Stress Control Classes

Stress Control classes were developed by Dr Jim White from the Glasgow Steps team. The course is designed to be delivered as a series of public lectures, and in Glasgow I understand that they have been able to get upwards of 100 attendees. The style of the Stress Control classes does not encourage questions from participants, and allows attendees to remain completely anonymous.

The course runs over 6 weeks as a free evening class based on a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) model. The presentations are often done by Clinical Psychology staff, a Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology, or an Assistant Psychologist, for example. Participants are usually provided with a folder containing a printed workbook and relaxation CD.

The Stress Control classes consist of the following sessions:

  • Introduction to Stress
  • Control your Body
  • Control your Thoughts
  • Control your Actions
  • Control Panic
  • Control Sleep

This series has been adopted in other areas, and when I was working in NHS Lothian (Edinburgh) we relaunched the service in East Lothian. At the time I worked on the branding and marketing of the course and initiated development of the NHS Lothian webpage to advise individuals as to where and when future courses would be available in Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian and Midlothian.

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