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The Foundation Practice Certificate is issued to all Members who have satisfied ISMAuk as to their level of skills, knowledge and experience in relation to the prevention and management of Stress both at work and in other settings. This may be achieved by:

  • Demonstrating the acquisition of skills, knowledge and experience based on a recognised professional qualification plus two years’ relevant experience

OR

  • Acquiring the skills, knowledge and experience by successfully completing a Foundation Programme accredited by ISMAuk plus two years’ relevant experience.

Foundation Programmes accredited by ISMAUK should follow the syllabus below:

The Foundation Practice Course syllabus consists of 1 core module plus either module 2 or 3 depending on the focus of the programme and the individual’s area of work. In total the programme should comprise no less than 10 hours taught and 10 hours private/study reading.

Notes to guide your choice of module:

The Foundation Practice Certificate certifies that you are able to provide Professional Stress Management Services in one or more of the following categories:

Category A practitioner working in private practice to support individuals and small groups

Category B employee providing support to individuals and small groups

Category C external consultant providing services for organisational development: strategic
development and personal development support

Category D employee providing services for organisational development: strategic development and personal development support.

Qualifying Modules:

Applicants wishing to practice in the settings described above should have completed the following Modules or equivalent:

Category A Modules 1 and 3
Categories B, C and D Modules 1 and 2

Notes to Trainers:

The following Foundation Practice Certificate Course Syllabus catalogues headings only and each Trainer should expand the content within these. The Trainer must demonstrate that the topics match those within the curriculum and are to the appropriate standard.

Foundation Practice Certificate Course Syllabus
Understanding Stress
Content Delivery Methods
  • Definitions of Stress, Resilience and Well-being
  • Models of Stress
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physiological impact of stress
  • Impact of stress on emotional and mental health
  • Symptoms of stress - physical, psychological, emotional behavioural
  • Resilience - what makes a person resilient
Minimum of 5 hours taught and 5 hours private study / reading

 

Choice of MODULE 2 or MODULE 3 depending on individual requirements
Module 2 - Framework for Prevention & Management of Stress - Organisational
Content Delivery Methods
  • The Well-being and Performance agenda (culture, management, including the role of line managers, and working evironment)
  • The legal framework
  • Organisational risk factors (overview of HSE Standards)
  • Cost to organisation (financial and human resources)
  • Psychological presenteeism
  • Strategies available - (individual and organisational)
  • 3 Mail levels of intervention (primary, secondary and tertiary)
  • Linking to Well-being & Performance - how to implement the charter within an organisation
  • How to monitor and evaluate progress
  • Useful resources
Minimum of 5 hours taught and 5 hours private study / reading

 

Module 3
Framework for Prevention & Management of Stress - Individual
Content Delivery Methods
  • The legal framework (an overview of HSE standards)
  • Evidence base for effective interventions (physical, mental, behavioural, emotional)
  • Linking to Well-being & Performance
  • Linking specialist area into the charter framework (implementation and best practice)
  • How to monitor and evaluate progress
  • Useful resources
Minimum of 5 hours taught and 5 hours private study / reading

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