Dr White offers a two-day training programme to enable your OH staff to provide Stress Control classes, under licence, to your organisation. Trainers need experience of dealing with stress and, preferably, at least training in behavioural approaches. A comprehensive trainer’s pack is included with the training.

In health providers such as the NHS, trainers require to be qualified in CBT. In other organisations, using a slightly modified approach, trainers need to have experience in dealing with people with stress conditions, principally anxiety and depression, but do not need to hold formal qualifications. Experience of, at least, behavioural approaches is helpful but not essential.

The training programme will normally take place in your organisation’s premises. It will be led by Dr Jim White and is available for up to 14 people. Stress Control training is practical. By the end of the two days, participants should feel able to set-up and run their own Stress Control class. While a small amount of time is spent in theory, the focus will be on teaching how to set-up and run these classes.

The training will be both didactic and interactive. It will combine lecture-style teaching, group discussion, brainstorming and the chance to practice some of the skills teachers will require. Slideshows, video and audio will be used to to illustrate how the class works in practice.

Some attenders will be expected to volunteer to practice ‘teaching’ on Day 2. The training requires a laptop, projector and speakers (which will be provided if not available on site).

The training will incur a separate cost. Licensing and contract length will be determined by mutual agreement. The cost will be dependent on, e.g. size of the organisation and length of the contract and will, normally, be paid on a monthly or three-monthly basis. Additional services, e.g. email contact, follow-up training, are available at extra cost.

Training Programme

Day 1 Morning

  • 9.30 Introduction to the Stress Control model; What is it and how does it work? Video of a Stress Control session
  • 10.00 What is the ‘stress’ in Stress Control? Who is the class suitable for? The core messages and rationales
  • 10.20 Break
  • 10.40 The six sessions; What is stress? Controlling your body: caffeine, progressive relaxation, breathing retraining and exercise; Controlling your thoughts: Building the foundation, the Big 5 Challenges and Dividing stress up; Controlling your actions: face your fear, problem solving, safety behaviours; Controlling panic feelings; Getting a good night’s sleep; Controlling the future and Well-being
  • 11.00 Stress Control materials and booklets
  • 11.30 What Is Stress? - session in detail
  • 12.15 Lunch

Day 1 Afternoon

  • 1.00 Stress and the problems it causes
  • 1.20 Controlling Your Body - session in detail
  • 2.00 Getting people to the class; advertising; reaching the ‘hard to reach’
  • 2.40 Break
  • 3.00 Controlling Your Thoughts - session in detail
  • 3.50 What does the research tell us? (1)
  • 4.15 Conclusions; Preparation for Day 2
  • 4.30 End

Day 2 Morning

  • 9.30 Controlling Your Actions - session in detail
  • 10.15 Tips (1) - Room set-up; Music; ‘Did you know’ slideshow; Teacher skills; Teaching style
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.05 Controlling Panic Feeling - session in detail
  • 11.30 Tips (2) - Keeping people interested; Stress as ‘normal’; Questions asked; Ending the session; Miscellaneous
  • 11.50 Getting A Good Night’s Sleep - session in detail
  • 12.20 Lunch

Day 2 Afternoon

  • 1.00 Safety and governance issues
  • 1.20 Controlling Your Future & Wellbeing - session in detail
  • 2.00 Teaching practice
  • 2.50 Break
  • 3.10 What does the research tell us? (2)
  • 3.40 Next steps; Setting up Stress Control in your organisation
  • 4.10 Conclusions
  • 4.30 End

Trainer Resources

Trainers will have access to the Trainer Resources using a unique login provided to them.

Slideshow Presentations

Provided as MS PowerPoint files.


Two rolling slideshows to be played before the start of the session (and at the break), offering early comers the chance to learn basic information about stress.

Session Slides Examples

Six slideshows, one per session, to be used at the classes.

Slide Commentaries Examples

Provided as MS Word files.

As the slideshows try to minimise text to keep them as clear, punchy and entertaining as possible, many slides may simply be an image or a few words. These files offer detailed explanations and comments for every slide and examples of anecdotes that can be used to illustrate important points.

Trainee Resources

Trainers will be provided with a Trainee Access Code to pass on to trainees, allowing them access to the following Trainee Resources.

Pre-class Booklets

Provided as PDF files.

The aim of this set of booklets is to move from general information about stress to specific information on how stress affects each individual. Trainees should, if possible, have access to these at least two weeks before the first session. For those who want to know more, there are supplements available to some of the booklets.

Online Self-Assessment

Provided as a MS Word file and online assessments.

These assessments, and the accompanying booklet, will help participants uncover how stress could be affecting them.

Session Booklets Examples

Provided as PDF files.

The aim of this set of booklets is to provide a ‘belt and braces’ with the sessions. Trainees should be encouraged to read each booklet before the relevant session. This will make it easier to pick up the ideas contained in that session. Having the booklet can also help the person retain the information after the class finishes. For those who want to know more, there are supplements available to some of the booklets.

Session Summaries

Provided as PDF files.

These are one page summaries which are useful to read after attending each session.

Practice Forms

Provided as MS Word files.

Practice forms for some of the exercises detailed in the booklets.

Audio Examples

Provided as embedded audio with the option to download.

Audio tracks to accompany the Relaxation topic in Session 2 (Controlling Your Body) and the Mindfulness topic in Session 6 (Wellbeing).

Video Examples

Provided as embedded video.

Stress Control Clips

These video clips are taken from Sessions 1 and 4.