Stress-related illnesses are forecast to be the leading causes of the global disease burden by 2020  -WHO

The epidemiological evidence indicates that job stress is rapidly emerging as the single greatest cause of work-related disease and injury. It is very evident that negative effects of stress have considerable impact on the learning, work performance and wellbeing of individuals. The extent of loss of productivity due to stress alone runs into billions of dollars across the world. There is a severe shortage of skilled professionals in the area of stress management. ISMA has designed a structured and scientific approach for creating, developing and certifying professionals to contribute in enhancing productivity, promote healthy work culture, harmonious industrial relations and holistic wellbeing of individuals and organisations.

SMP Syllabus:

SMP Syllabus and the programme design have been scrutinized by senior professors from more than 25 major Universities in the country  during the National Conference on Stress Management Professional, November 2013.  

SMPC workshop modules were designed and again refined by the panel of experts during 1st International Conference on Stress Management Professional (ICSMP 2014) by international experts. Four pilot workshop modules were conducted during first half of 2015 and received positive feedback from the participants.

Benefits of the Certification

  • Greater confidence and acquire required abilities for handling stress issues
  • Access to a patented tool i.e. STRESSTUNETM to support your professional services (viz. online stress audit, stress coaching , stress counseling etc.)
  • Network with the experienced and talented professional from similar fields

Who should attend?

Psychologists, Counseling Professionals, Corporate Trainers

Doctors, Physiotherapists, Professionals from Nursing, Rehabilitation and Wellness areas

Human Resource Professionals and Occupational Health Professionals


A degree or post-graduate degree in Psychology, Medicine, Management, Clinical Psychology, Physiotherapy, Yoga and Naturopathy, social sciences, life sciences or its equivalent. One or two year’s post-qualification exposure/work experience in the related field is desirable.

Programme Details

SMPC programme has been designed in such a way that working professional can undergo this programme without disturbing their regular work. Quality of the programme is assured with the following steps and rigor in execution.

Step ONE:  Stress Management Professional Certification (SMPC) Workshop: 25 Hrs.

Module 1. Stress Coaching (10 Hrs.)

Module 2. Stress Counseling (10 Hrs.)

Module 3. Workplace Interventions (5 Hrs.)

S. No. Module Content


Stress Coaching

  • Stress Basics
  • Personal Stress Audit
  • Physical Quotient & its development
  • Neural Quotient & its development
  • Emotional Quotient & its development


Stress Counseling

  • Stress Counseling Concepts
  • Protocol based Stress Counseling
  • Cognitive Quotient & its development
  • Psychosocial Quotient its development
  • Case Studies


Workplace Interventions

  • Workplace Stress and prudent strategies
  • Organisational Stress Audit
  • Psychosocial factors and Stress Resilience

Step TWO: Online SMPC Examination

After completion of SMPC Workshop, based on their convenience,    candidates can take online examination conducted by International Council of Stress Management Professionals (ICSMP) and result will be communicated to the candidates in a weeks time.

Syllabus outline: 50 Hrs.  (detailed syllabus  and reference source will be sent to the candidates soon after their workshop registration)

1. Introduction to Stress Management

2. Neuro-Physiological Aspects of Stress

3. Cognitive-Emotional Aspects of Stress

4. Socio-Organisational Aspects of Stress

5. Stress Management Interventions

SMP Certification

Candidates performance in the above two Steps will be taken into account for successful completion of programme and certification.

ICSMP controls the certification and awards credential.

Programme Fee

Country Specific - Will be specified in the program brochure

Step 3 (25 Hours)

After completion of the Step 2 certification, SMP is expected to involve with at least one of several stress management related activities (viz. Participation, Propagation / Publication, Training / Consultancy, Counseling & Rehabilitation) and required to submit details to ICSMP for the renewal of credential after completion of three years. On request ISMA will also support the SMP in networking with the ongoing Stress Management activities.

ICSMP Approved SMPC Workshops