1) Distance Learning Curriculum Summary 2013/ 2014     

2) Program endorsements by recent SWC(c) graduates

Canadian Institute of Stress & The Hans Selye Foundation

Please Note:    The most recent updated description of this certification course is available by clicking HERE

A focus on applications … workplace & public groups and for one-to-one

SWC training focuses on the applied skills for (1) conducting presentations, (2) skills training workshops, and (3) one-to-one or group-based coaching. Theory and underlying research have been distilled, based in 27 years’ Institute applications, to the foundational propositions and tools required for practitioner success.

All tools and formats taught have been selected so as to be flexibly matched by the SWC to a wide range of needs and practice settings … with an emphasis on the workplace, public health or private practice.

To further ensure graduates’ effectiveness, the Institute provides advice during the six months following graduation.

 Today’s need for credible Stress & Wellness Consultants 

Today’s rapidly changing workplaces are proving to be high stress incubators. Disability rates have climbed relentlessly. The best people solve the stress problem simply by leaving. And corporately critical change programs are often derailed by staff disengagement … driven by stress. Corporate stress-disability rates have doubled from 1999 to 2008. Juggling work and family is rated, by dual career families, as a top stressor, leading work absences to rise in Canada by 22% from 2007 to 2008.

Prescriptions for anti-depressants and minor tranquilizers now rival, in $ terms, those for high blood pressure and related cardiovascular problems. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences estimates that 70 to 80% of all visits to the family doctor are now stress-related.

Responding to these needs, The Canadian Institute of Stress (CIS) was founded in 1979 by the internationally acknowledged "father of the stress field", Dr. Hans Selye, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., as well as 20 other professionals who understood the scope of his work, including six Nobel Prize laureates and Alvin Toffler, Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan.

Dr. Richard Earle, who was Dr. Selye’s last post-doctoral student (1979-82), has directed the Institute’s development over the past 27 years.

Today, the Institute comprises more than 200 professionals across Canada plus an equal number of leading practitioners and stress scientists around the world … in countries including the U.K., Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, India, Japan and the U.S. The Institute’s published achievements, in workplaces and for individuals, include …

Workplace results
Personal results
Work stress32% improvement    Doctor's office visits53% reduction
Work satisfaction    38% improvementDays absent from work58% reduction
Absence18% reductionImmunoglobulin A31% improvement
Disability days52% reductionStress hyper-reactivity [EMG]46% improvement
Grievances32% reductionStress recovery time [EMG]36% improvement
Productivity07% improvementAbility to relax at will [GSR]61% improvement
Quality measures13% improvement  
Work engagement62% improvement  

Curriculum building blocks … the confident consultant’s tool kit

You will learn to engage à coach à benefit individual & workplace clients by skillfully using …

  • Your knowledge foundation — the distilled essence of bio-psycho-social and spiritual concepts of wellness and wellness-under-stress … enabling you to quickly develop a motivating relationship-for-learning with any client … empowering them for the performance and satisfaction they are seeking.
  • Your communications and marketing framework, "Wellness for Stressful Times" [WST] Ô is your core, yet flexible message of "What I do for my clients, and how I do it". You will learn how to present WST as a one-hour seminar … or as compacted to a 2-minute on-the-spot infomercial about stress & wellness consulting. WST includes such self-assessment tools as "Do I Need Stress Coaching?".
  • Skills training workshops and group-based coaching.You will learn how the WST template can be flexibly expanded to 2- to 4-hour workshop designs by incorporating one or all of the five "Vital Skills" you will learn to use [see below]. Plus the Institute’s flagship workplace change workshop, "Skills to Make Change Successful, not Stressful". For your convenience, lecturettes and skills exercises are fully scripted, and supported by overheads plus participant exercise materials. A focus on "stress leaves" / disability.
  • The Personal Wellness Plan [PWP] Ôis a flexible two-hour step-by-step process, a blueprint complete with assessment tools, for launching your client’s self-discovery [whether one-to-one or in groups] … discovering their uniquely personalized, strongly motivated action plan … for moving beyond painful stress into higher levels of wellness.
  • Autogenic body~mind technology + on-line Action Diaryare the leading edge tools you’ll use to partner with your clients in their 4-week Start-Up program … focusing and supporting their growing progress in wellness and stress control.
  • Five "Vital Skills" for stress control & wellness — Twenty-five (25) years’ research in the Institute’s Body Age program have shown these five skills — when uniquely tailored to each client in their personalized prescription — to be the heart of their progress in working with you.

     Eligibility for the SWC(c) 14-week training   Candidates must (a) hold current active standing in a health and human service or human resources professional association, and (b) be able to demonstrate at least two years’ experience in which at least 30% of professional practice has been in individual coaching and/or group-based training.

     Distance learning format  Respecting students’ busy schedules, all lectures, in-class discussions and coaching-your-progress sessions are held by web-based conferencing, with preparatory reading, lecture materials and A.V. resources downloaded from the Institute site on the web. Two-hour lectures each Saturday, 10 A.M. to noon EST, plus two-hour coaching sessions each Wednesday evening, 6 to 8 P.M. EST.

     Scheduled next   September 14, 2013 and February 15, 2014

     Tuition  is $3800 [Cdn] for 14-week program. Income tax deductible in Canada — variable in other jurisdictions. Fee reductions are available to public and occupational health professionals.

     To Apply for course admission:  Send us an e-mail at info@stresscanada.org and include 'Certified SWC' in the Subject line. You will receive an Application form plus a Curriculum Overview within 24 hours.

     For more details …   Visit "Certified SWC Training" at stresscanada.org or call (416) 236-4218

       Endorsements by Recent SWC(c) graduates …

    Canadian Institute of Stress & The Hans Selye Foundation

    "I highly recommend the Certified Stress and Wellness Consultant training program. It is based on leading edge scientific research and delivered with a strong emphasis on the immediate application of acquired knowledge and skills. Important stress and wellness concepts, assessment tools, materials and resources were all provided by the Institute with a thoroughness and spirit of generosity that I found to be truly remarkable. I am grateful for the comprehensive, innovative and practical resources from which I will now be able to create a variety of applications in my consulting business.  Dr. Earle is truly an extraordinary educator — enthusiastically sharing his wealth of wisdom, expertise and experience."

    Kathleen Johnston, M.A.

    Worklife Coach & Trainer; Certified Stress & Wellness Consultant
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


    "As a recent graduate of the Stress and Wellness Consultant course given by the Canadian Institute of Stress I would like to thank Professor Richard Earle for his in-depth and dedicated teaching. This course exceeded my expectations by far both in terms of quality and originality of the material covered as well as the personal expertise, knowledge and effective instruction techniques of Professor Earle. I personally learned a great deal and intend to use my newly gained skills to help my patients, residents, professional colleagues and public in general. I also now intend to extend my services to corporations in need of consultation and coaching to help their employees maintain their vitality, satisfaction and productivity during challenging times."

    Khosro Adib, MD, FCCP

    Cardiothoracic Surgeon, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Medical Director, Meriter Heart Center
    Madison, Wisconsin, USA


    "The Certified Stress and Wellness Consultant program has been a life-changing experience.  We received relevant information that we could use immediately to establish a practice in the stress and wellness field.  The assignments helped us to develop programs we could offer to new and existing clients immediately.  Most important, while learning how to help others, we learned to help ourselves.

    Dr. Earle's scientific expertise is beyond question, and what was wonderful was how he brought years of business experience to the program.  I personally appreciated his knowledge of Eastern philosophy, and his openness to ancient Hawaiian traditions."

    Makana Risser Chai

    Author, speaker, lawyer, executive
    Kailua, Hawai’i, U.S.A.


    "Participating in the Institute’s SWC certification program was most definitely a peak experience in my professional and personal development. Each building block was brilliantly designed, to integrate Dr. Earle's rich scientific knowledge/research, extensive professional experience, and elegant facilitation style with each participant's skills, expectations, and professional focus.

    The result was a synergy of learning and professional development that took the saying "the sum is greater than its parts" to a height I had not experienced. Not only did the program provide the transfer of leading edge subject knowledge and expertise, its pragmatic, experiential format focused equally on fostering our competence as facilitators, coaches, and consultants. Sharing and working with so many gifted professionals from around the world was a benefit I had not anticipated, one for which I am deeply grateful.

    It is a rare opportunity to be able to endorse a program with unbridled enthusiasm; yet I can describe it only in superlative terms. Not only did the program leave me more professionally prepared than I could have imagined, it left me inspired, enthused, and enriched as a person. Thank you, Dr. Earle for your genuine concern, depth of wisdom, and generosity of spirit...yes and your often delightfully dry sense of humour. May your teaching continue to imbue my vocation as coach and consultant in the stress and wellness field, and may there be more professionals who will benefit from this truly outstanding professional development opportunity."

    Brigitta Atkins, M.A.

    Clinical Counselor, FGIWorld, human resources manager
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    "Today, there is a lot of information available everywhere. Despite it, knowledge is still something difficult to find. I would like to thank the Canadian Institute of Stress and especially Professor Richard Earle for the knowledge and inspiration they have provided to me."

    Antonio Marco

    ERP & human resources specialist, SAP Inc.
    Barcelona, Spain


    "The Certified Stress and Wellness Consultant Training program is excellent!

    Based upon the latest scientific research; the content, delivery and immediate applications make this program a definite must for Stress and Wellness Consultants.

    The SWC curriculum and its comprehensive approach goes far beyond the usual scope of Stress and Wellness training programs and has provided me with extremely valuable information and assessment tools for creating successful customized Personal and Professional Wellness Programs and Employer of Choice Initiatives: This well-planned program address the specific concerns of Stress and Wellness under the skillful guidance of Dr Richard Earle, whose vast knowledge and expertise on the subject of Stress and Wellness Consulting and the educational materials provided to participants made this training 'Excellent and informative throughout’ ."

    Carol Ann Brazier,

    President of NLPNL Connections Plus Inc.
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada


    "As a professional in Preventive Medicine and Occupational Health, I know stress is a must. SWC training gives you the right tools for the right people and employee groups, at the right moment, creating a complete success in a win-win relationship between the professional and corporate employers and individual patients.

    The way to get these personal and workplace tools is the SWC program provided by the Canadian Institute of the Stress, certified by the Alma Mater, the Hans Selye Foundation."

    Edwin Duran Dosal, M.D.

    Occupational Medicine physician and executive
    Mexico City, Mexico


    "What a wonderful experience, and, timely too. Whether you use the tools of the SWC stress management program for personal use, for your patients or for your corporate aspirations…this is without a doubt a must have.

    The SWC program is scientific, researched, and pertinent to today’s stressful environments, yet, practical with predictable outcomes. This is by far the most useful course I have ever taken."

    Dr. Derek Lee DC

    Chiropractor Director of on-site corporate wellness clinics
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    "The Stress & Wellness Consultant course was the perfect, scientifically based program to use as a foundation for the work I do with my guests at the Hillcrest Valenova Inn & Spa.  It allows me to educate participants about what stress really is and then guides us through a process where they can take action to find a greater sense of well-being."

    Robin Dines

    Owner, Hillcrest Valenova Inn & Spa
    Port Hope, Canada


    "The SWC course has provided me with a wellspring of knowledge and skills in a vitally important area of human health and wellness. Dr. Earle generously shares his wealth of academic, personal and practical knowledge of stress with students and provides each of us with the encouragement and freedom to incorporate these tools in our own unique way. I look forward to using these highly marketable skills as the cornerstone of my new practice. "

    Barbara Gauthier

    Adult Educator
    Thunder Bay, Canada


    "It has been my great privilege to experience two of the certification programs with the Canadian Institute of Stress (CIS).  I selected CIS after an extensive search for "best of breed" stress offerings worldwide.  CIS has a strong, credible, scientifically based reputation.  Most importantly, it has an impressive track record of success enabling major corporations to effectively harness stress, thereby transforming a potential liability into a valued asset. 

    Personally, having previously spent over 32 years in large high tech corporations, I was most impressed with the practical and useful techniques that can be put in place immediately.  The client response to date has been truly exciting.

    It is important to add that my instructor for both programs has been Dr. Richard Earle.  He is one of the founders of the Institute but also an individual I truly respect for his vast experience as well as his genuine approach to ensuring the success of his students.  I highly value my partnership with the Canadian Institute of Stress."

    Victoria Nickinovich

    Principal, Nickinovich Research and Consulting, Inc.  Evidence-based Meta Analysis, Survey Research & Strategic Business Consulting
    Bellevue, Washington  USA


    "It has been two years since completing the SWC training and it continues to be an integral part of my work as an addictions and stress management counselor. Considering how vulerable my clients can be to their stress, it is critical for them to understand and practice a stress management regimen. It is equally important that I have confidence in the knowledge base and teaching methods I use both with individual clients and with groups. The SWC training has given me that assurance by providing me with ‘best-practice’ procedures and a flexibility suited to the various audiences with which I work. I have received only positive outcomes from utilizing the SWC training."

    Pierre D. Beaupre

    Addictions Counselor
    Thunder Bay, Canada


    "Enrolling in the Distance Education Curriculum at the Canadian Institute of Stress has proven to be that vital link, of what "better" looks like for me personally and professionally.  The process of becoming a Stress and Wellness Consultant was the most "satisfying " series of action steps taken in realizing my career goals.  The gift of what I have learned has now become a way of life for my partner and I.  Thank you Dr. Earle for your generosity of spirit and wisdom. "

    Gwen Carlson

    Registered Clinical Counselor and Massage Therapist
    Vancouver, Canada


    "The SWC(c) is one of the most interesting and effective courses I have ever attended. The curriculum topics were highly innovative and useful and the classes were greatly organized so that I could quickly apply what I learned to both my personal life and my professional practice as an international IT business consultant. This was possible because, on one side, the course had a very clear and easy-to-understand structure; and on the other side, because the teaching was based on a "learning-by-doing" approach, which sped up the assimilation of all the theoretical concepts, tools and exercises through the direct application to personal experiences and professional practice.

    The value of what I learnt in the SWC(c) is highly useful for me to work both with private people and companies. The approach of combining the nowadays needed personalization, to offer people and companies specific solutions to their specific problems, with scientifically proved methods gave me a powerful methodology to help increase both personal and corporate vitality in a very quick and efficient way.

    The concepts and techniques I learnt are based on the most advanced and effective research and integrate the best results from different wellbeing, coaching, personal development and medical areas. Additionally people find them easily applicable, so that they can gain greater benefits, by obtaining faster results with comparatively little effort."

    Paolo Cesco

    Corporate ERP Consultant
    Barcelona, Spain


    "The SWC program was a perfect fit for me. The materials were comprehensive, the instruction was excellent, and the networking among classmates offered an additional and unexpected benefit. Dr. Earle is a superb teacher and mentor who went far beyond the norm to accommodate our individual learning styles. I couldn’t be more pleased with the course, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to help individuals and groups cope more effectively with stress. "

    Lynne Alexander

    Educator and Coach
    Summerfield, North Carolina, U.S.A.


    "This course is a veritable gold mine of resources for anyone interested in the Stress and Wellness field, both for personal wellbeing or for revitalizing the workplace. In a 'high tech' interactive on-line classroom, Dr. Richard Earle shares remarkably valuable observations and insights generated from the Institute's years of consulting with major companies, both in Canada and internationally, and from coaching their executives.

    But that's not all! This course will put a vast amount of practical information at your fingertips: concepts, diagnostic tools, exercises and formats which you are encouraged to incorporate into your own training, one-to-one coaching and consultation work. Whether you are just starting out in the field, are looking for a new direction in it, or want to enrich and extend your own many years of experience, this course will be just the thing you are looking for."

    Laura K. Culley,

    M.D. Internal Medicine
    Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A


    Several SWC(c) graduates’ websites

    In addition to considering the above program endorsements by SWC(c) graduates, you may also find it valuable to visit several of their websites … illustrating how they have integrated SWC concepts, tools and their Institute-proven applications within their professional practices. Please visit …

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