Stress is unavoidable if you work in human service professions. The stakes are high and challenging experiences are an inherent part of the work. At the same time, much of the training provided about stress focuses only on its negative effects and often leaves professionals “stressed out” about their stress – potentially creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
New research suggests that our beliefs about stress are often more predictive of health outcome than the actual causal event. The science of mindset provides compelling evidence that a simple change in perception can have an immediate and profound impact on how we think, feel, and behave. This training outlines the history of stress research and explores techniques emerging in the neurosciences that suggests stress can improve performance under pressure and generate growth, strength, connection, meaning, and success.