Level 4 Diploma in Stress Management Strategies

This course runs over 5 weekends - Starting May 2021

All Dates:
22nd/23rd May
19th/20th June
24/25th July
14/15th August
11/12th September

Pre-requisite qualification for this course: One or more of the following:Level 3 in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Massage 

Cost:  £980 including VTCT fees
Deposit: £300  Balance can be paid in agreed installments

This Diploma will professionally equip any complementary therapist to be able to use suitable strategies to help, mentor and empower clients suffering with stress issues.  You will further develop your interpersonal skills and expand your knowledge and understanding when providing treatment within various healthcare settings. 

Stress has always been a major issue for many people in society, but now, more than ever, mental health has become an issue at the forefront of many peoples minds and a problem in many people's lives. 

The confidence and knowledge gained within the study on this course will be highly useful when working with clients in many settings - including clinic, hospital, hospice, statutory agencies etc.  It will also be a valuable qualification if you are also working in, or are intending to, social prescribing, social work, caring roles etc.  

Units in this qualification:

Understand Stress and Strategies used to manage stress

Mentor the Client in the Use of Techniques to manage stress

Principles of Providing Complementary Therapies in a healthcare setting

Interpersonal Skills for the Complementary Therapist

The aim of this unit is to explore the principles of stress to include the symptoms, types, models, methods of measuring and the effects of stress on the workplace and economy. 

You will study the physiology and patho-physiology of stress including the fight or flight response, the connection between prolonged stress and physical and mental health issues.  This will include research into the use of potentially addictive methods/habits to reduce stress and the adverse effects they can have. 

Ultimately you will investigate strategies and methods to manage and reduce stress, including the use of relaxation, complementary therapy, physical activity and changes in nutritional habits.

This unit is designed to develop further the skills of the complementary therapist using techniques/strategies to manage and reduce stress. You will be able to assess clients to evaluate sources of stress, establish current levels of stress, and advise clients of the adverse effects of unresolved stress and stress related habits. You will also carry out evaluation of the stress management treatment as well as your own performance and make suggestions for improvement.

The purpose of this unit is for complementary therapists to understand how to deliver their skills safely and in line with accepted protocol to patients in the healthcare environment in co-operation with healthcare professionals. 

Through this unit you will develop an understanding of the underpinning principles of providing complementary therapies in line with current guidelines and recommendations, such as Guidelines and Criteria for Complementary Therapies (London Cancer Alliance 2013), Guidance on Cancer Services - Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer The Manual (NICE 2004) and the National Guidelines for the Use of Complementary Therapies in Supportive and Palliative Care (Prince of Wales's Foundation for Integrated Health 2003)

You will explore the extent and use of Complementary therapies for patients with a range of long term medical life-limiting conditions or the clinically frail and the effects and potential benefits.  You will also address effective communication techniques in providing complementary therapies whilst developing an understanding of limitations of treatment and scope of practice. In addition you will evaluate the means of obtaining complete and accurate client assessment, along with the accepted protocol for report writing and recording of treatments in the healthcare setting

Your tutor

Alison Willock  BA Ed (Hons) QTS,DHP, HPD, MNCH (Lic)

Alison qualified as a Reflexologist in 2008

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Through this unit you will learn to improve the clients treatment experience through the application of effective communication skills. Good communication is vital in assessing the client's expectations for treatment outcomes. 

It has always been the case that discussion on a wide range of issues occurs when touch therapies are applied. The reason a client is seeking complementary therapy treatments may be obscure or the stresses and strains that affect them may be difficult to pinoint. The manner in which you, the therapist communicate with the client is as important as the treatment itself. You will work within the limitations of professional complementary therapy practice and know when to advise that further appropriate help is sought.