Training workshopsare specially formulated to meet the needs that are recognised from the stress audit, and are usually conducted on the organisation’s own premises. Courses run for a minimum of 8 hours and can be delivered in 2 hr, half day or full day format.Stress management courses can comprise a mixture of some or all of the following components:
- Definitions of stress including the physiological model, the transactional model, a neurological definition and homoeostasis.
- The causes of stress with particular emphasis on the workplace.
- Theories on the effects of long-term stress including the Yerkes-Dodson law of arousal, General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) and catastrophe theory.
- The costs of stress-related sickness to the individual, the employer, your industry sector and the national economy.
- The most important part of the stress management awareness programme, and a necessary component in all courses is how to manage stress. In this component we apply a method that is unique to T J Palmer Associates, where participants are introduced to a simple procedure that restores the chemical and neurological imbalances that are responsible for a range of possible long-term physiological and psychological consequences. This stress management procedure is also taught to all individuals who have been appointed to receive confidential external support.
Validation of the efficacy of these interventions is conducted by a repeated measure of the stress audit. In addition, T J Palmer Associates welcome any other medical, psychological or physiological measure of the efficacy of their stress management strategies, including tests for cortisol and IgA (immunoglobulin A).