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Elisabeth Holmes - Managing Stress

Elisabeth Holmes

To find out more about Elisabeth visit her website

Elisabeth Holmes: School support

​A one hour training package on stress reduction techniques for school staff
One to one support for those in need.
​Stress has been described by the Health and Safety Executive (2016) as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands put upon them.'
In a 2015 survey by the University of Manchester, teaching was placed in the top three most stressful professions with over 50% of teachers admitting to 'severe' levels of work-related stress.
It is recognised that prolonged stress can cause mental and physical illness, in fact over 15 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18 at a cost of over £6.5 billion to the UK economy.
'Managing Stress' is a one hour training package suitable for staff meetings or INSET days designed to address the increasing need for stress reduction strategies usable within a school setting.
​Aims of the course
  • ​To develop a knowledge and understanding of the causes of stress.
  • To help teachers and support staff recognise the symptoms of stress in themselves and others.
  • To enable staff to be open and honest about mental health issues.
  • To deliver a short guided relaxation session to provide an instant de-stressing experience.
  • To provide clear advice and practical solutions to help reduce stress within the workplace and beyond.
Elisabeth Holmes - Training Provider
​I was a primary school teacher in Blackburn with Darwen for 25 years, working in a number of different schools. Consequently I am well aware of the ever increasing pressures placed on school staff at all levels.
Over the years, I have seen many great school staff lose their confidence and passion for the job through stress. Often they have hidden their difficulties until the physical symptoms have escalated to the point of long-term sickness absence.
Having suffered with stress myself, I found that by making a few simple changes one's resilience can be massively enhanced. 
As a hypno-psychotherapeutic counsellor, I have made it my mission to help school staff develop their own stress management techniques thus enabling them to retain their enthusiasm and motivation for teaching.
​          "I really enjoyed your presentation. Most useful was how to identify signs of stress and what to do about it."   GH
​          "It was useful having a meeting with a focus on us as a staff - our health and wellbeing being prioritised.”   MB
​           " All of it was useful especially the coping strategies. After dealing with anxiety/stress in the past it was nice to be reminded that I'm not on my own."  NT
​           " It was useful to recognise that stress was normal and sometimes useful. In future, make the relaxation session last for the FULL SESSION!" LJ               
           “Brilliant training - I would definitely recommend it to others!” SJ
One hour training package for local schools with up to 20 staff starts at £145 including travel and free MP3 recording. For larger numbers and greater distance contact me for a competitive quote.

One to one support

​If you have any staff members who are struggling to cope, one to one sessions can be provided at competitive rates offering support and stress-relief strategies thus preventing inevitable and costly long-term absence. This has already proved successful with headteachers, teachers and support staff in helping to keep them happily at work.
“I first met Elisabeth at one of the LASBM conferences and was so impressed decided to keep her details on file. We take the wellbeing of our staff seriously and are proactive in supporting them. We have now used her services on a number of occasions. The feedback is always very positive and she makes such a difference that other staff comment on the evident changes. I would highly recommend her.” 
  SBM Preston

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