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Stress Management in Education


Stress within educational settings contributes to the likelihood of illness and absence, burnout and the development of associated physical and mental health difficulties and deterioration in well-being.  These adverse consequences impact on both learners and those involved in learning and teaching roles.  This module provides an opportunity to explore current theoretical understandings of the concept of stress and the impact it may have within an educational environment; to critically review models and theories of stress and in particular, specific stress management theories, underpinning research and strategies that have been effective in managing and coping with the manifestation of stress. 

Participants will be introduced to stress management theory and critically appraise this in terms of effectiveness, suitability and applicability for learners and leaders of learning within learning, teaching and training contexts.

At the end of this module the student will be able to:

  • Critically appraise stress management theories and models.
  • Critically review the specific evidence base for effective stress management strategies within learning, teaching, and training settings for both learners and ‘leaders of learning’.
  • Apply enhanced skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating effective stress management strategies within a learning, teaching, and training context.
  • Critically reflect on the implementation of stress management strategies within their learning, teaching, and training context.

This is an SCQF Level 11 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



A full timetable will be published in advance of course commencement.  The module will commence with an online orientation week from Monday 2nd September.  Thereafter, delivery will commence from Monday 9th September. 


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Linda Lafferty.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.


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