Level I Holistic Stress Management Instructor Certification Workshop

Specially Adapted for Online Learning

The AHNA endorsement is more than a seal of approval, it serves as a recognition and validation of the importance of the holistic approach to both personal and professional development. I am grateful for this recognition and proud of our collaboration.

Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. Director, The Paramount Wellness Institute

Dr. Seaward knows the field well, has taught it and lived it—and provides scientific documentation at every step. But perhaps most important, Dr. Seaward goes beyond the usual approach to the subject to speak of soul and human spirituality because he realizes that stress management and maximal health are impossible to attain unless the questions to life’s meaning are addressed.

Larry Dossey, M.D. Author of Reinventing Medicine

Earn Professional Development Hours

  • 54 Contact Hours through the Association for Addiction Professionals, NAADAC
  • 54 Professional Contact Hours (CE’s) through the American Holistic Nursing Association
  • 11 Core Competency and 14 Resource Competency hours through the International Coaching Foundation (ICF)
  • 24 CHES professional contact hours through NCHEC for Health Educators

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This certification workshop is designed to train health educators with an interest and background in “Holistic Stress Management” to teach, direct or facilitate quality presentations/workshops at their worksite or private practice. The focus of this workshop is holistic—honoring the integration, balance and harmony of mind, body, spirit and emotions for optimal well-being. The World Heath Organization cites stress as “a global epidemic.” Others now call it the “black plague of the 21st century.” In light of current world issues, from international terrorism, economic uncertainty, climate change, work-life imbalance, increases in chronic diseases, and everything in between, the words “change” and “stress” are becoming synonymous. It is no secret that people’s coping skills for change are underdeveloped and certainly underutilized. The purpose of this workshop is two-fold: 1) to gain a sound background in a holistic approach to stress management, addressing not only the causes of stress through effective coping skills, but the symptoms of stress with effective relaxation techniques, and 2) to refine excellent teaching skills in which to share this knowledge most effectively, whether it is through a one-hour presentation or a 16 week college credit course


  • $1,999 (early bird registration)
  • $2,495 (standard registration)
  • 54 Contact Hours through the Association for Addiction Professionals, NAADAC
  • Click here to register online!

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is interested in learning, relearning, refining, and cultivating these essential life skills is invited and encouraged to attend. This workshop is designed for both personal growth and professional development. Our philosophy suggests that for people to be really effective at teaching others the basics of holistic stress management, they must first be effective at knowing and practicing these skills themselves. Professionals who have greatly benefited from this workshop include: nurses, social workers, counselors, school teachers, wellness directors, therapists, health educators, physicians, and those wishing to make a career change.

Certification Workshop Itinerary (Agenda)

Video Module Lecture Presentations: In the process of adapting this 4 day workshop into an on-line format, each of the content modules has been pre-recorded. Each is an on-line lecture presentation to be viewed at your convenience, during the suggested time period. Please know that for the guided mental imagery modules, you will need to find an at-home partner to do this particular exercise.

Part I: Introductions: facilitator, participants, & course content
Time: 60 Minutes

  • Module # 1: Teaching Tips & the Basics of Holistic Stress Management
    Time: 120 Minutes
  • Module # 2: Teaching Tips: Creating a Comfortable Class Setting & More Tips
    Time: 120 Minutes
  • Module # 33: Teaching the Basics of Subtle Anatomy and Energy Medicine
    Time: 90 Minutes: Stress and Disease
  • Module # 4: Teaching the Basics of Creative Anger Management
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 5: Teaching the Basics of Art Therapy
    Time: 180 Minutes
  • Module # 6: Teaching Effective Coping Techniques
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 7: Teaching Effective Relaxation Techniques and Relaxation Through the Five Senses
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 8: Teaching the Basics of Humor Therapy
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Modual # 9 Teaching the Basics of Creativity (Creative Problem Solving)
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 10: Teaching the Basics of Music Therapy
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 11: Teaching the Basics of Journal Writing
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 12: Effective Lesson Planning
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 13: Teaching the Basics of Meditation
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 14: Teaching the Basics of Stress and Human Spirituality
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 15: Teaching the Basics of Stress, Nutrition and Disease
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module #16: Teaching the Basics of Guided Imagery
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module # 17: Special Topic With Luke: Optional!
    Time: 60 Minutes
  • Module #18: Special Topics: Healthy Boundaries and Digital Toxicity
    Time: 50 minutes

Part II: Closing Comments, Workshop Evaluations & Farewell

Time: 15 minutes

Part III: Three one-hour interactive class Zoom sessions

Each student will be emailed a list of discussion points with ample time for questions and dialogue.

Part IV: One-hour private one-on-one phone/skype/facetime session

  • Interactive Classroom Sessions: In keeping with the orginal format of the four day, inperson workshop, Zoom classroom sessions will be scheduled after viewing select modules, to help process the information, and create a sense of professional comraderie (as we can also learn from each other). Prior to the Zoom interactive sessions, each workshop attendee will receive an email list of discussion points. It will be your responsibilty to watch the assigned module video presentations prior to the group interactive sessions. In addition to viewing the modules, your workshop confirmation letter will provide suggested dates to view these video presenations, as well as provide suggested dates for the Zoom interactive sessions. All interactive sessions are scheduled in Mountain Time (MST). These sessions will also be recored for on-demand viewing. Dates for Interactive Sessions:
    • Tuesday, May 26. 2020, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 11, 2020, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Private One-on-One Session(s): In addition to the interactive class meetings, each workshop attendee is invited to schedule a private interactive session with the instructor (by phone, Facebook video chat, Facetime, or some format that works for all parties involved). This will provide dedicated quality time to chat privately, answer questions about the content, and cultivate a personal relationship with the instructor, etc.
  • Outside Class Assignments: In addition to attending the scheduled sessions mentioned above, the completion of the following outside class assignments are required to receive the Holistic Stress Management Instructor Certificate. All of these assignments will be explained in greater detail during the introductory video presentaiton of the on-line workshop. If you have any questions before that time, please contact me for more information. Assignments are due of the on-line workshop:
    1. Bio-Sketch
    2. Three (3) Presentation Summaries
    3. Three (3) Presentation Course Outlines
    4. Three (3) Presentation Lesson Plan Objectives
    5. Three (3) Visualization-Meditations
    6. Social Support Group Visit Reflection Paper
    7. Tickler Notebook or Creativity Project (Please Pick One!)
    8. List of Teaching Resources
    9. Final Take Home Exam

Certificate of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the take-home exam and assignments, graded assignments with comments will be returned with your Certificate of Achievement (including 54 CNE Hours). Take home assignments include the following: Bio sketch, three presentation titles and summaries, course outlines, lesson plans, learning objectives, guided visualization scripts, tickler notebook or creativity project, and teaching resources. Six weeks are given for course completion. Extensions are available upon request. A Level II refresher course is offered every year in October.

What’s Included?

Once registered, you will be mailed (priority mail) a packet with the following items:

  1. Managing Stress(9e) textbook
  2. Workshop Workbook (hard copy)
  3. Set of video links to the Tutorial Modules
  4. Dates for the On-line Zoom Class Sessions
  5. Flash-drive with all kinds of goodies including the workshop workbook, countless presentation handouts, articles, and 3 WELCOA Powerpoint/Keynote presentations
  6. Music CD for music therapy module
  7. Art therapy supplies to participate in art therapy session
  8. A set of The Doors of Perception Wisdom Cards for Journal Writing module
  9. Additional items (and goodies) for your Holistic Stress Management Instructor Care Package
  10. Certificate of Participation and Certificate of Achievement with CNE’s (upon successful completion of outside class assignments & exam)
  11. Ongoing mentorship with Dr. Brian Luke Seaward

About Your Workshop Facilitator

Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of holistic stress management and mind-body-spirit healing. His acclaimed book, Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-being (9E), is the top selling college stress management textbook nationally and internationally. Dr. Seaward serves on the faculty of The Graduate Institute sharing his wisdom of holistic wellness to undergraduates and graduates alike. As teacher, mentor, and healer, Luke is regarded by his students and peers as a rare gem in the crown of health promotion. He is the author of several books including Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, Health of the Human Spirit,
The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and the popular best seller, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water. More information is available through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net.

Workshop Participant Comments

Hi Brian, This was a life-changing experience for me. I enjoyed the textbook, the experience in Boulder, but more importantly, I enjoyed getting to know me! This has revolutionized my life.
I am spending more time in nature, practicing meditation and exercising regularly, my nutritional intake has improved along with my overall well-being. I can honestly say I am learning to live an effective holistic life and have reduced the stress in my life and am motivated to share what I have learned with my family, friends, colleagues, families and students that I serve. Thank you again for investing in me!


Thank you, Luke, for a great experience in learning to teach stress management to others. For many, it seems that just when you think life cannot get any more stressful, it does. Stress is part of life—it cannot and will not be eradicated. We must learn to make peace with it and learn to control and manage the stress, before it controls and manages us. It is a constant balancing and rebalancing act, and sometimes it feels as though we are dancing the cha cha—one step forward, two steps back. This workshop provided all the tools and techniques I would/could need to effectively explain, demonstrate, and teach stress management to groups and individuals. This stress management instructor certification workshop provided me with the missing piece in my professional portfolio/repertoire/credentials. As a Hatha yoga and AcuYoga instructor and Integrative Health Coach, I discuss the impact of stress on our health, and the need for effective stress management, but, until now, did not have a tool kit or bag of tricks to offer my clients to put into place in their own lives. Thank you for providing this, so I can share it with my clients. Until now, I had only had the opportunity to work with you in a single session at The Graduate Institute. I enjoyed these four days, getting to know you better and working with you. I look forward to working together in the future. Thanks again, for everything!

Christel A, RDH, RYT, MA

The sheer volume of information and resources of exercises will keep me busy for years. Having options to teach exercises related to the different focus areas is incredible. And I am very appreciative of the CD-ROM with even more information and Powerpoint samples. The information on creating great slide show presentations was INVALUABLE. All of this has helped me to integrate the material to make my understanding more solid as to how it all fits together so beautifully into the work

Denise R. New Haven, CT

“The most important thing that I took away from the course (amongst the hundred other things that I took away) was a lifetime of exploration. The tools and information that you provided thru your lifework, will probably take me the rest of my life explore and utilize. I feel like I have been put on the yellow brick road - learning things both from within and on the outside, meeting new people along the way and having wonderful adventures. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

Ellen, 2013 workshop alum