Stress Control Programme Galway (commences September 18th) | National University of Ireland, Galway (Clinical Sciences Institute, Seminar Room 2012, Top Floor). | onsdag, 25. september 2019

What is ‘Stress Control’?
Stress Control’ is a six session class which teaches people to ‘become their own therapist’. Each session lasts for 90 minutes (including a break). ‘Stress Control’ was devised by Dr Jim White, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Glasgow.
The Programme aims to help large numbers of people who want to learn ways to prevent stress from becoming a problem or stopping it being a problem. Through published research, we know that the class works for people who already feel that stress is a problem and for those who feel they are coping at the moment and want to stay on top of stress in the future. ‘Stress Control’ is now used across the world.
Stress Control combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. Stress Control can be run for a large group and evaluations would suggest that this is a very profound aspect of the programme. Just being with the very many other people who experience stress is in itself a normalising experience which can be very helpful. The fact that participants are requested not to discuss their stress and that there is no audience discussion also helps to create a safer, less anxiety provoking experience.
An outline of Stress Control Sessions

Week 1: Information about Stress Outlines what stress is and what it is not, the main signs, the vicious circles that keep it alive and how Stress Control works. A video of people talking about how stress affects them is shown.

Week 2: Controlling our body Focuses on tackling stress. Participants will learn how the body signs feed stress. The session looks at why we get stressed and how the body reacts to it. Participants will learn three skills – Breathing retraining, Exercise and Progressive relaxation and look at caffeine. There is a relaxation CD to take away.

Week 3: Controlling your thoughts This session focuses on how our thinking feeds stress. Participants are taught ways to “think your way out of stress” – first of all “building the foundation” – “wait a minute”, applying “The Big 5 Challenges” and, finally, a way to nip stress in the bud – “Breaking stress up”.

Week 4: Controlling your actions This session looks at how the way we act feeds stress. Participants will learn ways to **** your fears and the skill “Problem Solving”. The session also looks at why some people, who seem to be doing all the right things, still don’t get over their stress. Participants are also taught how to overcome this (“Stepping out of your comfort zone”). These skills are really useful for building up self-confidence. Participants may also start to see the big picture in this session – seeing how all the skills they have learned so far fit together.

Week 5: Controlling panicky feelings, getting a good night’s sleep Panicky feelings are part and parcel of stress. This session teaches ways to control them using breathing to calm the body and, hence, the mind. Ways to prevent stress are also explored. The second part of the session focuses on sleeping tips and the skill of retraining your sleep for those who feel their sleep is poor.

Week 6: Wellbeing, Pulling it all together and controlling your future Wellbeing starts the final set of skills and session six teaches ways of staying on top of stress. Participants learn about Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning and Giving. Mindfulness is a useful skill to help you live more in the moments. Having goals, healthy eating and gratitude complete the wellbeing skills. Finally this session pulls together everything already learnt and looks at how to control your future.

Who developed the programme?
It was developed by Dr Jim White, an internationally renowned Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and researcher in Scotland. It is now, by far, the most widely-used stress management course within the NHS (UK) and HSE. 
The Stress Control Programme commenced across Saolta hospitals in 2017and over 1000 people have attended to date. The programme is supported by the Saolta Healthy Ireland fund. 

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Where is the programme taking place? 
National University of Ireland, Galway. Clinical Sciences Institute, Costello Road. Seminar room 2012, top floor.  
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Over 15's only. 
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Paid parking is available on site. Wheelchair friendly parking is available on site. 
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Do I need to book a ticket for each week?
No. The only requirement is to book a ticket for week 1. 
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
What can I bring into the event?
Water and a pen and paper