stress.
  • The difference between acute and chronic stress responses.
  • The signs and symptoms of the stress response.
  • What we have in common with our hunter-gatherer ancestors and how we deal with these commonalities in our digital world today.
  • What language we should use when trying to reduce, prevent, manage and control stressors.
  • Reframing perceptions of stress and laying the foundations of good health and wellbeing .

Part 2: The Stress - Illness Link

This part of the programme links stress to illness. We take a look at our brain-body connection and explain how this connection can lead to physical and psychological illness.  You will gain a deep understanding of:
  • Stress appraisal and how important this is to good physical and mental health.
  • Our stressors today.
  • Signs and symptoms of chronic stress response.
  • How perceived control influences our perception of stress.
  • How our physiology, psychology and biology changes and how these changes can lead to physical and psychological illnesses.
  • SAM-The Match; our acute stress response.
  • The Candle; our chronic stress response.
  • How chronic stress can change our minds and bodies.
  • How The Match lights The Candle: Burnout.
  • Stress Resistance, Stress Recovery, Allostatic Load (stress overload) and The Three Stages of Stress (GAS) (burnout).
  • Stress hormones and why it is important to de-stress regularly.

Part 3: Coping and Coping Strategies

This part of the programme is all about how we cope with the stressors in our lives and how to put the brakes on our stress response/stress hormones. You will gain an understanding of:
  • Stress Appraisal: What it is and what it does.
  • What coping actually is.
  • The goals of coping.
  • Personality and coping.
  • The different ways of coping; coping styles and strategies.
  • Behavioural coping strategies.
  • Cognitive coping strategies.
  • Coping resources.
  • Control and Self Control and how important these are when it comes to our perception of stressors.
  • The difference between coping strategies and defence mechanisms.
  • What defence mechanisms are and how they help or don’t help us.
  • The fundaments of coping and how these can ensure good physical and psychological health and wellbeing.
  • How you cope.

Part 4: Personal Stress Relief Techniques

With the knowledge gained in the first three parts of this programme, we help you develop personal stress relief techniques to match your lifestyle; not only to reduce known causes of stress but to prevent further causes of stress, stress-related illnesses and burnout.  Just like all stressors are different for everyone and all coping strategies are different for everyone; stress relief techniques are also different for everyone; one size does not fit all.
  • We introduce you to some well-known stress relief techniques and some not so well known stress relief techniques and focus on what will and what won’t work for you.
  • We discuss the importance of keeping stress hormone levels balanced and how some lifestyle changes may help prevent, reduce, manage and control stressors, which in turn will reduce stress response, keep stress hormone levels low and prevent both physical and psychological illnesses.
  • We help you develop stress relief techniques that fit perfectly into your daily routine. Some tweaks in your daily routine might be necessary for you to gain more control over your stressors and achieve more relief from them. An objective view may be necessary.